On Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm, indie artists will unite for ‘Songs For Sandy Hook: A Benefit Concert’ at The Talking Stick in Venice, California. Artists scheduled to appear include: Marvin Etzioni, The Conlons, David Vito Gregoli, Margie Balter, Popdudes, Brandon Schott, Hunter MacLeod, Celia Chavez, Arrica Rose & The …’s, Rob Mullins, Shannon Hurley, Steve Barton, Stefano Capobianco, Kirsten Proffit, Jaime Wyatt, Manda Mosher, CALICO the band, and Ted Wulfers.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer David Vito Gregoli expressed a feeling perhaps shared by all the performers saying: “I'm honored to be one of the performers. It's a good cause and I hope everyone can make it down (to 1411 Lincoln Boulevard).”
Margie Balter, “piano teacher to the stars”, actress, multi-instrumentalist and composer voiced similar thoughts: “I am honored to be part of the Songs For Sandy Hook compilation and benefit concert. This came together so fast as an artistic expression of people who wanted to do something, to give something to people who suffered and Manda Mosher just rallied all her people.” Balter added: “I will be playing a Chopin Nocturne that I had just recorded for a film and Manda absolutely wanted that piece on this project.”
The charity event, expected to run until midnight, is in response to the shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 and is being run by songwriter/musicians Manda Mosher and Brandon Schott. Mosher and Schott stated: “It is important to us that the community of Newtown, Connecticut knows we continue to care about them and support healing efforts headed by Danbury Hospital. This evening will be dedicated to the victims’ families.”
Mosher and Schott also co-produced a digital music compilation Songs For Sandy Hook: Volume 1 & 2. The proceeds from 40-track collection of healing songs will benefit crisis intervention programs at Danbury Hospital and to counsel the victims’ families. It includes cuts from artists around the globe including the eighteen artists who will perform live at the Venice venue.
Annette Conlon of Nette Radio is also the co-producer of the event. Conlon said: “When a tragedy of this magnitude occurs, your first instinct is to jump in and help. This community of spirit not only shows Sandy Hook Elementary and the people of Newton, Connecticut that the people of Los Angeles care, it provides a universal tether that connects us all, and reminds us that we are truly one. I had to do everything in my power to help make this concert occur.”
Mosher and friends note that although a $10 donation is suggested, “no one will be turned away” and “any donation amount is appreciated”. Additionally, an auction will also be held to further raise funds. Auction items include a Daisy Rock Guitar, a K’s Choice music package including VIP tickets to their May 5, 2013 Hotel Café show, a Susan Nicole vegan handbag, Gina Venturini Designs jewelry and more. This live event promises to be full of interesting and entertaining performances from an assortment of indie artists and all profits go to a good cause as well.
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