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Walk in the Grass: An Afternoon of Bluegrass Music

March 6, 2014
Pine Island Eagle

Robb & Stucky, a national home furnishings store based here in Southwest Florida, will present its first fundraiser concert event on Saturday, with all proceeds going toward a great cause.

Walk in the Grass: An Afternoon of Bluegrass Music, to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, takes place Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts Amphitheater in Fort Myers.

A great afternoon of Bluegrass and American acoustic music is in store, featuring three area bands and a nationally known headliner.

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The Snyder Family Band from Lexington, North Carolina is the headliner for “Walk in the Grass: An Afternoon of Bluegrass Music,” to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Saturday.

Sandra Spiro, director of marketing for Robb & Stucky said the concert was her idea after more grandiose plans were shelved.

"We went to a Relay for Life meeting in August and this guy wanted to do a huge concert. But it didn't come about because we couldn't get things together," Spiro said. "Me and my husband decided we could do something on a smaller scale that could be effective and raise funds."

The Spiros are bluegrass enthusiasts and have played with some bands in the area, so they had a network of performers they could sell the idea to.

The show will start with Southwest Florida bluegrass favorites Captain Joe & The Bottom Feeders and the popular Bugtussle Ramblers Band will be followed by Gypsy Wind, an acoustic, swing and gypsy jazz ensemble that Spiro said is among the best in the state in that genre.

The headliners are the Snyder Family Band from Lexington, North Carolina, with their blend of traditional bluegrass music with influences from jazz, blues, southern rock, Irish, swing, old time and newgrass.

Guests are encouraged to bring their chairs, blankets and sunscreen. Soda, water and light refreshments will be available, and there will be several raffles for Robb & Stucky home furnishings, a 50-50 drawing and more.

Spiro said a lot of people have chipped in to make this event a great one. The store's partners have donated nearly $9,000 in furniture to be raffled off. The hope is that the event raises $15,000, but Spiro said since the event is new, there's no way to project that.

"It's a family oriented kind of thing, down to earth, not snobby, and that's how we want to reinvent our brand and eliminate the snobby preconception people may have," Spiro said.

All proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society 2014 Relay For Life campaign, which is the world's biggest in the fight to end cancer and a charity the company has always supported, Spiro said.

Relay for Life helps communities worldwide celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and those who fight back against the disease.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and kids 6 and under free. You can get tickets at Eventbrite,

Tickets will be available at the door the day of the show.

For more information, call 415-2800 or visit



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