Musicians play for Shriners

Shriners Hospitals for Children are constantly reaching out to help young patients and their families, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

This month, several of Central New York’s most popular bands will join together for a full day of music to give something back to that outreach, as the Musicians for Shriners concert returns to the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida May 21. Moss Back Mule Band and Paul Case Band will be back from last year, now joined by Classified, Showtime, and the Big Easy Duo of Liz Friedel and Matt Oshell.

The Shriners Clowns will also return to entertain the concertgoers, making the day a family-friendly event for all ages.

Bassist Randy Richmond, who is spearheading the event with wife Cindy Evans, said last year on Facebook he saw Case’s description of how his daughter Katie was burned over a third of her body several years ago. But Case’s story also told of the incredible work of Shriners Hospitals for Children, who helped Katie - now 12 - and her family in their trying time.

“I knew as musicians we could do something for them,” Richmond said. And when the word went out looking for others to lend their own talents, his peers agreed quickly.

“We get asked to do a lot of worthy causes, but when something like this comes along - for a group that does such great things for kids - you just have to do it,” added Classified bassist Greeley Ford.

Case said Katie is now living the life of a normal pre-teen, although with a few scars. He said he appreciates his musical friends rallying to support a cause close to his family’s heart.

“It’s just awesome the way they have all come together like this,” he complimented.

The Musicians for Shriners concert is May 21 at the Kallet Civic Center, located at 159 Main St. in Oneida, and doors open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $5, with kids 12 and younger free.

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