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Fundraiser for Eric Aceto brings Tiny Town familiars together this week, Aug. 27

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Musicians from near and far look out for their own with benefit for Eric Aceto and Bill King


Independent wage-earners are not embraced by any particular federal agency or political group.

Musicians, artists and artisans who follow their calling into the free enterprise system know that they lead precarious lives and hope for the best. Health insurance is often an after-thought.

And the best of these people are afflicted with the same setbacks as any working person. Eric Aceto, then, feels lucky to be living in a place and a time when such a tenuous lifestyle is respected by an extended family of people who know the drill when a health crisis strikes one of their own.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, a group of musicians, some local and a one or two not so local will perform “Music for Eric”, a benefit for Eric Aceto’s family as well as another area musician, Bill King, at the Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg. Donations of any size will be gladly accepted.

“Living in the Ithaca area and being involved with the local music scene has been a great thing for me,” says Aceto.  “The diversity and high-level of musicianship of so many in the area is always inspiring.”

Among the many music artists contributing to the evening performance are: Mac Benford, Danny Speer, Chris Broadwell, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, Tenzin Chopak,Mary Lorson, The Pelotones, Franklin Crawford’s tinytowntunes, and special guests including Cape Breton's own post apocalyptic balladeer Douglas September, from Toronto.

Ithaca's Cloud Chamber Orchestra will close the evening to  a short film “A Trip to the Planets.”

Proceeds will go to help Eric and other local musicians who have suffered serious and unexpected medical issues this past summer, including King who is going through a very difficult passage with health issues.

Last Eric Aceto “Having recently lost many important members like George Reed, Bernie Upson and now dear Eric Ott among others, brings our transient nature to mind. My own health problems have me thinking more about it I guess.”

He adds: The incredible outpouring of support for me in particular has been humbling and very much appreciated.”


Aceto is reminded that he has played in many benefits over the years which, the usually taciturn violinist and instrument-maker says “makes it a little easier to accept such an outpouring gracefully.”

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