Rock On for First Responders at Benefit Concert Featuring 102.5 The Bone’s Cowhead, Pitbull Toddler and Scream Machine


Funds Raised Benefit The Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation and Hillsborough Firefighters Benevolent Relief Fund


TAMPA, Fla. – As part of the brand new Hard Rock Heatwave concert series, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa along with 102.5 The Bone present the First Responders Tribute Concert at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday, August 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. All first responders get in free with their badge, and the first 500 get a commemorative T-shirt. Mike “Cowhead” Calta of The Cowhead Show on 102.5 The Bone will emcee the benefit concert as well as perform with his band Pitbull Toddler. Scream Machine will also perform. The event is 21 and up with a suggested donation of $10. There will also be a silent auction featuring rockin’ items such as guitars signed by Sum 41 and Gavin DeGraw. All funds raised benefit first responder charities including the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation and Hillsborough Firefighters Benevolent Relief Fund.


The community will also be able to nominate first responders for the inaugural Rock Solid Under Pressure Award. Nominations are now being accepted at The grand prize winner will receive a guitar, a grand prize trip, dinner at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant and breakfast at The Green Room. The winner will be announced at the First Responders Tribute Concert on August 9.


The concert schedule is as follows:

  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Scream Machine
  • 9 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. Pitbull Toddler


The Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation was created in memory of Deputy Lynn Sowers. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to financially assist Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office employees who have suffered a catastrophic event. To date, the Foundation has distributed over $1 million to employees in need, while protecting the identity and privacy of all recipients. The majority of funding is derived from employee donations, mainly through payroll contribution. The organization also accepts donations from private sources and the community. Donations can be mailed to The Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 270441, Tampa, FL 33688.


Hillsborough Firefighters Benevolent Relief Fund’s mission is to respond to a brother or sister firefighter in need. In 2004, the nonprofit organization was established. Their focus is on firefighters in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, MacDill and Hillsborough. To learn more, visit


Scream Machine was formed in 2010 with members Jay Hajj (vocals), Craig Johnston (guitar/vocals), Dave Wrenn (drums), and Brad Keith (bass). The band plays ‘80s, ‘90s and current hard-rocking hits.


Formed out of the popular Cowhead Show in 2008, Pitbull Toddler has kicked in the door of the Tampa music scene with their combination of blues/metal driven originals and popular covers. The members, Cowhead (Bass), Galvin (Drums), John Brennan (Guitar/vocals), Pete Larios (guitar) and Josh Maloney (vocals), have been performing for nearly a decade in separate projects throughout the area. It was not until Pitbull Toddler, however, that the five reached the potential, the decibel levels and high enough temperatures.


About Hard Rock Heatwave

Hard Rock Heatwave features daily promotions and sizzling summer fun starting July 1. From rockin’ entertainment with celebrity guests to sexy nighttime pool parties, there’s no other place in Central Florida to cool down in while enjoying a cocktail and a smokin’ hot scene. On “Million Dollar Mondays,” players have the chance to win their share of $100,000 in Free Play. It’s “Two-fer Tuesdays” with 2-for-1 food specials for two times the fun! Buy one, get one free: coffee at Rise Kitchen & Bakery, buffet at Fresh Harvest, dessert at The Green Room and draft beer at Hard Rock Cafe (offer valid at location purchased). “Wet & Wild Wednesdays” feature hourly $500 cash drawings (three winners per hour) and weekly grand prize drawings including two Yamaha Waverunners, a Ford Mustang Convertible, a Yamaha Jet Boat and two Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. “Thirsty Thursdays & Tournament Thursdays” feature $2 well drinks and $2 Coors Original (while gaming) and $5,000 blackjack tournaments. And on Fridays, players won’t want to miss out on T.G.I. Friday Slot Tournaments or the “Hot Summer Nights Pool Parties” in partnership with Hot 101.5. Poolside parties are free and open to the public, ages 21 and older. All bars all summer long will offer tasty Beach Bum Umbrella Drinks in a 16 oz. souvenir cup for only $7 (with $5 refills) and $3 Coors Original.


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. This ultimate entertainment destination features 118 table games including Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles and Poker, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold ‘em Poker, along with over 5,000 slot machines and a smoke-free poker room with 50 tables offering high stakes action. The luxurious High Limit Table Games Room features 17 tables for blackjack and midi-baccarat and offers higher table limits, a personal cashier and attentive bartenders. For the sixth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Guests can enjoy a new pool area and restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 142 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant, and Rise Kitchen & Bakery™, which features freshly baked breads and entrees made with fresh ingredients. The new Asian gaming complex Jubao Palace features 17 table games and an accompanying 15-seat, quick service noodle bar. Valet and more than 5,000 free, self-parking spaces are available. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at  or Follow us on Twitter at





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