Rock concert to benefit local musician

A day long concert will be held at the B&B Backstage, Sunday, July 25 to benefit area musician Joel "Odie" Crook. A singer with numerous popular regional bands since the 1960s, Crook is battling cancer.
The event has been named "Bands and Friends" and will feature many bands and musicians who are reuniting specially for this concert. Dave Terpak, who will be handling the technical aspects of the event, said the roster of performers reads like a "who's who" of Northeastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania rock bands over the last 40 years.
Brainchild, Left End, Gary Markasky & Dreamaker, The Fuzz with John Sferra and Dan Pecchio, Carl Severino & East Coast, Frankie & The Sensations, Special Forces, Side Show, Great Lakes Band, You & I and Red Lights are all scheduled to appear. In addition, there will be a special appearance by the legendary B.E. Taylor. Also bringing their individual talents to the stage will be among others, Maureen Collins, Jim Gerlach, Jerry Centafanti, Steve Lawrence, Mike Baranski and Pete Pylypiw. Event music director, Nick Salpietra, announced new musicians are being added as their schedule clears.
Dennis Bella, Treasurer for "Bands and Friends," an Ohio non-profit corporation, stated the organization is intent on making this an annual event.
"We know that there are many musicians in our area who need help," organizer Frank Yazbek said. "Odie set a high standard of musicianship that very few singers on an any level were able to achieve." Yazbek went on to say once word got out that Odie was ill, friends and musicians from all over the country wanted to come back and help.
The proceeds from the event will be placed in a trust fund for Crook's 14 year old son, Adam.
Doors open at noon with nonstop music lasting from 1-10 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale for $15 and are available at the B&B Backstage box office in Boardman, 1247 Boardman-Poland Rd. and other locations throughout the area. Tickets are also available from many of the participating musicians.
Additional information is available at or by calling 330-758-1557.