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Durand Rockers Return Home for Third Annual Benefit Concert  August 17th

Clear Your Calendar! Durand Veterans of Rock N' Roll Are Back!

Posted by Durand Now at 9:24am 3/20/19

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Durand area residents will want to clear their calendars for August 17th as The Durand Veterans of Rock N´ Roll will perform their third annual benefit concert this summer. Thousands of classic rock lovers attended the previous benefit concerts to hear Durand area musicians reuniting with former local musicians to raise money for charity. The band will perform August 17th at Optimist Park, 94 E Naldrette St, in Durand.

Co-chairs of the concert, Bob Sager of Fort Myers, Florida and Greg Martin, owner of Jim’s Pizza in Durand, are excited about this year’s reunion concert. “This will be another fantastic concert that unites the community with incredible music performed by outstanding musicians. This year, we are raising money for two great community organizations,” said Martin.  He added proceeds from this concert will be divided between Durand Union Station Incorporated which operates the historic depot as a museum and the VFW’s Veterans Relief Project.  DUSI will use the funds for educational programs and infrastructure needs. The VFW will use funds to assist veterans in serious financial need.

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Bob Sager will again serve as bandleader and lead singer of the event. “I already have numerous commitments from musicians who performed in our previous benefit concerts— as well as other former Durand area musicians anxious to help their hometown.” 

Durand, Michigan was once a major hub of rail traffic in the Midwest. The depot served as the epicenter for moving goods and people throughout the country. As rail traffic declined significantly, especially passenger rail traffic, in the mid-1970s, the station was abandoned until community leaders rallied together and saved the depot by turning it into a museum and renovating its iconic design to its original architectural splendor.  The depot is now the Michigan Railroad History Museum.
Martin explained that the previous concerts were coordinated by a handful of community volunteers. This year, a formal committee is in place to lighten the logistics load and engage the community.  He added, “Interested sponsors and people who want to volunteer are encouraged to email the organizing committee at durandveteransofrock@gmail.com .

Don’t miss this legendary concert on August 17th. Gates open at 4pm and the event kicks off at 5:30pm.

Tickets will be available in May at Durand area merchants and online. Pictures and videos of previous year’s concert are available on Facebook at Durand Veterans of Rock 'n' Roll.  Stay tuned.

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