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USA/MI: Marquette Does It Again with Flat Broke Blues Band

On March 24, starting at 8pm, Upfront and Company in Marquette, Michigan, USA, will host the Flat Broke Blues Band, Nick and Chris, and others in a benefit concert for One World Beat. Last year, Marquette was also the scene of a lively week of activities, culminating in a concert, all of which raised awareness about HIV/AIDS and funds for "Keep A Child Alive", our 2004 designated charity.
This year, the concert will take place at a nightclub which serves food and drink, in addition to showcasing the musical talents of a wide range of bands, among them OWB 2004 indie-rockers Munbut and Ignorant Mob, blues and jazz groups, and the Chicago Afrobeat Project, nominated as one of Chicago's best African groups ( . The OWB 2005 concert will feature Flat Broke Blues Band as the headliner in an evening of great music, a raffle of items donated by local businesses, and guest speakers, including Marquette's OWB 2004 main organizer, Dr. Louise Bourgault of Northern Michigan University, an expert in global communications and HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Bourgault has a special interest in the use of arts to address HIV/AIDS, and has written a recent book on the subject, entitled "Playing for Life: Performance in Africa in the Age of AIDS". (see the 2004 event)

Flat Broke Blues Band, called "one of the region's most promising", has been playing clubs, festivals, and concerts for over a decade. The five member group includes guitarist/vocalist Walt Lindala and Mike Letts, bassist-vocalist Matt Johnson, drummer Jim Cohen, and lead vocalist-harmonica player Lorrie Hays. Blues, rock, soul, and R&B are among their influences, blended into a sound which intermixes tradition and new directions. They've shared a stage with music greats Koko Taylor and Shemekia Copeland, and their latest CD, "Worth the Weight", features 10 original pieces among its 12 tracks, guaranteed to "rock your socks", as one reviewer exclaimed. "An intriguing blend of the subtle and swashbuckling, with every note designed to move your spirit", wrote Tom Hyslop of Blues Review Magazine.

Nick and Chris, a guitar duo, will also be featured, and other bands are expected to perform too for this charity benefit which is fast becoming an annual event not to be missed (much to our delight!).

See the event details...



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Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive
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Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive