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ANN ARBOR – For the past four years the diverse and talented men and women that make up Ann Arbor’s music scene have formed an army to make music for peace.
This year’s Concert for Peace will be Monday, Dec. 19 at The Ark. The concert is a benefit for Michigan Peaceworks, a grassroots organization dedicated to peace, democracy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
Over 16 of Ann Arbor’s finest will grace the stage during The Concert for Peace. Featured performers include Whit Hill & the Postcards, a group that formed in 2001 “as a response to the sorry lack of quality beatnik-tinged country music in the greater Detroit area.”
The Hummingbirds, a.k.a. Detroit Music Award winner Stephen Grant Wood and singer/songwriter Rachel Lynn, will add their “telecaster twang and sweet sugar harmonies” to the mix. Wood and Lynn first teamed up in 2002 to write “good old country songs” and they’ve been doing just that and performing as an Òelectro-cousticÓ duo ever since.
The songs of Detroit native and peace concert performer Chris Buhalis have been called “beautiful, effortless Americana as honest and gently insightful as any you’ve heard,” by Current Magazine.
Other performers include Annie and Rod Capps who just released their latest album, “One Big Show,” in August. The Ann Arbor Observer called Annie “heir to the long history of folk music as a medium for social commentary. At the same time, she is clearly a folksinger for the 21st century, using her art to explore the psychology of the individual to engage in a little fret therapy.”
Also playing for peace will be Mustard’s Retreat. David Tamulevich and Michael Hough have been playing American folk together as Mustard’s Retreat for 31 years.
Other performers include FUBAR, Hullabaloo, LaRon Williams, Phillis & The Left Sidemen, Tony Morgan, Paul’s Big Radio, Dick Siegel, Jo Serrapere, Jay Stielstra, Annie Gallup and Dave Boutette.
The Fourth Annual Concert for Peace is sponsored by Kayu & Ethnic Creations Store, Seva Restaurant, Arbor Brewing Company, Fourth Ave. Birkenstock, Yoga Focus, Signs in One Day, Adrian’s T-Shirts, and Millennium Club/Cavern Club.