Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 27, 2009

Bands are unplugging for a cause

Concert Saturday will benefit Father Fred Foundation

By Jodee Taylor

TRAVERSE CITY -- Adam Morrissey know trigonometry, college applications and how to wring the most out of a dollar.

But organizing a fundraising concert is one of the toughest things he's ever done.

"We've been working on this a very, very long time," he said.

He's in the final stretches. The concert is Saturday at the Warehouse Lounge in Traverse City's Warehouse District. Seven bands have donated their time. Shayne and Sandy Daly, owners of Cuppa Joe and the Warehouse Lounge, have donated the space. All proceeds will go to the Father Fred Foundation.

"Use of the Father Fred Foundation has doubled in the past two years," said Kathryn Carpenter, another of the event's organizers. "Food bank use alone is up 57 percent" from a year ago.

The concert is billed as an Acoustic Music Event and even some metal bands have agreed to unplug, Morrissey, 31, said.

The lineup includes Bomb The Moon, Nesta the LP Player and C-Note, the Fundubmentals, The Chem Trail Kids, Les Dagliesh, Timmy in the Well and Skylar from Dead Meat.

Admission is $10; the show runs from 6 p.m. to midnight.

All the bands are local, Morrissey said, and will be familiar to people who have frequented Jacob's Well and other venues that showcase local music. Andy MacTavish, one of the coordinators at Jacob's Well, helped Morrissey with organizing Saturday's concert. They met during a summertime trig class at Northwestern Michigan College, where Morrissey will wrap up his associate's degree in business this spring.

MacTavish helped with contacts and a location, Morrissey said.

"He's a dude and a half," Morrissey said.

Tickets for the show will be available at the door; for more information, call Morrissey at 499-7868.