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Radio personality to perform at Sammy's pre-grand opening

Show to benefit foster kids
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A few select fans in Roseville may be waiting with brimming anticipation for Sammy Hagar to take the stage at the new Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill on Vernon Street Sept. 15 — but music-lovers who can’t attend the invite-only show can get a sneak preview of the bar when celebrated radio host Joe Getty and his band christen the venue Saturday, Sept. 8 in order to raise money and awareness for local foster kids. Getty, who lives in Rocklin, is currently one half of the successful morning radio program Armstrong & Getty. In 2009, he formed the drum-heavy, blues-flavored rock group, Joe Getty & The Dead Flowers. The band released its debut album “Low Expectations” that same year and describes it signature sound as “American music, just a little twisted, louder and nastier.” The band’s guitarist, Richard Austin, lives in Granite Bay and bassist Ritch Shefke lives in Auburn. Keyboardist Matt Holland and drummer Mark Martinez are also from the region. With a new album in tow, Joe Getty & The Dead Flowers will have the distinction of being the first music act ever to perform at Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill — even ahead of the restaurant’s namesake. The reason is that the band’s new song collection, which was co-produced by regional music legend Joe Johnston, is a benefit album meant to help some of society’s most invisible children. Proceeds from sales of “One More Mile” go to the Sleep Train Foster Kids program. The organization provides school supplies, shoes, clothing and other forms of support to thousands of children currently in foster care. “I’ve been working with Dave Carlsen from Sleep Train for years,” Getty told the Press Tribune. “Even when we’d be talking about business, this passion he has for helping foster kids would always come up. I think we learned a lot from him about the dire straights these kids are in. You hear about kids getting taken away from their parents, but you don’t always hear about what happens to them after that. It’s a situation that’s really tugged on my heart strings. Everyone in the band plays music because we love it, so when we started working on the new album, we thought, why not do this album for kids who are going through that.” All ticket proceeds from the Sept. 8 concert at Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill will go to the Sleep Train Foster Kids program. One pair of the invite-only tickets to Sammy Hagar’s grand opening performance at the bar will also be awarded to someone at the Joe Getty & the Dead Flowers benefit show. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill is at 238 Vernon St. in Roseville. For more information about Joe Getty and the Dead Flowers, visit armstrongandgetty.talk650kste.com/pages/deadflowers.html. ~ Scott Thomas Anderson