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One Trick Pony hosts 'Hoedown for Hope'

ALBANY -- When Lacy Bradshaw celebrates a birthday, she does it in style.

Bradshaw and all her rowdy friends will get together at One Trick Pony (2538 Dawson Road) Saturday for a "Hoedown for Hope" celebration/fundraiser that will help in the fight against breast cancer.

"My mom (Beth Graham) is a breast cancer survivor, so I kind of planned this to honor her," Bradshaw, who lives in Leesburg, said. "She's 100 percent perfect now, so I decided to try and raise some funds to help others who are fighting breast cancer."

During the celebration, which kicks off at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m., One Trick Pony management will donate all the money collected for mechanical bull rides to the cause. Also, donation jars will be strategically placed all around the facility for the less brave patrons who want to help fight cancer without risking life and limb on the bull.

OTP Manager John Luttrell said he's also planning a drink special for which the bar will donate money, and he's rounding up a few unique items to auction off during the evening's festivities.

"When Lacy approached me about having the fundraiser during Cole's (Taylor) show, I thought it was a great idea," Luttrell said. "My wife and I had done a 'Save the TaTas' event at the Crowbar (also managed by Luttrell), and we were happy to do anything we could to help out."

Bradshaw has recruited the perfect entertainment for her birthday bash: boyfriend/country music singer Cole Taylor's new band -- the Cole Taylor Band -- will make its debut on the OTP stage. Along with vocalist/guitarist Taylor, who has played a number of solo gigs in the region, the band includes bassist Paul Harrell, drummer Jeb Tabb and lead guitarist Wendell Brooks.

"(A breast cancer fundraiser) is something I've been wanting to do for a while," Bradshaw said. "I figured since it's my birthday and a lot of folks are going to be (at One Trick Pony), this would be the perfect time to have one.

"I'm excited about the Hoedown for Hope; I'm inviting everyone to come out and help me celebrate while helping a great cause."

Cover charge for Saturday's bash/fundraiser is $5.

Luttrell said he is currently working on bringing "four or five national acts" to the local clubs. He's already booked Bo Bice of "American Idol" fame to appear at the Crowbar Friday night, and he is finalizing a deal to bring Edwin McCain to Albany.

For additional information about upcoming events, go online to www.onetrickponyalbany.com or www.myspace.com/thecrowbaralbany.com.