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StoneyFest fights childhood cancer

Nick Braun

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 18, 2019

A few of our local acts are set to perform at the Sweetwater Pavilion on July 28 for StoneyFest to benefit the Aaron M. Stone Memorial Fund which supports families dealing with childhood cancer.

The fund was created to honor the memory of Aaron Stone who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in 2017. He was only 18 years old, a musician, and a veteran of Sweetwater’s Rock Camp.

StoneyFest will run from 2-5 p.m. that day and feature kids’ activities, a live auction, a silent auction, food trucks, beer garden, and live music by Brian Lemert, Secret Mezzanine, and U.R.B. One of the items in the live auction will be a guitar signed by members of Styx.

Tickets for StoneyFest will be available the day of the event for $20 with ages 18 and under free. To find out more, go to

Outlaw Country at the Embassy

Self-proclaimed “Northern Redneck” Aaron Lewis will be making his way back to the Fort on Thursday, Nov. 7. to perform for the first time at the Embassy Theatre.

Throughout his more-than-two-decade career, Lewis topped the charts with his hard rock act Staind and was a No. 1 artist on the country charts as a solo artist. Lewis has been touring the country with his full band, spotlighting his outlaw country roots.

He will be coming to town in support of his latest album, State I’m In, which was released in April. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at the Embassy box office, via, and by calling (800) 745-3000.

On the hunt for Deerstock

The fine folks at Deer Park Irish Pub have announced the First Annual Deerstock Summer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7. This 21-and-up event will feature live music, drink specials, and plenty of fun.

Taking the stage will be the one and only Duke Tumatoe along with Scratch N’ Sniff.

Tickets are $10 and available through Eventbrite. Proceeds from Deerstock will support Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry, St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, and Vincent Village.

Multi-platinum country

Country star Chris Young is bringing his “Raised on Country World Tour 2019” to the Allen County Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 21.

The multi-platinum entertainer has been performing to capacity crowds on the tour thus far. As the massive momentum continues, he has added 19 more shows to the tour, Fort Wayne being one of them.

This year has been a banner year for Young with his current single “Raised on Country” climbing the Billboard charts and recently setting a personal milestone performing in front of the biggest crowd of his career with more than 21,500 in attendance at Philadelphia’s BB&T Pavilion.

His Coliseum show will include a couple worthy openers: Eli Young Band and Matt Stell. The Eli Young Band just played a show at the Sweetwater Pavilion, so if you missed that one, here’s your second chance.

All together, this should be a solid show. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at

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