MASSENA - The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce will play host for a concert to raise money for the Massena Neighborhood Center.
The Re-Stock Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the chamber offices, 16 Church St., Massena. The entry fee is $10 or a donation of non-perishable food items.
Chamber Executive Director Michael J. Gleason said he was approached by Jerry Manor and Rick Bates, who had been involved in the former Blues for Books effort.
Blues for Books was a fundraiser event for First Book of St. Lawrence County. It featured a series of shows by The Conrad Story Blues Band, of which Mr. Bates was a member, at venues throughout St. Lawrence County.
We got a call a few months ago. They wanted to do a fundraiser for the Neighborhood Center. Jerry Manor and Rick Bates were involved with Blues for Books and they started a benefit concert to re-stock Neighborhood Center shelves, Mr. Gleason said.
They do one at each town. Its kind of like the setup they did for Blues for Books, he said.
The concert will feature music by Mr. Bates, aka Tas Cru, and Mary Ann Casale, along with special guests.
It will serve not only as a fundraiser, but also as an opportunity to test the acoustics at the chambers offices, according to Mr. Gleason. One portion of the building, formerly the Adath Israel synagogue, holds office space, while the church side will be used for concerts like the one on Friday. It will serve as a back-up venue in case of rain during the chambers upcoming Concerts In the Park series.
Theyve already used the space for two concerts, Mr. Gleason said - one that was held during their grand opening and another by Ben Todd from Six Foot Midget.
Mr. Bates is a blues artists and songwriter. His latest album, Tired of Bluesmen Cryin, has reached the international and national root music charts.
Ms. Casale is a singer-songwriter who was influenced by the New York City folks scene in the mid-1970s.
Both performers will also be appearing during this years Concerts In the Park at Springs Park.
For more information on Fridays event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-5989.