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Concerts Support Health Care Initiative for R.I. Musicians

IMG_0519Get on down to the Ocean Mist in Matunuck today to see a host of musical talents lend their time and talent to a good cause, Tune In & Tune up, RI Musician’s Health Awareness Program. The vision of RI’s own Rudy Cheeks, the cause pairs RI Musician’s with affordable healthcare programs. Doors at 2:00 pm. Musical mayhem until Midnight.

Herb Weiss

Published in Pawtucket Times, November 8, 2013

When Bruce McCrae (a.k.a. Rudy Cheeks), a member of legendary Rhode Island musical bands the “Fabulous Motels,” “The Young Adults” and “The Jackiebeat Orchestra,” left his full-time job in 2011, the sixty-one year old had the freedom to pursue his dream of creating a television series about Rhode Island’s music scene. But, the long-time musician, a highly regarded columnist who writes the Phillipe & Jorge’s Cool Cool World with sidekick Chip Young for the Providence Phoenix, left his employment with no health care coverage in place.

Throughout his career, Cheeks had health care insurance when he was employed by radio stations or at Insight, a nonprofit serving blind and visually impaired Rhode Islanders. Today, at age 63, Cheeks, who is Executive Producer and host for the TV show “Meet Me at the Met,” is among hundreds of Ocean State musicians who do not…

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