[Updated w/ Eldredge arrangements] Lifenotes/Benefit News

Artwork up for auction at the Birdhouse Thing

>>Sympathy is extended to Terry Eldredge of The Grascals on the passing of his mother, Mary Jane Liffick Eldredge. She died February 28. Visitation will take place Thursday, March 3, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday, March 4, from noon to 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1150 Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 (615-859-5279). The funeral service will begin immediately following Friday’s visitation. Condolences may be emailed to Terry Eldredge at [email protected] or mailed to him c/o Entertainment Evolution, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202.

>>Sympathy also goes to the family of Victoria Wade Contreras, who passed away on February 17 after a long illness. She was 61 and is known to those in the music community as an active philanthropist and the wife of Juan Contreras. She was instrumental in the production of The Larry Butler Golf Tournament and The HoriPro Golf Tournament, both of which benefit Belmont University music business students. A memorial service will be held tomorrow (3/1) at Christ Church (15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville). Visitation will start at 12:30 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m.

>>The 10th Annual Birdhouse Thing, an auction of wooden birdhouses decorated by artists, is scheduled for Thursday night, March 10 at the W.O. Smith Music School, which the event benefits. The school provides music lessons to underprivileged children and is in a new facility on 8th Ave. that was built with proceeds from the Birdhouse Thing. This year’s live and silent auctions will include items such as concert tickets or meet and greet passes from Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Josh Turner, and Kellie Pickler. The online auction runs March 8 – 22 at www.mclemoreauction.com. Event tickets can be purchased at www.birdhousething.com, by calling the school at (615) 255-8355 or by emailing [email protected]

>>SOLID is hosting the Music Row Madness Bowling Showdown at Hillwood Strike and Spare on Tuesday, March 15 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Music businesses are encouraged to form a team or sponsor a lane. Contact Raffaella Braun ([email protected]) for details or to sign up.

>>The Third Annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert will take place at the Bluebird Cafe on Saturday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. Performing will be Alex Harvey (“Delta Dawn”), Greg Barnhill (“House of Love,” “Walk Away Joe”), Marc Beeson (“When She Cries”), and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Dickey Lee. Songwriter John Jarrard penned 11 No. 1 hits before passing away. Tickets ($15) at www.bluebirdcafe.com. Proceeds will go to a fund benefiting several charities, one of which is the Bluebird Café’s “adopt a seat” campaign. For more information on the concert, contact Jody Jackson, Executive Director of the John Jarrard Foundation at [email protected] or (770) 710-9191.

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