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‘Rockin' 4 The Waters’ Concert In Stuart To Feature Live Music For A Good Cause

Jam out to live music in an effort to help save our waters. 

Rockin’ 4 the Waters—a four-part benefit concert to raise awareness about water pollution, water quality and the harmful effects of Lake Okeechobee discharges—will host its grand finale at The Stillery in Stuart on Wednesday, July 27. 

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to The Indian Riverkeeper, an organization that works to protect the ecosystem of the Indian River Lagoon. 

A resident in Port St. Lucie since 1996, event organizer Ariane Suikki was inspired to take action after seeing the viral video of Treasure Coast locals rinsing off a manatee that was swimming through an algae-filled canal. She decided enough was enough and began making calls. 

“This is surely an issue that’s going to last for many, many generations unless it is fixed now,” she said. “And we have to start somewhere.” 

Eventually, she got Jasin O'Neil Todd (formerly of Shinedown) and Virginia Rose Band on board, along with a variety of local groups. 

The first benefit took place in Cape Coral on July 20. Two other performances are scheduled in Satellite Beach (Monday night) and New Port Richey (Tuesday).

Suikki stresses the focus of the event is not just limited to raising awareness about the current issues making headlines; it's to drive home the message that caring for our marine life and actively working to resolve the situation should be a top priority. 

“We’re losing our coral reefs; we’re losing our livelihood," she said. “Kids are not going to have the opportunity to go snorkeling, to do the things my kids did when they were younger."

In addition to tunes, attendees at the Stuart show can look forward to a silent auction, with prizes including art, gift certificates to local restaurants, music lessons and more. There will also be the opportunity to sign petitions in an effort to ensure locals get their concerns heard. 

“We can’t change the world, but we can [work to] change our little corner of it,” Suikki said. 

The evening begins at 9 p.m. and is expected to last until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Must be 21 or older. 


The Stillery; 2196 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart

(Image via Twitter/Jasin O'Neil Todd)