Appetizing Black Friday Concert Benefits Shoreline Food Pantries

Music feeds the soul and in this case, people.

A short roster of dynamic performers, mostly singer/songwriters, takes the stage at The Kate in Old Saybrook, Conn., on Friday, Nov. 29.

That’s right — one day after we’ve all sat down at our plentiful tables to give thanks; the same day many of us find time to shop to satisfy the urgings of the holiday gift wish list; the same day still more of us have time off from work to lounge and indulge — these folks are coming out to put on a show. The seventh such show in as many years, the Black Friday Concert is, quite literally, a feast.


Venues that willingly host original acoustic performance (with a few covers thrown in) seem few and far between these days, and rare is the room that can comfortably house musicians and audience in a way that pleases both. But an acoustically comfy environment is only part of the reason to check out this concert. The others are the music and the money — yes: 100 percent of the money you pony up will go to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, which serve 11 towns in the lower Connecticut River Valley. A twenty dollar bill, or more if you’re inclined, might never have been so well spent.

This healthy offering is made possible by the artists themselves, donating all proceeds — as well as any money earned from sales of CDs and other merchandise. What’s more, the 100-percent match of the entire night’s receipts will be made by The Gowrie Group of Westbrook, an insurance agency that has spent the year raising funds for the soup kitchens through a “Gowrie Challenge.” Sponsors are and Wyeth Architects, LLC.

And what do you get for parting with a bit of cash and saving some of the energy from Black Friday shopping to drive to The Kate and relax in the company of fine musicians?

Fine music, of course, and a fine time.

Lauren Agnelli and Dave Rave, both Grammy-award nominees with more tentacles in the music industry than can be reflected here, will perform folk-pop-rock original material, using acoustic guitar and ukelele. Also on hand are Ebin-Rose, a husband and wife team who provide timeless etheral voicings and instrumentation; Moving Target, a jazz and pop band featuring cornet and saxophone; and two sibling duos that feature dueling guitars and delicious harmonies: the Lichter Brothers, who write and sing folk and country; and the Meadows Brothers, two young and talented roots musicians and vocalists.

The sampling of YouTube videos and links to mp3s here are just the appetizer.

“Dinner” is at 8. Don’t be late!

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