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One-man show “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” set for Whallonsburg Grange Hall May 18

Whallonsburg, NY – The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is thrilled to present the award-winning, inspirational, one-man show, “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life,” on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Fresh from sold-out runs Off Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other internationally known venues, Keith Alessi shares his exceptional story of leaving the corporate world behind to follow his true passion—playing the banjo – and how, after a cancer diagnosis, they truly did save him.

This is an uplifting evening of music, storytelling, and humor that has delighted audiences around the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. “Tomatoes” is a warm, life-affirming show that reinforces the healing power of the arts and of human connection. It’s an honest, endearing story of making positive choices, and enjoying the rewards of doing what you love.

The impact of “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” extends beyond the show itself. Keith Alessi partners with organizations in every town and city where he performs to raise money for local causes, donating 100% of his fee. The Grange show will benefit We Are Instrumental, the nonprofit group that promotes musical education and provides musical instruments to young people in the North Country.

“We are thrilled that the Grange is hosting a performance to help WAI. It is a perfect venue to get the word out about the need to bring better access to music to area students,” said Evan Mack, We Are Instrumental Executive Director. “I hope everyone will come to see the show and support WAI.”

  “We could not have found a better combination of music and theater to bring to the Grange and to support We Are Instrumental” said Mary-Nell Bockman, manager of this regional performing arts venue. “Music and stories have been bringing people together here for over 100 years. We know well the power that they have to transform us. Keith’s show will make everyone want to look in their own life (and closets!) to find the things that make us happy and give us hope at any age.”

Tickets for the show are $15 with free admission for those under 18.

Reserve tickets by email or call (518) 963-7777.

The Whallonsburg Grange is located at 1610 NYS Route 22 in Essex, New York. More information can be found at

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