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Published on April 08, 2020

Online concert to raise funds for healthcare heroes

Rizzio Benefit Concert

Local singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio will perform a special concert this weekend as a fundraiser for Cape Cod Healthcare.

Known for her well-reviewed solo CDs, her work with the quartet Tripping Lily and her guest appearance with the Cape Symphony, Rizzio will play a solo show at 7 p.m. Saturday that can be viewed on Facebook Live.

“My mother-in-law was a VNA nurse for 50 years, and I know how much hard work goes into the healthcare system,” she said. “I just feel that right now, where we are, it’s so important to pay tribute to that and to help organizations like Cape Cod Healthcare.

I love their mission and what they’re doing every day.”

The concert can be viewed for free on Rizzio’s Facebook page, but viewers who can donate are encouraged to do so (via Facebook or PayPal). “People can contribute whatever they feel like, if they want to help out,” she said.

Music can be therapeutic during difficult times, said Rizzio.

“I feel like, as artists, it’s our job to help lighten the mood of what’s going on in the world,” she said. “This is our time to try the best we can to lift people's moods and spirits.”

During Saturday’s show, which will take place in her living room, Rizzio will play a mix of genres. She’ll play songs from her solo CDs, “Washashore Cowgirl” and “Sunshine Is Free,” as well as some jazz standards and some contemporary cover songs.

Rizzio also sees the show as a chance to provide a bit of payback.

She is the founder of Vinegrass, a local nonprofit that produces concerts and other events to provide scholarships to college students studying music. Vinegrass also has committed to donating $5,000 to Cape Cod Musicians and sound engineers who have lost their performing income.

“When I started Vinegrass back in 2014, Cape Cod Healthcare was one of the very first organizations to become a sponsor, and they are sponsors every single year,” she said.

Rizzio said performing and teaching music is helping her get through a stressful time.

“I'm teaching some free lessons online for families who can’t afford it. It helps to focus less on yourself and more on what other people need. That’s a really important thing to do at a time like this.”

Facebook Live Link: www.facebook.com/MonicaRizzio

CCHC General Fund Donations Link: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8o1Gqjb3K6