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M.E.R.F. Music Fest 2010 Event Has Great Turn Out

All Day, All Night - 2 Stages - 14 Bands - 8 Acoustic Shows

October 24, 2010       12 Comments
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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It was Michigan Musicians Emergency Relief Fund (MERF) Inaugural Concert on Sunday, October 24, 2010. The Big House Bar was host to MUSICFEST 2010 which benefits Musicians in their time of need.

It was the best area musicians doing all their best songs. Show started at noon and went on until 2am -- 50/50 drawings and raffles were held all day.

It was a Band Line-up like no other starting at straight up noon. Participating bands who donated their time and talents were:
  • 2nd Hand Entertainment
  • Weekend Warriors
  • The Sinclairs
  • Raggedy Ann
  • Burn Around
  • Maybe August
  • Jedi Mind Trip
  • Matt Besey
  • Silverspork
  • The Hipakritz
  • Feeding The Machine
  • The ThunderChickens
  • Phunk Shway

  • The mission of MERF is to help musicians in need, by raising money that can be used to aid a musician in a financial emergency. Monies will be distributed to those in need based on decisions made by the officers and Distribution Board.

    MERF formed when the sudden loss of fellow musician and brother Dave 'Smokey' Miller. Steve Rice and Bruce LaFrance quickly organized an event to pay Smokey's final expenses. It was during the planning of this benefit that Steve and Bruce realized that if an organization had existed to aide area musicians in an emergency situation had existed, their brother could have gotten the medication he needed and might still be alive today.

    It is this belief that prompted the co-founders to start working on an organization for Tri-City musicians. During this development stage, other musicians from around the state, showed an interest in what was taking place and the Michigan Musician's Relief Fund was created.

    According to Steve Rice, President of MERF, the next show will be in Detroit on March 20, 2011. Rice said, "This was a great turn-out today, plus all the bands who participated, donating their time and talent to help raising money for musicians in need."

    (Above) President of MERF, Steve Rice, Oscar Gomez, Michelle Nellett, John Dinsmoore

    Big House Bar located on Bay City's Midland Street was host to the Music Fest


    Eight Acoustic band performed outdoors

    (Above) Steve Rice, and John Prymer. Prymer traveled all the way from Hong Kong to attend the Music Fest

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