WESTERLY — Local music-lovers have so warmly embraced the event that the "Pass the Guitar" WARM Center fundraiser has returned for the fourth year in a row.
The Pass the Guitar Benefit Concert, featuring 20 musicians, will follow the same successful formula as it has in years past: Each musician will play a song, then pass the guitar to the next singer on the roster. In other words, the same guitar is used throughout the whole concert.
This year's concert will feature the guitar-playing of musicians Braiden Sunshine, Frank Pendola, Sandman Allen, Haunt the House, Judy Hall Gray, Zack Dustin, Danny Fleet, Ron Lynch III, Mike Rogoff, Jeff Matson, John and Lynn Johson, Kala Farnham, Tim Quinn, Dennis Walley, Craig Edwards, Bill Ludwig, Daphne Lee Martin, Ramblin' Dan Stevens, Will Schram and Hugh Birdsall.
Birdsall, who co-founded the iconic New London punk rock band The Reducers 30-plus years ago, and more recently the high-energy roots band Dogbite, is a co-founder of New London's version of "Pass the Guitar," which began as a fundraiser for the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.
Inspired by Birdsall's altruism, Joe Glennon, a WARM Center board member and musician, decided to bring the idea to Westerly back in 2016. The event has attracted enthusiastic and appreciative audiences since the first year.
The WARM Center’s fourth annual Pass the Guitar event will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Westerly, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the concert and the suggested donation is $10. Follow WARM Center on Facebook or visit the website at www.warmcenter.org for details.