For AdVantage NewsCountry superstar John Michael Montgomery will headline the fifth annual Feed the Need Concert at Riverfront Amphitheater on June 7.
ALTON − Country superstar John Michael Montgomery will headline the fifth annual Feed the Need Concert at Riverfront Amphitheater on June 7.
The program will benefit Senior Services Plus' Meals on Wheels program.
Montgomery has top country hits from "I Swear," "Sold," "Be My Baby Tonight" and "I Love The Way You Love Me."
"Everyone knows that Meals On Wheels is a very important program," Senior Services Plus Executive Director Jonathan Becker said. "It is proven to show cost savings in keeping seniors in their homes. Feed the Need is a fun event that not only celebrates our volunteers, but it shows the entire community who we are and who we serve."
Becker pointed out that ticket sales proceeds and sponsorship are used to keep the Meals on Wheels program going strong.
Local favorite The Harman Family Bluegrass Band of Shipman will be the opening act. The band consists of first- and second-generation musicians having deep roots dating back to 1975. The Harmans' music style ranges from traditional to contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel and other types of music.
"Entertaining you is our goal and is as much fun for us as the music we play," Harman said. "This will be our second year of playing there. I think it is a good event and does a lot for senior citizens. John Michael Montgomery has some good hits and plays more of a modern type of country."
Harman praised Becker for doing a wonderful job of running the Senior Services Plus facility and said he has a solid staff and excellent volunteers, which makes it even more meaningful to him to play the show.
The concert brings the community together with the goal of raising awareness and money for the Meals On Wheels program. Senior Services Plus provides 650 meals daily, covering 22 townships in Madison and St. Clair counties.
"Our Meals On Wheels Program provides over 600 meals a day in 22 townships in Madison and St. Clair counties; the concert is a great chance for others to support our efforts," Becker said. "With entertainment like the Harmans and John Michael Montgomery, we feel the concert will make for an exciting and successful evening."
Becker said this year the Meals On Wheels Program faces greater challenges with rising food and fuel costs.
"We have not gotten an increase in funding in over five years and we hope that a national act combined with a regional favorite will bring country music and bluegrass fans will come together to support our Meals On Wheels Program," Becker said. "Having such popular artists play at the local venue, and for such an affordable price, we are expecting our ticket sales to increase from last year."
Tickets are $30 each, and are available online at seniorservicesplus.org. Tickets are also available at the agency's Alton center, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton.
For information, call 618-465-3298 or 1-800-233-4904.