The 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) festival is taking place this week at the Hoover Y Park in Columbus, OH. Darrel and Phyllis Adkins’ annual event is held in memory of their daughter, Mandy Adkins, who passed away from an inoperable brain tumor in 2000. All of the proceeds generated from the MACC benefit St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The festival wrapped up on Saturday, July 23rd with music from Breaking Grass, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Larry Stephenson Band, Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley (featuring Andy Leftwich), New Monday (Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker, Val Storey, Larry Atamanuik, Andy Leftwich, Beth Lawrence, Chris Walters, and Robby Turner), Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, and Band of Ruhks.
The day also included a few special moments, like a performance from the MACC Children’s Band, a special veterans and first responders recognition featuring 91-year old World War II veteran Lawrence Elling, and the inclusion of Centerville Alternative Strings as an orchestra to back Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, and Band of Ruhks on selected numbers.
It was a very powerful way to end a very memorable festival. All knew they were playing for a cause greater than themselves, making the event that much more special.