EAST MANATEE There is an element of helping your neighbor, mixed in with country fun at Saturday’s Home Grown Band Bash to benefit the Myakka City Foundation.
Set to perform at the free concert are Let’s Rock Sarasota at 11 a.m., Vintage Soul Band at noon, Alex Dakin at 1:30 p.m., Dakota Rose Band at 2 p.m., Southern Grace at 4 p.m., and Big League Chew at 6 p.m.
While admission is free, the concert is a benefit and organizers will be raising funds through a silent auction and the sale of barbecue plates and baked good at 37155 State Road, next door to Myakka City Grocery.
True to the spirit of Myakka, those auction items include a Charolais/cross heifer, 10 round bales of hay and an oil painting of a horse.
Also to be auctioned are a
trail ride, canoe excursion, passes to Manatee Players, Selby Gardens, the Ringling Museum, South Florida Museum and signed sports memorabilia.
It is the first benefit organized by the foundation in its quest to aid Myakka residents struggling financially due to life-threatening illness, chronic illness, or a major accident, said Fire Chief Danny Cacchiotti.
Rose Riggle, another foundation director, said Myakka is a caring community, and Home Grown Band Bash is an effort to organize help for those most in need.
“Myakka is a wonderful place to call home,” Riggle said.
Home Grown Band Bash is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Also planned from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday is Hunsadser’s Rockin’ Ranch Concert at 23810 53rd Ave. E., Myakka City.
Proceeds will go to help pay medical costs associated with the Christmas night tragedy that took the lives of Lakewood Ranch High School students Josh Rogers and Brett Wagner.
The Hunsader’s lineup: 4 p.m. Danny Toler with Faith Worship; 6-9:30, the Mumbo Jumbo Band; and Tony Tyler with Come Back Alice starts at 10 p.m. and wraps up the night.
In addition to the live bands, the Hunsader’s concert will include food, mechanical bull riding, face painting, raffles, and a bonfire.
Hunsader’s admission: $10 per person. Children under 12 admitted free.
James A, Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet @jajones1