Local musicians perform for charity
This Saturday, Static Network will bring six local acoustic performers to Paychecks Lounge for the annual Home for the Holidaze Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive. The event, which collects donations for local nonprofits, celebrates its 12th anniversary this year.
"Twelve years ago, I wanted to showcase some of the city's finest songwriters in an acoustic show and have them sing a holiday song or two," says Sue Static, the event's founder. "And since it was the holiday season, I thought it would be good to help out those in need as well."
This year's musical palette ranges from folk-pop to Americana, and performers include perennial favorites Patrick Davy, Emily Rose and Matt Dmits. Up-and-coming musicians Michelle Held, Mike Galbraith, and Poor Richard's Almanac round out the line-up.
While patrons take refuge from the cold to enjoy some great local music, their generous support of the event will also help keep Detroit's less fortunate warm.
"I look for smaller charities that are not well known yet and run by individuals who take money from their own pockets and take the time to help people or animals," says Static. "One of the charities that we have been helping out the past few years is Outcry Youth & Street Ministries, which has delivered food and clothes to the homeless in the downtown area for the past 30 years, yet few people know about it and all the great work it does."
Home for the Holidaze will add two more charities to its roster this year. Congregation of Every 1, founded by local artist and philanthropist Jeff Hocking, collects and distributes donations for homeless shelters, shelters for abused women and children, and animal rescue groups throughout Michigan. Hater Kitty Rescue Army is a local group which cares for strays, gives them health checks, and helps them find homes.
Donations will be collected at the door, and patrons who bring goods will receive one dollar off the $6 cover. Canned, nonperishable food items will be accepted, as well as winter clothes and blankets. Static says dry and canned dog and cat food is also very much needed this year.
Steven Sonoras is an Ypsilanti-based freelance writer.
Home for the Holidaze Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive
9 p.m. Saturday
2932 Caniff, Hamtramck