Bands rock for care in support of VJH cancer centre

Support Vernon Jubilee Hospital's new cancer centre at Rock for Care, featuring 13 bands playing over 12 hours at Vernon's Longhorn Pub.

Thirteen bands. Twelve hours of music. One important cause.

Vernon’s Longhorn Pub once again opens its doors to the fourth annual Rock for Care, Sunday.

The rock ‘n’ roll marathon, which raises money for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, features some of the Okanagan’s best known rock bands, all of whom have donated their time to support this year’s cause, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s new McMurtry-Baerg Cancer Centre, said Rick Zipp, who is a founder of the event as well as founder/guitarist with Kelowna band Wheelhouse.

“Every year since we started we have raised $2,500 for the hospital,” said Zipp. “Our goal this year is to raise at least a little bit more money than last year and to have a lot of fun. In a musician’s point of view, we get to see a lot of other musicians that day that we normally don’t get to see because we’re all busy playing. It’s a good way to catch up with everyone.”

Sunday’s event welcomes new band Tin Can Jam to the fold, as well as the return of Vernon’s very own Redfish, who haven’t played at Rock for Care for a few years, said Zipp.

“There’s also a lot of repeat bands who are our staples.”

Host band Wheelhouse will kick start the event at noon Sunday with the Paddio Daddios, followed by Indecision at 1 p.m.; Tin Can Jam at 2 p.m.; Moni Funk and The Groove Machine at 3 p.m.; Bliss and special guest at 4 p.m.; Redfish at 5 p.m.; the Floyd Vedan Band at 6 p.m.; Ten2Nine at 7 p.m.; The Hip Replacements at 8 p.m.; Lefty at 9 p.m.; the Flying Weekenders at 10 p.m.; and the Downing Whales at 11 p.m.

The event also features a silent auction, 50/50 draws and door prizes. Admission is by donation. Host band Wheelhouse will also be performing at the Longhorn tonight and Saturday night.

The Longhorn Pub is located at 4513-25th Ave.