Rock to Live April 8th

Rock to Live, a project to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Ryan Bartel Foundation, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 8
th, at the Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville.

Organized by Loudoun Valley High School senior Varum Chharia, Rock to Live will feature live music and educational speakers. Chharia’s structure for the concert is to have a band perform, then a mental health speaker – who could talk about bullying, depression, drug abuse or other subjects – followed by another band, then another mental health speaker. His hope is to, not only raise suicide awareness, but also promote mental health and resources that are available to teens.

This event is free and open to the public. Food will be available.

Performers for Rock to Live include:

  • “A Will to Survive,” a musical from A Place to Be, that has been performed at the Kennedy Center.
  • Sub-Radio (a Washington, D.C., band that plays danceable pop music and has played at the Cherry Blossom Festival).
  • Never Born to Follow (a high school band from Tuscarora High School).
  • The Immortals (a local high school band from Loudoun Music Instruction in Lovettsville).
  • Willy Salzmann (a teen singer from Ashburn).

Speakers will include professional counselors. Among the speakers are some who have courageously offered to share their experiences with the hope of inspiring others:

  • A teenager who experienced low self-esteem and depression and attempted to end her life in eighth grade, but has overcome challenges.
  • A young adult who suffered from bullying and will share how she overcame her struggles. 

The Bush Tabernacle is located at 250 Nursery Ave., Purcellville.