The concerts raise funds for the efforts of The Salvation Army in the Tri-Cities area. Music lovers and Salvation Army supporters donated more than $2,000 during last year’s series.
The series will begin with the Prevailing Winds Community Band, under the direction of Bob Fullerton, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 17.
Other performances are:
— Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Becca Beebe (piano) and Friends
— Thursday, Dec. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Neil Jacobs (12-string acoustic guitar)
— Friday, Dec. 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to noon: Members of The River Rogues (Dixieland)
All concerts are in the store’s café area.
“D&W continues to offer bell-ringers into the store and out of the cold,” said the concert series organizer, David Schock of Grand Haven. “And they’ve welcomed us, too, in what we hope is an appropriate celebration of Christmas.”
Schock and Beebe have played at the grocery store for more than a decade during the Christmas seasons — but last year marked the first time that there was an expanded schedule of other performers, and a title for the series.
Not all the music will be carols, said Schock, but there should be plenty.
“There will be lots of joyful sounds, seasonal and otherwise,” he said.
The Prevailing Winds Community Band is made up of 30-plus local musicians; mostly adults who have kept up their skills and who love concert bands. Becca Beebe is an area music teacher and performer. Neil Jacobs is an acclaimed composer and performer who lives in Spring Lake. The River Rogues are a Grand Rapids-based Dixieland group.
In addition to the ringer and Salvation Army Red Kettle at the main entrance of the store, there will be an extra Red Kettle in the cafeteria.