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August 20, 2013

RoxFestNY to rock for education

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Anyone wanting to help Roxbury students succeed in school while enjoying live music can do so on Sunday, the organizers of a local music festival said in a media release. 

A benefit for The Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation (GRLIC) will be held from noon to 10 p.m. at the Stone Tavern Farm, 2080 Upper Meeker Hollow Road in Roxbury. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. VIP tickets that include a banquet and an after-party with the bands are available for $120 per person.

RoxFestNY is the first rock festival to be held in Delaware County, according to the release. An organizer did not return a call for further comment.

The event includes: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, a nationally up-and-coming act; blues-based Coyote Love; winner of the Andes battle of the bands broadcast - Hello Seattle; and The Blues Maneuver - a seven-piece Catskills-based band that combines top musicianship, impeccable vocal harmonies and a horn section.

Several of the artists are donating their performances so more proceeds go to GRLIC for the expansion of educational services. The organization is a nonprofit foundation that was created to give area students the opportunity to be more competitive with students in more populated areas. This past year GRLIC helped many students in Delaware County become computer literate by providing basic and advanced training in its own tech lab, across the street from Roxbury Central School. Because of demand, GRLIC has also introduced classes in Delhi and Margaretville.

More information on the festival can be found at RoxFestNY.com. More information on GRLIC is available at grlic.blogspot.com.