Gin Blossoms to perform at 'Stop! Rock 'n' Roll' event

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PHOENIX -- The United Phoenix Firefighters Association is putting on a unique fundraiser Saturday, and it's a music lover's nirvana.

Stop! Rock and Roll, which is billing itself as Phoenix's premiere music festival, will feature music from several local bands. The Gin Blossoms on headlining.

Proceeds from the daylong concert event will go to support a variety of community programs.

The concert event will rock Steele Indian School Park, which is at Third Street and Indian School Road on Saturday, March 19. Gates open at 10 a.m.

The music will be going on all day long, beginning with Chris Parker Project at 10:30 a.m.

The Preserve, Los Guys, Random Karma, Andy Hersey, and Tramps and Thieves will also play for about an hour each with 30-minute breaks in between.

The Gin Blossoms are scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m.

Robin Wilson and Scott Johnson of the Gin Blossoms, who got their start in Tempe before hitting the big time, stopped by 3TV Friday morning to talk about Stop! Rock and Roll. The band, which broke up in 1997 and reunited in 2002, released their fifth album, “No Chocolate Cake,” in September. Their set list for Stop! Rock and Roll will feature both hits from the mid-1990s, as well as new material from “No Chocolate Cake.”

Tickets for Stop! Rock and Roll are $25, and will be available at the gate.

Concert-goers are allowed to bring blankets and beach chairs, as well as unopened bottled of water.

The United Phoenix Firefighters Association represents approximately 3,000 members in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Tempe, and Chandler. They support a number of local charities, include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Foundation for Burns and Traumas, Homeward Bound, and Habitat for humanity, to name just a few.