Aaron Lewis plans benefit concerts in Northampton

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Massachusetts native Aaron Lewis recently revealed plans for the second annual It Takes A Community Foundation Benefit Concert. The two-day event, which will feature one night dedicated to country and another to rock, will take place at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Northampton on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20.

The two-day event will kick off on Friday with a country themed lineup of Rhett Akins, Frank Hannon of Tesla and Alexa Carter. Saturday’s show will feature rockers Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tesla, Lo Pro and Otan Vargas perfoming unplugged. Lewis, the Staind frontman and new country favorite, will headline both nights. Tickets for each of the shows are on sale now through Tickets.com for $47 and $77. VIP meet & greet packages are also available. All proceeds from the show will go directly to It Takes A Community.

Lewis and his wife Vanessa founded the a 501c3 non-for-profit organization It Takes A Community in 2010 with a focus on reviving rural communities throughout the greater New England area. The charity works with local leaders and community organizations to raise funds and and provide assistance to communities in crisis.

The idea to start a charity came to Lewis as a result of his local school district closing three of the five elementary schools in the area due to budget cuts. With proceeds from a concert held last summer, Lewis and the foundation opened the private R.H. Conwell Education Center. The foundation funded everything from desks, books and school supplies to the teachers’ salaries.

Meanwhile, on the music front, Lewis is busy as ever. Released at the beginning of March, his debut solo EP, Town Line, reached the top spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Staind will release their forthcoming seventh studio album later this fall. The band recently gave fans a taste of the new material by releasing “Eyes Wide Open” on their website.

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