For The Love Of Jim! A Benefit For Local Musician Jim Peterson

Mole Hill Theatre To Host Music Benefit

ALSTEAD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – On Saturday, January 27, friends, family and musicians will gather at the Mole Hill Theatre in Alstead, New Hampshire for a night of dinner, music and dancing to raise funds for local musician and Walpole, New Hampshire native Jim Peterson. A humble and talented man, Jim has performed with many bands (Cheshire Turnpike, Mistress, Wildheart, Slow Motion Slam, to name a few) and musicians over the years and has helped many people with his time and music, and now that he is not feeling well, it is time to return the gesture.

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Organized by local musicians Kelly Darling-Snow and Roy Alan Brown, the doors will open at 5:30, with a spaghetti dinner starting at 6:00 and accompanied by the acoustic music of Brian Koppenhaver. The Kelly Project (led by Darling-Snow) will hit the stage from 7:00 to 8:30, before headlining local legends VEHICLE rock the house from 8:30 to 10:30.

Roy Alan Brown, front-man of VEHICLE, has known and performed with Mr. Peterson for nearly 40 years. “When Jim was just 17, our Cheshire Turnpike Band scooped him up after seeing him performing at an Alstead outdoor event in 1980,” Brown said in a recent Standing Room Only interview.

“Even back then, he was so fluent in his playing... his drumming was so smooth and he seemed to play with such ease. Jim is an amazing drummer and an even better person. He has given tons of his own time over the years to help raise funds for others, and now we are looking forward to doing the same for him.”

Debbie Bond is another local musician who has known and performed with Jim for many years. "Jim is one of the nicest guys of all the band mates I've had the privilege of working with," Debbie told SRO. "He is kind, quiet and incredibly funny when you get to know him... but he is not quiet on a drum kit. He's a straight-forward rock drummer and solid as can be, with a John Bonham flair and understated power.

"We last worked together in the band Everafter 11 years ago, and as far as I know, that was his last musical project. He hasn't been able to work and can really use some help. If there is one thing I know about Jim, is that he'll be very touched by this outpouring of support."

Local musician, John Yake: "I've had the great pleasure of working with Jim many times over the years, including the band Slow Motion Slam. Jim and I became good friends and while driving to and from band practice, he shared many stories with me about his extensive musical career. At the time (early 90s), I was intimidated playing with new people, and it was a time of great learning for me.

"Jim's stories were very entertaining, but it was also his way of calming me down and helping with my confidence. He knew I was feeling intimidated and did a great job at making me feel both worthy and welcome, to be in a band with him. It is truly an honor to be included and to help my great friend, Jim Peterson."

There will be a raffle for a beautiful gift basket, donated by Bert Hakey of Alstead Country Gifts. Also, for every patron who spends $25 at Alstead Country Gifts, $5 will be donated to Mr. Peterson's fund.

This is a “B.Y.O.B. ‘N’ Snacks” event (please, only beer and wine, no hard liquor) and tickets are $20 at the door and $35 per couple. Tickets are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis, and available for advance purchase from Kelly at Rock Paper Scissors Hair Salon in Keene, New Hampshire, or by calling Roy Brown at 802.289.1670.

This event will sell out so get your tickets now! The event organizers are also looking for volunteers to assist with the show, if interested please private-message Kelly on Facebook or text at 603.209.1292.