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Rocking For The Troops

March 29, 2007 - Jim Price

When popular former Altoona/current Baltimore-based modern rockers Vs. The Earth bring their high-energy, adrenaline-rush party onstage at the 4D's Lounge this Friday evening, March 30, it won't be business as usual.  On this night, they will be rocking for our local troops stationed overseas.


Vs. The Earth is devoting their show towards an effort called "Rock For The Troops."  Organized through the Altoona area's local music website, Rockpage, "Rock For The Troops" is a non-profit, non-political initiative to show love, support and appreciation to area troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  At select area band shows, volunteer members from Rockpage will shoot video footage and take digital photos of musicians and fans extending wishes and support to the troops.  This footage will then be compiled onto DVD's and picture CD's, which will be sent to local armed forces units serving overseas.  Monetary donations are also accepted at the shows, to defray the costs of producing the DVD's and CD's, and also to purchase phone cards to send along to the troops.


This Friday's Vs. the Earth show will be the third show in the "Rock For The Troops" series.  The bands Scream and Felix & the Hurricanes both devoted shows to the effort earlier this month.  A number of area bands have devoted select upcoming shows towards the "Rock For The Troops" effort during April, May and June, with more shows being added regularly.


As mentioned, "Rock For The Troops" is a non-political effort, and does not take a position for or against our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The purpose of the effort is to show our men and women stationed in those parts of the world that the folks at home are thinking of them, and wishing for their safe return home soon. 


Fans are encouraged to come to the show and send their personal messages of support to the troops.  And they are also invited to have fun and enjoy Vs. the Earth's invigorating performance, as the group - lead singer/guitarist Adam Marino, lead guitarist/singer Mike Ritchey, bassist/singer "Big Dawg" and drummer Elliot Wiley - deliver a mixture of catchy pop/punk original songs, current and classic rock favorites.  The group reportedly has a very special dedication to the troops that they will present during their third set this Friday evening.


It promises to be a very special night.


The 4D's Lounge is located along 17th Street inside the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center.  For more information, call 943-9462.

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