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Local music stars align to celebrate arrival of Rolling Stones while raising money, awareness for Food Bank of WNY

by jmaloni


Wed, Jul 8th 2015 05:50 pm

Event will include a headline performance by newly formed all-star band Dead Flowers with special guests the Gallow Walkers

An all-star group of local musicians recently formed a band known as Dead Flowers to headline the "You Get What You Need Benefit Concert for the Food Bank of Western New York" Friday, July 10, at the Cove Seafood & Banquets, 4701 Transit Road, Depew. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Dead Flowers' band members are all stalwarts of the local music scene. Members include Geoff Boulden, Bob Kupczyk, Bill Moore, Bob Rich III and Gary Zoldos, the event's organizer. Zoldos has organized several large-scale events to benefit the Food Bank of WNY over the years, including the highly popular "Feed the City" benefit concert, which is currently on hiatus while a suitable headlining act can be booked.

Buffalo's own The Gallow Walkers will open the show at 8 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to raise money and awareness for the Food Bank of WNY while also paying tribute to the Rolling Stones. It is also meant to show some Western New York hospitality to Rolling Stones fans from all over the world, who will receive free shuttle service from nearby hotels courtesy of the Cove.

In lieu of an admission charge, monetary donations will be accepted at the door. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Food Bank of WNY.

The Food Bank distributes food to approximately 326 member agencies that feed the less fortunate in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Each month, 116,821 less-fortunate Western New Yorkers turn to soup kitchens, food pantries and other emergency food providers for assistance.

With every dollar raised, the Food Bank of WNY will be able to provide six meals through its network.

"Being the third-poorest city in the country never prevented us from being the greatest," said Zoldos, who is lead vocalist for Dead Flowers and the Pillagers. "We want to raise as much money and awareness as we can for Food Bank of WNY while having a Friday night party/celebration of the Rolling Stones at the Cove, and we also want to show some of that famous (or infamous) WNY hospitality to all visiting Rolling Stones fans."

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