HHS Benefits from Saturday’s Steve Lyons Concert

Artists perform at Winnikinni park during a previous Rock Out! Cookout event. (courtesy photo)

Last year's event at Winnekenni Castle.

Last year’s event at Winnekenni Castle.

Haverhill High School’s Fine Arts Department will benefit from proceeds raised during the Third Annual Steve Lyons Memorial Rock Out! Saturday, Aug. 23, at Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill.

The  rain-or-shine event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and features live performances from more than 50 local musicians, including several area youth bands. An art show, raffles, and children’s games also take place throughout the day. Barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and other snacks will be provided to ticket holders at no additional charge.

“The Haverhill School Department is most grateful that the Steve Lyons Fund has chosen the HHS Fine Arts Department as this year’s beneficiary,” said Haverhill Public Schools Superintendent James Scully. “We hope that this gift will help our students to find joy and meaning in music, as Steve did. It is generosity like this that keeps Steve’s warmth and spirit alive in the minds and hearts of many.”

Event tickets are $15 pre-event and $20 at the gate. The maximum price for a family is $50 and children age 10 and under will be admitted for free. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at stevelyonsfund.bigcartel.com. For more information, email [email protected] or “like” Steve Lyons Fund on Facebook at Facebook.com/SteveLyonsFund.

Live music will be performed by Free Volt, Mask & Raid, Colm O’Brien, Merrimack Delta Dub Set, Four Legged Faithful, Analog Heart, Back Alley Ramblers, Bulletproof Candie, Crooked Shoe Cops, Coda Sky, Be Imagine Music Studio, Blue Crush, Anonymous, The Sparx, Shrinking Violets, Bob Beal, Amy Herrera, Ryan Sawyer, Alexandru Sabau and Dan Six.

The Steve Lyons Fund is a 501 (c) (3) public charity run by the family and friends of Steven William Lyons, 23, of Ward Hill, who passed away in 2007. The annual Rock Out! Cookout is his legacy. The fund was founded in 2007 to honor Lyons through music and a desire to give back to the community he loved.  Although Lyons was not a musician, organizers say, he was a central figure in the Haverhill music scene thanks to his avid support of local performers. The fund has since raised over $10,000 at annual fundraisers. Past beneficiaries include The Sad Cafe, Massachusetts Special Olympics, Boy Scouts of America and Reid’s Ride for Cancer Research.