Live Music Show on May 26 to Benefit Lily and Allyssa Funds (440)

LACONIA —  The 'Musicians Band Together' fundraiser will be held Sunday, May 26 from 2-8 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Court Street in Laconia.
Many of the area's finest musicians are joining forces to give their time and talent to put on a one-of-a-kind show that's part concert, part dance and part jam fest, all to raise money to benefit the Lily Johnson Memorial Fund and the Allyssa Miner Benefit Fund at Franklin Savings Bank.
In addition to a day full of live music ranging from intimate solo acoustic performances to full band rock and roll jams, there will be plenty of food, raffles and tributes to Lily and Allyssa.
Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at the Laconia VFW, the Sunflower Shop, the Laconia Pizza Hut, Greenlaw's Music, The ClothesLine Children's Resale Boutique- Laconia Store and at Tilton Autoserv. A very limited number of tickets will also be available for $15 at the door.
This will be a nonsmoking event, the VFW will have normal bar service, and those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
The music will kick off at 2 p.m. with local favorites Jim Tyrrell, Matt Langley, Josh & I, Meg Josalen, Don Bartenstein, Paul Luff, Eric & Paul, Just Hanging and Resonant Soul all playing separately, together, and with friends. The bands will then take over, starting with the George Brown Band, followed by Jam Sandwich and then a special reunion of the local power rock band Powerlock. The night will peak with surprise guests in an All-Star Jam Session. Manny Pimentel will be the DJ and provide the sound system for the entire event.
There will be raffle items galore, all donated by generous, local businesses. If your business has an item or gift certificate to donate, contact Sherry at The ClothesLine Children's Resale Boutique at (603) 369-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The fundraising was officially kicked off by the Freemasons of Mt Lebanon Lodge #32, who donated the printing of the tickets and an additional $100 to start things off. The Laconia VFW has also stepped up to pay for advertising and is also donating the use of its hall.
"I felt like I had to do something after what happened", said organizer and local musican Jeff Gandolfi, "Music is one of the things I know I can do that would make a difference. I have a lot of friends who are musicians, and I knew if I called, they would be there immediately. I have a lot of other friends that are helping in so many ways, getting donations and hanging posters, we're all just pulling together to make this happen, and I can't thank them enough."