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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Former Boston and Santana group members headed to Excelsior for Charity Concert

Alex Ligertwood, the lead singer for Santana from 1979-1994 and Fran Cosmo, lead singer for Boston from 1990-2005 are coming to Excelsior, MN on Friday November 28th to sing classic rock hits, honor friends who passed away recently and to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer research at the University of Minnesota. The concert will be held at the Minnetonka Country Club from 7-10:30 pm on Friday November 28th.

“It has been a tough year. It will be good for us to get together for some musical healing.” said Alex Ligertwood, recognized as the “voice of Santana”. “We lost Fergie Frederksen (former Toto lead singer) and Jimi Jamison (Survivor lead singer) recently and we miss them so much. To honor their memory and also raise money for a killer disease like Pancreatic Cancer was a perfect fit.”

Ligertwood is no stranger to Minnesota, as he has performed in the annual Pancreatic Cancer concert in the past with Frederiksen and Jamison. The cause has united other rock legends as well who have converged to Excelsior, MN the last two years. This third annual benefit concert also features Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston from 1990-2005. “I wanted to be there,” said Cosmo. “I loved those guys (Frederiksen and Jamison) and I changed my plans so I could support this concert.” When flight arrangements were being made for Cosmo, who lives in New York and Ligertwood, who lives in California, they both compromised Thanksgiving with their families to arrive in Minnesota a day earlier to sound check and better prepare for this musical event.

Those attending will hear the classic hits that Ligertwood sang lead for Santana such as “Black Magic Woman”, “Winning”, “Evil Ways”. “Oye Como Va” “Hold On” and more. Fran Cosmo will sign lead on Boston classics “More Then a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Long Time”, “Smokin”, “Don’t Look Back” and more. The band Headliner will back both musicians. Headliner has backed many national lead singers in the recent past, including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Fergie Ferderiksen (Toto), and more.

Tickets are available online at TickerRiver.com (Remembrance Rock Friday). General Admission tickets are $25 in advance, Reserved VIP seats are $40 in advance. At the door General admission admission will be $35 and $50 for reserved seats if not sold out. For more information, group tickets or sponsorship, contact Mike Woodley at 612-386-0082

About University of Minnesota Wellner Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
501C3 charity funding research of Pancreatic Cancer at the University of Minnesota. In honor of Gary Wellner, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. “Our goal is to develop an arsenal of treatments and then selectively target them to patients," said Dr. Selywn Vickers Surgical Oncologist, Former Chair of Department of Surgery. University of Minnesota. http://www.Garysgift.net

For more information:
Contact Mike Woodley (612) 386-0082 MikeWoodley1(at)gmail(dot)comWayzata.com is your source for news and information in Wayzata, MN, 55391, and the Wayzata School District.

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