The music industry knows how to party; living a life of open bars, nicotine stained hands, and packing up from a late night gig as the sun rises is a typical night. But despite the sometimes debaucherous lifestyle, we still like to give back to the community. We may like a stiff drink and a loud guitar, but who doesn’t love the feeling you get from helping those less fortunate?

So what happens when you combine this creative and passionate industry with a worthy cause? You get a non-profit organization like Rock for Kids. Started in 1988 by volunteers in Chicago’s music and entertainment industry who wanted to give back, the organization has blossomed into providing support, hope, and inspiration to children and teens that are less fortunate, making sure they have access to music education. By auctioning off incredible signed items, tickets to sold out shows and festivals, and intimate meet and greets with your favorite artists, Rock for Kids help children grow through music. And as Rock for Kids point out on their site, studies show that there is a direct link between music education and better math scores, computer skills, language learning, cognitive growth, emotional well-being, and positive self-imaging. Rock for Kids is all about making sure every child in Chicago has access to this fundamental music education.

A popular event they host is happening next weekend, August 21st. The 7th annual music mixer will be held at Metro Smart Bar from 7-11pm. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. The annual music mixer gives attendants the chance to bid on on-of-a-kind mix CDs made my local music artists, venues, publications, and many more. Want a special mix made by the fine folks who run The Empty Bottle, Schubas, or the Metro? How about rocking out to mix made by rock acts Pelican or Sybris? Even Doug of Hot Dougs, the world famous encased meat (and 2+ hour wait) hotdog mecca gets in on the action with his own personal mix. One can only hope it will include a coupon for a free order of duck fat fries.

So head to the Metro Smart Bar Friday the 21st, grab a cocktail or two, dance to the sweet sounds of DJ LA Jesus, and help out a worthy cause while scoring some sweet tunes in the process!

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