Bluegrass band to play benefit concert to fight Alzheimer’s

Michelle Canning and Rough Edges, a bluegrass band from Andover, will host a benefit concert on March 22 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The concert, dubbed “A Night on the Edge,” will be held at the Billerica VFW Hall. The family-friendly event will kick off at 7 p.m. and feature an interactive tribute to people with Alzheimer’s disease. The band is asking attendees to submit photos of loved ones who have or had Alzheimer’s. Those images, along with messages, will be projected on stage during the band’s performance of a song Canning cowrote, “It’ll Take Him Away,” in tribute to her grandfather, Ken Canning Sr., who had Alzheimer’s disease and died at the age of 82. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. This is the third year Canning will hold the concert. in honor of her grandfather. “My grandfather’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease had a profound effect on our family,” Canning said in a written statement. “I started this annual fund-raiser as a way to help bring awareness to the disease and raise money to support care of people in a similar situation.” Proceeds from the concert will support the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s programs and services nationwide, which include a toll-free help line, free caregiver magazine, and educational conferences. The band’s previous fund-raisers gathered more than $5,000 in donations for the foundation. For more information or to purchase concert tickets, visit MCREband.com.