Ready to Rock

Hands That Rock Tribute Band Festival combines music and massage to support local community music programs


When Darcy Lynch began giving massages at music festivals six years ago, and donating a portion of her proceeds to charity, she knew she wanted to leverage her business to make it more charitable. Her idea? To bring the magic of music to underserved communities around the world.

On September 15, Lynch will bring that magic to her local South County community, hosting the First Annual Hands That Rock Tribute Band Festival at the Bonnet Shores Beach Club in Narragansett with the help of her nonprofit, Hands That Rock (HTR), which provides massage therapy at music festivals to raise money for music education. The event will raise funds needed to support music scholarships for Narragansett and South Kingstown school district students.

Taking the stage at the festival will be tribute bands Chicago Total Access (Chicago), Merchants of Cool (Foreigner), and Barefoot Rebel (Lynyrd Skynyrd). In addition to the stunning live performances, the festival will also feature a silent auction where they’ll be selling collectors-grade signed instruments from world-renowned artists and bands like Journey, Peter Frampton, Johnny Cash, Green Day, Steely Dan, and more. A music-lover’s dream, the proceeds from sold items will also benefit music scholarships for students. Bidding for larger auction items begins before the event on HTR’s website.

Rounding off the festivities will be light beach fare, refreshments and an instrument donation drive. Lynch expresses that she is “very excited to be hosting this important program supporting music scholarships [in] Rhode Island.” Since HTR’s inception in 2012, they’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars for student music programs by providing chair massage services for audiences at music events. Their undertaking has surely been successful in following their mission, Lynch adding that “we wanted to create an event model that can be easily repeated in towns and cities across America. Our Tribute Band Festival is that vehicle and we believe this will be very successful.”

Tickets to the event are $35 and available for purchase online through HTR’s website. Lynch invites the public to join them in support of music students in the local community, guaranteeing a “splendid time for all.”