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Why is NBA player Matt Bonner nicknamed the Red Mamba?
Is it because the soft swishing of a basketball delicately through the net, sounds eerily similar to the hiss of a snake? Or is it because a flash of his dapper red hair is the last thing the opposing team sees, before he strikes another 3-pointer? We like to think all the above is true.
The Mountain Red Mamba Adult T-shirt was created to support the New Hampshire native on his quest for 3-point greatness during the NBA All-Star Weekend 3-Point Contest. It's a medium weight, 100% cotton, preshrunk T-shirt so it'll last long after they #letbonnershootagain.
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15 Questions for San Antonio's Matt Bonner
At the beginning of the summer, the San Antonio Spurs beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA championship. At summer’s end, we caught up with the Spurs’ one and only Matt Bonner over email to review everything from the championship run, sandwich analytics, and the Bonner Challenge.Read Full Article
2014 Rising Stars Finalists Announced
The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, has announced the 2014 finalists for six award categories: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, College Student of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Civic Leader of the Year, Coolest Companies for Young Professionals, and Leadership Development Program of the Year.Read Full Article
Carey’s memory will Rock On at Beech Street, as basketball court to be renovated
THERE’S still Fisher Cats baseball being played at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the University of New Hampshire football team has opened camp, and, before you know it, the Manchester Monarchs will be back for preseason training.
So let’s talk basketball.
Rock On, Matt Bonner
It has become an annual summertime tradition in New Hampshire: the Matt Bonner concert. Two-time NBA champion, Matt Bonner, and his brother, Luke, have been putting on an annual indie rock concert in their home state of New Hampshire for the past seven years. The concert is appropriately titled Sneakers and Speakers and has the main aim of bringing indie bands that may not ever play in New Hampshire to come and perform in the state, with all of the funds going towards the Bonners’ charity, Rock On Foundation.Read Full Article
Matt Bonner: Rocking On To Make A Difference
Matt Bonner remembers the slab of asphalt with two hoops and lights as the “it” court in Concord, N.H. The “it” court in White Park is where Matt and brother Luke played pickup games in their youth. The “it” court is where their father, 6-foot-7 inch Dave, banged around in his day, where generations of kids before him swooped and dunked beneath the gaze of friends at the top of the hill.Read Full Article
Matt and Luke Bonner Spurs Rock On Night Q&A
Over the last few seasons, Spurs fans have witnessed many different versions of Matt Bonner. We witnessed ‘The Fundamentals of the Game’ from Coach B, cheered on the ‘Red Rocket’ during his All-Star shootout and this season we witnessed the ‘Red Mamba’ morph into the ‘Masked Mamba’. On Friday, Matt and his brother Luke will take on yet another role when the pair host Spurs Rock On Night, an evening that will benefit the Bonner brother’s Rock On Foundation and Silver & Black Give Back.Read Full Article
South By San Antonio Spurs, presented by Matt Bonner
Spurs forward Matt Bonner loves sandwiches, public transportation, and apparently, hip-hop. Bonner and his brother, Luke, are bringing Mobb Deep to the AT&T Center for Spurs Rock On Night, on Friday, March 14, when the Spurs face the Lakers.Read Full Article
The After Party to End All After-Parties Hits the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is receiving an unofficial after-party of epic proportions. We're talking Rajon Rondo playing one-on-two Connect Four proportions — at least that's what has Luke Bonner's interest piqued.Read Full Article
NBA All-Star Weekend Winners and Losers: Featuring the Rise of John Wall and the Fall of Nick Cannon
That’s Win Butler, front man for Arcade Fire, hanging out in New Orleans, wearing a crown and Dr. Dre The Chronic baseball jersey/dashiki. This dude was everywhere, showing up to DJ at yoga studios and rolling around town with Matt Bonner on a scooter… Butler was in town to DJ Matt Bonner’s Alt-Star party Saturday night. The party was for Matt and his brother Luke’s Rock On Foundation. It featured a reunion set from the Walkmen (who played “Angela Surf City” and “The Rat,” so I can die now), as well as a DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s huge Nets fan drummer, Chris Tomson, and a performance by the Lost Bayou Ramblers, who happened to be Kirk Goldsberry’s wedding band.Read Full Article
