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Raising money and having fun all part of the annual Medlock-Krieger Invitational

It all started with a way to honor a fallen hero.

When former NFL player Pat Tillman was killed while serving with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, Moorpark resident Scott Medlock, a renowned sports artist who knew Tillman through mutual friends, wanted to do something to honor Tillman's legacy.

He decided to organize a golf and music event to raise money to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation. He asked his friend, legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, to see whether musicians would come and play.

Every year the Scott Medlock-Robbie Krieger Invitational has gotten bigger and better.

After raising money for the Tillman Foundation during the first three years, Medlock and Krieger made St. Jude Children’s Hospital the main beneficiary after Medlock was paired with St. Jude CEO Richard Shadyac at another golf tournament.

“Hearing about those kids melted my heart,” Medlock said. “I am blessed. I have three amazing kids who fortunately are all healthy. So we wanted to help kids are are not so fortunate. We want to do our part.

"So Robby and I decided to switch the focus to St. Jude and we haven’t looked back since. It’s an amazing organization. It’s snowballed and each year has gotten and bigger. It’s special to help these kids.”

The 10th annual version of the event started with a concert Sunday in Malibu, where Krieger and rock legends like Tommy Thayer of KISS, Danny Seraphine from Chicago, newcomer George Thorogood and others put on a four-hour concert. 

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Danny Seraphine, Founding Member of Chicago, Shares Music Education with Youth​

California Transit Authority (CTA), which features founding Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, celebrates its new album Sacred Ground by supporting music education with its release. CTA has teamed up with the Fender Music Foundation to donate 10 percent of the album's net profits to help provide instruments to music classrooms, after school programs and music therapy programs.

Seraphine and his CTA band mates truly understand that learning to play musical instruments can saves lives. Their goal with this project is to revitalize the jazz/rock genre, which has largely been neglected in today's mainstream music. In addition, CTA has put together an amazing set of incentives to reward fans for their commitment to this project, including autographed CDs, VIP tickets to their album release party at the 2013 NAMM show and passes to upcoming concerts.

CTA will be headlining a private concert at the House of Blues, San Diego on April 13, hosted by Emerald Data Solutions™, Inc. -- developer of BoardDocs® paperless meeting solutions, in conjunction with the National School Board Association's Annual Conference.

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Chicago's Former Drummer Grabs the Spotlight

In his induction speech, Rob Thomas did everything possible to assure the crowd that Chicago were much cooler than most people thought. "If you think Chicago is your mom's band," he said, "then I want to party with your mom!" But it wasn't until former Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine stepped up to the microphone that his point was proven: "We lived together, as most bands do, we cried together, we fought together, we fucked together," he said. "'Please wrap it up?' Screw you. I've waited 25 fucking years for this!" By the end even his bandmates were urging him to stop talking, but the crowd loved it, as did Kid Rock. "The drummer for Chicago turns out to be a fucking badass!" he said before inducting Cheap Trick.

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Danny Seraphine Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 

Pioneering jazz-rock drummer/composer/author and founding member of the Grammy® Award-winning rock group, Chicago, Danny Seraphine was officially inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, April 8th at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center.  Worldwide, Chicago has sold in excess of 122 million albums and has earned an estimated 22 gold, 18 platinum and 8 multiplatinum albums. 

A long-time endorser of DW Drums, pedals and hardware, Seraphine played a California Custom Shop Collector’s Series drumset in new, retro-inspired White Crystal FinishPly at the induction ceremony.  Seraphine designed the kit with DW executive vice president and drum designer, John Good, to emulate the sets he played in the 70’s.  The kit, which includes a vintage-style “rail” tom mount and single-headed toms, “Looks and feels like the original – only better,” commented Seraphine.
“This is a career milestone for Danny and we wanted to make him something really special to commemorate the occasion.  He’s been such an important part of DW’s history as a company, and we’re immensely proud to have been a small part of Chicago’s amazing journey,” remarked Good.

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