Lilapalooza fundraiser set for March 3

Tim "Mookie" Wilson and Jeremy Klutts with the poster that will be popping up all over town to announce Lilapalooza, starting at 2 p.m. March 3, at Town Creek Farm Pavilion.
Staff Writer

A fundraiser for Lila Usry will feature food and local bands and musicians. Lilapalooza will begin at 2 p.m, Saturday, March 3, at Town Creek Farm Pavilion. The price of admission is a $10 donation.

Food will be available but not covered in the admission price. Lilapalooza is part of the continuing effort to support the Usry family.

Lila Usry is the daughter of Heather Usry and Jason Usry and has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Tim "Mookie" Wilson and Jeremy Klutts are putting the fundraiser together in support of Usry and her family.

"We all grew up together with Heather," Wilson said. "This could be any of our children. We were wondering what we could do to help. All of these musicians are friends of mine, and everyone I asked was more than willing to help us out."

Wilson said some of the musicians are doing double duty and playing with more than one band during Lilapoolza. They are with Wilson's group M.O.C. (Musicians On Call) and will play with Flathead Ford, as well.

"Anthony's is providing the Boston butts for the barbecue," Klutts said. "Butt Pickin Barbecue will be doing the smoking. Hucks Place will have crawfish available. The weather won't be an issue since we'll have the music inside. We hope to have a good crowd and make a lot of money to help Lila and her family."

Coolers will be allowed and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

"We are still looking for raffle items, like gift cards and certificates," Klutts said. "We'll appreciate anything. We will have some auction items available too. Everything we raise goes to the Usry family. If you have wanted to do something for them, but didn't know what to do, support us and come out and listen to good music, buy some food and buy some raffle tickets."

Klutts said so far, they had been blessed with donations, they were doing a good job of begging and borrowing.

Wilson said bands are coming from all over the Golden Triangle to make music for Usry.

"I had Mookiepalooza when I turned 30," Wilson said. "I had been looking for a reason to sponsor another 'palooza. I had been thinking of doing one in the fall, but having it in the spring will be perfect."

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, there are bleachers, but outdoor activity chairs tend to be more comfortable.

"Bring your lawn chairs and coolers and plan of having a good time," Wilson said. "There will be jumpers for the kids. We are trying to have something for everyone."

Klutts said they are still working on the details. He said more people who would like to volunteer would be greatly appreciated.

"When we announced Lilapalooza on Facebook, we had so many people who wanted to know what we needed," Wilson said. "A lot of people volunteered to help us just from a Facebook post. It is amazing what the people here in West Point and all over the Golden Triangle will do to help a sick child and her family."

Wilson said the bands will appeal to a wide variety of music lovers and there should be something for everyone with the line up that has been prepared.

Here is a schedule of the bands and the time they will be performing:

2 p.m. Darren Henson
2:45 p.m. Fast Scarlet
4 p.m. Stormy Monday
5:15 p.m. Shane Tubbs Band
6:30 p.m. Old Memphis Kings
7:45 p.m. Mookie Wilson
and the M.O.C.
9 p.m. Flathead Ford