Doug Furze benefit at Big Cities Lounge Aug. 1

Friends, musicians and supporters are invited to a benefit concert for local musician Doug Furze Saturday, Aug. 1, at Big Cities Lounge. A host of bands will play to honor and raise money for Furze, who’s battling cancer. Blunatics, Dove Load, Beat Merchants and Pistol Pete will be among the performers.

Furze, the founder of Concerts for Charity, is a long-time musician who has played in a variety of bands since the 1970s. He has organized a number of community musical events, such as Hot Fest for Hospice and the Catfish John Memorial Music Festival, where proceeds have gone to buy guitars for local schools and benefit a score of charities. He has played every venue in Rockford, teaming up with saxophonist Ryan Swanson to bring his music to area nursing homes. He was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer last month.

Doors open at 2 p.m. Music starts at 3 p.m. Cost is a $5 donation to Doug’s cause. Big Cities Lounge is at 905 E. State St., downtown. Info: or (815) 965-6026.

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