Sammy’s Big Night Benefit Concert

Sammy’s Big Night
By Bill Childs, HF Contributing Writer

Local listeners of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child should try to attend this benefit concert on Sept. 20th. Chris Haynes and his family are friends from our church, and his wife Heather’s death was a tragedy in so many ways. Plus, it’s a crazy good line-up of musicians for just fifteen bucks. I’m teaching Thursday nights this year, so I can’t make it, but hopefully many others will.


Sammy’s Big Night Benefit Concert
Thursday, September 20th ~ 7:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mt. Holyoke College, S. Hadley, MA

An intimate night of exceptional music featuring performances by:

  • John Gorka
  • Cliff Eberhardt
  • The Nields
  • The Young At Heart Chorus
  • The Drunk Stuntmen
  • The O-Tones
  • The Kitchen Table
  • Leah Kunkel
  • Andy Jaffe
  • and Special Guests
  • Emceed by John Allen and Johnny Memphis
The Nields following a performance in Amherst, MA.

The Nields in Amherst, MA (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

On Thursday, September 20, a special benefit concert, SAMMY’S BIG NIGHT, will take place at Chapin Auditorium, on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, Route 116, South Hadley, Massachusetts. 100 percent of the concert proceeds will benefit Samuel Owen Haynes, born May 23rd, 2007. His mother Heather Egan Haynes passed away four days later from complications relating to childbirth. The 7:00 pm concert is open to the public and all are welcome. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 20th at the Northampton Box Office, online at or by calling 413-586-8686 or 800-THE-TICK.

Sammy’s father Chris Haynes, a music professor at Springfield College, a talented musician, and an anchor for the Pioneer Valley music scene, is raising Owen. Each of the celebrated performers at the benefit have donated their services and encourage their fans to come to this special event. Proceeds will go to the Samuel Owen Haynes Fund c/o First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton, MA in support of Sammy’s care and education.

For more event information, contact Peter Nelson @ / 914-977-3385
For venue information, contact John Laprade @
Driving directions available @
Ticket information and online purchase can be found at

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