Mother’s Day concert to benefit community

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FARMINGTON – When four bands take the stage at the Titcomb Ski Area on Sunday, May 14, to perform a community concert, there will be more than simply great music.

Organizer Wendy Oakley sees the event as the first “perfect storm” to hit the area in some time. “It’s been a difficult winter for our community in so many ways” no snow, bad things happening to some close friends. A spring concert seems the perfect opportunity to help some very good causes, while giving the entire community something very positive in return.”

According to Frank Underkuffler, he and the other organizers did not have to search hard for talent. “SAD 9 has one of the best music programs in the state; that gave us Steve Muise and the Franklin County Fiddlers. Country Choir has direct, personal ties to the area, so that gave us one of the state’s most popular bluegrass bands. They said Name a date, and we?ll be there.’ Then I found out that the Young Republic had a couple of days between stops in Boston and Montreal. I said, Could you play in Farmington along the way’?”

The Young Republic, Berklee College of Music’s nine-piece “orchestral rock band,” has been gaining national attention recently for its unique ability to blend strings and other classical instruments with traditional rock n roll.

Based in Boston, the band was recently featured on National Public Radio’s “World Caf Next.” Making the benefit concert in his hometown an early stop on a two-month tour that will take his band from Montreal to Minneapolis to Nashville to New York City is, for Farmington native Nate Underkuffler, “A way to show my YR mates the really cool place I’m from.”

Proceeds from the concert will support the local ski program and some of its strongest supporters, the families of Rick Hardy and Melissa Yeaton. Hardy and Yeaton, both lifetime area residents and teachers, are in long-term rehabilitation following severe injury and illness.

The Mother’s Day concert will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held outside, weather permitting, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. According to Wendy Oakley, “Either it will be a warm, spring day on the hillside, or a very cozy afternoon in the lodge.” Admission is free, with donations accepted.

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