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Local musicians show dedication in fundraising for area causes

Oct. 21, 2011 @ 10:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- When there's someone in need, it's usually a given that you don't have to ask a musician twice to step up to the plate and help out.

That certainly is the case of late.

Here are just a few local music projects and fundraisers that are lending a helping hand.

'Roseline's Song'

In August, 21-year-old Zach Boggs went missing, then was found tragically drowned in an area pond.

The energetic young rock music fan who loved life, running the Gauley River, haunted houses and lots of rock music, had a service filled with songs from his iPod, as well a live performance by locally-based, internationally-traveling rockers, Jeff and Julie Westlake of Hydrogyn.

In fact, Julie Westlake was so touched by the death of their young fan that she and Jeff Westlake wrote a song, "Roseline's Song," for Boggs' infant daughter, Roseline.

Julie Westlake said that while she had never been nervous singing in front of any crowd, when she sang at the funeral her voice quivered, her legs shook, and her heart ached for his family, friends and child.

"It was after singing at his funeral and seeing little Rosie, that I started thinking about how this loss would affect her down the road, and that's what inspired me to write 'Roseline's Song,' " she said. "And then we knew that we wanted to donate this song in order to help her financially as much as we could."

Zach's dad Thom Boggs said he's really been touched by their sympathy and ability to capture that special bond of a father and child in song.

"Zach was a huge fan of Hydrogyn," Boggs said. "The fact that Jeff and Julie Westlake came and participated in his funeral was an honor to our family. As terrible as the Zach's death may be to our family, the single biggest tragedy of all this is Roseline's loss of her father. 'Roseline's Song' captures that loss so perfectly. After the funeral, Julie called and told me she had spent hours thinking about Zach's daughter Roseline and the fact that she would now grow up without a Daddy. This idea really affected Julie and 'Roseline's Song' came out of that emotion. This song is bigger than one family: it's a testament to all fathers and what they mean to their children."

You can go online at www.hydrogyn.com where you can hear the acoustic version of the song and download it. All of the proceeds from the purchase go to a trust fund set up for the little girl.

A helping Huntington homecoming in Cincinnati

Huntington Middle School teacher Dawn Warner said plenty of Huntington natives will be making tracks to the legendary concert hall, Bogart's, located just a stone's throw from the University of Cincinnati campus Saturday, Nov. 5, for a fundraising concert for a 6-year-old Batavia, Ohio resident, Paige Grant, who is battling leukemia.

Grant's father, Rick Grant is a Huntington High grad, and her mom, Kathryn Grant, too is from the area. Local veteran rockers, The Heptanes are rolling to Cincinnati for the concert and will be joined by Cincinnati's Zebras in Public and headliner, the Los Angeles rock group, Chalk FarM, which features Huntington native Trace Ritter.

Signed to Columbia Records in the 1990s, Chalk FarM charted "Lie on Lie" and "Live Tomorrow" in the Billboard Top 40 (No. 36 and No. 35, respectively) and appeared as the band at the end of the movie "Coyote Ugly." Broken up since 2000, the band, which features Ritter on lead guitar and backing vocals, has reunited and is working on a new recording.

There's a pre-party at 6 p.m., the auction at 7 p.m., and the concert at 8 p.m.

Just a few of the auction items include: a Justin Bieber autographed Gibson Guitar. Peter Frampton autographed album poster, a KISS (Ace Frehley & Peter Criss) signed bag, The Simpsons/Bart Simpson bag of fun with autograph and much more.

The concert is organized by The Dragonfly Foundation which works to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults being treated for cancer and blood diseases at the world-renowned Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Tickets are $25 or $50 for VIP. To purchase tickets go online at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

To donate to Dragonfly Foundation in Paige Grant's name go to http://thedragonflyfoundation.org/support.html .

DeHart goes back to school

Kala DeHart may have graduated from Cabell Midland High School in 2008, but she'll be back roaming the halls, or at least the auditorium. The young country singer/songwriter and her band Rivertown will be in concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in the school's auditorium to raise money for the CMHS show choir known as Rhythm in Red, under the direction of Leslie Riedel.

There will be concessions, T-shirts, DVDs, CDs, and autographed photos available for purchase. Tickets are $5 at the door.

All proceeds benefit the award-winning Cabell Midland High School Rhythm in Red Show Choir for costumes, props, backdrops, travel expenses, etc., for 62 singers and dancers, stage crew, and instrumental combo.

For more info on the show email: lblankenship@access.k12.wv.us .

Jazzing it up for the soldiers

Bandleader Carl Toler said that the River City Big Band Project's fundraiser at the American Legion Post 16, on Sunday, Oct. 9, ended up raising more than $3,000 for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund and Operation Comfort Warriors fund.

That big band concert featured such vocalists as Lara Donahoe and Sandy Byrd accompanied by the big band that featured players from as far away as Pittsburgh, Morgantown and Mineral Springs, Ky.

Look for more concerts by the Big Band put together by Toler, the saxophonist, clarinetist and all-round reed player who spent 26 years in the Air Force Band, performing in all 50 states, 30 countries and for many heads of state.

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