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Tedeschi Trucks Band to headline Rock Strong 4 Life Concert to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 21, 2011

Tedeschi Trucks Band to headline inaugural benefit on September 24th

Tedeschi Trucks Band to headline inaugural benefit on September 24th

Louisville, KY ‐ (August 17, 2011) – Rock Strong 4 Life, the region’s first concert and event

to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, will take place Saturday, September 24th at

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Headlining the inaugural benefit

with a special performance will be nationally‐acclaimed blues based and southern rock

group Tedeschi Trucks Band.

“This benefit is the first of its kind for Louisville and we’re thrilled to welcome such a

nationally‐respected group to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium,” said Dewayne Rudd, Rock

Strong 4 Life non‐profit organizer and UPS pilot. “Most importantly, we’re honored that the

University of Louisville gave us an incredible opportunity to raise awareness and generate

funding to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation find a cure for this devastating disease.”

The Tedeschi Trucks Band headlines an evening focused on sharing stories of heartbreak

and hope surrounding CF, and using the universal languages of love and music to support

the fight against the life‐threatening disease.

Joining the Tedeschi Trucks Band and kicking off the benefit will be a local group, the GDrive

Band led by Gustavo Renovalez and featuring Louisville blues vocalist, Laurie Jessup,

who also works as a UPS jet mechanic supervisor. Renovalez, worship minister at He Visto

la Luz church near Churchill Downs, has a seven year old daughter, Aldana, with CF and

says, “We hope this evening of music and testimonies about our struggles against a

merciless disease will result in CF standing for ‘Cure Found’.”

Cystic fibrosis is a potentially fatal genetic disease that affects over 100,000 worldwide.

Approximately 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective gene. CF

substantially impairs the respiratory system and digestive function, making simple acts of

eating and breathing a challenge. The average life expectancy is 37 years and there is no

cure for the disease. This special event will help fund research that ultimately could give

children and young adults with CF the quality of life and future they deserve.

The concert caps an entire day of awareness for the genetic disease that affects 30,000

people in the United States and over 70,000 people worldwide. Prior to the concert, the

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the “Climb for Life Event” in the morning in which

University of Louisville football players and Head Coach Charlie Strong will welcome the CF

supporters walking the steps at Cardinal Stadium to raise money for a cure.

Media Contact:

Matt Willinger



Tickets for the Rock Strong 4 Life CF Benefit Concert will go on sale to the public Friday,

August 19th. Tickets can be purchased at or through the University of

Louisville ticket office.

Tickets are priced at $30, $40, and $50 with specially priced tickets at $25 for U of L

students. University of Louisville students can purchase tickets at the UofL ticket office with

student identification. For more information, please visit or

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The

Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available

today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also

supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National

Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donorsupported

nonprofit organization. For more information, go to

About Tedeschi Trucks Band

Unquestionably the most formidable husband/wife team in the history of southern rock and blues music,

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have put together a new band which is officially scheduled to hit the

road in the spring and summer of 2011 with a studio album soon to follow. The first generation of this

new lineup made appearances at some of the most prestigious festivals of last year including New

Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and

Japan’s Fuji Rock Fest.

Trucks’ slide guitar playing is second to none. He has led his own The Derek Trucks Band for over 15

years, has been the slide guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band for more than ten, toured the world

with Eric Clapton and was featured on the cover of the 2007 Rolling Stone “New Guitar Gods” issue.

Combine that with Trucks’ 6th studio album release (“Already Free”) debuting at #19 on the Billboard

Top 200 Chart and it’s no wonder why he is the youngest musician to date to make Rolling Stones list of

“Top 100 Guitarists of All Time”.

Tedeschi has risen to fame with multiple Grammy Award nominations. Her powerful singing voice and

fearless stage presence have made her one of the most stirring soul and blues musicians of our time. Add

her knack for musical truth telling and her commanding guitar playing, and you have an artist who is

quickly taking her place as the new generation’s greatest female blues guitar/singer and, perhaps, one

of the best ever.

Tedeschi Trucks Band at Wanee Festival April 2011

With the added accolade of individual 2010 Grammy Award nominations, this duo will undoubtedly

take the world by storm and are poised to become one of the greatest husband and wife performing

duos of all time.

Tedeschi Trucks Band to headline inaugural benefit on September 24th

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