Rock & Rally for the Troops

by Christian Hamilton | August 12, 2013 6:27 pm

On August 3th, 2013 Operation Ward 57 and Rock The Dock Pub & Grill threw down with the 3rd annual “Rock & Rally for the Troops” 2013 – a Fundraising event in Tacoma, WA. The event will benefit wounded soldiers, their loved ones as well as those that aid in their recovery through the programs of Operation Ward 57, a non-profit that supports wounded warriors.

The event will consisted of a Motorcycle Dice Run sponsored by Brothers In Arms MC. Following the Dice Run was an outdoor concert event featuring 5 local bands. Cody Beebe & the Crooks, High Noon Horizon, Ben Union, The Nixon Rodeo and Riot in Rhythm all donated their time and talent to support Operation Ward 57.

Amada Hardy kicked off the music with the singing of the National Anthem and presentation of the colors.

HIGH NOON HORIZON, a premier Jagermeister band, hailing from Tacoma WA, got the crowd rocking as the first band to take to the stage. High Noon Horizon has redefined what it is like to be an “original” rock band. While many take on the sounds of their favorite bands growing up or the flavor of the week, HNH has developed a unique sound with a melting pot of influences and history.

Assembled from the remains of Weight of the World and Negative 7, two dominant forces in the Northwest music circuit. High Noon Horizon formed in early 2010. Since their infancy they have had the great opportunity of opening for Drowning Pool and welcomed home over 3,000 troops, earning them a sponsorship with Jagermeister and paving the way for sharing the stage with such bands as Marcy Playground, Sweet Water and more.

High Noon Horizon has become widely known for their high energy performance and light show leaving any crowd with a lasting impression and assurance that original rock has found it’s way back.

Check out music from High Noon Horizon at and purchase their debut album REPRISE at

Cody Beebe & the Crooks, on their way to play Watershed, was next in line. Cody Beebe & The Crooks make rock music. Roots rock, if you want to be exact. It’s raw, it’s true, and every track is a slice of Americana. The band doesn’t stop with rock; they incorporate elements of blues, jazz, country, funk and soul to helm their distinctive sound. It’s as if Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers updated their vibe and sprinkled it with pieces of Big Sky Country, Puget Sound, and Evergreen forests.

The music goes deep. Its roots can be traced back to 2009 when the band formed in Seattle, WA. They spent three years on the road, really honing their sound, finding out what worked and what didn’t. But it’s with Out Here that Cody Beebe & The Crooks really found their stride.

Cody Bebee & the Crooks is made up of Cody Beebe – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Joe Catron – Hand Percussion, Vocals, Eric Miller – Bass, Vocals, Aaron Myers – Keys, Organ, Vocals and Brian Paxton – Drums, Vocals. They have shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Iron and Wine, Jimmie Vaughan, K.D. Lang, Allen Stone, Augustana, Josh Turner, Little River Band, Jason Reeves, Reckless Kelly, Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada and The Departed, Vicci Martinez, Jerry Jeff Walker, Micky and The Motorcars, Vanessa Carlton, Andy Griggs, Rooney, and many others.

The incredible music kept on rolling with the next band to take the stage…Ben Union.

The Union sparked what has gone from a grassroots campaign to a creative movement, with the Union gospel spreading like the fire of political revolution.

Ben-Lead vocals and guitar, Derek-Bass, Talon-Guitar and backing vox and Jared-Drums are influenced by the likes of 311, The Police, RHCP, Incubus and U2. This foursome of musical madmen put on a killer show that is full of energy.

Over the river and through the wood… The Nixon Rodeo, all the way from Spokane Wa. was the next to take the stage in support of our wounded service members.

The Nixon Rodeo is mix of all that is good! Hard Rock, Punk, Metal, Pop, and Thrash! With catchy hooks and melodies that refuse to get out of your head, The Nixon Rodeo still manages to release driving beats and heavy punches.

Brent Forsyth – Lead Vox, Rythm guitar, Josh Crites – Lead Guitar, Travis Singleton – Bass Guitar and Ethan Harrison – Drums, Vocals make up this power packed, heavy metal force. With their 2012 debut album release of ‘Made To Bleed’ there is no stopping underdog juggernauts.

Rounding out an amazing night of music was the one and only Riot in Rhythm.

Riot in Rhythm has performed with Seattle favorites Windowpane, Temperedcast and Surface Tension, and has had several appearances on local rock radio station KISW’s ‘Loud & Local’ show.

finalists in the regional Gorilla Productions ‘Battle of the Bands’ for 2009. In 2011, their music video for “What I’ve Become” won Best Music Video at the Buffalo-Niagara International Film Festival and People’s Choice at the World Music and Independent Film Festival. As their fan base continues to grow, so does the demand for them to play larger venues

This, bottom line up front was an amazing day full of music and inspiration. I had the pleasure of meeting Wesley, a two time Purple Heart awardee. Wesley, the founder of life over legs and mentor to those struggling with PTSD, took the time to really put a face to the reason why we were all there at the 3rd annual Rock and Rally for the Troops. It wasn’t all about the music… It was about making a difference through music.

The Rock and Rally for the troops raised over $9,000 for our wounded service members on August 3rd making the total for the last three years the event has been held over $20,000. It just does not get much better than that. The Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club who sponsors the event raised over $2,000 of the $9,000 total.

This year was the biggest year yet… I don’t know how but I am sure that next year will be even better as the word spreads about this amazing opportunity to help heal through music.

To learn more about Operation Ward 57 visit them on the web –

To hear more about the amazing bands that donated their time and talent check them out on Facebook

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