Daniel Dye to play benefit for boy at historic Urbana theater

Concert marks band’s Gloria Theatre debut.

The folk band from Mutual is the headlining act of the Benefit Concert for Dylan Sanchez. Although a free concert, the event is aimed at raising funds for a local 9-year-old boy with a rare condition called Phelan McDermid Syndrome through donations at the door, a bake sale and silent auction.

Music will begin at 7 p.m. with the acoustic band The Salt & Light Co. from Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio. Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band will appear around 8 p.m.

“It’s great to be a part of something new,” singer-songwriter Dye said of playing at the revamped Gloria. “We’re glad to be on the front of live music here.”

Dye has attended a couple of events at the Gloria, which is being restored by the nonprofit GrandWorks Foundation. He also has fond memories of going to $1 movies when the theater was a cinema.

Dye said he and the band are happy to be a part of the benefit.

“It’s a feeling you are part of something bigger,” he said.

The Sanchez family is hoping to use any funds raised to travel to a conference to learn more about the syndrome to help Dylan in everyday life, according to the Gloria Theatre website.

The band will bring in its own sound equipment and play a set of original music from its first two albums and possibly some new ones, Dye said.

Dye has a project going on at his website (www.danieldyemusic.com/). releasing a new song every month on digital releases.

“It’s kind of wherever I am at that moment,” he said of the releases, whether that was playing in Turkey with Turkish musicians or in a cabin someplace, it’s a reflection of when the music struck him.

The band is preparing for a busy summer with local and out-of-town shows and the sixth annual Madden Road Music Fest, which it will host on Aug. 13.

Dye said the band also will have an EP project out around the time of the Music Fest, and the next album is around the corner.

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