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Michael Duffy/Staff photographer Ronnie Pauls, left, and Steve Mitchell, of The Sundown Band, tune guitars at a rock-a-thon at the Berkshire Shopping Center in Danbury on Saturday. I-95 (WRKI, 95.1 FM) is sponsoring the rock-a-thon to benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut. The event continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DANBURY -- Tats, Harleys, muscle cars, southern rock and young ladies in booty shorts.

Sound like heaven?

Then go to the Berkshire Shopping Center today, where i-95 (WRKI, 95.1 FM) is sponsoring a rock-a-thon to benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut.

The festivities started Saturday and continue today until 5 p.m.

"We're having our listeners down to see some great bands, have some fun and raise awareness for the United Way," said Tim Sheehan, the Brookfield rock station's operations manager.

Saturday's bands included Tony Richards & the K-man Band, southern rock rockers The Sundown Band and Mental Health, who banged out a kick-butt version of "Summer of '69."

Also on hand were about 15 lovely ladies wearing sleeveless T-shirts and short shorts, posing for pictures next to muscle cars.

The women -- "Hot Rod Girls, Inc." -- were walking advertisements for Hot Rods Inc., a performance fabrication shop in Brookfield.

Don't know what a performance fabrication shop is?

Don't worry -- all you need to know is the owners quote Lynyrd Skynyrd on their Web site and brought along a recently revamped 1972 SS Nova they'll be racing this summer in Jersey.

Although there is no fee to watch the bands and check out the scenery, a donation is suggested.

The money will be given to the United Way.

"This is i-95's first rock-a-thon for us and we're really excited," said June Renzulli, the CEO of the United Way of Western Connecticut.

The United Way


of Western Connecticut funds a litany of programs and organizations in the area. Its latest fund raising campaign raised about $6 million, including $3.5 million for greater Danbury.

The rock-a-thon continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


What: i-95 "rock-a-thon" to benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut

Where: Berkshire Shopping Center, 67 and 71 Newtown Road, Danbury (near Homegoods)

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why: Donations will benefit the United Way. The rock band "Future Tense" appears from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Food, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, will be sold.

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