Calling all country fans, Edmonton-based country band The Dungarees are back again this Saturday with their 24-Hour-gig-a-thon fundraiser.
The Dungarees are a five piece country band who have been playing together for almost a decade, and say they blend the timeless twangs of classic country with modern pop sounds and sensibilities.
For the past two years, they have been performing a show that goes on for 24 hours with all the proceeds going towards the Alberta Cancer Foundation, more specifically, the Patient Financial Assistance Program.
The Patient Financial Assistance Program aids patients who feel financial pressures while undergoing cancer treatments.
“We’ve all basically had people in our families affected by cancer, and we really wanted to make sure that we were able to try and help the Alberta Cancer Foundation in some way or another.” says lead singer and bassist James Murdoch. He says when they approached the foundation, they suggested the Patient Financial Assistance Program as something that will directly help and support cancer patients.
In the past two years of performing this event, The Dungarees have raised $30,000 for the financial assistance program and hope to meet that number this year alone, raising the total to $60,000 for all three years.
The Dungarees plan to play a total twelve hours together as a band, but say they will always have at least one member of the band on stage performing with guests.
Along with the live music, the event will have a silent auction to raise donations, with prizes including a signed McDavid jersey and Oilers tickets.
The 24-Hour-gig-a-thon will be held at Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar on October 6th starting at 8 a.m.. Entrance to the event will cost ten dollars, and donations for the cause are also accepted at the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s website.