Free Benefit Concert Featuring Josh Gracin

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 07/24/2018 - 13:23

Country Artist Josh Gracin Takes the Stage
Country artist Josh Gracin will headline a day filled with music, food, arts and crafts to benefit pediatric brain cancer research and families facing cancer at the second annual Rock the Plank outdoor concert, Saturday, August 4, 2018, on the campus of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School (SPLCS), 17051 24 Mile Rd, in Macomb, Mich.  New this year, the event will begin at 2 p.m. with an arts and crafts market, food trucks and a second stage filled with local performers throughout the day, before the main stage concerts kick off at 7 p.m.

The featured performer at this year’s Rock the Plank is Michigan-born country singer Josh Gracin, who catapulted to fame after auditioning for the second season of the hit television series American Idol. Gracin, who was serving in the United States Marine Corps at the time, quickly became a fan favorite and won the hearts of viewers with his strong fourth place finish on Idol.
“Josh is a Michigan raised artist, a solid person and country music is so popular in our area. Not to mention I love his music,” Rock The Plank organizer Darlene Piette said. “We are so very blessed and excited to have him as part of our event this year.”
In addition to Gracin, the concert will consist of several other artists. One of the performers will be Jalen Seawright, the worship arts director at Kensington Church in Troy who is a Christian artist and local favorite. Other performances include the Ohly band, Brian Bagozzi and Lia Catello.
“Jalen is bringing a 10-piece band. The crowd is in for a treat,” Piette said.
Attendees can bring lawn chairs or blankets to the event, but tarps, tents, umbrellas or other visual obstructions are not permitted. Pets, coolers and alcohol are also not permitted.
Event proceeds, which are collected only in the form of sponsorships and donations, will benefit two Michigan-based cancer foundations: the New Day Foundation for Families, based in Rochester, and The ChadTough Foundation, based in Saline.  The debut concert event in 2017 raised $10,000 for the organizations.

“The inspiration behind this event is to bring awareness and funding to the two foundations that we are holding up,” said Rock The Plank organizer Darlene Piette. “Both ChadTough and New Day are working so hard on behalf of cancer patients and their families in our community.  This is our way of helping them grow and thrive.”

With no admission cost, Rock The Plank will rely on sponsorships and donations to help support the work they do.  Concertgoers must register in advance to receive a parking pass for one of the designated lots. To register for the event, go to the Rock The Plank Home Page at and click the “Register Now” button.

New Day Foundation for Families, a 2017 Top-Rated NonProfit by GreatNonprofits and Silver Level Guidestar organization, is a Rochester, Michigan, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families overcome the harmful effects of Cancer Related Financial Toxicity (CRFT) by providing financial resources and emotional support for the purpose of improving treatment outcomes for cancer patients and their families. New Day believes no family should ever have to choose between cancer treatment and providing basic necessities for their family.  New Day offers financial grants in the form of short-term bill payment services, as well as emotional support programs for families who have children under the age of 18 in the home as they face the burdens that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 

The mission of The ChadTough Foundation is to fund research and raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).  The Foundation is named after Chad Carr, the son of Jason and Tammi Carr, and the grandson of U of M coach Lloyd Carr and U of M great Tom Curtis, who died of DIPG on November 23, 2015.
For more information on Rock The Plank, visit