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With every shredding guitar lick, pounding bass line and sing-along song at the annual Guitarworks charity concert, area music fans will be doing more than just rocking out.

They will help raise money for families whose children are dealing with life-threatening health problems.

Guitarworks will stage a daylong concert Sunday, with a goal to raise $10,000 to help sponsor a room for an entire year at the Ronald McDonald House of Indianapolis. Headliners Neil Zaza, The Why Store and Henry Lee Summer will anchor the show, which also will feature some of Johnson County’s best young musicians participating in Guitarworks’ Band Builders program.

Raffles, auctions and donations will be used to generate money for the cause.

If you go

Guitarworks charity concert

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Guitarworks, 996 S. State Road 135, Greenwood

To benefit: Ronald McDonald House of Indianapolis

Who: Neil Zaza, The Why Store, Henry Lee Summer, Blue Moon Revue, Words of a Prophet, Mörglbl, and the participants of the Band Builders program.

Cost: Free admission, though donations are appreciated.

Information: Go to guitarworks-usa.com or call 885-1510.

“Being an independent store, we have a more acute feel of the surrounding area,” said Brett Alderman, an instructor at Guitarworks and a main organizer of the event. “It’s a great way for us to do something good and have some fun at the same time.”

The show will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Guitarworks, 996 S. State Road 135, Greenwood.

This is the sixth charity concert that Guitarworks has put on. Each time, they’ve opted for a different charity to assist, such as Special Olympics of Johnson County and Take Down Crime in Indianapolis. They chose Ronald McDonald House this time because a number of the families they had assisted in previous years have benefited from it.

“We try to keep it tangible to our Greenwood community,” said Kevin Franklin, Guitarworks’ owner. “We want to do something good and show the Band Builders kids that you can use your skills to do something good.”

Band Builders is a regular program at Guitarworks that allows aspiring musicians to come together, form a band, receive instruction and eventually perform live. Though open to all musicians, most participants are teenagers.

“There isn’t really a place where bands can come together, cut their teeth and grow together. So that’s an aspect we do have and let them get out and play other places,” Franklin said.

The concert will feature six professional bands in addition to the Band Builders, comprising nine hours of music throughout the day. Guitarworks used its position in the central Indiana music scene to secure a notable lineup.

Zaza, a top instrumental guitarist, has participated in a number of workshops and concerts at the music store. Guitarworks employees are part of both Summers’ band and The Why Store.

Auction items include a guitar from noted maker C.F. Martin Guitars, signed items from Indianapolis Colts tight-end Coby Fleener, and signed items from pop-culture creators of “The Walking Dead” and “Robot Chicken.”

Food will be featured from Bernie’s BBQ. Other activities include a guitar-throwing contest, to see how far people can hurl a guitar, and raffles for themed baskets.

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