Dave Iglar focuses on positive message of Harmar benefit show

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

An upcoming benefit concert for well-known area musician Dave Iglar carries multiple meanings.

Take it from the man himself. “I don't want it to be just about me,” he says. “We're hoping to make it worthwhile and get some messages out there.”

An important one, he says, is that of cancer prevention and awareness.

The North Fayette musician, best known for his Dave Iglar Band, has been facing cancer since last fall. He hopes that Dave-Aid, the all-ages concert and buffet-dinner benefit, will help spread the word and support his medical expenses.

“Not everybody has the opportunity that I have to muster the support I do,” he says. “I want to use this as a platform to talk about preventative measures. I wanted to use this opportunity to get other people aware of what they might be dealing with.”

His daughter and band mate, Andrea Iglar, is organizing the event, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. April 28.

Taking place at Joey D's in Harmar, a favorite venue of Dave Iglar's, the show offers not only food and music but raffles for items like a football signed by Steelers great Jack Lambert.

The event's takeaways will include the message of cancer awareness in the form of educational materials and brochures from the American Cancer Society.

The show's rock and blues lineup includes Pete Hewlett and Scott Anderson, Miss Freddye and Her Band, Bill Ali Band with Matt Barranti, Eugene Morgan and members of theCAUSE. The Dave Iglar Band will round out the show.

Andrea Iglar says the benefit is an outlet for fellow musicians to support the well-known guitarist. “It's going to be a show that anyone could enjoy,” Andrea Iglar says. “And on top of the musicianship, there's going to be a feeling of really showing support and appreciation for Dave.”

That support was evident long before the lineup was finalized. More than enough friends from the region's music community stepped forward to offer their time and talent. And such support, according to the guitarist, is good medicine.

“It really does make a difference in your attitude when you're dealing with something like this,” he says.

Thanks to his experience, Dave Iglar's aim when it comes to giving back is to do even one small thing to help others become more aware of how to help themselves, health- and otherwise.

Despite regular radiation treatments, he still keeps up his performance schedule. He also teaches music and plans to release a new album.

“It's been inspiring to almost get a new lease on life. I want to do as much as I can.”

“I tell people to ‘hurry up and live,'” he says. “That's been kind of my mantra, lately.”

Julie Martin is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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