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Concerts for a cause in Lake George

Michael Cee dreams big.

Wanting to raise awareness of AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes it, he decided to hold a fundraising concert in Lake George.

The event's Web site touts it as the greatest four-day event in HIV-AIDS' history.

"We're going to try to do what Willie Nelson did for Farm Aid," Cee said, referring to the concerts the country singer organized to highlight the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep families on their land.

Beyond the concert, Cee envisions building a hospital for HIV and AIDS patients, similar to what Danny Thomas did with St. Jude, an internationally known pediatric treatment and research facility. He wants to award college scholarships to people across the country infected with HIV and AIDS. He envisions bringing celebrities on board to support the cause.

It's a personal mission; Cee lost a friend to HIV and knows a 26-year-old woman who has fought it all her life.

"HIV is our most serious problem," he said.

The issue may be serious, but Cee hopes the concert will be a light-hearted, good time. Set for Thursday to Sunday, May 1 to 4, at the Lake George Forum, the concert will feature nearly 40 bands, all of whom donated their time.

Cee is quick to note, "We don't have any Grammy winners," but he's excited about the lineup.

"We have some great road acts," he said, rattling off names like Big Frank and the Bargain Bingers, the JCF Group and Bobby Dick and the Sundowners.

Multiple genres will be covered: The schedule includes country acts, rock and rollers and some punk and heavy metal, Cee said.

"I'm trying to get something for everyone," he said.

There will be plenty for night owls, too: On Thursday and Saturday, the last band takes the stage at 2 a.m. On Saturday, the Mickey Cee Road Show will perform at 3 a.m.

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