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Seventh Day Slumber, others to rock the

"The arts are very important in a community - building community awareness and cultivating community spirit," said Andrew. "That's why we do this."

Hogle, "and their message is one of hope and a positive focus."

During their shows, Seventh Day Slumber does more than play music, Hogle said. The band's lead singer talks about his past addiction to cocaine and how he overcame it.

"He talks about how he was arrested and how he should be dead now because of his drug overdoses," said Hogle. "All the band members have stories ranging from severe depression to being suicidal and other issues."

The stories the bandmembers tell on stage marries well with their music, that has lyrics about the struggles they've had in their lives, said Hogle.

"Their music isn't like a lot of rock and roll; it doesn't glorify stuff like sex and drugs," he said. "They try to speak to their audience to help people move forward in their life."

Hogle, who by day is a teacher with the Plattsburgh City School District, feels it's important to stress positive messages like that to young people.

"I think our youth right now are really starving for change and really want something different," said Hogle. "Events like this give a high school kid or even a family a place to go out and know that there's not going to be alcohol served or have the kind of garbage that happens at your typical rock concerts."

"It's just really a positive outlet to be around, where you can socialize in a safe and friendly environment," he added.

Gates open for this Saturday's show at 5:30 p.m., with the show to start at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at Big Apple Audio, Adirondack Chocolatier, Great Adirondack Soup Company and the McSweeney's location on State Route 3. Tickets are also available on-line at www.solidrockpromo.com.

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

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