Last week we shared the wonderful news that Herschel Sizemore had come through his cancer treatment with a clean bill of health. His wife, Joyce, is still undergoing treatment for breast cancer – as is one of their two daughters.
The Sizemores have always lived frugally, and have carefully provided for their later years. But while much of their treatment is covered by Medicare, they have still run up expenses, which the bluegrass community has an opportunity to address.
Mike Conner, who puts on the annual FiddleFest event at Hollins University each summer, has scheduled a benefit concert for Sunday, February 19, in Roanoke, VA.
Seldom Scene, Grasstowne and Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice will headline the show at the Scottish Rite Theater. There will also be sets from Johnny and Jeanette Williams, The Travelers, Acoustic Endeavors, Springfield Exit, Republik Steele, The Stacy Grubb Band and more. All of the performers are donating their time.
Tickets are offered online for $15, or by phone at either 866-883-9466 or 540-777-1418. Only 500 seats are available.
For those outside of southwest Virginia who would like to contribute, the online ticket service can accommodate donations as well. Checks can also be sent, made out to Sizemore Benefit, and mailed to:
3110 Williamson Road
Roanoke VA 24012
Herschel is not only a mandolinist of great note, marking one of the very first serious deviations from the Monroe style in the early days of the music’s development. He is also a fine and honorable man who has given much to bluegrass, the mandolin community, and all those who know him.
Dig deep and let him know how much he is valued.