Clintonville's own Bill Cohen will be performing a special fundraising concert of music dating back half a century on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Clintonville's own Bill Cohen will be performing a special fundraising concert of music dating back half a century on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The performance, entitled "50 Years Ago," will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the basement Fellowship Hall of Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St.

The songs by the likes of Sam Cooke, Ricky Nelson and the Everly Brothers, including "Traveling Man," "All I have to Do Is Dream" and "Chain Gang," will all date to 1961, according to Cohen.

"To today's baby boomers and seniors, it may seem like yesterday," he wrote in announcing the concert. "But a half century has indeed passed, since they jitterbugged and slow-danced to hit tunes by Sam Cooke, Ricky Nelson and the Everly Brothers."

The evening will feature singing and playing guitar with a backup band composed of Brian Szuch on lead electric guitar, Renilda Marshall on bass and Rebecca Stansbury on violin and percussion.

Trivia questions will be part of the evening, according to Cohen, along with a few serious moments.

"We'll also remember how, while we were focused on the youthful joy of early rock and roll, the world of our parents was going through crisis after crisis," he said in a statement. "Nineteen sixty-one featured the height of the Cold War, the invasion of Cuba and the Civil Rights movement's Freedom Rides."

The suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will go to pay expenses for Cohen's wife, local psychotherapist Randi Cohen, and their daughter Hannah to staff a volunteer mission to the Dominican Republic in which U.S. doctors, nurses and medical students from the nonprofit International Medical Alliance of Tennessee annually provide basic care for about 1,000 impoverished Spanish-speaking villagers.

"Next February, Hannah and Randi will serve as interpreters as they have before," according to Bill Cohen.