Coming up Saturday: Bedford Live Aid Concert to Benefit Food Bank

More than 500 days into the Covid-19 pandemic, the local need for relief from food insecurity has not abated. Indeed, it has grown.

Thus, the town continues to welcome financial donations to support its food bank through this web page: or to the Bedford Food Pantry ( Donors also may mail checks (payable to Town of Bedford) to the Emergency Relief Fund, in care of the Finance Department, 10 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730.

And there’s another option, one that will get you outdoors for a couple of hours in a celebratory mood, with a lineup of talented musicians and other performers.

Bedford Live Aid, an open-mic concert to benefit the food bank and emergency fund, is scheduled for Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. on the grounds of Davis School.

Steve Henning, originator of the mid-summer fundraiser, will also be one of the acts, playing guitar and harmonica and singing. Here is a list of the other performers (to date) in alphabetical order:

Amanda and Samantha Casale and Jessica DePalo, vocals; Kevin Dougherty, guitar, vocals; Cameron Henning, bike skills;  Ron O’Brien, guitar, and Stacy Swider, guitar and vocals (both of the band Stacy and the Party); Tatiana Pavlova, accordion; and the duo of John Vandale, bass guitar, and guitarist and singer Mark Zelermyer.

Henning outlined the donation options: “People can write checks, give cash, Venmo me at @Stephen-Henning-10, or they can donate directly to the Bedford Food Pantry and Emergency Food Bank. If you donate directly, send an email to [email protected], so we can estimate our total raised.”
Henning, the benefit’s impresario, encouraged anyone who can “to walk or bike to the event. Bring chairs and a blanket, and even a deck umbrella. People can bring their own food and drink and should stay hydrated.”
For details go to To sign up as a performer, email [email protected]

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763

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