Tommy Amato Rock Relief Concert Helps Local Musician in Need

Sun 9/15 @ 4-9PM

In the ’70s and ’80s, Clevelander Tommy Amato popped up behind the drum kit with band after band — too many to name. He later moved to California where he survived two bouts with cancer. (He’s since moved back to Cleveland).

Back in 2004, his friends from the local music community held a benefit for him. The help he got was the impetus for his hosting the annual Tommy Amato Rock Relief concert, now in its 16th year. Each year, it benefits someone in the music scene who is having medical issues.

This year it’s George Yunis, known from singer with such bands as Souvenir, Champion and the Maxx Band in the late ’70s and early-mid ’80s; for the last three decades, he’s performed with Moody Blues tribute Time Traveler. He’s been fighting prostate cancer for four years and was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

The event takes place at Slim & Chubby’s in Strongsville. Featured bands include Pink Floyd tribute Dark Side of the Moon, Van Halen tribute Panama, Pat Benatar tribute Invincible, Heart tribute Heartbreaker and Frank Amato of Beau Coup with a Cleveland rock tribute. It’s a $25 donation at the door. There will also be numerous donated raffle items.

You can also donate here.


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