Los Angeles - Thousands of music lovers of all ages were in attendance at L.A. LIVE, Saturday, December 15, 2012 for the Third Annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert benefiting The Salvation Army. The concert was produced by Specktor Media. During this festive season of the year, L.A. LIVE is sparkling with seasonal sounds and festive sights that produces countless smiles for all in attendance. The concert is part of AEG's Season of Giving, its annual holiday charitable initiative to provide funding and awareness opportunities for charities, foundations and non-profit organizations.
The third annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert will raise awareness for The Salvation Army's 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. In 2011, the Red Kettle Campaign collected a record $147.6 million nationwide, and helped The Salvation Army serve 30 million people in communities where the money was raised. The Salvation Army consistly offer new joy for weary hearts and hope to all people that they serve all year round.
People strolling around L.A. LIVE heard a mixture of musical acts performing on a stage set-up on Chick Hearn Court. A variety of musical acts entertained the crowd featuring headliner Owl City, Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, Bridgit Mendler and Sonus, a young group of brothers from Argentina. Ned Specktor served as Master of Ceremony. "We've been waiting all year to rock the red kettle once again!" said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army. "We are excited to feature these talented and supportive musicians at the Rock the Red Kettle Concert, and we're looking forward to reaching out to the next generation of Salvation Army supporters."
Sonus is a new group of three brothers with an energy,sound and concept that is unique to the Latin music market. The three talented musicians are heating up the music scene with their original tunes performed in both English and Spanish. The brothers consist of Marcelo on vocals, Alex on guitar and Andres/Andrew on drums. This was their first time performing in the United States. They burst onto the stage with a bundle of energy like seasoned rock stars, which I'm sure that they will be in the near future. Their solid set features two original tunes "Save Me Tonight," "Love or Nothing" and a cover of "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars.
Bridgit Mendler is an American actress, singer, musician and songwriter. She is the star of the Disney Channel original series "Good Luck Charlie." She also sings the shows theme song, and has sung in lead roles on Disney's original films like "Lemonade Mouth." She recently performed on the popular show X-Factor. Ms.Mendler performed a fantastic set of originals. She busted out with "Hurricane"-a hip-hop infused song about a stormy relationship. She slowed the tempo down on the ballad "5:15"- a tune about waiting for something good to happen in a relationship, with the clock ticking. She concluded her set with "Ready or Not" with many of her adoring fans singing the lyrics with her. There was a mutual admiration of energy between Bridgit and her fans.
Andy Grammer is a local pop music singer, songwriter and producer. You probably saw him performing on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica early in his career. He has went on to perform at the famous Viper Room, the Roxy Theater and House of Blues in Los Angeles. He has toured with Plain White T's, Natasha Bendingfield, Colbie Caillat, Kate Voegele and Kevin Hammon. Andy thrilled the crowd with several original tunes "Fine by Me," "Miss Me," a cover version of "We Found Love" by Rihanna and closed his set with "Keep Your Head Up."
Hot Chelle Rae is a pop rock band formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005. The band consist of Ryan Follese-lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Nash Overstreet-backing vocals/lead guitar, Ian Keaggy-bass and backing vocals and Jamie Follese on drums. They gained widespread attention for thier 2011 double platinum single "Tonight Tonight." They played a tight set featuring crowd pleasing tunes "I Like It Like That," "Bleed"-their first song,"Honesty" and "Tonight Tonight."
Adam Young, aka, Owl City the headlining act closed out a splendid evening of music for a good cause with a captivating set of originals "Fireflies" a quadruple-platinum hit single from his debut CD Ocean Eyes and other tunes from the CD's All Things Bright and Beautiful and The Midsummer Station.
The concert was streamed live via Cambio on The Salvation Army's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA.For more information about The Salvation Army and Rock the Red Kettle concert,please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus