Big Head Todd and the Monsters to headline Do Good Fest

MONTPELIER — Big Head Todd and the Monsters, known for live shows featuring a mix of rock, blues and fusion, will headline the 2016 Do Good Fest on July 16 on the lawn of National Life Group.

Exciting young performer, Brett Dennen, will open.

In addition to the two widely known national bands, the Do Good Fest will also feature Steady Betty, a reggae band from Burlington, and the Dave Keller Band, an original blues and soul band from Montpelier.

“What a great lineup and what a great cause,” said Mehran Assadi, National Life CEO. “We’re excited that the community can join in with us as we Do Good in our community, and have fun while we’re at it.”

The Point Radio Network and National Life are presenting the Do Good Fest for the third year to benefit Branches of Hope, the cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center.

Zeb Norris, The Point’s Program Director, said Big Head Todd and Brett Dennen are both big crowd pleasers, and the cause is one that everyone can relate to.

“Having lost both my parents to cancer I know how hard it is for families fighting this insidious disease,” Norris said. “So it’s a pleasure to be able to able to help out with the Do Good Fest.”

Over the first two years of the Do Good Fest, $26,000 has been raised for Branches of Hope.

“The music, food and fun are all great, but the real purpose behind the Do Good Fest is to raise money for cancer patients who are struggling to pay their bills during treatment,” Assadi said.

The event is held on the sloping lawn of National Life. Admission is free, but there is a parking fee of $20 per vehicle.

All parking proceeds go to Branches of Hope.

The festival gets under way at 3 p.m. with children’s activities. Music from the main stage starts at 4 p.m. There will also be food trucks, a beer tent and a nonprofit village for area charitable organizations to share their messages.

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