Dashboard Confessional, Cheap Trick will perform

Organizers of the Rock Fore! Dough III concert, benefiting First Tee of Augusta, have announced that the co-headliners for this year's concert will be indie rock act Dashboard Confessional and arena rock legend Cheap Trick.

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith also will perform.

"We wanted to hit a couple of demographics," said Joe Stevenson, the show's promoter. "We wanted the nostalgia of Cheap Trick and a current act. We wanted to make it exciting for the young and old."

Organizers also plan to add a local act to the bill as a second opener.

Dashboard Confessional began life as an acoustic solo project for Florida musician Christopher Carrabba. After four releases, Dashboard Confessional has evolved into a full band with a devout following. Some fans have been known to shed tears at Mr. Carrabba's heartfelt musings. The band's latest release, Dusk and Summer, came out last summer.

Cheap Trick, formed in Rockford, Ill., in the early 1970s, combined power chord crunch, pop sensibility and pointed humor. Though the band's unique sound won a strong following overseas, it wasn't until cuts from the 1979 At Budokan live album, pressed as a Japan-only release, began getting radio play that the band took off in the United States. Best known for the hits I Want You To Want Me, Surrender and The Flame, the band continues to tour with its original line-up. It released the critically acclaimed Rockford last year.

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If you go

What: Rock Fore! Dough III concert
When: 5:30 p.m. on April 3
Tickets: On sale Saturday at TicketAlternative.com, Kroger and First Tee of Augusta