Andover's Linda Sharar will be one of a cast of musicians who will offer interpretations of Beatles' tunes to a benefit concert on Saturday, July 17.

This year's benefit is called "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da" and will headline Chris Thompson. The benefit takes place on Saturday, July 17 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead on Mugford Street. Part of the proceeds from this concert go directly to a special fund to send musicians into local schools for workshops and concerts as well as to benefit programs at the UU church.

Linda Sharar is the newest addition to the roster for this year's show. She is a singer-songwriter who has recorded several CDs and was involved with the New Folk movement in New York. She was formerly a member of The Marys, Big Happy Crowd, and The Amazing Incredibles. Sharar is well known for her role in producing a Respond compilation, a benefit for domestic violence causes, according to concert organizers. Her latest CD is Everyday, a collection of songs influenced by the birth of her first daughter and the death of her mother.

"The producers of this year's benefit are thrilled to introduce Linda Sharar," organizers said in a release. "To those who know and appreciate good music, Sharar keeps it basic, but still says so much."

Chris Thompson is the guitar and lead vocalist for the duo Chris and Meredith Thompson and was also a member of The Strangelings (with Peter and Maura Kennedy, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, Cheryl Prashker, and Eric Lee). Together the Thompsons have released six albums and played festivals such as the Clearwater Hudson Revival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and the Boston Folk Festival. The Thompsons are best known for their close sibling harmony, and as Chris now steps out on her own, she demonstrates her powerful clear vocals and percussive, riff driven guitar work.

All are welcome to come out on Saturday, July 17 to support the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead as well as all of the musicians who have donated their talent and time on a "gig night" to help with this benefit. Tickets are available on the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead Web site:, or at the door. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for students or $45 for a family package. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

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