Staff Pick: Music Loves Ohio benefit

From the December 15, 2011 edition

Lawyer, restaurateur and music scene advocate Matt Crumpton started Music Loves Ohio because he realized VH1’s ballyhooed Save the Music program didn’t apply to so-called flyover states.

Who needs Viacom to host workshops and loan instruments in the name of kids learning how to play music? After a period of fundraising, the non-profit has started to put instruments in students’ hands. To keep up the momentum, Friday’s benefit bash features O.A.R. saxophonist Jerry DePizzo, Marty Dodson of Saving Jane and Crumpton’s self-described “’90s rap jam band” The Winnie Cooper Project (pictured).