We got a bunch of additional information on Ali-Fest, the benefit for Ali Porter, daughter of the Town Fryer’s owner Susie Porter. It takes place from 2 p.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow at the Town Fryer in the front of the Agora building.
In mid-December, Ali fell down a flight of stairs and broke her neck. Ali had just moved back to town with her one-year-old daughter and had not started working yet, so of course, she had no insurance. And being sidelined for a minimum of six weeks meant she wasn’t able to start working yet to pay for her basic needs.
But in her time working as a bartender for her mom’s restaurant, which had become a hub for the local roots-music scene, Ali had made many friends in that scene. A whole bunch of them have stepped up to play the benefit. Randy Daniels will kick off the day at 2 p.m., followed Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat (3 p.m.), Brent Kirby (4 p.m.), the Craic Brothers 9 p.m.), Open Range Torch Songs (6 p.m.), the Binge Brothers (7 p.m.), Kristine Jackson and Rob Muzick (8 p.m.), the All Corners (9 p.m.), Jane Dough (10 p.m.), Kind Highway (11 p.m.) and the Jack Fords (midnight).
There’s no fixed cover; attendees are being asked to donate whatever they feel moved to and whatever they can afford. There will also be raffle prizes including concert posters, photos, CDs and musical gear from Guitar Center North Olmsted. The Town Fryer will have its full menu of beverages and southern food available. —Anastasia Pantsios
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