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Food Bank benefit concert to be staged Saturday on FMB

By Staff | Jul 14, 2010

Three additional bands have been booked for a benefit concert which will provide food and financial assistance for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  

The special concert of bands will be held at Valerie’s Lounge, located at 17264 San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach, beginning at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.  Those attending are asked to donate a minimum of five nonperishable food items or $5 as admission.


Headlining the concert will be the band Strange Arrangement, playing at 3:30.  Additional bands appearing will be Long Story Short at 2:15, The Drunk Monkeys at 5, the TJ Kelly Band at 7; Jeff “carbomb” Lyons at 8 and Wholetones at 9:00. The Pillow Tramp band will play following the Wholetones until closing. Jet Sound Productions is donating all sound and lighting for the event.


Attendees can also participate in a raffle for a Fender Strato Caster guitar, with the winning ticket number being drawn at 8 p.m. The guitar is being donated by Rick’s Music and Electronics.


The benefit concert is being organized by Florida Gulf Coast University student Nick Forster as part of his Civic Engagement class, in which students select and become involved with a non-profit organization. Forster selected the Harry Chapin Food Bank because he believes the increase in unemployment, economic recession, and the recent winter freeze have increased the need for food banks in the area.


Additional information about the benefit concert may be obtained by contacting Forster at 239-834-9132.