Rockit Live Foundation Honored at Spinnaker Awards

The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber Of Commerce honored the Rockit Live Foundation during Thursday evening’s 2016 Spinnaker Awards ceremony at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury. The evening climaxed with a heartfelt performance of He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, dedicated to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans, also being honored. Photos by Edward O’Malley

Bandiera’s Hope Concert a Success

Bobby Bandiera’s 8th annual Hope Concert took place on December 23 at the Count Basie Theatre. Rockit is proud to have been invited to perform backing vocals to the stars! On hand were Jon Bon Jovi, Deborah Harry, Gary U.S. Bonds, Graham Maby, and John Cafferty. Thanks to all of the musicians who made tonight … Continued

Photographer Mark Weiss Gives Rockit A Charity Buzz

New Jersey rock-n-roll photographer Mark Weiss is working with Rockit to auction signed prints on Charity Buzz. Fifteen of Mark’s photos are autographed by the likes of David Coverdale, Ozzy Osbourne, Brian Setzer, Tony Iommi, John Cougar, Slash, Steven Van Zandt, and more. The auction begins at Charity Buzz on Tuesday, November 24th. Seventy-five percent … Continued

Rockit Live Foundation Receives Support From Basie Theatre

The Count Basie Theatre’s Rockit musicians show their gratitude and pride as the Count Basie Theatre present a $10,000 donation to the Rockit Live Foundation. This was all made possible through the 2015 Vanguard Awards concert and all who gave of themselves on and off stage. We are extremely grateful to the Count Basie Theatre’s … Continued

This One’s For Jack Benefit a Success

Great night out at the Cutting Room where Rockit joined all-star musicians for a charitable event benefitting the John Augustus Ferry College Fund, named for the young son of actor and firefighter Jack Ferry. This One’s For Jack Benefit with Taylor Raphel, Torie Gulizio, Brittney Accetta, Steven Van Zandt, Maureen Van Zandt, Tommy James, Willie … Continued

Rockit to Play Benefit with Steven Van Zandt

The Cutting Room in Manhattan will host a benefit concert for Jack Ferry, a member of Renegade Theatre Company who died at age 42. Ferry was an actor, firefighter, and husband. All proceeds from this evening go to the John Augustus Ferry College Fund, named for his young son. Purchase of VIP tickets includes prime … Continued

New Scholarships Awarded

The Rockit Live Foundation in unison with The Count Basie Theatre Foundation have sponsored two new scholarships to Rockit students. The recipients are: Samantha Balewitz, 12, from Middletown, NJ who plays bass guitar. Her bass was kindly donated by GAMMA Custom Guitars; and, Valyn Cieslik, 14, a vocalist from Keansburg, NJ. Congratulations to both new … Continued

Guest Rock Stars Rehearse For Rockit’s Tommy

The guitars are heating up! The Rockit wheels are churning for a full production of The Who’s Tommy at the second annual Vanguard Awards at the Count Basie Theatre on Saturday, August 29, 7pm. After his rehearsal session, Drummer Carmine Appice remarked,”Playing with the Rockit kids was a great time for me. They all played … Continued

NJ Arts Covers Basie Event

New Jersey Arts, the journal created by former Star-Ledger writer Jay Lustig, writes about the second annual Vanguard Awards at the Count Basie Theatre: “Bobby Bandiera, who has a long history of performing at the Count Basie Theatre–at his Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue shows, at his charitable Hope Concerts, at Southside Johnny & the Asbury … Continued

George Thorogood, Brian Setzer at The Basie

A group of Rockit students were invited to a meet and greet with veteran rocker George Thorogood. Thorogood headlined the May 27th show at The Count Basie Theatre with rockabilly star Brian Setzer on the bill as well. The kids were treated to autographs and memorabilia…and lots of guitar tips! Photo by Bruce Gallipani