Sneakers and Speakers Benefit Concert


Jul 12, 2014
02:30 PM


Rock On Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be holding its Sneakers and Speakers Benefit Concert on Saturday, July 12 at Redhook Brewery. Sneakers and Speakers Benefit is hosted and curated by Luke and Matt Bonner (San Antonio Spurs).

This one-day outdoor festival will feature performances by Okkervil RiverKevin Devine + The Goddamn BandThe WhigsJason Anderson, and Hawk and Dove. In addition to the outstanding music line-up, this event will be complete with lawn games, an assortment of local vendors, and other surprises with all proceeds benefitting the Rock On Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports community art and athletic initiatives.

“We’re wicked excited to keep developing Sneakers and Speakers as a flagship event for Rock On Foundation,” said Rock On Foundation Executive Director Luke Bonner. “This home state event is the most special one to me. The line-up is great, it’s for a great cause, and it’s summer time in New Hampshire. You can’t beat it.”

With Meriden, N.H. origins, Okkervil River will be headlining the day’s festivities.

“Okkervil River is one of my all-time favorite bands. I credit them with getting me into indie rock,” said Matt Bonner. “As someone who grew up in New Hampshire throughout the 80s, I’ve loved following all of the New Hampshire-related promotion surrounding The Silver Gymnasium release. It’s only fitting that they’re going to be joining this amazing line-up for a special show in good ole New Hampsh’ah.”

Vocalist Will Sheff and drummer Seth Warren first rubbed shoulders as high-school students in New Hampshire. The two reconvened years later in Austin, Tex., where they formed Okkervil River. Okkervil River rose to national prominence in 2005 following the release of their album Black Sheep Boy. In late 2013, Okkervil River released their 7th LP, The Silver Gymnasium. The album is an ode to Sheff's home state of New Hampshire, and peaked as high as #7 on the Billboard 200. Okkervil River has graced the stages of the biggest music festivals in the world, including Lollapalooza, Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Glastonbury, to name a few. They've also had their own Austin City Limits taping for PBS and have made multiple appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Another major addition to the line-up, Singer and songwriter Kevin Devine has won a loyal following in indie rock circles for his emotionally urgent songs of love, life, and politics. Devine released his first solo album Circle Gets the Square in 2002. In early 2013, Devine joined the growing number of artists who turned to crowdfunding to finance their recording projects; he launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 in order to produce two albums, and the target figure was reached in less than a day. After raising $114,000, Devine completed and self-released two albums in the fall of 2013: Bulldozer, a solo album, and Bubblegum, a collaboration with the Goddamn Band produced by Jesse Lacey. Kevin Devine has taken the stage at major festivals including Coachella, Bonaroo, and Austin City Limits. For Sneakers and Speakers, Devine will be performing with his full band.

Rounding out the line-up of headlining caliber bands is beloved Athens, Ga. power rock trio The Whigs. Known for their rollicking sweat-soaked live show, The Whigs have toured the world with acts such as Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and the Hold Steady, and captivated television audiences with stage-stealing performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. After more than a decade of playing to audiences around the world and with four acclaimed albums under their belt, The Whigs have shown themselves to be one of America's preeminent rock bands.  

Additionally, New Hampshire native Jason Anderson and Brooklyn-based Hawk and Dove will be taking the stage to get things started.

Generous support from local companies including GYK AntlerRedhook Brewery92.5 The RiverThe Mountain CorpDyn, and Dos Amigos Burritos have played an instrumental role in helping this event come together.

Gates for the show will open at 2:30 p.m. The show is for ages 21 and up. Valid photo identification with proof of age is required to gain entry. This will be a non-smoking event. Advanced tickets are available for $15 ($25 day of) and can be purchased at


$15 in advance, $25 day of


View map Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way
Portsmouth, NH

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