Do you enjoy good music? Would you like to help out a good cause? How would you like to spend just $8 to enjoy twelve hours worth of music?

You can do just that when Shepherd’s House hosts the first annual Band-ing Together for Peace in McArthur on April 21. They are raising money for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families.

Twelve hours of live music will literally include something for every taste. “From folk to rock, we literally will have something for everyone,” said Shepherd’s House Director Trisha Sands.

The line-up will include local and regional favorites including Joy Dickerson, Eastwood, Byrd and Charlie Manring, Avery Whittaker, The Blues Cowboys, Devils Gesture, the Snakebites, The Local Yocals, Pets or Meat and Junkyard Republic. The schedule represents folk, acoustic, blues, heavy metal, classic rock, pop rock and country music.

“We are dreaming of a day that violence, bullying, sexual assault and family terrorism is not tolerated by anyone who lives here,” Sands said. “We need to raise future generations in a place with compassion, understanding, love, peace and non- tolerance for violence. I realize domestic violence is very hard to understand. To be honest, most victims that live it, never really understand it themselves until they have been out of it, sought help and really looked back to see the complicated, methodical coercion of it.”

Funds raised will help to fulfill basic needs, emergency and safety needs of victims. Federal budget cuts have tightened budgets for shelters, leaving little or no money for gas cards, food vouchers, deposits to move into a safe home or other basic needs that enable victims to escape their abusers.

The Band-ing Together for Peace will be held beginning at 1:30 p.m. on April 21 at the VFW Post 5299 in McArthur. Admission for the entire day is just $8. There will be at least two 50/50 drawings, the raffle of an electric guitar with amp, a Chinese Auction and event t-shirts for sale. Sponsors include McDonalds of McArthur-Wellston-Jackson, Spring Street Sports, Jerry’s Do-It Center, Heroes Public House, Blue Eagle Music and Baker Trucking.

People of all ages to come out and enjoy the day of music with their friends and family.

For more information about Band-ing for Peace or about domestic violence issues in Vinton County, call Shepherd’s House at 596-9271.