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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Don't Miss Fort Thomas' First Blues Festival Next Weekend

Kids Zone 1:00-3:00 PM Amphitheater Stage 1:00-10:30 PM
VIP After Party 8:45-12:00 AM (Ticketed Event)

Fort Thomas will host its' first ever Blues Festival Saturday, September 23rd.
Mark your calendar for next weekend's  Band of Helping Hands Blues Festival on Saturday, September 23rd at Tower Park. Nearly a year in the making, Fort Thomas has partnered with a great non- profit organization, Band of Helping Hands to bring some great talent to town.

The annual Music & Merchants festival was replaced this year by the Sesquicentennial celebration in July, and Fort Thomas Councilman Ken Bowman said this event in its' place is something you won't want to miss.

"One of my favorite performers will be playing in the Community Center, aka the Mess Hall for about 400 people, said Bowman who helped organize this day long event.

Mississippi singer/songwriter Paul Thorn and his band have agreed to this ticketed portion of the day, and if you are not familiar with Paul Thorn, you need to be. You can't help but to become a fan. This is a very rare opportunity to catch them in such an up close and personal space."

Paul Thorn's true to his roots southern style is a unique blend of blues and rock. He will be performing a great up-close and personal experience at the Band of Helping Hands Blues Festival.
All of the profits from the Paul Thorn portion of the event will be donated to the Band of Helping Hands Organization and used to provide possibilities and opportunities for children and young adults through education, music, art, athletics and personal growth experiences.

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Band Of Helping Hands supports and funds activities for children and young adults in our area in the form of mentoring and personal growth, helping those who are faced with special needs, challenging home situations, medical complications and financial constraints. Through support, encouragement, and experiences, their goal is to provide possibilities and opportunities for these individuals.

Greg Mebs, Fort Thomas resident and founding member of G. Miles and the Band of Helping Hands started the non-profit organization. As a counselor with a company of 45 employees - 27 therapists and case managers that serve high-risk kids and families with intense mental health, wraparound services, he started the Band of Helping Hands with a mission to build into kids, families and communities through arts, sports, etc.

"We are the 'band', and we host and perform at events as fundraisers. We plan on having three to four events a year with the Fort Thomas festival being the biggest, said Mebs.

Meb's former band, G. Miles and the Hitmen, opened for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dave Mason and Edgar Winter at the previous Merchants and Music festivals.
Sitting in" for the Merchants and Music is a great opportunity to start an annual festival for our non- profit, and I look forward to playing and promoting an annual blues fest that supports children and families in need and playing such a great park, up the street from my home to friends and family."

Band of Helping Hands President Wanda Waddell said she joined the organization because she thinks it is so important for children to be exposed to things like art, music and athletics as well as educational support in the form of tutoring or special programs.

"I love what we do and I strongly believe we are changing lives, making the world a better place, Waddell said.

We are so excited to be hosting this event and hope it will be a huge success. Since January, the Band of Helping Hands has given out over $75,000 in scholarships to like-minded organizations and school programs, individual children for things like music lessons, music instruments, tutoring, athletic fees, athletic equipment, special camps and programs as well as provided vehicles to young adults for breaking the cycle of poverty."

This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and starts at 1 p.m. On the main amphitheater stage will be John Redell (1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.); Ricky Nye Inc. (3 p.m. - 4 p.m.); Noah Wotherspoon (4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.); The Tad Robinson Band (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.); Victor Wainwright & Train (7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.); and 500 Miles to Memphis (9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.). G. Miles and the Band of Helping Hands (8:45 p.m. - 10 p.m.) will be opening up in the Mess Hall for Paul Thorn who plays from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.

There will be plenty of food and drink booths open all day long, and a kid zone.

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Only 70 more tickets are available to the ticketed Paul Thorn event.

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