Family Force 5 is selling out venues on their 30-city Dance, Rawr, Dance Tour with bands Jonezetta and The Secret Handshake, as well as making wishes come true by partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the recent Hollywood, CA show where a terminally ill fan and his band got the chance to open up for Family Force 5.
Sold-out venues to date include stops in Albuquerque, NM, both the Austin and Dallas, TX shows as well as Cinninatti, OH, and San Diego and Anaheim, CA. The Austin show brought out more fans than the venue could accommodate with 374 in attendance and over 200 fans turned away.
With amazing turnouts on tour however, it was a Make-A-Wish Foundation "Wish Child" who marked the October 18th show as most memorable. Paul, a 16 year old with cystic fibrosis, along with his band Heroes For Villains was enlisted to play several songs at Hollywood's Knitting Factory Dance, Rawr, Dance tour stop. In addition to Paul's wish to open for his favorite band, he and his mates were also able to spend some hang time with Family Force 5 and learn more about the music industry.
Another facet to the Dance, Rawr, Dance Tour includes a sponsorship by Outerlight Entertainment partners Family Force with Jedidiah Clothing and the Hope Collection, a series of t-shirts designed to benefit various humanitarian organizations and their causes. Tour attendees who purchase a "special edition" t-shirt help support various social aid affiliates, with $5.00 from every sale going to the Hope Collection charities. The special edition shirt also includes a Gotee Records digital artist sampler in conjunction with start-up digital service DiscRevolt. (www.jedidiahusa.com) To date the Hope Collection has sold over 400 t-shirts on the tour run.
Since their debut 2006 release Business Up Front, Party In The Back, Family Force 5 has been catapulted onto the music scene with a performance on CBS TV's The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, two performances on DIRECTV's CD USA, and music video play on MTVU.com. The band has also racked up two #1 rock radio hits "Replace Me" and "Love Addict" at Christian radio. Family Force tours over 200 dates a year including 2006's Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour, 2007's Van's Warped Tour and dates with TobyMac. Led by front man and guitarist Solomon Olds (aka Soul Glow Activator), Family Force 5 includes Solomon's two brothers Jacob Olds (aka Crouton) on drums/vocal, and his twin Joshua Olds (aka Fatty) on bass/vocals. The force of five is rounded out by Nathan Currin (aka Nadaddy) on keyboard and Derek Mount (aka Chap Stique) on guitar.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 41 minutes and has granted more than 153,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
UPCOMING DANCE RAWR DANCE TOUR DATES:
11/09/07 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory
11/10/07 - Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheels
11/11/07 - Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon
11/12/07 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11/13/07 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
11/14/07 - Nashville, TN - Rcktwn
11/15/07 - Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
11/16/07 - Jacksonville, FL - Murray Hill Theatre