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Silicon Valley Rocks! to take over DNA Lounge for music education

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Music education is crucial for cognitive development. Yet when it comes to budget cuts, the one program that is most likely to benefit learning in the long term is also the first to go. Music in Schools Today (MUST) was established in 1983 to address the crisis of cutbacks throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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On Thursday, December 12, over 400 industry professionals will gather at San Francisco's DNA Lounge for Silicon Valley Rocks! - an annual event that benefits the future of music education. Bands comprised of moonlighting venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and software developers will be performing original tracks and covers to help raise money for Music in Schools Today (MUST). This is a unique opportunity to find out what a band named after the open source movement really sounds like or if folks at Rdio, Gracenote, and BandPage can play as well as the musicians they help on a daily basis.

Register here and witness the following acts in all their geeky glory:

Opening: DJ Forty Fivean (Maravil)

South Hero (Facebook)
Blues Deluxe (Gracenote)
The Funkery (Pandora, Stand Sure)
Peter Chung Band Featuring Randi Zuckerberg (Supercell, BASIS, BranchOut, Zuckerberg Media, Facebook)
Regime (BandPage, featuring members of Big Light)
nSLASHa (Apple, mFoundry)
Open Source Band (Gigaom, Walden Venture Capital, Lyric Find, Rdio)
Coverflow/Rainbow Party (Mayfield)

Silicon Valley Rocks! was established in 2008 by Alison Murdock, a multi-instrumentalist and mother, to raise money for MUST while also connecting music and tech geeks in a fun, rocking environment. Sponsors including Outside Lands and Guitar Center have generously donated items for auction, as well, so attendees can finish up their holiday shopping or get a head start on New Year's resolutions. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit underserved schools and their students in grades K through 12.

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