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Oct 18, 2019








The fund has raised thousands of dollars from the festival and other fundraisers to give out to students in scholarships.

Two to Lou Music Festival

Where: Sandlot Sports & Entertainment, 56 North Road, Sandown
When: Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show (onsite parking is free; additional costs for food, merchandise and other items)

Rock fest
Two to Lou Music Festival returns

By Matt Ingersoll

 A day spent outside listening to local rock music, eating good food and drinking beer is what the Two to Lou Music Festival is all about. It’s happening at Sandlot Sports & Entertainment on Saturday, July 16, and includes, along with the music, food, craft vendors and hot air balloon rides and more.

At this third annual  Two to Lou Music Festival, which starts at 11 a.m. and doesn’t wind down until 11 p.m., New England-based rock artists Charlie Farren, Preciphist and The Adam’s Needle Band, among others, are expected to play.
Local band Foreigners/Journey, whose specialties include performing killer covers of the rock legends Foreigner and Journey, will also be performing.
The event benefits the Louis T. Festo Memorial Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to students at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow and Newburyport High School in Newburyport, Mass. It has given out more than $7,500 in scholarships to students who will either play football in college or pursue a career in the music business.
The fund is in memory of Louis Festo, a lead guitar player and high school star quarterback from Newburyport who died from cancer in June 2012. This year marks the first time a student from Timberlane Regional High School received a scholarship.
“We had had a fundraiser when Lou was still alive, and after he passed away, we decided to turn it into a scholarship fund in his memory,” said Karen Jortberg, Festo’s fiance and founder of the festival. “Then a bunch of his friends and bandmates and myself got together to create the music festival to help raise money.”
The fund sponsors several other money-raising events, including a Battle of the Bands event that was held in May at Timberlane’s Performing Arts Center.
Jortberg said this year will also see the launch of the new Highflyer Music Program, which will donate musical instruments to children who want to learn how to play music but cannot afford new instruments or lessons.
“We just officially became a nonprofit a year or so ago, and since we’ve been doing all this, I decided I wanted to do more,” she said. “So I spoke to the music director at Timberlane High School, and they are basically the ones who we know who will need our help. We hope to get them instruments that they will want to play, and hopefully as that grows, we’ll be able to open it up to more students.”
A unique new addition to this year’s event will be a portrait display of Angels of Addictions Portraits, a nonprofit and advocacy fund that raises awareness for heroin addiction through painting and art. The organization was started by Anne Marie Zanfagna of Plaistow, who lost her daughter Jackie to a heroin overdose in October 2014. Since then, Zanfagna has painted portraits of those lost to the heroin epidemic both as a form of art therapy and as a personal memorial, and continues to attend art classes and family support meetings. Her portraits will be on display and she will be accepting donations at the event.
“[Anne] was actually friends with Lou growing up, so we knew her and we reached out for her to come to the festival this year,” Jortberg said.
The festival will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of, but children under the age of 12 will receive free admission. Free parking will also be available on site. No pets, food, drinks, backpacks or coolers are allowed, but people are welcome to bring chairs and blankets and Jortberg said plenty of food and drinks will be available to order onsite.

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