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Holiday concerts return to D&W

• Dec 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM

For the eighth year, a wide variety of local and regional musicians will perform in the “For Love of the Sally” concert series at Grand Haven’s D&W Fresh Market.

The concerts help raise funds for the efforts of The Salvation Army in the Tri-Cities. Last year, area music lovers and supporters of The Salvation Army donated more than $4,000 during the concert series.

The concerts this year come from many returning performers and several new acts. They are:

— Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to noon: Prevailing Winds. The season will begin again this year with Grand Haven’s premier community ensemble, under the direction of Bob Fullerton. Prevailing Winds is made up of 30-plus local musicians, mostly adults who have kept up their skills and who love playing in a concert band. 

— Monday, Dec. 11, 5-6 p.m.: The West Michigan Banjo Club. The club is composed of local musicians who play a variety of instruments, not just banjos. There also are vocalists. The club is dedicated to historical, old-time songs, but will mix in contemporary and Christmas songs. 

— Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5-6 p.m.: Guitarist Kevin Kozel. Kozel is a Grand Haven teacher, clinician and audio engineer. He spent three years on the road with Death By Dancing and has shared the stage with such bands as Seether, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Mindless Self Indulgence and Finger Eleven. He is currently touring with The Scott Pellegrom Trio. 

— Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5-6 p.m.: Silverado. Silverado plays music ranging from country standards to early rock ’n’ roll, along with polkas, waltzes and line dances. Three musicians comprise Silverado: Woody Woodrum, steel guitar and lead guitar; Cheryl Cook, rhythm guitar and vocals; and Tom Bourne, bass guitar, drums and vocals. Collectively, they have more than a century of musical experience. 

— Thursday, Dec. 14, 5-6 p.m.: Steel Doin’ It. The group of Trinidadian steel pan players was born in 2002 from a community education class taught by Glen Miller at Spring Lake High School. The group of nine is composed of Grand Haven and Spring Lake residents. Sharon Rathbun, Rebecca Kaufman, Scott Klempel, Karen Cotton, Cindy Krause, Ambre Slater and Diane Veneklasen play the steel drums. Setting the beat and playing the "toys" are Kevin Schmucker and Kelly Parker. 

— Friday, Dec. 15, 5-6 p.m.: Guitarist Neil Jacobs. Jacobs is an internationally acclaimed 12-string acoustic guitarist and composer who lives in Spring Lake. He has traveled worldwide and developed a style that encompasses Gypsy, world, Balkan folk, jazz and fingerstyle playing. Perhaps the best known of his albums, “American Gypsy,” was nominated for Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards. His latest album, “The Peasant Sabbatical,” was released last year and was nominated for the Best Solo Guitar Album of the Year by Just Plain Folks. 

— Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to noon: Members of The River Rogues. The River Rogues is an enduring Grand Rapids-based Dixieland group. Members include Jim Everhart, piano; Dave Kadwell, banjo; Paul Keen, tuba; Tom Davis, percussion; Ken Huisman, clarinet, saxes and cornet; David Schock, trumpet; and Dave Wells, trombone. The group performs regularly at Grand Rapids’ Harmony Hall. 

— Monday, Dec. 18, 5-6 p.m.: Singer Loren Johnson. This local singer, songwriter, guitarist has released her first album, “Sleepsick.”

— Tuesday, Dec. 19, 5-6 p.m.: Two Banjos, led by regionally acclaimed Grand Rapids banjoists Dave Kadwell and Mike Harig. Also performing is tubaist Paul Keen. 

— Wednesday, Dec. 20, 5-6 p.m.: The Carl Webb Band. The band has been together for 13 years. It is made up of songwriter, vocalist, guitarist Carl Webb; Tom Hull, vocals and bass guitar; Bill DeMarse, harmony vocals, drums and percussion; and perhaps either John Jennings or Dan Giacobossi on saxophone. 

— Thursday, Dec. 21, 5-6 p.m.: Christmas Carol Sing with pianist Becca Beebe and violist Jennifer Alman. This will be Alman’s second year, but Beebe has been performing music at D&W during the Christmas season for the past 14 years and helped start the series. 

— Friday, Dec. 22, 5-6 p.m.: Chris Hicks. Muskegon blues guitar legend Chris Hicks has performed, recorded and traveled to Italy with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Betty Joplin. His own Rick Hicks Band has been the opening act for Spyra Gyra, Gladys Knight, Bobby Blue Bland, Gap Band, James Brown, Kool & the Gang, The Spinners, Frankie Beverly & Maze, the Isley Brothers and L.L. Cool J.

— Saturday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to noon: Huyge/Beavan/Schock/Davis. This quartet specializes in smooth, danceable jazz and straight-ahead bop, and is composed of Grand Haven trumpeter/flugelhornist David Schock and Grand Rapids musicians pianist Bill Huyge, bassist Jeff Beavan and drummer Tom Davis. The group performs regularly at Grand Rapids’ Harmony Hall. 

All proceeds go to The Salvation Army and all concerts are in the store’s café area. In addition to the ringer and kettle at the main entrance of the store, there will be an extra kettle in the cafeteria. 

The Grand Haven D&W Fresh Market is at 1116 Robbins Road.

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