Tuesday, November 01, 2005

2nd Annual Mound City Music Fest

Mound City Music Fest to benefit Music Maker’s New Orleans Musicians Fund, St. Louis’ South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children, and two additional St. Louis-based charities

Son Volt, Patterson Hood, Vic Chesnutt and Joe Pernice to perform

Jay Farrar, St. Louis resident and founder of both Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, will unite musicians from across the country for an evening of performances in support of Music Maker’s New Orleans Musicians Fund and St. Louis’ South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children (SCOSCAG). The second annual Mound City Music Fest, a special night of music, will be presented by KDHX FM 88.1 and PLAYBACK:stl at The Pageant in St. Louis on Saturday, December 10, 2005.

This year’s event features Son Volt, Patterson Hood (of the Drive By Truckers), Vic Chesnutt and Joe Pernice. Tickets for the event will go on sale November 4 and are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the show will begin at 6:45 pm. Tickets will be available at The Pageant box office and through Ticketmaster. This is an all ages event.

A special limited-edition poster is being designed for this event by Eric Woods of Firecracker Press in St. Louis. The posters will be signed by all musicians on December 10 and in an effort to raise more money for the causes, they will be sold via Jay Farrar/Son Volt website for $50 each. In addition to the Music Maker and SCOSAG funds, poster proceeds will also benefit St. Stephen's Early Childhood Development Program and Friends of Carondelet Park. St. Stephen’s is a preschool and safe haven for children with allergies and asthma--the only allergen-free center in the St. Louis area. A portion of sales from the posters will benefit their tuition program for low-income families. Friends of Carondelet Park is a St. Louis organization dedicated to restoring the 179-acre city park established in 1876. Funds raised by FoCP support needed improvements such as walking paths, landscaping projects with native Missouri species, and special community events in this historic city park.

Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern musical traditions gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. Today, many such musicians are living in extreme poverty and need food, shelter, medical care, and other assistance. As an extension of the Music Maker Foundation, a Hurricane Katrina relief fund has been set up to make grants available for basic living expenses such as gasoline, food, rent, clothing and instrument replacement. The Programs Coordinator will help artists connect with FEMA, the Red Cross, Social Services and Music Cares as well as passport replacement, finding performance opportunities and relocation expenses. www.musicmaker.org

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