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Issue date: 4/27/10 Section: Arts & Life

Golf patrons and music lovers came together for a good cause on April 6, as the 6th annual Rock Fore Dough concert came into town.

This year's show featured two of music's hottest acts, the Goo Goo Dolls and Colbie Caillat. Will McCranie, a local favorite, and Mark Bryan, formally of Hootie and the Blowfish, also performed at the event.

The concert benefited the kids at First Tee of Augusta, which is a national program designed by Tiger Woods' late father, Earl. The money raised from the concert would give the children the opportunity to play a round of golf for free, as well as learn how to be good people in the world.

McCranie said that he would rather do a charity concert than just any regular concert.

"It is always fun, and everybody here always has a good attitude," McCranie said. "I think it is just amazing."

McCranie's musical partner, Jacob Felz said he felt that First Tee is a great mission-oriented program for younger kids to keep them focus.

"It is not just about golf," Felz said. "It is about the lifestyle, and the choices that are made. It is great learning experience all-around. So, it is good to support them."

McCranie, who lives in New York, was performing for the first time at Rock Fore Dough, and called this experience, "really cool".

"It is something that I have come to in the past," McCranie said. "It is really awesome to actually get to do the other side of it, and I am really honored to do it."

The Goo Goo Dolls, who are known for such hits as, "Iris," "Black Balloon" and "Slide," said that the concert should be a good time for everybody.

"I think it is going to be a lot of fun because there is a good cause attached to it," said John Rzeznik, lead singer for the band. "Everybody seems to have more fun when there is cause attached to it."

Returning for a second year, Colbie Cailatt said it was nice to come back, and said she likes the opportunity to help out the kids at First Tee.

"They get to do what they love to do," Caillat said. "It gets them away from other activities such as watching T.V."

Prior to the concert, kids from the First Tee got to meet the musicians as well as take pictures with them.

The gates opened at 4:30 p.m. with McCranie, who plays mostly pop.

The concert, like previous years, was held outside, and was clear and sunny the whole time, which led to a mass of people.

Most of the artists agreed that the weather was a plus, with Rzeznik commenting that he and his band mates were glad to be out of the cold, up north.

"It is that kind of hot that I like," Rzeznik said. "It is a little humid, very nice."

Caillat, who is originally from Southern California, commented that she loves the hot weather because she gets to wear sandals and dresses, which is her favorite outfit.

Both Caillat and the Goo Goo Dolls were the last to perform, with the latter finishing the show.

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