Matt Sorum to perform at one of summer’s largest benefits for veterans

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Matt Sorum to perform at The American Vinyl Festival July 6. Photo provided

S. POMFRET, Vt. – The “who’s who” of the rock n’ roll world are banding together Fourth of July weekend to show their support for U.S. veterans with one of the largest benefit concerts this summer. The American Vinyl Festival, which will be held Saturday, July 6 at Suicide Six Downhill Ski Area in Vermont, will feature The American Vinyl All Star Band, comprising Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter, Barry Goudreau, Robert “Mousey” Thompson, Leroy “LRS” Romans, Tim Archibald, and Danny Beissel, as the event’s headliners.

However, the star-power doesn’t stop there. An onslaught of special guests will also be lending their musical talents to the day, including: Matt Sorum, Wally Palmer, The Uptown Horns, Conrad Korsch, Brian Quinn, Mark McGrath, and Phil Stokes, and more that might do a “surprise appearance.”

Additional performances will include American Idol’s Evelyn Cormier and Woodstock’s own Jim Yeager. Organized by Bill Johnson, manager for AVASB, and presented by Springfield Buick/GMC, the benefit will support Freedom Drives U.S. Inc., a not-for-profit charity engaged in the facilitation of mobility-converted vehicles other than minivans for veterans with mobility needs.

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate our great country and support our veterans with this amazing benefit,” said Johnson. “Each of these musicians not only brings tremendous talent and legacy to the show but also their passion and determination to help those in need. It’s going to be a great way to spend the holiday weekend!”

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René Peterson. Photo provided

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and will include food vendors, merchants, and a silent auction. One of ATC’s most active ambassadors, René Peterson, will be helping out at the concert. René, a U.S. Army Veteran, travels the country showing off his ATC vehicle everywhere. One week finds him in a parade in Kansas City and the next at the National Veterans Wheelchair games in Orlando. He loves meeting new people and sharing with them the freedom he has obtained. Look for him and his dog, Peanut. He’ll give you a big smile and proudly show-off his ATC converted truck.

Veterans get in free with a ticketed guest. Tickets are available at www.americanvinylfestival.com. Suicide Six Downhill Ski Area is located at 247 Stage Road in Pomfret, Vt.

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