FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830
David B. Schock, For Love of the Sally concert organizer, 616-638-0097
Captain Jay Davis, The Salvation Army of Grand Haven, 616-402-8564
Grand Haven holiday concert series to benefit Salvation Army
Seventh annual ‘For Love of the Sally’ series serves as fundraiser for Tri-Cities chapter
Grand Haven, Mich. – For the seventh year in a row, the Grand Haven D&W Fresh Market will host its “For Love of the Sally” concert series, which features a variety of local and regional musicians performing in the store to raise funds for The Salvation Army of Grand Haven.
The holiday concert series will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 10, with a performance by Grand Haven’s premier community ensemble, Prevailing Winds, under the direction of Bob Fullerton. All proceeds go to The Salvation Army, and all performances will take place through Christmas Eve in the D&W Fresh Market’s café area.
In 2015, local music lovers and store guests donated more than $2,000 during the concerts at D&W.
“We are proud to continue this holiday tradition and long-standing partnership with The Salvation Army,” said Don Fetrow, store director at the Grand Haven D&W Fresh Market. “It’s such an amazing opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family, listening to music and supporting a great cause at the same time.”
The 2016 “For Love of the Sally” concert series will feature:
Saturday Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Prevailing Winds: The musical season will begin with Grand Haven’s premier community ensemble, Prevailing Winds, under the direction of Bob Fullerton. Prevailing Winds is made up of 30-plus local musicians, who have kept up their skills and love playing in a concert band.
Monday, Dec. 12, 5-6 p.m., Strings Attached: The Grand Haven-area group features several musicians playing ukulele, banjo ‘uke’, hammered dulcimer, piano, banjo, bass and fiddle.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5-6 p.m., Joe Hettinga and Andy Frisinger: Hettinga is a part of the Bill Chrysler Studio team and is also a first-call studio musician. Since 2008, he has worked with Strange Arrangement, a progressive/funk/jam/improv rock group from Chicago. Frisinger is a native of Eau Claire, Mich. and comes to Grand Haven via Los Angeles. A first-call saxophonist, he is also a top-flight vocalist. His most recent album is Not Quite Alone.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 5-6 p.m., Two Banjos!!!: Led by regionally acclaimed Grand Rapids banjoists Dave Kadwell and Mike Harig. Also performing are tubaist Bill Ball, trumpeter David Schock and pianist Jim Everhart.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 5-6 p.m., Spring Lake Vocal Ensemble: The Spring Lake Vocal Ensemble will perform in a special two-hour session. The group is under the direction of Robin Kieft, music educator with Spring Lake High School, Middle School and Intermediate School.
Friday, Dec. 16, 5-6 p.m., Huyge/Beavan/Schock: The trio specializes both in smooth, danceable jazz and straight-ahead bop and is composed of Grand Haven trumpeter/flugelhornist David Schock and Grand Rapids pianist Bill Huyge and bassist Jeff Beavan. The group performs regularly at Grand Rapids’ Harmony Hall.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-noon, members of The River Rogues: The River Rogues is an enduring Grand Rapids-based Dixieland group. Members include Jim Everhart, piano; Dave Kadwell, banjo; Paul Keen, tuba; Tom Davis, percussion; Ken Huisman, clarinet, saxes and cornet; David Schock, trumpet; and Dave Wells, trombone. The group performs regularly at Grand Rapids’ Harmony Hall.
Monday, Dec. 19, 5-6 p.m., Kevin Kozel: Guitarist Kevin Kozel is a Grand Haven teacher, clinician and is a member of the band SP3.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 5-6 p.m., Jesse Dunn: Singer, pianist, guitarist and composer Jesse Dunn is a student at Wheaton College. That has not held him back from working as a professional musician with his band, Ivory Mixtape. The group has just released its first album.
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 5-6 p.m., Loren Johnson: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Loren Johnson has released her first album, Sleepsick.
Thursday, Dec. 22, 5-6 p.m., Neil Jacobs: Jacobs is an internationally acclaimed 12-string acoustic guitarist and composer who lives in Spring Lake. Jacobs has traveled worldwide and developed a style that encompasses Gypsy, world, Balkan folk, jazz and fingerstyle playing. Perhaps the best known of his albums, American Gypsy, was nominated for Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards. His latest album, The Peasant Sabbatical, was released last year and was nominated for the Best Solo Guitar Album of the years by Just Plain Folks.
Friday, Dec. 23, 5-6 p.m., Christmas carol singalong with Becca Beebe and friends: Beebe is a pianist and vocalist of area renown. She is an area speech pathologist, has taught music at Walden Green and is a frequent accompanist. Beebe has been performing music at D&W during the Christmas season for the past 14 years and helped to start the “For Love of the Sally” series.
Saturday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-noon, Huyge/Beavan/Schock: The trio will close out the concert series with their second performance.
“These musicians have given their very best for seven years now,” organizer and musician David Schock said. “It’s so generous of them to give their time and talent year after year. This year, we are also featuring new, young talent, too. The motivation for those performing for the first time and those retuning is the same: the spirit of giving and the recognition that The Salvation Army does a world of good for a world in need.”
In addition to hosting a bell ringer at the store’s main entrance during The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, the newly remodeled Grand Haven D&W will also have a second kettle in the café for the duration of the “For Love of the Sally” concert series.
The Grand Haven D&W is located at 1116 Robbins Road.
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