Let's Rock and Roll!

by: Trenda Jones     May 3, 2012                                                                         Vol.12 Issue 8

For many years there has been a Lake County resident working hard behind the scenes for those in need. Combining his passion for music and philanthropy, Mac Chafer takes on a project nearly every year to raise funds for a non-profit organization of his choosing. Through the shows he produces he has donated to several charities including the Lake County Food Bank, Camps For Hope, Project Hope and Forbes House.

This year, Mac returns to "the big top" with his second Rock-N-Roll Circus, May 20th at Livewire concert club in Mentor-on-the-Lake. Once again, the day will be tons of fun with clowns, jugglers, a balloon artist and full of talent with performances by Denny Carleton, Spoon to Soon, The Jeff Soukup Band, Andy's Last Band, The Sarah Bellamy Band and Special Guest - The Balls of Fire.

The Balls of Fire formed in 1981 by Jack Freeman, Carl Czaga and three others. The band went through several member changes until 1994 when George Hanrahan and Rodney Mapes teamed up with Jack and Carl. The four became the core of the group while various drummers had come and gone. "We were trailblazing a path of chaos wherever we went" says Freeman. "We're all about the live show, energy, entertainment, personality, rhythm, melody and mayhem. We're a hybrid of rockabilly, jump, blues, kind of punkish at times, country-ish sometimes - you know, rock and roll!" The band played clubs all over north east Ohio as well as opening for Southside Johnny, Eric Burden, Mitch Ryder, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Georgia Satellites and Weird Al Yankovich. The Balls of Fire line-up for this show will be Carl Czaga - guitar, George Hanrahan - bass, Rodney Mapes - sax & keyboards, Jack Snyder - vocals.

The day's festivities are sponsored by Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty of Mentor and will be co-hosted by yours truly and Bob Southall, announcer for The Brickhouse Blues Band. The fun and excitement begins at 1:30pm with live music from 2-8pm. Along with all the great entertainment, there will also be live and chinese auctions and 50/50 raffles. You're donation of just $8.00 will help the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and Forbes House of Lake County, two much needed and necessary organizations in our community. Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital offers unique specialty programs including: pediatric heart care, transplant services, advanced cancer care, dialysis, digestive and behavorial disorders, autism center, critical and emergency care. When home is not safe, Forbes House is there for battered women and children. Providing services for those affected by physical, emotional and sexual abuse and offering individual and legal advocacy, information and referrals, support groups, education, and emergency shelter.

Support our children's health, support abuse victims, support the Rock-N-Roll Circus!

  http://my.clevelandclinic.org/childrens-hospital  (800) 223-2273 

 http://forbeshouse.org  24 hr. Helpline (440) 357-1018