A sweet side to hard rockers

Raw SugarFor rock band Raw Sugar, size really does matter.

The dynamic nine-piece outfit, comprising some of Adelaide’s best talent, is big in every way – big sound, big production, big effort and big hearts.

The band members have pooled their sizeable talents to create a high-impact rock show that not only gives music enthusiasts a big night out, but also gives back to the community.

Raw Sugar has embarked on a campaign to raise serious funds for charities while treating concert-goers to a show reminiscent of the productions staged at some of Adelaide’s most popular venues back in the ’80s and ’90s.

Members of the band first formed a lifelong alliance during their school days in Adelaide’s western suburbs and have since then gone on to establish names for themselves in the local and national music industry.

Take for instance the band’s talented musical director and keyboard player Sam Liguoro who toured with Glen Shorrick in the early 2000s.

Frontman Craig Holden is another well-known face and voice. Craig started his musical career with The Moonshine Jug and String Band at university, playing with John and Rick Brewster Jones (The Angels). Craig also played uni gigs with his now high-profile music industry identity brother Mark Holden, before becoming a founding member of the Smarty Boys, a successful Adelaide corporate show band.

Having reformed after 25 years, Raw Sugar is back bigger and bolder than ever, now specialising in cover versions of some of the greatest rock tracks from the past four decades.

In essence, Raw Sugar is all about entertaining to the max and rocking for a reason.

“And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in May when we kick off the first of what will be a series of high-energy, fund-raising performances throughout 2010 and beyond,” said Raw Sugar’s Rennie Mazzone.

“The Rock For A Cause show at West Beach will be a massive night of classic rock hits, complete with full light, sound and pyrotechnic show,” said Rennie. “It will be an action-packed dance rock experience.”

The night of non-stop rock and entertainment at the Adelaide Shores Function Centre on May 22 has been organised to raise funds for two very special causes – that of Adelaide’s Hutt Street Centre for the homeless and vulnerable, and to assist the family of 18-year-old Shauni Bow in her battle to overcome cancer.

Rock For A Cause in March will feature silent and live auctions of unique and priceless items and life experiences, proceeds from which will also help raise vital funds for Hutt Street Centre and the Shauni Bow fundraising effort.

Tickets for the event are $65 and include finger food throughout the night and drinks on arrival. Tickets can be purchased via, by emailing [email protected] or by phoning 08 8418 2500.

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