Talk Of The Times: Benefit Concert Set For Cancer Patient, Area Musician Anthony Hannigan

May 6, 2019

This week, staff writer Jared O’Hearn talks with Mike Mizwinski about the upcoming Jam for Anthony “Cinco de Mando” benefit cconcert, which will raise money for local esophageal cancer patient Anthony Hannigan.

Residence: Nashville, Tennessee

Background: Professional musician

Title: Event planner


Q: Tell us about Anthony, the inspiration for this event.

A: I have known Anthony since I was a little kid. There’s actually a story about him teaching me to swim on a camping trip. Anthony is one of the best musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure to know — a mandolin-playing extraordinaire — who has touched thousands and thousands of lives through his music and Cornstock Folk Festival, which he founded. I’ve had the honor of playing in different bands with him for the last decade. He also is a father and has a beautiful wife and is an extremely kind person that gets along with everyone he meets. He has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and is undergoing treatment in Virginia.

Q: How will proceeds from the event be used?

A: All proceeds collected with go to the family to help pay some of the many hospital bills.

Q: Will there be food and refreshments available at the show?

A: Yes, there will be a buffet at the benefit, and River Street Jazz Cafe’s bar also will be serving drinks.

Q: Tell us about the lineup you have planned.

A: The lineup includes people who Anthony has either played with or known over the years. There are people coming from all over the country to be part of this, and we are so grateful for every single one of them. Chris Kearney will emcee. At 5 p.m.,we have the Lost Ramblers; at 5:30, Blue Roots; at 6, Jessica Illuzzi & Friends; at 6:30, Timothy McGurl & Friends; at 7, Friends of the Family; at 7:30, Low Hanging Fruit (Kelchner, Hallowell, Hess, Appichell); at 8, Sara Hulse and Friends; at 8:30, Serene Green; at 9, Pappy & Friends; and at 9:30, Cornstock Folk Festival Family Singalong (everyone). Additional musicians at large will include Jami Novak, Mark Woodyatt, Chad Darou, Michael Borowski, Will Hanza, David Hampton, Dave Brown, Stephen Faubel, Nick Bush, Carl Charles, Brendan Quinn, Paul Moran and more.

Q: Should tickets be purchased in advance or is it just a donation you make at the door?

A: The event will be a suggested donation of $20 at the door.


If you go

What: Jam for Anthony “Cinco de Mando” benefit concert

When: Sunday, May 5; doors open at 4 p.m., music 5 to 10

Where: River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains Twp.

Details: A $20 dollar donation is suggested at the door. Proceeds benefit Anthony Hannigan, who has esophageal cancer. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or call River Street Jazz Cafe at 570-822-2992.