If you’re a fan of live music you more than likely have a story or two to share about Don Larson.    

He was often front and center at many live music venues.

An upcoming event would sure give him reason to share his infectious smile, as more than 120 musicians prepare to take the stage in his memory, during Larsonfest.

The three-day festival is all to benefit a cause that was very near and dear to Larson’s heart.

Ida Caudill has been providing a voice for the most vulnerable for two years.

“It means the world, because a lot of these children, one of my children now is a baby and they don’t have a voice and even if they are older they really don’t have a voice,” CASA Ida Caudill said.

Caudill is a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate.

“I do everything, try to cover all areas that you can to get to know as much as you can about the child and about the family,” Caudill said. 

Musician and Larsonfest organizer Brandon Mundt knows all too well what some of these children and families are going through.

“When I was young my mom didn’t put me in the best situation,” Organizer Brandon Mundt said. “I think we both could have benefited from having a CASA like organization to go to.”

That’s why Child Advocates will benefit from the festival, that now bares the name of a man who loved helping others.

“As soon as he would see you he would just beeline to you and just give you the biggest hug,” Mundt said. “There’s just not a lot of Dons in the world and there needs to be more Dons in the world.”

Mundt says Don Larson’s influence on the live music scene and area musicians was truly felt when he announced Larsonfest and in no time more than 40 bands were part of the lineup.

He says Larson always supported every genre, so many will be represented and some musicians even have some special sets in mind, all as tributes to their dear friend.

“It just fills my heart to know we are sending massive love up to Don in heaven, because I know he is going to be watching us and we are helping kids and that’s ultimately it,” Mundt said. “It just makes my heart feel good.”

It also makes folks like Caudill happy to know thanks to those who knew and loved a generous man soon even more will be able to take the oath to speak up for the voiceless.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy live music from 41 bands, food trucks, and so much more.

There will be a big raffle, including a brand new Fender guitar.

You can also purchase t-shirts and koozies, with special Larsonfest logos.

A one day pass will cost you $10 or you can grab a pass for all three days for $20.

All proceeds raised will help Child Advocates recruit more CASAs.

You can also find the band lineup on Facebook, just search for LarsonFest 2018 or use this link—> here

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