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Multiple bands to perform at charity event: Fore ‘n’ Aft reunion set for Saturday at Ives Concert Park

DANBURY, CONN. — Throughout the United States, some cities were fortunate to host rock clubs that made history. The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, The Chance in Poughkeepsie and Toad’s Place in New Haven are examples. One such establishment had four different sites: The Fore ‘n’ Aft, with locations in Brewster, White Plains and New Rochelle, New York; and one in Westport, Connecticut.

The rock venues were beloved by club-goers in the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s — and boasted the best musicians and bands from the East Coast, including Twisted Sister, Richie Scarlet, Rat Race Choir, Zebra and far too many to list.

The Fore ‘n’ Aft will be celebrated from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury, in a multi-band concert appropriately titled “The Fore ‘n’ Aft Benefit Reunion Concert/Festival.”

On Oct. 6, this event will reunite the bands, fans and notables from the unforgettable years that helped pave the foundation for rock music and events in the region that are still talked about today. Open to the public, this festival will feature live music, special guests, surprise appearances, food trucks, vendors and more — with proceeds going to four local charities. The show is presented in association with Townsquare Media. Tickets are available at

Among the musicians scheduled to appear is Neal Smith of the original Alice Cooper Band. Smith, recognized as one of rock’s foremost drummers, played or recorded with the Plasmatics, Flying Tigers and the Hollywood Vampires, among others. He is best known as the man pounding the skins for Alice Cooper on all the band’s classic albums and tours from the late ’60s through the ’70s. In 2011, Smith was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Alice Cooper Band.

The band lineup is Dan’s Garage Band (noon), Hey Baby Band (1 p.m.), Whitewood (2 p.m.), Future Tense (3 p.m.), Paralax (4 p.m.), Richie Scarlet (5 p.m.), Doug Wahlberg Band (6 p.m.), Limelight Rush tribute (7 p.m.), Witch Hunt (8 p.m.), Rat Race Choir (9 p.m.) and a surprise performance at 10 p.m.

In addition to celebrating a part of the region’s cultural music history, “The Fore ‘n’ Aft Benefit Reunion Concert/Festival” will contribute to four charitable organizations: the ALS Association, National Adoption Foundation, Hillside Food Outreach and Ann’s Place.

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