PLAISTOW — If you want get the full U2 concert experience for a fraction of the ticket price, consider heading to the Timberlane Performing Arts Center this Saturday and immersing yourself in the sounds of Zootopia.

By attending, you will be supporting charitable causes, because the concert is a fundraiser hosted by the Atkinson Women's Civic Club.

"This is the largest event we've ever done," said Susan Anderson Hill, chair of the club, which has been fundraising for 34 years. "We are hoping this will be a big money-maker for us."

The group has set a goal of $15,000, a surplus that would directly support civic activities, including senior luncheons, substance abuse programs, scholarships to Timberlane Regional High School seniors, and several others.

"We are happy to help out," said Brian Downes, Zootopia's lead singer. "It's great to participate in a worthwhile cause."

Timberlane Battle of the Bands winner Something Green will open. Then the evening transforms into a faux U2 extravaganza.

"They put on an incredible show," Hill said. "We wanted to get a band that would hit multiple ages and we felt that we hit the category."

Zootopia formed just more than a year ago in Pelham, N.H. Its members each were U2 fans long before that time. In concert, they play a wide selection from the U2 collection. And the experience goes beyond the music, as they make it a point to recreate the atmosphere of a U2 show.

"It is going to be a fully blown multimedia show," Downes said. "Every show we try something new. You just make it worth the ticket price."

For members of the AWCC and Zootopia, this concert means more than just recreating the sound from one of most popular rock bands in decades. Rather, it means helping people who need it the most.

"When we heard about this event, we said we would love to be involved," Downes said. "I still can't wait for it to get here. It's going to be a special night."

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