(June 13, 2014) A local parent is raising awareness and funding for autism research and treatment this Saturday with “Music Rocks Autism,” a concert event at the Oasis Bar’N’ Grill in Whaleyville.
Linda Cain’s event will run from 2 p.m. to close with bands including Absinthe, Hate The Toy, Dust N Bones, Bitches Brew, Hell Pie, Baby Jayne, Never the Sun, Ven Detta, Runin’ With Scizors and Old School OC performing.
Admission is a $10 donation to benefit the Autism Speaks National Capital Area chapter.
Cain’s son Jacob, who has autism, gave her inspiration to organize the event.
“He has a great reaction to music. It makes him smile,” she said.
Music Rocks Autism came about when Jacob wrote her a note asking if he was invisible after a bus ride home from Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, which houses the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. People on the bus were looking away from him, the note said.
“I wanted to change that, so I started doing Music Rocks Autism to include autistic musicians and autistic families,” she said. “Now, many families come to the events regularly. They dance and they are among everyone.
“Instead of looking away, we look toward them,” Cain said.Cain’s goal is to travel the country raising awareness about autism and that those affected by it shouldn’t be shunned. She already has concerts booked in seven states.
Donations from each show benefit a different autism organization or family affected by the disorder.
“My mission is to spread acceptance and awareness and so far it has been welcomed,” Cain said. “We’re able to continue working so that my son Jacob and others like him are given a voice through music.”
Come by the show to benefit Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy group that sponsors research and raises awareness through outreach activities. Admission to the event starting at 2 p.m. Saturday is a $10 donation.
The Oasis Bar ’N’ Grill is at 7539 Old Ocean City Road in Whaleyville, about halfway between Ocean City and Salisbury.
Learn more about Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org.