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Bands jammed for cause

July 31, 2000

Bands jammed for cause



Jason TeachBy TARA REILLY / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

The sun, humidity and high temperatures didn't seem to matter to the more than 200 people who gathered outdoors Sunday afternoon at a picnic area just off Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.

A more important factor was on their minds.

"This is all for a good cause," Lynn Peterson, 22, of New York said. "I don't mind the weather. We're just here to have a good time, listen to the bands and remember the cause."

Peterson, who was in town visiting friends, was one of about 250 people who turned out for Summer Bash I, a 5-hour concert benefiting the John R. Marsh Cancer Center.

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It was held behind the Colonial Restaurant and Lounge, on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Showalter Road, near Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The concert was organized by Rich Hannon, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the alternative band room5. Hannon's father, Rick, has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy at the cancer center for a tumor that paralyzed one of his vocal cords.

"I pretty much owe my father's life to those people," Rich Hannon said.

He said his father is making progress and is doing well.

Rick Hannon has been co-producing room5's CDs in his recording studio, Adobbie Studio in Hagerstown.

Other bands that volunteered for the show included Buddha-Shwank, Jason Teach, Juniper Tree and Hotrod Otis.

The $15 admission price included an event T-shirt designed by room5 drummer Lee McIntyre.

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