Save the Date: Bedford Live Aid Concert to Benefit Food Bank Set for July 31

A Clark Road resident is organizing a July 31 open mic concert and variety show to raise money for the Bedford Community Table and Food Pantry as well as the Food Bank.

Steve Henning said Bedford Live Aid is planned for Saturday, July 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. outside 10 Clark Road. He already has a foundation of artists and is looking for more.

“Bedford Live Aid needs performers, of all ages and talents,” Henning said. “Talents can include musical instruments, vocals, signing, readings, juggling, magic tricks, dancing, joke-telling, and more.”

He noted that a keyboard and percussion instruments will be available—tambourine, congas, maracas, and cowbell—“because you’ve got to have more cowbell.”

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/BedfordLiveAid/. To sign up as a performer, email BedfordLiveAid@outlook.com

The original Live Aid was a 1985 benefit concert to mitigate starvation in Ethiopia. Live Aid took place in London and Philadelphia with simultaneous performances on several other continents. Satellite transmission resulted in an estimated audience of 1.9 billion.

Henning, who plans to sing and accompany himself on guitar and harmonica, already has lined up local artists to participate, including Kevin Dougherty, on vocals and guitar; Tatiana Pavlova playing accordion; and Stacy Swider, who will also sing and play guitar. Also, Cameron Henning is preparing to demonstrate jumps, wheelies, and other bicycle skills.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763