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
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
Additional information is available at
www.bandbbackstage.com or by calling 330-758-1557.