And, more importantly for some folks, you'll want to find a parking spot within walking distance of the theater because the motorcycles will be parking in front of the theater.
Once inside, you'll want to find a seat quickly for an opening act by local musician Randy Flemetis.
That's just the start for this Raymond Theatre fundraiser.
Helmer is crossing the country and performing for charity benefits to raise 1 million dollars this year. His stop in Raymond is part of his 1 million dollar tour and he will be donating all money raised to the historic Raymond Theatre. This money will go to several planned repairs and a major carpet cleaning.
VIP tickets, at $30, include a meet-and-greet opportunity, free CD, appetizers and discounted drinks.
A Family Package, also at $30, includes four tickets plus a reduced charge of $5 for any additional tickets.
Motorcycle riders who join the procession from the South Bend boat launch to the theater get in for a reduced rate of $10 a ticket.
For the general public, tickets are $12 in advance by calling the theater at 360-942-4127, (leaving a message), or by calling Pam at 509-724-8699. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
A lot of thought and preparation has gone into this fundraiser. For instance, the motorcycle ride will be escorted by South Bend Police Department to the Raymond city limits, then by the Raymond Police Department to the theater.
That kind of consideration is typical for Helmer who uses his love of music and motorcycles to benefit charities across the country. His biography, found at his website, http://scotthelmer.com/, explains the source of his empathy. His bio reads:
Scott Helmer is a master of reinvention and like his music – an inspiration. His contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop infuses memorable guitar riffs, catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell real stories of love, pain and starting over. These songs, co-written and recorded with his talented photographer/musician brother, have also crossed over to fans of Country & Americana, where solid songwriting and storytelling are so highly valued.
Growing up in Elgin, just outside of Chicago, Scott was passionate about writing and playing music early on, beginning with the drums at age five. But in his early twenties, Scott got sidetracked from his dreams, trading his vision for the promise of a rewarding career as a business entrepreneur. Success led to his climbing the ladder in the high-pressure culture of corporate insurance. After a bright beginning, however, a turned-around world economy turned Scott’s world upside down in a relatively short time. In a tale so many of us can relate to, Scott lost his business, his future – and ultimately the family he loved.
During this most difficult period in his life, music became the source – and the support – that kept Scott afloat. He reached to the recesses of his soul and found that writing about his story was both healing and therapeutic. Badly beaten, but not defeated, Scott altered the course of his life. This time he chose another path – one directed by his heart. He began creating a new kind of music – music that resonates with others, that speaks of sorrow and spirit, laughter and longing, his life – and maybe yours.
Today, as Scott continues his journey, he has opened up for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country, and is using music as a vehicle to connect with listeners on the deepest level. His messages are relevant, relatable and real. Whether it helps them get through tough times or gain insight from Scott’s roller-coaster life experiences, his music is aligning with fans both local and international. Once you hear Scott's sound, you’ll understand why.