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Beatles music focus of South Hadley schools fundraiser

Beatlemania, a Beatles cover band from Newark, N.J., is coming to the Ledges Golf Club pavillion this Saturday for “Help Keep Music Education Alive,” a benefit for high school music education programs. Proceeds from this event will benefit the South Hadley and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School music departments.

Spearheaded by music promoter and Northampton resident Paul Lococo, the “Help Keep Music Education Alive” program has previously raised thousands of dollars for schools throughout New England.

“I’m very excited about the fact that the fundraiser is benefiting both the South Hadley public schools music department as well as the PVPA music department,” said Scott Goldman, head of PVPA. “I also think it’s going to be a very fun and exciting event.”

After lunch is served at noon, teams of four will face off in a golf tournament starting at 1 p.m., and compete in a hole-in-one competition for a new, red 2013 Dodge Dart. Registration for the tournament is $125 and closes at noon Friday.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. with an opening performance by the PVPA rock ensemble, led by Matthew King.

To play on the historical rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, King said his group will be performing a set of Stones songs.

“The Beatles were guys you could take home to your parents. The Rolling Stones were the bad boys,” said King, a fan of both bands.

Beatlemania will then perform songs from every era of the Beatles, and will be joined by music students from South Hadley High on several classics.

Lococo said students get a thrill out of performing with a professional band.

“It’s always a big thrill to see the students and their reactions,” he said. “They’re always excited before and after their performance.”

Goldman said he is glad to have an opportunity to collaborate with the South Hadley public schools, and will be looking into more ways to collaborate in the future.

Tickets are $15 and $30 for general admission, and $55 for VIP dinner seats under the pavilion. The restaurant at Ledges Golf Course will be open during the event.

Tickets for the concert and registration for the golf tournament are available at www.purplepass.com or by calling Purple Pass at 800-316-8559. Tickets for the concert will also be sold at the event.

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