HGR Local Music News 7/7/13

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Plans are coming together for a live music summer-ending tradition. This year’s annual Kids Come First Benefit: 22nd End of Summer Jam benefit concert for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will take place on Sunday, August 25 at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club. The concert will run from 1 to 10 p.m. Bands confirmed to perform thus far include the Backyard Rockers, Punk Fiction and the Rhythm Sharks, with more bands and performers pending. More details will be available shortly.

Also happening at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club that same weekend will be the inaugural Pickin’ for Wishes Bluegrass Festival to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. This show will take place on Saturday, August 24, starting at 12 noon, and will include performances from The Hillbilly Gypsies, Blue Shades, Trains Moonshine & Jesus, Mountain Therapy and Matt Bartin & the Dixie Travelers. Advance tickets are $10, otherwise admission is $15 at the gate.

Next Sunday, July 14, is the Mercury Poisoning Awarness Benefit for Brian Cupples at Altoona’s Bavarian Hall, raising money and awareness for area musician Brian Cupples, who is battling the effects of long term mercury poisoning. The concert begins at 2 p.m., and will feature performances throughout the afternoon and evening from Skye 2.0, The House Band, The Planet Mercury All Star Band, Nashville recording artists Fred Myers and the Redneck Majority, the Backyard Rockers, Debra Demko, Colin Lennox, Pete Caccamo and more. Tickets are $12, which includes the music and a food buffet. For tickets, contact Deb Greene at (814) 932-0895.

The “Homegrown Rocker” extends speedy get well wishes to Half Tempted singer and guitarist Ron Dalansky. Ron is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital from injuries suffered during a dirt-bike racing accident last weekend.