Cedar City Icon, Tim Cretsinger is in need of community support by way of HOPE and Repair. In late December, Tim was diagnosed with throat cancer, after having a biopsy on a hazelnut-sized tumor that was found in his throat. In the months to come he will have to go through radiation and possibly chemo, because they were unable to get everything out during surgery.

Tim and his wife Lisa Cretsinger have been a force to be reckoned with since they moved to Cedar City in 2000. Their love of music, and Cedar City, compelled them to move here from Oregon and open Groovacious – the only independent record store in the community to stand the test of time. Shortly after opening the store, they decided to start an open mic night that allowed new, local talent the opportunity to gain exposure. As the founders of the Groovefest American Music Festival, the Cretsinger’s created the largest free music festival that exists in Southern Utah today – bringing incredible amounts of revenue to Cedar City every June.

Their hard work and community contributions reach much farther than the list above acknowledges. They are the first ones to plan fundraisers for others when they are in need, and are always happy to donate to a good cause to help other organizations raise money. Tim has been an avid participant in the Cedar City Arts Council, and a strong supporter of the arts in the community, no matter what form the art was packaged in. Additionally, whatever money is not raised through sponsorship and donations to Groovefest every year comes directly out of the Cretsinger’s pockets in order to make the festival happen.

It is time for Cedar City to show Tim how much all of his hard work means to us, and there are so many ways to help:

• On Friday, January 24, at 9 p.m. there will be a show at Mikes Tavern, the Tim Cretsinger – “HOPE and Repair Benefit” – featuring Juniper City, The Pigeons, Bottled Monkey, Bila Gaana and Swift and Sons. The cost is a $5 minimum donation at the door. There will be drawings, T-Shirts and special surprises. Donations for the drawings are still needed, and are being accepted by Monica Hufnal at Mikes Tavern. She can be reached at (435) 531-6791. Every little bit helps, so there is nothing to small, please give whatever you can.

-That same night, The Pablo Sextet and The Western Bone Cleavers will be playing at Toadz. 100 percent of the door proceeds will go directly to Tim for medical expenses.

• Saturday, January 25, Main Street Books will donate a percentage of their total sales at the end of the day to help with Tim’s medical expenses. For more information, contact Megan O’Sullivan (435) 586-8303.

• Sunday, January 26, The Grind Coffee House and Cafe will be donating all of their proceeds for the entire day to Tim to help with his medical expenses. There is no entertainment planned as of yet, but organizers are still looking for the perfect match. Interested parties should contact Peggy Green at (435) 327-1693. For more information, contact AJ Baruffi at (435) 867-5333.

• Local author Helen Boswell said she will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the Groovacious sales of her books Mythology and Mythology: The Wicked to Tim to help with the costs of medical expenses.

• There is a CD in the works that will include songs from local artists that will be available by either the night of the Mikes Tavern show, or shortly thereafter at Groovacious. All proceeds will go to helping Tim. The CD is being organized by Chuck Triplett, and any questions can be answered at 435 590 7525, or by emailing him at

• Monetary donations can be given at Mountain America Credit Union in Cedar City under the account name Tim Cretsinger, and online/credit card donations can be made at The account can be easily found by entering “Hope & Repair – a Benefit for Tim Cretsinger” into the search field.

• Currently one is being planned in St. George a February 7 at Jazzy’s Rock ‘n Roll Grill. Suggested donation $5 at the door. Organizer Gordon Strang said he could use all the help he can get coordinating the event. Gordon said he is interested in having a silent auction as well as a drawing, so he is looking for any donation. He is hoping that he can gather a committee. Gordon can be reached at

Additionally, the Groovefest Groove Crew would like to point out that the Groovefest American Music Festival is still in need of tax-deductible donations to make sure the festival can even happen this year. Since Tim and Lisa will be incurring so many medical fees, they will be unable to provide any funds up front to cover donations for businesses who have committed to helping with the costs of the week-long, free, festival of music for the community.

This also means that more money will be needed for the festival than ever before, because the Cretsinger’s will have no money of their own to contribute this year, as they have every year in the past. It’s crunch time, so if you have agreed to support the show, please send your money in as soon as possible. As always, THANK YOU for contributing to the musical climate of Cedar City.

There will be more fundraising opportunities to help Tim in the near future. Anyone who is interested in helping with one, putting one together, or donating time or money to help the Cretsinger’s get through this difficult time should contact lead event coordinator Peggy Green at 435-327-1693

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