Walk 4 Autism concert at Cranky Pat’s Saturday

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Local musician Christopher Gold is using his music to do good                           in the Fox Valley.

As the 2014 Fox Cities Walk 4 Autism approaches this Saturday, a team of Fox Valley bands decided to combine their musical powers to further the cause.

Headed by Christopher Gold, a solo musician and member of Fox Valley band The Dirty Rotten So and So’s, six local bands will participate in the Walk 4 Autism and then follow on Saturday evening with a free post-party show at Cranky Pat’s in Neenah.

“My wife and I do the walk with our son every year either way, and I thought it would be cool to get a bunch of my friends to do it with us,” Gold said. “When I realized that all my friends play music, I figured it just made sense to do a show. I also think it’s a solidarity move, to show these families and these kids that such a diverse group of people care about them.”

The Walk 4 Autism begins at 11 a.m. at Tanner’s Grill and Bar in Kimberly with 5k and short cut routes available. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the walk.

Registration is $15 per person or $45 per family of four (add $10 for each additional walker).

The first 1,000 walkers will receive a Walk 4 Autism t-shirt and Tanner’s will provide a complimentary lunch after the walk, Comedians Miller and Mike, Wild Air, carnival games, raffles and more will be part of the event.

The post-walk concert begins at 8 p.m. at Cranky Pat’s and includes performances by The Dirty Rotten So & So’s, Haunted Heads, Leading the Blind, Misleader, The Cheap ‘N Easies and Mark Steven Hillstrom.

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“These bands are made up of people that jump at the chance to help causes like this one and the show is at a venue that is eager to help host events like this, “Gold said. “These are my friends and it’s things like their willingness to play these types of shows that makes me proud to call them that.”

Music for the event ranges from folk rock to metal and an unofficial donation for the Autism Society of the Fox Valley will also be collected at the show.

Gold hopes to make the Walk 4 Autism concert an annual success, much like his other charity concert, The Big Annual Dirty Rotten Holiday Toy Drive, an annual fundraiser for the Harbor House in Appleton. Simply put, Gold just wants to make a difference with his music.

“I think a good life is a life spent doing good,” Gold said.  If I were a woodworker, I would try to figure out a way to help people doing that, but since I’m a musician it just makes sense to try to use my music for good. … Big shows are fun, so adding a charitable element to that just makes it that much more enjoyable.”

For more information on the Fox Cities Walk 4 Autism, visit friendsofautism.org. For more information on the Walk 4 Autism concert, visit crankypats.com

— Mike Thiel: Follow him on Twitter: @thielwrites

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