Concert Fundraiser to Replace Local Musician’s Stolen Guitars

Published on: 2014/07/25 - in Entertainment Featured

Musicians will be holding a fundraising event in Inverary and Kingston this weekend to raise money for a local musician who had his instruments stolen.

The “July One Night Festival” (JONFest) will take place on Sunday, July 27 at the Inverary United Church (map) at 3 PM and in Kingston in the RCHA Club (map) at 7 PM.

The event is a fundraiser for local folk musician and songwriter Jon McLurg, who had two of his guitars stolen in June. One of the guitars was a prized Martin DCX1E that he won in a lyrics contest held by American Songwriter magazine.

Jon is well known in the Eastern Ontario music scene. A member of several local bands, including Crooked Wood, he also hosts a folk jam at the RCHA on Sundays. All proceeds from JONFest will go towards helping Jon purchase new musical equipment.

Local acts performing at JONFest include Crooked Wood & Turpin’s Trail, The Downtown Trio , Trevor Strong , Tracie Morgan , Al Duquette and the Wild West , and Strung Out to Dry.

Tickets to the event – which is open to all ages – are by donation ($10 recommended) and available at the door.

A media release describes Jon McLurg as someone who “spins songs of truth, reflection, melancholy, contentment, and spirituality”. It also notes that he was influenced by the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan.

For more information, check out the JONFest Facebook page or email Chris Morris at .

Photo: Jon McLurg on Twitter