Local band to express gratitude to veterans through music

Date: 12/4/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Three friends have combined their love of music, their support of the city, and their respect and gratitude for veterans, to throw a holiday party.

Dave Callahan from Palmer Paving, Peter J. Newland of the Springfield rock band FAT and JAM4SPRINGFIELD, and Lawrence L. B. Swain from Palmer, are encouraging area residents to attend a unique and positive downtown entertainment experience titled “Winter Music Jam To Benefit Wounded Veterans” on Dec. 20.

“The event is a unique concept,” Newland said during a recent interview with Reminder Publications. “We combine fine dining and a rock concert.”

Newland noted that the event in the ballroom of the MassMutual Center is funded, organized and promoted in the belief that investing in and producing an event like this is a “solid and concrete step” in the process of “returning Springfield to its proper position as the business and entertainment capital of Western Massachusetts.”

The evening begins with a social hour and appetizers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Appetizers include beef hibachi skewer, chicken sate with peanut sauce, shrimp cocktail, and scallops wrapped in bacon. A prime rib dinner starts promptly at 6:30 and includes salad, vegetables, rolls, beverages and desserts. A cash bar will be available.

The Curtis Mayflower Band opens the show at 7 p.m. with its rock tunes, followed by FAT with its popular rock and blues music at 8:20 p.m., and culminating with the rock and blues band Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood at 10:25.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Reservations for both the dinner and concert must be made by Dec. 10. Tickets can be purchased at Falcetti Music, Boston Road, 543-1002, or at FreshTix.com, or by calling 877-725-8849.

“If there are tickets left over after Dec. 10 area residents will be able to purchase them but without the dining option,” Newland said.

Newland noted that the event will benefit disabled American veterans on three levels.

“We will make a cash donation to Wounded Warriors, some proceeds will go to the outdoor recreational facility for disabled vets in North Brookfield, and corporate sponsors can purchase tickets to distribute to veterans,” he added.

Newland said the ballroom can accommodate 700 guests.

“Our goal is to sell the room out,” he noted.