DERRY — Local bands will take the MacGregor Park stage to honor the memory of a Derry teen and to support mental health partners in the community.
Pizzastock 3 is set for Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the park on East Broadway.
The event will provide an opportunity for local youth musicians to perform publicly and also includes family-friendly activities and pizza for purchase.
Pizzastock was launched in 2017 as a way to honor the memory of Jason Flood, a Derry teen that died in November 2016. The Flood family wanted to connect with local youth musicians and also honor the teen’s memory.
This year’s event promises to be even bigger with two stages, 17 bands, food trucks and even more mental health supports and information.
Community partners such as The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center (TUR), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the South Central Public Health Network and the Center for Life Management (CLM) will be on hand to provide information, resources and have a public conversation on suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
“We are continuing our efforts to improve conversations around mental health issues and suicide prevention,” said Pizzastock organizer Doug Flood. “We want this event to be a positive reminder of all the things Jason loved and supported in his life. He loved music and played in several bands throughout high school. Pizzastock is one way that we can keep Jason’s memory alive while also providing much-needed community resources and discussion about suicide prevention."
Bands and performers scheduled to take the upcoming Pizzastock stage are: Girl Scout Cookies, Conor Rathburn, Turner, Val Verde, Safe Joy, Anna Davis, Patrick Sullivan, the Pinkerton Academy drum line, Payton McCarthy, Stepping Stones, Jenna Sullivan, Saintec, Chasing Mountains, Rebuff, Fourth Degree, Afterimage, Apollon, The Jazz Band, MKAO, and special guest Color Killer.
Sponsors and stage sponsors are Kendall Pond Pizza, The Tombari Family, Wetherbee Creative and Jill McAlpine BHHS Realty.
Any proceeds from Pizzastock 3 will go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry.
“Every day, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry strives to improve each child’s life by increasing self-esteem, courage, and positive values in our members,” said Jen Cuthbert, director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry. “We are thrilled to partner with Pizzastock and the Jason R. Flood Memorial to help promote mental well-being in our young people. Not only do we provide a safe space for our youth, but our members gain confidence and increased self-esteem by developing a sense of usefulness and belonging fostered at the Boys and Girls Club."
Interested businesses and individuals wanting to sponsor the event or contribute in-kind donations can contact event coordinators at 247-3027 or visit pizzastock.org, the event page on Facebook at Facebook.com/Pizzastock, and the Jason Flood Memorial page at Facebook.com/JasonFlood.