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Concert helps raise money for the North Side Improvement League

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Sixteen bands did their part Sunday to help the North Side Improvement League raise money to make improvements to its building.

Brenda L. Parker, a trustee for the organization and an organizer of the event, said money raised for the event would be used to improve bathrooms at the hall, one of the final hurdles it faces to get approved as a full Red Cross shelter, which could be used in times of disaster.

“There’s not many other places that can do that,” she said.

As crowds slowly shuffled in earlier in the afternoon, Mrs. Parker said more people were likely to come later in the day, with an estimated crowd from 1,000 to 2,000 people.

She said about 100 musicians gave their time, in addition to about 50 volunteers and other sponsors.

“It’s wonderful to have that kind of community support,” Mrs. Parker said.

In addition to ticket sales, money was raised through food sales, raffles and a silent auction.

Setting up for his show about 10 minutes away, Steven G. Morley, bass player and vocalist in Simple Jack, said the event was a rare opportunity for bands to see each other play.

The 16 bands each had a 30-minute window to play during the show, which ran from 1 to 9 p.m., and with two stages the music rapidly shifted from one act to the next.

Mr. Morley said he had played at the Mill Street building since he was 16.

“It’s done a lot of good things for local people and bands for a long time,” he said. “It’s good to give back.”

Other bands playing through the day included the John Michael Band, Crisis, Ferguson & Rogers, Double Barrel Blues Band, Homer and the Fins, Tough Luck, 70 Rockland Ave, the Robin Davis Project, Nick of Time, Dr. Killdean, R-19, Wagners Agenda, Dragnfly, Stompkrotch and Underworld.

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