Music Matters Event

  • What: Music Matters free outdoor concert
  • When: Sunday, August 14, 1:30 — 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Señor Panchos, 280 Cheshire Rd., Prospect, CT
  • Supports: Abilities Without Boundaries Music Therapy
  • Produced by: John Ingrassia Music
We will, we will, rock you! Sunday, August 14, 1:30 – 3:30, Señor Pancho’s Prospect

Summer Rocks! Enjoy a FREE concert on a shady summer afternoon on the beautiful back lawn of Señor Panchos restaurant in Prospect. Included in the 5 acts will be our own AWB Music Program Band. Our individuals work hard in their music therapy classes. Performing in public offers them a chance to showcase their talents, contribute to their community, and have fun!

Señor Panchos offers its full menu of Mexican and American favorite foods and drinks with wait staff service right to your outdoor table.

Abilities Without Boundaries Music Program Band performers at Senor Pancho's Prospect

AWB’s Music Program Band participants have performed for AWB board members, donors and spouses. Prior to COVID, they performed at a Summer of Rock concert and at a holiday concert, both at Señor Pancho’s of Prospect. Performing in public helps people better understand our individuals’ capabilities and creativity. Shown here are band members participating in July’s concert.

This is a Free concert. However donations in any amount are most appreciated. Fundraising from our band’s appearances supports purchase of instruments, lessons for the individuals, transportation and the support staff required by some of the performers. AWB is also looking for donations of used musical instruments. John Ingrassia, a Cheshire music teacher and rock-and-roll performer is helping create a music program at the nonprofit. This event will also showcase some of his other student musicians.

As part of its programming, AWB is building a music therapy program for individuals the organization serves. Amanda Barnes, AWB executive director, said, “In our music room hangs a banner reading, ‘When words fail, music speaks.’ We see over and again how music reaches even our non-verbal individuals.” She said public performances like Sunday’s are an important part of the music therapy program, “Performing in public boosts confidence for our individuals and helps the public better understand their capabilities. We hope this in turn leads to more work opportunities for our individuals. Self-advocacy is another of our important program offerings.”

Here’s a promotional poster created by our individuals: