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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Playing blues to brighten the holidays

Capital Area Blues Society and Greater Lansing Food Bank join forces for a fundraiser

by Nicole LaChance

As Lansing residents prepare to stuff their turkeys and
mash their potatoes, local charities will be collecting donations for
the area’s poor and hungry. To celebrate the season of giving, two
local charities are coming together to bring awareness and raise money
for their respective causes.


The eighth annual Breakin’ Bread with the Blues concert
and fundraiser takes place Sunday at the Green Door Blues Bar &
Grill in Lansing. The concert features performances by Frog and the
Malonetones, Big Bill Harwell and the Blues Ambassadors and Zydecrunch
and will be bookended by 2011 Blues Brawl winners Andy Wilson &
Johnny D  and The Hoopties. Proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the Capital Area Blues Society.


“The event started in 2004 as a fundraiser for the
Capital Area Blues Society,” said Mike Skory, president of the board of
directors for the society. “However, it soon became evident that the
event could also be used to help the local community.” Since the event
takes place around the holidays, it made sense to partner with the food
bank, he added. 


Founded in 1995, CABS aims to preserve, promote and
educate about blues music in the Lansing area, Skory said. The food
bank provides assistance to families in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton
counties. The organization will use the money raised to feed local
people during the holiday season, said Alex Bryan, the food bank’s
outreach coordinator.


“You are able to support local musicians, a local
business and a local non-profit all in one,” Bryan said. “It’s a
community investment in multiple ways.”


The event is also a way for local musicians to show off
their bluesy talent. The Hoopties are excited to be closing the show
and participating in an event that helps their community, said bass
player and vocalist Jason Strotheide.


“We’re just glad to have the opportunity to help where we
can. We’re all very busy with our personal lives so we don’t perform
much and having time to do something that benefits our community in
this manner isn’t always feasible,” he said. “We’re looking forward to
getting the Greater Lansing Food Bank a head start on a very busy
season.”  


Strotheide is also the former president of CABS and was
one of the original creators of the event. He said they chose a
Thanksgiving benefit to get a headstart on fundraising for the holidays
and to avoid the Christmas season, which is usually packed with events.


Fifty percent of the door and all food donated will go to
the food bank; the other 50 percent, according to Skory, will go to the
CABS for production costs for the show and general operation of the
organization. The benefit also features a raffle for the 2011 Blues
Festival signature guitar.


The Green Door’s weekly blues jam, featuring Bad Gravy, follows the event at 9:30 p.m.


‘Breakin’ Bread with the Blues’


Sunday, Nov. 19


Green Door Blues Bar & Grill, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing


Doors at 3 p.m.; concert 4 to 9 p.m.


$10, with a donated food item; 16 and under free with donation of a food item


www.cabsblues.com



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