A returned smile

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First Posted: 9/16/2013

Local musician Ronnie Williams has touched the lives of so many people in NEPA. He was voted best solo artist for The Weekender Readers’ Choice Awards the past three years in a row and also singlehandedly started a social movement last year by creating Project Smile, a Facebook page that encouraged our area to create positive energy and pay it forward with happiness.

It is time for the community to take that positive energy and pay it back. Ronnie was recently diagnosed with cancer, so his friends have all come together and to give back to someone who has given all he can to so many others.

Sunday, Sept. 22 at Brews Brothers West (75 Main St., Luzerne), there will be a benefit called Rocking for Ronnie to help him cover medical costs and living expenses while he is in treatment. When word was put out to the public about the benefit, organizers received a huge response. Ronnie has played with, written music for, and supported so many local area musicians that everyone wanted to contribute to this great cause and show Ronnie that we can all still smile.

Doors open at 4 p.m. The musicians playing include Iron Cowboy, Russello Project, M80, Stealing Neil, 40 lb. Head, Bad Hair Day (featuring both current and former band members), Gone Crazy, Zamani, and additional acoustic acts and open jam time throughout the day. There is a suggested donation of $10 a person at the door. There will also be prizes and raffles throughout the day.

For those who aren’t able to attend the benefit, donations are being accepted online at gofundme.com/43mr3g. Any amount is appreciated and all proceeds go directly to Williams and his family.

Rocking For Ronnie: Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Brews Brothers West (75 Main St., Luzerne). $10.

Rocking for Ronnie Schedule

4-4:45 p.m.: Vinyl Daze

5-5:45 p.m.: Iron Cowboy

6-6:45 p.m.: Russello Project

7-7:45 p.m.: M80

8-8:45 p.m.: Stealing Neil

9-9:45 p.m.: 40 lb. Head

10-10:45 p.m.: Bad Hair Day

11-11:45 p.m.: Gone Crazy

12-12:45 p.m.: Zamani

1-1:45 p.m.: TBA