"Greensboro College and The Healing Blues Project will host four events this fall to benefit Greensboro's Interactive Resource Center, a day center for people struggling with homelessness.
The events include:
- A benefit concert, co-sponsored by ArtsGreensboro, featuring Dave Mcracken and Friends, including Sam Frazier and members of Donna the Buffalo, and The Healing Blues Band (Dave Fox, Roger Kohrs, Chuck Cotton, Benjy Johnson, and other Healing Blues songwriters and performers to be announced), 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden St. in Greensboro. Admission has yet to be determined and will be announced by ArtsGreensboro.
- A Healing Blues Communion Service, 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 2, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on the Greensboro College campus. Music by Healing Blues songwriters and musicians, along with college faculty members Dave Fox and Neill Clegg. Free and open to the public.
- A Greensboro College Citizen-Scholar Series lecture and panel discussion, "The Art of Healing: Social Practice Art and Communities of Need," featuring panelists Patrick Frank, author and singer-songwriter; Jessica Moore, founder and lead organizer at Open Art Society; George Scheer, executive director of Elsewhere Living Museum; Liz Seymour, Director Emeritus of the Interactive Resource Center; and GC associate professor Dave Fox, music director for Healing Blues, with discussion moderated by GC assistant professor Ted Efremoff, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 109 Proctor Hall West on the Greensboro College campus. Free and open to the public.
- The "Healing Blues" CD release celebration concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building, Greensboro College, featuring Lawyers, Guns, and Money; the Greensboro College Gospel Choir under the direction of GC alumnus Jamar Tyree; The Fairlanes; plus members of The Healing Blues team, including Kristy Jackson, Neil Clegg, Jon Epstein, Sam Frazier, and more. Admission: $15 at the door and includes a one-hour, meet-and-greet cocktail reception in Lea Center after the concert.
In The Healing Blues Project, faculty and students from Greensboro College are teaming with area musicians to work with local people struggling with such issues as homelessness or post-traumatic stress disorder to turn their problems into blues songs.
These people tell a story of their challenges to participating songwriters. Songwriters then collaborate with the storyteller to write and perform a song that will be included on the Healing Blues CD, crediting both the collaborators with the creation of the song.
Proceeds from the project will benefit Greensboro's Interactive Resource Center.
Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect.
Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,250 students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 24 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 16-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."
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