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Tuba alert - Saturday Concert for the Homeless at Your Inner Vagabond

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Tuba alert - Saturday Concert for the Homeless at Your Inner Vagabond

Time: May 2, 2009 from 1pm to 11pm
Location: Your Inner Vagabond
Event Type: benefit, concert
Organized By: Roger S Day
Latest Activity: Apr 30, 2009

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Event Description

This weekend, Molly in the Crowd and several other music groups
will be doing a concert to benefit organizations devoted to helping
homeless people. The three beneficiary organizations are:
Homeless Children's Education Fund, 2100 Smallman Street 2nd Floor (412) 562-0154
Interfaith Hospitality Network, 728-809-5951, Tracy Finn,
East End Cooperative Ministry: Homeless Drop-In, 5450 Friendship Ave, (412) 661-6149
Deep thanks to Jack Knight aka Jim Lyons-Weiler for making this happen.
Saturday, May 2, at Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St at 42nd Street in Lawrenceville.
Poster at . You're invited to print & post.
Molly in the Crowd plays mostly Scots and Irish music-- in an unusual blend.
Johnny Meikle, all things Scots ( = Irish in drag) including magnificent voice, whistles and saxophone,
Rob Metil, many things with strings, Molly Feuer, a fit fiddle, Robin Horne, guitar & song,
Kip Ruefle, bodhran (did I spell that right?), Roger Day, traditional Celtic tuba.
1PM Maddie Georgi
1:30 2:00 Bob Banerjee
2:30 3:00 Mark Dignam
3:30 4:00 Beagle Brothers
4:30 5:00 T. Mitchell Bell and the Wandering Coalition
5:30 6:00 Cathy Stewart
6:30 7:00 Molly in the Crowd
7:30 8:00 Jack Knight & the Unsung Heroes
8:30 9:00 Keith Hershberger
9:30 10:00 Jeff DeSantis
10:30 11:00 Elliott Sussman
11:30 12:00 Open Jam

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