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A “family friendly” event is how Gene Talerico, president, Marley’s Mission described the “Old Farmers Ball Music Festival.”

He said Marley’s Mission, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted psychotherapy free of charge to children who have experienced emotional trauma, is honored to partner with Live Nation, Cabinet and the Old Farmer’s Ball to present what Talerico described as “rustic, grassroots, and homey,” May 11, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain.

“It’s a celebration of culture, arts and music of our region and the state. Obviously, as an organization that is based not in an office building, but on a farm, those kinds of things are all very connected to what we do every day.”

The event idea evolved when Live Nation expressed an interest in becoming involved with charitable organizations in the community, noted Talerico, who said this will be a new experience for Marley’s Mission, Live Nation and the artist.

“This is an event that’s tailor made for us,” said Talerico.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Marley’s Mission.

This inaugural event will feature performances by the headline act, Cabinet, a band with its roots firmly planted in the Appalachian tradition with bluegrass, country and folk sounds; YARN, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, MiZ, And the Moneynotes, Pappy, Coal Town Rounders, and Kyle Morgan; and more than a dozen vendors who will set up shop to sell clothing, jewelry, artwork, concert / music apparel and merchandise, perfume, candles and other wares.

Add to that mix a local/regional farmers’ market selling seasonal vegetables, fruits, and you have “a celebration of culture, arts, and music.

And that is the perfect mix for Marley’s Mission.”

Younger folks, Mollie Edsell, 13, Scranton, an acoustic guitar player and singer and Jordan Tarter, 16, Pittston, are also scheduled to take the stage, in keeping with the mission’s focus on encouraging kids to find their voice.

“What we’ve seen at the mission is kids find their voice in very different ways. Some through music, some through drawing, some through writing, some through sign language…for us it’s really helpful to bring kids in that have an ability to play an instrument, to sing a song, to write a story…Whatever it may be, because that may be the thing that connects with our children and gives them an opportunity to find a way to express themselves that’s safe, and meaningful and allows them to get to the next level,” said Talerico.

Also planned are kids’ activities that will include Zumba for Kids with Mara Rudalavage, wiffle ball games and a variety of activities.

Marley’s Mission committee members are Noelle Ruby, director of events, Tara Iona, volunteer coordinator, April Marie Knapp , Marley’s Mission founder and Talerico.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, Toyota Pavilion Box Office, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, Ticketmaster Outlets or by-phone at 800.745.3000.

Advance Tickets are $25.50 online and $24 at the box office. On the day of show they are $28. Children 10 and under are free.

Additional information can be found on line at oldfarmersballfest.com.

92.1FM The Fuzz is radio partner and presenters are Backyard Alehouse, 523 Linden St. Scranton, and The Weekender. Producers are Live Nation and Cabinet.

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