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Harvest Moon concert — Omega House fundraiser/Calumet Theatre

October 20, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - A pair of bands and a silent auction will be among the entertainment for the fifth annual concert to benefit the Omega House - the only hospice home in the Upper Peninsula - at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Calumet Theatre.

With all proceeds going to local resident care, "Harvest Moon" will feature several local items up for auction, along with the debut of new music from Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, who are playing after Raven Congress.

"(Some of the items featured) are dinner for two at De la Terre, two bottles of wine from Carrousel Winery and repurposed clothing," Sandy Lewin, director of community and donor relations at the Omega House, said. "We even have a complete bird feeder kit; we have a wide variety of items."

Raven Congress, a local band comprising Mike LaBeau, Mark McEvers, Greg Wright and Scott McIntosh, will take the stage first. The band, which plays a brand of folk-rock, writes their own music and is quite popular locally, according to Lewin.

Closing out the night will be Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, who are touring along with Mike Shimmin on drums and Brennan Andes on bass. The folk duo will be playing music off their new album, "New Flower," which was inspired by a visit to Ethiopia the two made over the summer.

"Folks really enjoy listening to (Seth and May)," Lewin said. "They're just really good."

Bernard and Erlewine, who also got married over the summer, visited Ethiopia as a part of the organization "On the Ground," which helps raise money to build schools in communities that need them. During their time in Ethiopia, the duo played music in the schools, learned songs and dance moves from students as well as traditional scales and melodies from Ethio-jazz musicians.

"New Flower" is based on their experiences and early copies of the album will be offered Saturday. Half of the profits from the album's sales will go to Africa, supporting the communities the couple visited.

Tickets for the benefit are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students with a valid student ID. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information about the concert or the Omega House, call Lewin at 482-4438.



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