Rock for Love 7 benefit concert set for Sept. 5-7

Rock for Love 7, the seventh annual Church Health Center benefit, is set for Sept. 5-7 at Ardent Studios, Young Avenue Deli and the Levitt Shell. Bands include Kirk Whalum, the Bo-Keys with John Gary Williams and Percy Wiggins, Memphis Dawls, Dead Soldiers and more. Rock for Love has raised more than $120,000 for the Church Health Center, which provides quality, affordable healthcare to uninsured working people and their families. The Center serves many of the working musicians who have played the benefit over the years.

Crowds packed the old Hi-Tone for Rock for Love. Photo by Blair Ball

For the first time, the annual show’s VIP BBQ at Ardent Studios for bands, sponsors and other VIPs is also open to the public, albeit with a limited number of tickets. The show will feature music by Stax artist John Gary Williams (of Mad Lads fame) backed by the Bo-Keys, plus a performance by Marcela Pinilla. Tickets are $30 each and $55 per couple and are available at VIP tables are also available for $500. To learn more about VIP tables, please contact Kelly Kraisinger at (901) 701-2101 or

Rock for Love 7 will also have an online auction hosted by Bidding for Good. The auction will go live on Aug. 12 and close at midnight on Sept. 7. The Memphis Roller Derby will host a merchandise table throughout the weekend with a variety of records, T-shirts and other merchandise on sale to benefit the Center. Among the items for sale will be a new compilation of unreleased tracks from local artists, many of whom have played Rock for Love in the past. Artists contributing songs include John Paul Keith, the Memphis Dawls, Snowglobe, Dead Soldiers, Pezz and more.

“People love great Memphis music and they love the Church Health Center,” said Church Health Center spokesman and concert co-founder Marvin Stockwell. “Rock for Love is a testament to what the creative community can do when it comes together for a great cause.”

Rock for Love 7 lineup (in order, headliner listed first):

Thursday, Sept. 5 VIP BBQ at Ardent Studios – $30, single / $55, couple / $500, table. 6 p.m.

The Bo-Keys featuring John Gary Williams and Percy Wiggins, Marcela Pinilla

Friday, Sept. 6 at the Young Ave. Deli – $10. 8 p.m. 18+

Kaleidophonix, Hope Clayburn’s Soul Scrimmage, Reemus Bodeemus, Side Street Steppers, DJ Devin Steel

Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Levitt Shell (day show) – FREE. Noon. All ages.

Big E and the Mississippi Boys, the Star Killers, Chad Nixon, Elizabeth Wise

Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Levitt Shell (night show) – FREE. 6 p.m. All ages.

Kirk Whalum, John Kilzer band, Patrick Dodd Trio, Mark Stuart w/ Kait Lawson

Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Young Ave. Deli (after party) – $10. 10 p.m. 18+

The Memphis Dawls, Dead Soldiers, Mighty Souls Brass Band, DJ Devin Steel

Rock for Love 7 is sponsored by SunTrust, Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Huey’s, WMC TV 5, Rock 103, WDIA, The Memphis Flyer, Gossett Fiat, Sun Studio, Elvis Presley Enterprises, the Recording Academy, Memphis Grizzlies, Lifelinc Anesthesia, Century Wealth Management, Bluff City Sports, Enfectious Erf, Yazoo Brewing, Whole Foods, Crosstown Arts, Crosstown Collaborative, Dental Implant Aesthetic Center, Ardent Studios, Young Avenue Deli, Levitt Shell, Farris Bobango, La Paloma Treatment Center, Memphis Ice Machine, Select-O-Hits, Audiographics Masterworks, Unclaimed Recordings, Memphis Sports Live, Magnetic SEO, Zaxby’s, Alarum Pictures, Summerall Electric, Street Savvy Unlimited, Fino’s From the Hill, Memphis Roller Derby, Amurica, Gaia Memphis and Bogies.

For more information about Rock for Love 7, visit For more information about the Church Health Center, visit

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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