Finishing up at MACC ’16

New Monday at the 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival - photo by Daniel MullinsThe 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.

Darrel Adkins introduces WWII vet Lawrence Fleming at the 2016 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival - photo by Daniel MullinsThe 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.

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Daniel Mullins

Daniel is from southwestern Ohio and has been around bluegrass his entire life. He manages the Classic Country Connection, a music store in southern Ohio which specializes in bluegrass, classic country, gospel, and Americana music. He is the host of the Bending The Strings radio program, which plays a variety of bluegrass, newgrass, and Americana music. He also maintains the website for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. photo by LuAnn Adams