617 Rocks Foundation Announces First Annual Charity Benefit Concert with Godsmack at MGM Music Hall at Fenway

May 20, 2022

Today, the 617 Rocks Foundation, in partnership with Live Nation, announced that its first annual charity benefit concert will take place on Saturday, August 27,2022, as part of the grand opening celebration of the new MGM Music Hall atFenway. The concert will feature Godsmack and Otherwise, and all proceeds willbenefit The Scars Foundation, a mental health charity founded by Godsmack frontman Sully Erna, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Details on the concert can befound below:

617 Rocks Presents Godsmack & Otherwise
Saturday, August 27th
Doors: 6:30pm / Show 8:00pm
MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Tickets on sale Friday, May 20th, at 10am EST

The 617 Rocks Foundation was established earlier this year with the goal of harnessing the community-creating power of live music to raise funds in support cancer research and treatment and mental health awareness. Branded as a big tent music festival, 617 Rocks welcomes artists from the wide array of rock subgenres and fans of all ages and backgrounds. The foundation aims to expand the concert in future years, with the hope of operating a festival across multiple Fenway music venues featuring local talent.

617 Rocks Fest founder Barry Finegold decided to reach out to Lawrence,Massachusetts native Sully Erna about starting a charity benefit concert after seeing the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic had taken on the live music industry, as well as everyone’s mental health. “This concert and the future festivals we plan on hosting will bring people together via the power of music to support two causes that are very close to my heart,” said Finegold. “The past two years have been challenging for my family, as they have for every family. On top of the stress and isolation of the pandemic, my wife is bravely battling cancer. I also lost my sister Joni to lung cancer in 2012, and my mother is in recovery after facing cancer two years ago. We know that, unfortunately, mental health and cancer both touch almost everyone in some way, so I wanted to bring together our local music community to support these two important causes.”

The Scars Foundation Executive Director Naomi Fabricant echoed the need for resources in the Greater Boston area. “Four years ago, when Sully Erna and I first started talking about launching The Scars Foundation, we both realized that there was something much bigger going on,” said Fabricant. “When I was introduced to Barry Finegold two years ago and understood the work he does in Lawrence, it was obvious that The Scars Foundation needed to bring our programming and resources to Sully’s hometown. Knowing Sully’s story and understanding the challenges that Lawrence and the surrounding community still face today, we hope that our work and this partnership help to improve and save lives.

“We applaud Barry and Sully for their vision in creating the inaugural 617 Rocks Fest concert and are honored to be one of the local beneficiaries,” said Melany Duval, Senior VicePresident and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. “We look forward to working together to increase awareness of the need for funding for cancer care and treatment at Dana-Farber.”

 Tickets go on sale on Friday, May at 10am EST at MGMFenwayMusicHall.com.