Redmonds Celebrity Co-Chairs of San Miguel School Rocks Event

The Redmonds are happy to join rockers and business leaders in showing their support for San Miguel School Chicago, the “Little School That Could”, located in the Back of The Yards neighborhood on the South Side, by celebrity co-chairing the annual San Miguel School Rocks fundraiser on October 29th featuring headliners Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck!

San Miguel’s mission is transforming lives through education, commitment, and love. 97% of San Miguel students are at or below the U.S. poverty rate, but the high school graduation rate for San Miguel alumni is 92% (national rate is 75% and CPS is 63%).

Returning School Rocks Celebrity co-chairs lending their support to the event include Larry Wert, President/Broadcast Media of the Tribune Company, Howard Tullman, Chairman/Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, Chicago rock legends JY Young of Styx, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Mike Arturi of The Lovin’ Spoonful, and Jim Peterik of the Ides of March and Survivor.

Celebrity co-chair newcomers represent Chicago’s rock & roll past and present, including Jimy Sohns and John Roberts of The Shadows of Knight, James Fairs and Jim Pilster of The Cryan’ Shames, Mimi Betinis, John Pazdan & Mick Rain of Pezband, Brad Elvis & Chloe Orwell of The Handcuffs, and Mike & Katie Redmond of The Redmonds. For good measure the co-chairs are joined by Jim McCarty, founding member/drummer/vocalist of The Yardbirds – though not a Chicagoan, McCarty and the Yardbirds were deeply influenced by the Chicago blues scene and eventually recorded at the fabled Chess Studios at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue during the Jeff Beck lineup years.

All the Celebrity co-chairs are fans of legendary Grammy® Award winners and music icons Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck who will perform at the 7th annual School Rocks benefit concert on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, at Chicago’s House of Blues. 100% of the proceeds will provide scholarships and community support to inner-city students at San Miguel School Chicago.

Tickets for the School Rocks benefit concert are $300 and available at or 773.890.0233. Admission includes full open bar from 7-11pm, a food buffet, and open seating. Get there early and get close to the stage! This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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  1. Jen

    7 years ago

    This event was awesome!

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