Watch The Walkmen Reunite in New Orleans; Hamilton Says “This is the last thing we’ll ever do”
Last year, we profiled the Walkmen in the weeks leading up to the “pretty extreme hiatus” promised by bassist/organist Pete Bauer in late November. Their swan song came on 12/4 in Philadelphia. Then, a month later, they announced another show, headlining San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner and his brother Luke’s Alt-Star Party at New Orleans’ One Eyed Jacks. That reunion happened last night, and video of “We’ve Been Had,” the last song in their set, is now online.Read Full Article
The Starters: Matt Bonner
The guys sit down with Spurs sharpshooter Matt Bonner to talk about the upcoming 3-point contest.Watch Video
Concert Preview: Rock On Foundation’s Alt-Star Party Feat The Walkmen
The NBA’s All Star Game comes to town this weekend, bringing with it the sort of after-parties and concerts that usually follow big sporting events (like the Super Bowl last year). The game itself features some top-tier artists, with a halftime show that includes Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark Jr., and Janelle Monae. And thanks to some act of the musical justice gods, Kendrick Lamar (who got robbed of a Grammy for his remarkable album “good kid, m.A.A.d. city”) will perform on national television before the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday. Also announced today was the unexpected but welcome news that Snoop Dogg will be in town to play a midnight show after the game. Despite the quality of these big names, the show of the weekend will undoubtedly be when The Walkmen take the stage at One Eyed Jack’s for the Rock On Foundation’s “Alt-Star Party.”Read Full Article
Matt Bonner and adidas Team Up to Raise Funds for Charity
adidas‘ newest endorser is already making a positive impact on the brand beyond just shoe sales. San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner recently made waves when he dropped his New Balances for Three Stripes, lacing the same adidas Crazy 8 silhouette that he wore in high school. Bonner came to a goodwill agreement with the company, and less than a month later, adidas has made a substantial contribution to his Rock On Foundation in support of the nonprofit’s inaugural NBA All-Star Weekend fundraising music event, the Alt-Star Party.Read Full Article
The Walkmen to end 'extreme hiatus' for NBA All-Star concert
The Walkmen have announced plans to break their self-imposed "extreme hiatus" for an NBA All-Star gig next month. Bass player Peter Bauer revealed late last year that the band have no plans to write or record together in the future and that they had played their last live date in promotion of 2012 album 'Heaven'.Read Full Article
The Walkmen Will Reunite for NBA All-Star Weekend Benefit Concert
The Walkmen announced an indefinite hiatus back in November, and in December, performed one final show. In February, at long last, they're making their triumphant return to the stage. They'll play the Rock On Foundation’s first Alt-Star Party during NBA All-Star Weekend.Read Full Article
The Walkmen Will Reunite For Matt Bonner’s ‘Alt-Star Party’
If for some reason you are not a fan of basketball, All-Star Weekend and indie rock bands, then you can just switch the dial right now, because I guarantee you will not care about this. If you are a fan of all three of those things, however, then this post is going to be quite the treat.Read Full Article
The Walkmen To “Reunite” For NBA All-Star Weekend Concert
Well, that didn’t take long. The Walkmen, who announced an “extreme hiatus” and played a goodbye show in Philadelphia last month, will headline a concert at New Orleans’ One Eyed Jacks on February 15. San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner and his brother Luke’s nonprofit Rock On Foundation is throwing the Alt-Star Party, which will also feature Lost Bayou Ramblers and a DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson.Read Full Article
GY&K Marketing helps Rock On launch Holiday Guitar Giveback
In an effort to inspire future creative types through music, GY&K Marketing has teamed up with the Rock On Foundation to launch a Holiday Guitar Giveback initiative.Read Full Article
At the Rock On Foundation, we strive to increase opportunities while reducing limitations.
