On Saturday, February 21, the Foxboro Lions Club hosted the 2016 Winter Music Festival at Showcase Live to benefit the Perkins School for the Blind and neighboring food pantries. There were three bands, a silent auction with loads of sports memorabilia and autographs, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more.
Opening the night were two young bands from the Mocking Bird School of Music located in Easton and in Mansfield. The school teaches young aspiring musicians how to advance as a musician, with a full range of lessons, rock band programs, and a theatre program. The students all have access to a fully functioning recording studio and a stocked retail store where they can buy new or used instruments, strings, and music supplies.
The first band from the Mocking Bird, WIRED, definitely had a rock edge and they nailed their whole set. These young guys had the whole look going on too, with long hair and attitude. Machine-gun Hedgehogs were up next. They are a six piece band that included a horn section of sax and trombone. There is certainly a lot of young talent coming out of this school.
Before the big bands came on stage to play, winners of the door prizes were announced. Prizes included $100 gift certificates to area restaurants, a six month gym membership, car wash package, and lot’s more. The line at the silent auction table grew as the night moved on. A New England Patriots football helmet autographed by Tom Brady, Bruins autographed photographs, an autographed script from the television series, “Family Guy”, were just a few of the items up for grabs.
Thirty 6 Red, a country band out of Boston, took to the stage next. They’ve got the energy and cover country music from all decades. This band has opened for Bret Michaels, Lee Brice, the Eli Young Band, and Casey James, to name a few. You can find upcoming dates on their website and see lot’s of the band pics on their Facebook page.
It was a special night for the band One Eleven, with their first video premiere for their song, What Would You Do?”. The song was dedicated to all of the men and women who unselfishly put their own personal safety on the line every day, to protect and serve this country. The first responders, featured in the band video, were in attendance at the show. OneEleven is an original pop/rock band with great melodies and grooves.
Closing the night, Witz End, a cover band out of Rhode Island. The band has been around for many years and have established themselves with a regular following of devoted fans. They play lot’s of dance music and their stage show is lively!
Here is a photo gallery from the event.