Nine Hours To Save a Life

It isn’t often that you can literally save a life by enjoying a day of great music. Southeastern Massachusetts is pulling out all the stops with Waynestock 2013 on June 9 from 1:00 to 10:00 pm. Experience three rooms of non-stop music at the Seaport Inn and Marina, 110 Middle St. in Fairhaven. Waynestock features some of the best music the area has to offer as well as a magician, DJ, raffle, and both live and silent auctions. A $15 donation gets you an all-access pass!

The proceeds support The Wayne Ferreira Benefit Fund. Ferreira, a Rochester resident and talented musician and painter, has been living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis since 2001. The disease has progressed to the point where he is unable to work or build the financial reserve required for his post double-lung transplant surgical recovery. Without these funds, he will be rejected as a candidate for the transplant and be denied his only hope of recovery.

Waynestock covers all genres of music and has attracted some notable names. The region’s best musicians will be performing blues, jazz, soul, classic rock, rockabilly, country, indie rock, R&B, top 40, folk and acoustic music, and so much more. Called a blues prodigy by Rolling Stone magazine, 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan has impressed one of the all-time greats – Buddy Guy – and Sullivan now sits in regularly with him at some of the blues legend’s high-profile gigs. In April, the teenage wizard performed at the Crossroads Guitar Festival where he joined the likes of Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson on stage. Armsted Christian, an acclaimed musician and professor at Berklee College of Music, will also be performing. To date, the nearly 30 acts who have volunteered to be on the performance roster include some of the region’s best solo artists, duos, and groups.

“Wayne has been my friend and teacher for over 40 years,” says Waynestock chair Angela Grace. “What amazes me most is his ability to jump in and help when times get tough. He’s been the rock, the person I could always lean on. When I saw how much this illness had debilitated him in January, my heart and soul told me it was time to give back! Waynestock 2013 will be a day of joy, renewal, fun, raising big dollars for his post-surgical recovery, and most of all hope for this incredible man. We love you, Wayne!”

Those who can’t make it to the party in person can still be there in spirit. Support the cause by donating to “The Wayne Ferreira Benefit Fund” or volunteering for the day of the event. Log on to http://www.wayneferreirabenefit.com/Home.html to purchase tickets or to donate. Tickets are available on the day of the event – June 9 – at the Seaport Marina or in advance at Symphony Music Shop and Baker Books in Dartmouth, Seaport Inn and Top Music in Fairhaven, Pen & Pendulum and Mahoney’s Building Supply in Mattapoisett, and the Music Center in New Bedford.

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