Saturday offers the chance to see a number of local bands and do a good deed at the same time.

The Music Meltdown Festival, at the American Legion Post, 302 E.S. 11th St., is the first of what organizers hope will become an annual fundraiser for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Zach Harmon Band, Callahan Divide, OdduSee and the Ranch Hand Band will be on hand to provide music all evening. Inflatables and a dunking booth will be available for part of the event.

Michelle Parrish, director of events and corporate development for BBBS, said longtime BBBS supporter Ronnie Whalen approached her with the idea of doing a fundraiser featuring local bands.

Whalen works at Eagle Aviation with a number of musicians and asked if they'd be willing to help out.

David Reynolds, drummer for the Zach Harmon Band, said he and the other musicians were all for it.

"We wanted to book local talent," Reynolds said.

He said Whalen is known for his support of the nonprofit and is the kind of guy you want help out. Reynolds said BBBS is close to his heart, too. His grandson had a Big Brother when he was younger, and Reynolds said it was a great relationship.

"He still keeps in touch with his Big Brother," Reynolds said of his grandson, now 14.

Parrish said three of the bands donated their time and the other greatly discounted its fee. She said she hopes the event will raise $5,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which served 800 children last year.

"We have 180 kids on the waiting list," Parrish said. "The beginning of the school year is a very busy time of year."

Click link to visit Abilene Reporter News Page: http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/aug/16/local-bands-play-fundraiser-for-big-brothers-big/

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