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Area musicians play for worthy cause

When called on to help out for a worthy cause, local musicians always seem to rise to the occasion. That proved true over the past couple of weeks as, not only local musicians, but even a band from California participated in shows to help out local causes.

On August 22, several performers, including Josh Maiocco, Megan Avila, Ninja Monkey, GMP, Vinnie DiBernardo and Stereo Child participated in the Phoenix Festival at the Everyday Inn in Rockingham. The event was a benefit for Ryan and Sarah James, the owners of Harvest Moon and Smoking Bowls. Their Smoking Bowls portable food kiosk on Route 103 in Rockingham was completely destroyed by fire, and the concert raised money to build a replacement. The concert was also broadcast live over WOOL FM, the local community radio station.

On August 29, Motel in the Meadow in Chester hosted Magic in the Meadow, a concert to benefit The Animal Rescue and Protection Society, TARPS, which is based in Chester. Some familiar names - Josh Maiocco and Ninja Monkey - were there, along with 84 Sheepdog and local performer Dan Walker. In addition, Dan Whitely, who was raised in this area, came up from New Jersey to play, and Oh Darling, a band based in Los Angeles with family connections to TARPS, concluded the show

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