A fresh dating event for singles filled with rocking and rolling

By Samantha Porter

Speed dating with a twist; rock n’ roll. dating allows for six short dates in a three-hour span. The third installment of Rock ‘n’ Roll dating will take place tomorrow at Harpers Ferry in Allston.

Allow the not-too-loud music to provide calm background noise to a good conversation, or if your date isn’t thrilling, the music is there to lift you out of boredom as an easy distraction.

“It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”

So says Nick Hornby, the music maven protagonist in “High Fidelity,” and so says some common wisdom. Music, like love, is a universal language that can help you find your true love, or at least a fun date.

The bands performing tomorrow are Alchemilla, 2005 WBCN Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble participants, Static of the Gods and The Shills.

“I am extremely excited for this event, because I couldn’t be happier with how it’s been so far. Especially with the power of Harpers Ferry behind it, people can meet new people and not just people to date but friends,” said event founder Rich Savoie. “I am excited to continue because the response is so great already. We have even scheduled a second event at Harpers Ferry.”

This event, geared toward single people 21 to 35, is the first to allow non-dates to come and enjoy the music as well, said Nikki DiCredico, who handles promotions at Harpers Ferry.

“The turnout has been good; the first couple [of events] had 40 to 50 participants each,” DiCredico said. “This one is going to be quite a bit bigger because the non-daters are coming.”

The idea of Rock ‘n’ Roll dating came to Savoie in 2004, after realizing there could be a market for people who would enjoy combining their love for music and their search for a date. So far, the idea has blossomed, and nine out of 10 daters go home with a mutual match, according to its Web site www.rnrdating.com.

“My band was playing a festival and a lot of people knew no one and no one was talking to each other,” Savoie said. “It struck me to get people together and have them talk, and when the bands change people change.”

Savoie also has ideas to expand and diverge from local Boston rock to other musical styles and possibly even other cities.

“I would even like to expand, to have different styles and venues, even different genres and ages depending on the venue. Like it could be jazz and R’B dating or blues dating,” said Savoie, whose friend has discussed taking the franchise on in another city with him.

“It’s the kind of thing that could expand to other Rock ‘n’ Roll cities. I mean you wouldn’t have one in Atlanta, Ga., but you could in New York or Los Angeles,” DiCredico said, adding that the event is a good fit for Harpers Ferry. “It seems like an interesting event and on the different side of holding regular shows – and we are all looking for love.”

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