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By Debra Glidden / The Daily Item

LYNN ? Classic rock, jazz and world music will fill the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Lynn City Hall on March 19.The Lynn Restaurant Association, the Haitian Elderly Action League, Lynn City Hall employees and area musicians are coming together to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti.Among those scheduled to perform are Shuffle Mode with frontman Kevin Kennedy, husband of Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy; Gilenny; Felipe Jorge; What’s Up; Cristal Jammer and the Tony Gallo Group. Mayor Kennedy is host for the event.Shuffle Mode is adept at covering many styles and genres of music. The group is equally comfortable playing Van Morrison and the Beatles as it is cranking out covers of U2 and Aerosmith hits.The soulful jazz sounds of The Tony Gallo Group are a staple of the North Shore music scene. Gallo, who is a Lynn resident, is the founder of White Lightnin’ and is adept in music genres ranging from Rhythm & Blues, funky soul, rock, swing and jazz. Gallo has been fusing his jazz/soul sound with pop and gospel music.”I’ve been revisiting and sometimes re-working the songs of Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Paul Simon, Sting and others that are sometimes laced with gospel and a socially conscience message,” he said.The way the community is coming together to help those in Haiti is music to the soul of Kennedy’s mayoral aide Gardy Jean-Francois, who has relatives in the devastated country. Francois moved to America 25 years ago from his native Haiti, where his sister and a 5-year-old niece have been left homeless by the earthquake. Jean-Francois also has two brothers in Haiti but he said they were in an area unaffected by the quake.”I am so proud of the whole community here in Lynn,” Jean-Francois said. “Everyone has been offering their support to the people of Haiti and offering to help. The mayor has been very helpful and keeps asking what she can do.”Kevin Kennedy, founder of Shuffle Mode, said the band is pleased to participate.”Gardy is a member of the Lynn community,” Kennedy said. “He has family over there and when it hits this close to home you’re happy to help.”Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. show are $10 and children 10 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available by calling 781-581-2971, online at www.lynnauditorium.com and at the box office in Lynn City Hall. Tickets will also be available at the door.The Haitian Elderly Action League (HEAL), a Haitian senior care organization affiliated with Greater Lynn Senior Services, is also accepting donations for Haiti relief efforts. Monetary donations can be made to the Haitian Relief Account at Eastern Bank.

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