By Jenny Neyman
Friday night music at Veronica’s is generally a miscellaneous affair, as open-mic nights tend to be. A parade of people flowing on and off the stage, bringing different instruments and varying styles of music to share with the transient audience.
But this Friday night was a variation from the usual variety. There were still an assortment of people, instruments and sounds involved, but all were singing the same tune, with everyone united to support one of their own musical family members — 14-year-old Ivy Howland.
Veronica’s traditional, Friday open-mic night was given over to a fundraiser for Ivy, who has been struggling with illness for the better part of a year and was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Not only is she a community kid in need, but she’s a blossoming member of a bedrock musical family in the community, which resonates even more loudly throughout the local music scene.
“Veronica’s, there’s like a whole kind of tribe of musicians who go in there and play on a regular basis, and Ivy was one of them. She started to sing with a couple other kids and had a band that would go to Veronica’s and play,” said Matt Boyle, one of the musicians at the fundraiser.
Ivy is the daughter of John and Danette Howland, sister to younger brother, Max, and performers Devin Boyle, of the band Uglyfish, and Keeley Boyle, of The Old Believers. Her extended family includes local musicians Matt and Dave Boyle.
“It was kind of a special thing,” Matt Boyle said of the Friday night event at Veronica’s. “I don’t think anybody there just happened to be there, they came for the fundraiser and to listen to music and donate money. Especially when a kid needs help, there seems to be a lot of people who always seem to do something, to try and raise money for them, but this one has a real musical aspect to it.” Continue reading