MARCY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – If you lived in this area during the 70s and 80s, you probably remember the Four Acres Club.
The venue is famously known for hosting concerts put on by huge names like Eddie Money and John Cougar Mellencamp.
And this weekend, fans of this era are welcomed to travel back in time for a benefit show at the Utica Maennerchor.
“We’ve been working on it for three years,” said David Tyler of Steely & The Night Hogs (formerly known as Tyler – The Band). “Covid ran in the way, and other things came up, and this new version at the Maennerchor that we’re doing seems like it’s gonna be a great day.”
He continued, “A lot of us went to the Four Acres, and have many, many, stories of our youth – It was something that made our area better, the Four Acres.”
This Saturday, August 13th, the Four Acres, “Rockin’ for the Vets” benefit show will kick off at 3 PM right at the Utica Maennerchor in Marcy and will run all day until the final band takes the stage at 9 PM.
Doors open at 2 PM, and this event is limited to those eighteen years and older.
Max’s Print Shop in Marcy is helping to facilitate this event, but it’s really all in support of our veterans.
“We’re gonna do Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Janice Joplin, you know, we’re gonna do some really good stuff of that era,” said Tyler.
“In fact, I think some of the Vietnam vets will be crying when they hear some of the songs we do because they’re so reminiscent of that time,” he continued, “They bring you right back, and that’s why we’re doing them.”
This concert event also doubles as a fundraising benefit for the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 944, and another charity group in Syracuse.
“They’re also donating to Honor Flight Syracuse, and that’s the group that sends, basically, World War II and some Vietnam veterans to Washington – all free of charge,” said Thomas Buono, President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 944. “Because, you know, a lot of the veterans throughout the years weren’t able to go there to see some of the monuments. So that’s why we’re also honored for honor flight Syracuse to receive monies from this event.”
The original owner, Robert Bauer, served in Vietnam and actually continued running the Four Acres, with the help of his family, from overseas.
“I put the addition on the back of the building while I was in Vietnam and told them where I wanted the bathrooms and how to pipe it and everything else, and my father had it all done from the time I got home from Vietnam,” said Bauer.
And while this event will be a great fundraising opportunity for these groups, it’s also a wonderful chance for old friends to reunite, listen to great music, and reminisce on some of their favorite memories.
“One of my favorite times is I got to see Eddie Money on his first tour, and afterward I sat at the bar, and I drank those cheap pitchers of beer with him,” said David Tyler.
“There are things like that that you can never, it would’ve never happened if it wasn’t for the Four Acres.”
And for those who can’t make it in person, there’s going to be an audio and video recording available after the show.
But if you do plan on attending this weekend, tickets are almost sold out, and they’ll only have 100 tickets available at the door, so be sure to stop by Max’s Print Shop in Marcy soon to get your ticket or visit fouracresmarcy.com.