Stella Maris Rock of Faith Benefit Concert


A Transformation of the Soul

Stella Maris Alumni discounted tickets available for $15
Family tickets available for $60 (for families of 3 or more)


Why you should see this show…

The “Rock of Faith” concert will take the audience on a beautiful journey through the transformation of the soul from addiction into recovery and will help people gain a better understanding about the heart and soul of a person who suffers from the disease of addiction. In its 10th year, proceeds from Rock of Faith will benefit Stella Maris, Cleveland’s oldest and best choice for addiction treatment services. Narrated by Carole Negus, songs will be performed by a cast that will also include Stella Maris alumni and current clients.

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Stella Maris, a 501©(3) provides transformational chemical dependency and mental health treatment services to anyone regardless of their race, religion, how they identify, or their ability to pay. From its beginnings as a home for 11 men, Stella Maris has grown to serve thousands of men and women each year; last year treating over 3,700. Although Stella Maris’s treatment services have expanded over the years, their purpose has not changed. Stella Maris treats addiction, guides recovery, and rebuilds lives.  


The Band

The Band is comprised of 4 accomplished musicians from the Cleveland Area and 5 Singers. The band is led by Brian Kozak, (Guitar) A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Baldwin-Wallace College with degrees in Classical Guitar Performance, Brian has studied classical guitar with John Holmquist, Loris Chobinian and George Bachmann as well as popular styles with Basilio Frusteri and Brian Davidson. Brian has played with jazz and Brazilian ensembles and currently serves as the Director of Contemporary Music at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland. In addition to teaching in the music department at Lorain County Community College, Brian is the Program Coordinator for the Jazz Studies Department at Cuyahoga Community College and has been teaching with Tri-C for 30 years.

Peter Psarras (Keyboards and Bass)
Pete grew up in Shaker Heights where he became involved in classical piano at a young age. Pete was introduced to the viola by music by Shaker Heights music teacher Barbara Hise which helped segue his transition into electric bass. Pete has enjoyed performing across the country and has been playing Keyboard for the Contemporary Music Praise Band at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland. Pete studies climate change as a Research Professor at The University of Pennsylvania,

Demetrius Steinmetz (Bass/Keyboards/Saxophone)
Demetrius Steinmetz holds a Master of Music in String Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University. He is on the Jazz Studies faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, teaching in the Jazz Preparatory program as well as Tri-C’s “Summer with Jazz Masters” camp. Demetrius performs professionally in the Cleveland area and has performed with nationally known artists such as Jimmy Heath, Carl Allen, Glen Miller Orchestra, Howard Johnson and Chico Hamilton.

Adam Hradisky (Drums)
With a resume of well over 1,000 shows Adam is arguably one of the hardest-working drummers in Cleveland, OH. From 80s Rock to Contemporary Jazz, Adam’s expertise knows no limit. Not only has Adam performed with some of the best bands in Cleveland, but he has also supported national and international acts such as country artist Matt Stillwell, and instrumental rock guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza. Adam’s most recent drumming endeavor has been with “Ohio City Pianos,” an all-request dueling piano group specializing in performing at weddings, parties, and corporate events. When he’s not on stage or in the studio, you’ll likely find Adam hiking somewhere in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with his dogs!

Carole Negus (Production Director/Vocals)
Carole sang with the Contemporary Music Praise Band at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland for over 20 years. She is currently singing with the Cleveland Whiskey River Band all over the Cleveland Area. Carole Graduated from Nursing School in 2001 and is currently the Director of Nursing at Stella Maris. Her love for Rock Music and her personal journey with Addiction and Recovery is what sparked the idea for the Rock of Faith. She has sung with several of the musicians above in various band and Rock of Faith Events over the Years. In her spare time Carole is a competitive curler and travels to compete in Bonspiels with her husband John.

John Negus (Vocals)
John is the owner of Larchmere Imports, a European Imported Car Service and Sales Company located in Cleveland and Chagrin Falls. John is Married to Carole and has sung with the Contemporary Music Praise Band at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland. John also plays the bass which he practices religiously and occasionally performs with the Cleveland Whiskey River band. He also curls and has a love for most Automobiles. He spends his days at work with his Standard poodle Roxy.

Jeff Negus (Vocals)
Jeff Negus is the Son of John and Carole Negus. He runs the Chagrin Falls Larchmere Imports and lives in Auburn with his wife Aschli and two children Sloan and Dean. He has sung lead vocals in various bands in Cleveland including Lake Effect, 80HD and currently The Cleveland Whiskey River Band. He has always enjoyed singing and performing and also has inherited his fathers’ passion for fine cars.

Laura Preston (Vocals)
Laura Preston has sung with Carole Negus in the Contemporary Music Praise Band at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland for over 20 years. Laura also sings with the chancel choir and works with the Children’s Music Ministry. Music has always been a love of Laura’s and she has performed in every Rock of Faith concert. She is a 4th grade teacher at Boulevard, Elementary School in Cleveland Heights and has two high school age daughters. So, a lot of time spent driving to sporting events.

Kelley Plats (Vocals)
Kelley Plats is grateful to join this amazing group of musicians for her 8th Rock of Faith! In her spare time, Kelley works toward her doctorate of business administration or can be found traveling with husband. They are hoping to visit every National Park! She would like to thank Carole Negus for her work to continue to share this message of hope and transformation! Thank you for supporting the mission of Rock of Faith and Stella Maris. Please enjoy the show!


Dining Option

Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. Tableside food service will start 2 hours before showtime and the kitchen will close approximately halfway through the show. Tableside beverage service will continue throughout the concert.

For the Rock of Faith Benefit Concert, ticketing is general admission. If you are attending with a party of two or more, please have one person make a reservation for the whole group to ensure you are seated together. If you are attending with a party of eight or more, you must call the Box Office to make your reservation at (216) 242-1250.

To better serve all our customers, we request that you arrive on time for your dining reservation.


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