A Little History
Founded by brothers Luke and Matt Bonner in early 2013, Rock On Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves to increase community artistic and athletic opportunities. We generate funds in unique ways, including high profile events intended to inspire and enhance the host communities. We also enjoy collaborating with external companies to provide co-branded products and services.
We've already distributed funds in support of our mission to: renovate public basketball courts, provide financial aid for underprivileged youth interested in art and music, assist with the development of new community art programs, help at-risk youth to attend life skills basketball camps, and help fund a Police Activities youth basketball league.
There’s so much more to come.
Luke Bonner played college basketball at UMass Amherst, where he earned his Bachelor's in Business Management and his Master's in Sport Management. After college, he played pro basketball in Europe and in the NBA D-League. He's currently a Brand & Marketing Executive at GYK Antler in Manchester, NH.
Member of the Rock On Foundation Board of Directors
Originally from Concord, NH, Matt Bonner played college basketball at the University of Florida where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. His NBA career has spanned more than a decade. Throughout his career, he’s won an NBA championship, participated in the NBA Three-Point Shootout, and served as the VP of the NBPA.
Travis York grew up in Bedford, NH, playing team sports and guitar in the legendary rock band Kid Kastun. He graduated from Boston University Magna Cum Laude.
Travis is President & CEO of GYK Antler and Big Brick Productions as well as a copartner in 1band 1brand. He is a founding member of Rock On's Board of Directors and currently sits as its President.
Chris is the General Manager of WKXL 103.9/1450 in New Hampshire and also co-hosts the award-winning New Hampshire Now and Life with Matt Bonner shows.
He is also a broadcaster for the Manchester Monarchs hockey club (primary affiliate of the LA Kings of the NHL). Chris lives in Concord with his wife Hilary and two sons, Liam and Brennan.
Chris is Vice President of the Rock On Foundation's Board of Directors. Connect with him @wkxlnhchris
With Murdoch Social Capital, Kim helps nonprofits and for-profits maximize the impact of communications and large-scale events, while strengthening communities.
Kim has led nonprofits as Executive Director, served as Director of the 2012 + 2013 Market Days Festivals, was Walk Manager for the 2012 + 2013 NAMIWalks NH, and created the nonprofit Concord Public Safety Foundation.
An MBA and years in corporate finance mean Murdoch keeps a watchful eye on the intersection of her work and clients' bottom line improvement.
Maureen graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary, where she was an All-American swimmer, and was inducted into the William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame.
Maureen is a bead artist with the League of NH Craftsmen; she is also a juror, and a member of the League's Standards Committee. Maureen serves the Concord, NH community as a member of several boards, including The Concord Trust for the Enhancement of Public Education and The Children's Lobby.
Maureen is a founding member of Rock On's Board of Directors.
Kyle York is the Chief Revenue Officer of Internet performance company Dyn where he has led the overall sales, business development, customer service and marketing efforts since 2008. Prior to making the Internet a better place, Kyle was a defensive back for Bentley University, where he also earned a degree in marketing.
Ever the multi-tasker, Kyle was also the lead singer of the rock band, the Shuttlecocks, which had a legendary performance during the eighth grade talent show.
Michael McCann is a member of Rock on Foundation’s Board of Directors. Michael is also the founding Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI) and a tenured Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He’s won the Professor of the Year Award for outstanding teaching and authored more than 20 law review articles. Michael is also a Legal Analyst and Writer at Sports Illustrated and NBA TV’s On-Air Legal Analyst. In 2013, Boston Magazine named Michael one of the “Best Boston Sports Personalities on Twitter.” In 2012, the Huffington Post ranked him #23 on “Top 40 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for NBA Fanatics” and The Sporting Chart named him a “Top 50 NBA Mind.”
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