Edwin McCain to headline Rock the Research fundraiser in July

Special to the Daily

VAIL — Alternative-rock singer and songwriter Edwin McCain will headline the annual Rock the Research fundraising concert that will take place this summer to benefit the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. Rock the Research is scheduled for July 5 at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Sponsorships are still available, and tickets are now on sale for the annual dinner and live auction. The cocktail reception is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the concert starts at 6 p.m. and a dinner, live and silent auction and DJ and dancing will immediately follow.

Silver anniversary

This year’s Rock the Research event will commemorate the silver anniversary celebration of the Institute and will recognize the contributions of Dr. J. Richard Steadman. Steadman is an orthopaedic knee surgeon and founder of The Steadman Philippon Research Institute and The Steadman Clinic. Both organizations work together to advance sports medicine research, education and medical treatment for joint-related injuries.

Proceeds from the event and live auction will fund new research related to sports injury prevention and new treatments for orthopaedic injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. This includes the management of osteoarthritis, as well as procedures for joint restoration and preservation. Additional research expanding the areas of advanced biologic treatments, including PRP (plasma rich platelets) and BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate) therapies will continue to be a focus. In addition, new initiatives promoting youth sports injury prevention will remain a priority for the institute.

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Two decades of music

McCain is a platinum-selling alternative rocker who has been making hits for nearly two decades with his mix of southern soul and acoustic storytelling. His songs, including “I Could Not Ask For More” and “I’ll Be,” are international hits that have also been featured in movies and TV shows. McCain’s 10th album, “Mercy Bound,” was released in 2011. Long-time touring friends with Hootie & the Blowfish, McCain will headline the event following several successful appearances by Hootie’s lead singer and country music star Darius Rucker. Last year’s event, headlined by Rucker, was extremely successful; concert organizers are anticipating another sellout crowd for this summer with McCain’s debut appearance.

Tickets for the Rock the Research concert are $250 each and includes a VIP cocktail reception, dinner, concert, live and silent auction, DJ and dancing, and may be purchased by calling Lynda Sampson at 970-479-1563. To stay current on event information, visit http://www.rock or follow Steadman Philippon Research Institute on Facebook at

The Steadman Philippon Research Institute is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Vail. The institute seeks to keep people physically active late into life through pioneering orthopedic research and education. For more information about The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, visit

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