Playing so all can play; event showcases talent

Contributed by Judy Fish

More than a dozen musicians and singers will perform at a Lake Monticello Community Foundation fundraising event Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Hall (4309 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra) to benefit an all-inclusive playground at Lake Monticello. A wide variety of music can be enjoyed from a comfortable chair or from the dance floor for a $25 donation per ticket. 

Band performances include the Two Mikes (Roguska and Rodbell) playing a variety of songs ranging from old time to modern americana on a range of stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin). The recently formed group FOG with Rodbell performing again with Alan Stewart (keyboards and vocals), Carrol Kinsey (drums and vocals) and Steve Pence (bass and vocals) will play tunes from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Extra Effort—a group of men from Effort Church (joined by Chelsea Hitt for this show)—will sing Gospel songs. Extra Effort (John McKee, Jack Rawley, Mark O’Rear, Bobby Demott and Nate Brown) was started by Ed Rogers, who also sings standards. 

Another recently formed group—TNO—will perform a mix of folk, folk-rock, classic rock and Indie rock. Lakers Scott Murdoch and Larry Cutler formed The Outliers last year to play the Fluvanna Farmers Market. The group—now The New Outliers (TNO)—has grown and includes James Schoenster on bass, Steve Waller on percussion and Thom Bronez on keyboard. 

Sure to entertain is a cappella group Family Feud with mom Gaye LaCasce, dad Dan Signor and daughter Alexa Beal performing a varied repertoire with great humor and audience participation. Family Feud has performed extensively all over the U.S. and Canada since 2005. 

Five more local musicians join the lineup with solo performances: rockabilly blues soloist Brenda Alluisi, Dana Austin performing his own unique eclectic tunes, Carl DeTroia with a blend of blues and rock with a hint of jazz, Kenn Herrington, playing mostly classic rock, outlaw country, and originals, and singer and guitarist JC James.

 “I’m extremely proud to be part of this wonderful event and I want to thank our guests, my fellow musicians, and the entire team who made it all happen,” said James. “Your support of such a noble initiative deserves my best; and so, I promise to bring exactly that.”

Each $25 entry comes with one beverage ticket. Additional wine, beer, sodas and pizza available. To be a $500 corporate ambassador or sponsor a table for $150, please email

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