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Musicians to participate in benefit for kidney transplant fund

October 13, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Two days of live music will be held this weekend at the Old Factory Antique Mall on Williams Street to raise funds for a kidney transplant for Michael Anderson of the local country band, Tori Anderson & Possum Holler.

The Musicians Helping Musicians North Berkeley Music Festival runs Saturday, Oct. 17, from 3 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, according to a news release.

Anderson was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and is currently on home dialysis. His wife, Tori, was diagnosed about a year ago with systemic scleroderma and is being treated for her condition, according to Bill Clark, the band's manager.

More than 30 musicians are scheduled to participate in the event. Saturday's music is to include classic and traditional country, oldies, variety and modern country. The performers include Jared Mullins, The Incredible Driftin' Whistle Pigs, Dr. Matt Hahn, The Flashbacks and Tori Anderson & Possum Holler.

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Sunday offerings include gospel, acoustic, blues and country music from the Mt. Olivet Gospel Garage Band, The Sanders Sisters, Pete Gordon, Billy Thompson and the Morgan County Line.

A silent auction is also part of the benefit, and limo rides will be raffled off each hour.

Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza will be available, according to the release.

Clark said he hopes the idea of helping people becomes contagious.

"This is actually people helping people, not just musicians helping musicians. We're all in this together, and everybody needs a little help sometimes. It's not just the 'thing' to do. It's the right thing to do," Clark said in the press release.

Clark said even though the show is inside, people should dress warmly. Grilling will be outside and the bathrooms are also outdoors. 

 

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