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Regent's Rock 'n Soul Holiday Show to Benefit Nonprofit

A set of all-star musicians are scheduled to be in Arlington next Sunday, with a rocking concert to benefit a New England nonprofit.

Exactly one Sunday from today, Dec. 18, the Third Annual Rock 'n Soul Holiday Benefit Concert will rock the halls at Arlington's beginning at 8 p.m.

Gary Sohmers, the show's producer said he first started producing back in the 1980s on Lansdowne Street with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, a cross over punk and soul band.

"This is our third year putting on the Rock 'n Soul Holiday Show at the Regent Theatre," Sohmers said. "My idea in this was to get seasoned veterans together and give them a cast to entertain each other."

He added many of the musicians have never worked together or seen each other play.

"Artists usually come off the road to spend time with their families over the holidays so it is a perfect time, when they aren't playing elsewhere to get them all together and create magic," Sohmers said. "The backstage area is a big reunion for those who do know one another. It's a big party!"

Danny Klein, of J.Geils Band and Full House, agreed.

"I get to meet people I've always heard about but never get to see or people who I haven't seen in years," Klein said. "Full House is headlining the show this year. Gary Sohmers and Bob Boyd asked me to join in when they first started this three years ago. It really is a big party backstage with 60 musicians in a backstage area." 

Bellevue Cadillac's Doug Bell said he first met Sohmers when on the board of the new music museum of New England and remembered him from the PBS series "Antique Roadshow," as the go-to guru of all-things collectable from the 1960s.

"He wanted to do a fundraiser for the museum, but they thought we were moving too fast, so he changed the charity to Toys for Tots," Bell said. "For three years, we have worked together and I enjoy his energy and enthusiasm. The music community of Boston have been generous and donated their performances."

The Music Drives Us Foundation has been a sponsor with proceeds going to the foundation, he added. Last year, Bellevue Cadillac was the All Star Band. A DVD was made of the performance and it was aired on some PBS affiliates, he said.

"We have a great line up again this year," Bell added, "and it's always fulfilling to be part of a cause which can put a smile on children's faces, especially at this time of year."

Sohmers appeared on more than 80 episodes in 13 seasons of the PBS series "Antique Roadshow."

Charlie Farren of Farren-Butcher summed it up.

"I'm psyched for this show—It's always fun to work with a mix of musicians that I don't get to share the stage with often," Farren said. "Wolf Ginandes, the musical director and bassist in the [Community Auditions] All-Stars band, asked me if I would come and do a few songs. My immediate answer was, 'Yes,' because I enjoy playing with the line up of musicians who are on board for this show." 

Musical Director and bassist Wolf Ginandes will lead the band.

The line up includes Barrence Whitfield, Charlie Farren, Danny Klein, Professor Doug Bell, Casey Desmond, John Powhida, The Fools and Charlie Fitz. More acts are yet to be announced. 

Net proceeds from this event will benefit the Music Drives Us Foundation, a New England nonprofit. Attendees are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift to be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Tickets are $25 for reserved seating with a limited amount of preferred seating available. You can .

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