Cancer Center hosts third annual comfort music fest

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University will host the third annual Comfort Music Fest at Chestnut Ridge Park in Bruceton Mills Sept, 26 to benefit cancer patients.

This year’s concert will feature headliner Joshua Davis, a folk-rock artist from Lansing, Mich.  Davis has toured the United States as the lead singer and guitarist for the Michigan-based swing-and-blues band Steppin’ In It. He also has recently recorded and performed with actor/songwriter Jeff Daniels.

The lineup will also include performances by The Wild Rumpus from Fayetteville, a not so traditional Appalachian string band.  The Long Way Around, a bluegrass and old-time band, will make its Morgantown debut at Comfort Fest. Four other local acts are also donating their time to the event: blues artist Soup Camel, folk/bluegrass singer Lindsey Clear, contemporary folk artist Jim Savarino and the guitar/steel drum duo of Tom Batchelor and Glenn Rowsey.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased by calling Jessica Spatafore at 304-293-0789.  Tickets are also available at the Black Bear Café on Pleasant Street in Morgantown. Tickets at the gate will be $12. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free, but a donation would be appreciated.  Concert t-shirts may be purchased at the event.

All proceeds will go to the WVU Cancer Center’s Comfort Fund that was established to provide temporary, short-term financial assistance for patients being treated at the Cancer Center until they can be linked with community, state or national resources. 

“Those of us who work at the center know how critically important the Comfort Fund is for helping patients deal with financial stress in the midst of their cancer journey,” said Daniel Elswick, M.D., psychiatrist for the Psycho-Oncology Program at the Cancer Center and co-founder of Comfort Fest with his wife, Betsy.  “Comfort Fest is a great opportunity for the community to hear some great music and support a very worthwhile cause.”

Chestnut Ridge Park is located off the Cooper’s Rock Exit of I-68.

For information about WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center see www.wvucancer.org.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
SS: 09-11-09

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