Music For The Cure Music Festival to rock the hills of Logan Co.

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 1, 2014

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” — Billy Joel

A few months back, Nathan Bush (a member of the local band Meet Me In The Matinee) was approached with an idea that has bloomed into one of the most anticipated Musical Festivals in W. Va.

The Music For The Cure Music Festival is an all day music festival that will take place in Chapmanville WV on May 17, 2014 at the Chapmanville Community Center which is the old high school. Bands will be performing from 1:00pm to 9:00pm that day.

Kathy Smith and the Chapmanville Community Center have been instrumental in MMITMs musical career. Coordinating concert fundraisers for the Logan Co. area, always asking MMITM to participate. When Bush and his band mates heard that Smith had been diagnosed with cancer, they wanted to do everything in their power to help out.

“The family approached me and said why don’t you guys throw a concert to help raise awareness for cancer. I thought that was a great idea, but instead of a concert, we decided to make it an all day festival.”

Because Bush is a musician himself, he has many musical friends. He made a few calls, explained the situation to other bands and asked them for their help. The line-up looks a little something like this:

The McGees * Morning Fuzz * Miniature Giant * Brace Up * Meet Me In The Matinee * Derek Bowen * Sheldon Vance * For This We Stand * Swamp Rat Featuring the Buckners * Bridgekid

“There will be everything from hard rock to acoustic folk. No discriminating based on music preferences.”

There will be a $5 cover for the event, and portion of proceeds from band merchandise sales will go to the family. In addition, Bush is working on a compilation CD from bands performing at the festival.

“We’re wanting to make an Anti-Cancer CD,” says Bush. “It’s kind of in the beginning stages, so I’m not sure how we’ll do it, but we think it’ll be a nice addition.”

All money made at the event from will be going towards the treatments of chemotherapy of Kathy Smith.

Local businesses can also get involved by sponsoring the event.

“We are still looking for more sponsors for this event to help cover charges for the sound guy and gas money for the bands traveling in from out of town. If there is any money left from the sponsors, all of it will go directly to Kathy. We’ll be accepting sponsors until May 10.”

Bush also wants to thank everyone who has taken time out to help with the festival.

“From businesses who are supporting this to people who are helping out with fliers, all the help is making this what it is.”

The American Cancer Society has showed their interest in the festival and plan on being involved in any way possible.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, if you want to help out with the cause or if you have any questions, contact Nathan Bush at mmitmband@gmail.com.