Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 32

Uplift Music Festival 2015 Raises Money for Cancer Patients T Written by Niki Heacock and Juliana Wilson Photos by John Collins Photography his summer’s fourth annual Uplift Music Festival in Oak Park successfully benefitted a great local cause, while also bringing unique and energetic live music to Greenfield, NH. On August 8, 2015, musicians, staff members, volunteers, promoters, writers, photographers, and fans were all united through the beauty of music. The benefit for this year’s Uplift was the Monadnock Community Hospital’s Cancer Assistance Program. All of the proceeds from ticket sales went directly toward financially assisting cancer patients and their families in the Monadnock community. This held a personal connection to the Uplift family, as they have lost multiple loved ones fighting cancer over the years. Uplift founder and drummer for Roots of Creation, Mike Chadinha, dedicated the 2015 event to the memory 32 • CIDER MAG • Tara Greenblatt Band of his mother who lost her short battle to aggressive gastric cancer in January. As each year passes the Uplift lineup gets better and better with eight talented bands performing, packing into the park for the oneday event. The Tara Greenblatt Band kicked off the beautiful summer day with some mesmerizing and inspiring hand drumming on the Cider Mag stage under the pavilion. The Tara Greenblatt Band’s unique brand of percussion and gorgeous vocals hypnotize the hips while painting the images of many stories through their music. With three albums under her belt, Tara and the band have begun playing more gigs than ever and the Uplift fans really connected with their raw, earthy beats. Grooving through the rest of the afternoon, acoustic singer/songwriter Shea Vaccaro’s short set on the Uplift Gazebo stage was followed by Winter • 2015