Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) is pleased to announce this year’s musical entertainment for the HomeGrown Geauga gala. Three local bands — Little Ole Me’s, No Moss, and Switch — all bring different and exciting musical styles to this year’s event. All of the acts have connections to Geauga County.
Geauga Growth Partnership’s 2nd annual HomeGrown Geauga benefit will be September 13 from 6 p.m. -11 p.m. at the Federated Church Family Life Center. All proceeds go to expanding GGP’s high school summer internship and career education programs which are “Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.”
Opening the night at the Farmer’s Market will be a local bluegrass band from Chardon, the Little Ole Me’s. This old-time band features the talents of Zachary Smolko, Anthony Papaleo and Christina Freno. Their bluegrass style has a gritty Geauga County vibe that event goers will love.
No Moss (pictured at the top) will perform during the dinner buffet. The band has a diverse musical range, playing many musical genres including old standards, pop, country, blues, and good old rock-n-roll spanning the past 50 years! Serious musical talent abounds in these seasoned and talented band members Jim Anderson, Denise Geisler, Bob Walker, and Bill Hanna. Jim Anderson and Denise Geisler offer a hometown connection, being Geauga County residents for close to 30 years each. Jim Anderson has been in many rock groups such as “The Choir” and “Forever Young,” but is now enjoying the acoustic part of his life in Bainbridge. Denise Geisler was also a member of “Forever Young” as their lead vocalist and currently works acoustically with Jim as “Jim & Denise” at local venues. Several group members have a home-grown connection, performing regularly at Holy Angels Church in Bainbridge.
Finally, the band Switch, based in Middlefield, will be playing through the grand dessert finale! This primarily classic rock band was founded by brothers Charlie and Frank Blair and also includes Woody Robison and James McGurer. Their goal is to get the audience singing and dancing, and they have instilled this passion in vocalist Brianna Blair. Brianna joined the band in 2012 and was elated to be able to join her father and uncle by doing something she loves, singing. Her fresh, new style of vocals has allowed for the band to add more contemporary songs onto their set list, Brianna’s favorite being “Rolling in the Deep.” The group brings a home-town flare to their performances, making the audience feel like part of the family, too.
We thank the following sponsors: Great Lakes Cheese (Diamond Sponsor), Hungry Bee, LLC, Middlefield Cheese, University Hospital (Platinum Sponsors), Richard & Christie Frenchie, Ohio Valley Group, Patterson Farms (Gold Sponsors), Universal Disposal, Middlefield Bank, POV Communications, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring and Paneling, Company 119 (Silver Sponsors), Exscape Designs, Honest Scales Recycling, Kent State University, Electrolock, Hexpol Compounding-Burton Rubber Processing (Bronze Sponsors), and Geauga County Farm Bureau (Supporting Sponsor).
Geauga Growth Partnership, Inc. is a 501(c)3 business-led organization dedicated to the retention, growth and attraction of jobs, investment and economic growth in Geauga County. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.