For more than a decade, Mike Babb organized Fajita Fest, an annual benefit for A Special Wish Foundation. Last year, he decided to end that work-intensive, food-based event. However, he didn’t want to stop raising money for the charity, so the Dayton-based music fanatic launched a new fundraiser.
Folks of Dayton Music Festival No. 50, Babb’s second annual benefit, returns to Polish Club Park in Dayton on Saturday. The bill features Scotty Bratcher, Brown Street Breakdown, the Rosie Carson Band and Higgins-Madewell with special guest Tom Leary. Gates open at noon. Music begins at 2 p.m.
“The biggest thing I learned is you’ve got to stay patient and stay on task,” Babb said. “You can’t get distressed that attendance wasn’t what you’d hoped. You’ve got to understand it’s going to take time to grow it enough where it’s well-respected and we have more vendors and more things for people to do while they’re there. I don’t have a problem with it not getting super-big if we’re making a difference every year, giving money to A Special Wish and people are getting to see good music.”
Babb stresses this is a pure benefit.
“When we say, ‘net proceeds,’ that’s what we mean,” he said. “People come, have fun and they’re giving back. It’s so effortless. You just can’t beat that. In the end it’s a win for everybody.”
Babb shared his thoughts on this year’s lineup:
Brown Street Breakdown: “We enhanced this year’s festival with a fourth band. We start the day with Brown Street Breakdown bluesing it all up. They’re great and a lot of people know them because they’ve been playing around town since the ’90s.”
The Rosie Carson Band: “A lot of people haven’t heard of Rosie’s band but if they got out and listen to them and give them a shot, they’re going to say, ‘Wow,’ that was different.’ It’s a mixture of bluegrass and Celtic.”
Higgins-Madewell with special guest Tom Leary: “Higgins-Madewell is one of my favorite local groups. They’re just so good and then they’ll be joined again by Tom Leary, who is coming over from England to sit in with them. We did a show with them together last year that was just smoking hot.”
Scotty Bratcher: “Higgins-Madewell will fire the till back up and then Scotty will come on and burn the house down. He’s a big talent and it seems like he’s really bringing in some interest from outside the area. We’re excited to have someone like him closing the show.”
How to go
What: Folks of Dayton Music Festival No. 50 with Scotty Bratcher, Brown Street Breakdown, the Rosie Carson Band and Higgins-Madewell featuring special guest Tom Leary
Where: Polish Club Park, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton
When: 2 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at noon
Cost: $10. Free for children 12 and younger. Net proceeds benefit A Special Wish Foundation
More info: (937) 258-7355