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Since we first began Rock The Barn in 2005, we have gained increasing community support and press coverage. Here’s a look at recent media coverage:

YNN Your News Now


Rock The Barn Music Festival

By Antoinette Bryant

Published July 21, 2012

ARTVOICE See You There!


Editor’s Pick: Rock The Barn

By Cory Perla


Published July 19, 2012

Buffalo News

Rock The Barn Ready To Roll

By Matt Glynn


Published: July 18, 2012 12:08pm

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Rock the Barn adds a second day of music to benefit Meals on Wheels

By Matt Glynn



July 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Updated: July 14, 2011, 9:18 AM

A few years ago, businessman Paul Stephen was showing his friend Doug Sitler some undeveloped Clarence property he had acquired, complete with a yellow barn.

Sitler, a public relations professional with experience in concert promotions, looked over the spread and told Stephen the place would be perfect for a concert.

Thus was born the idea for Rock the Barn. The seventh annual edition will take place this week at 9015 Main St., east of Shimerville Road. The event benefits Meals on Wheels of Western New York, specifically its service in Clarence, Akron and Newstead.

This year, Rock the Barn is expanding to two days. Friday will feature five rock bands, headlined by Big Leg Emma, and Saturday will have five blues bands, headlined by Clarence Spady.

The event has come a long way. The first edition, in 2005, consisted of one band, drew 250 people and raised $4,000. Last year’s concert drew 2,500 people and raised more than $50,000. In its six-year history, Rock the Barn has raised about $145,000 for Meals on Wheels.

“People just come out, and they do a wonderful job,” said Melissa Hammond, Meals on Wheels’ director of public relations.

The concert is held on land behind the yellow barn. With all the work that goes into the setup, organizers decided to try a two-day event, adding a blues lineup on the second day, Stephen said.

Strong support from sponsors, donors and volunteers has helped the event grow dramatically, Sitler said.

“It seems like an event that the Clarence region has kind of claimed as their own,” he said. “This is kind of becoming their signature event out here.”

Noel Dill, another organizer who is vice president of Stephen Development, said money raised by the concert helps cover the cost of providing Meals on Wheels service to recipients who cannot afford to pay. Last year in the Clarence- Newstead-Akron area, 130 people on seven routes received more than 25,000 meals.

Gates open at 4 p. m. both Friday and Saturday, with music from 4:30 p. m. to 11 p. m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; a ticket is good for admission both Friday and Saturday. Children under 10 are admitted free. For more details, visit rockthebarn. com.


Author. “ Rock the Barn adds a second day of music to benefit Meals on Wheels.”

Title of Publication Date: July 14, 2011, 12:00 AM



2011 AM Buffalo Appearance – Rock The Barn!


Clarence Newstead Task Force Recognized as 2010 Organization of the Year


New York State Resolution Commending Clarence Newstead Meals on Wheels Task Force and Rock The Barn

Check out some more information at

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