Village Idiot hosts ‘Raise Some Cash’ benefit concertWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Village Idiot is hosting the Johnny Cash–themed “Raise Some Cash Vol. 3” concert Dec. 4 to raise money for the Feed Your Neighbor pantry at Augsburg Lutheran Church.
“This is the third time we’ve done this, and our economy certainly hasn’t gotten any better,” said Larry Meyer, local attorney and publicist for Feed Your Neighbor. “The need is so obvious. Our pantry feeds the 43612 ZIP code, and all it takes is one drive down old Sylvania Avenue to know that the area has been hit particularly hard. It’s been identified as one of the city’s ‘tipping point’ neighborhoods, something that could go either way. It’s an area with a specific need.”
This is the third event in a series of fundraisers, with each band choosing at least one Johnny Cash song to perform.
“I’m a big Johnny Cash fan,” Meyer said. “It was a neat hook. The event is consistent with the man, the myth, the legend. Although Cash had a wild streak, he also was a Christian. He did a lot and gave a lot to underprivileged people.”
The participating bands are Blowing Grains, Old State Line, Voodoo Libido, Kentucky Chrome, Locoweed, The Bridges and Jeff Stewart & the 25’S.
“It’s a great, community-based event,” Jeff Stewart said. “It’s good to give back to your hometown. A lot of people come out to support a really great cause. All I have to do is go up there and entertain. It’s what I do every day, but doing it for this situation is what it’s all about.”
“I’m really touched at everyone’s willingness to participate for this cause,” Meyer said. “We try to deliver some acts that are a little more country-rock based to take advantage of the Johnny Cash tie-ins, but there’s certainly a nice alternative of music for everybody.”
The Augsburg Lutheran Church is located at 1342 W. Sylvania Ave. The pantry provides approximately 9,000 packages of groceries per year and serves 650 people per month in the 43612 ZIP code.
Feed Your Neighbor has 13 distribution centers and distributes more than 70,000 packages per year.
“This is being put on by our specific pantry, but if we lessen the burden there we lessen the burden across the entire Feed Your Neighbor program,” Meyer said. “We like to think we’re helping the program citywide.”
Music will run from 3-10 p.m. at The Village Idiot, located at 309 Conant St. in Maumee. A donation of $5 is suggested, and all ages are welcome.