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'For Love of the Sally' concerts slated for December

• Nov 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM

For the ninth year, a wide variety of area and regional musicians will perform in a concert series at a local grocery store to benefit The Salvation Army’s Grand Haven corps.

The “For Love of the Sally” series will take place at the D&W Fresh Market store, 1116 Robbins Road, Grand Haven. The concerts are to raise funds for the efforts of The Salvation Army in the Tri-Cities area.

Area music lovers and supporters of The Salvation Army donated more than $2,300 during the December 2017 concert series.

Many of the musical performers — all volunteers who have offered their time and talents — are returning for yet another year of concerts. There also are several new acts.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to noon: Prevailing Winds. The musical season will begin again this year with Grand Haven’s premier community ensemble, Prevailing Winds, under the direction of Bob Fullerton. Prevailing Winds is made up of 30-plus local musicians, mostly adults who either have kept up or refreshed their skills and who love playing in a concert band.

Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: The West Michigan Banjo Club. The club is composed of a group 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. 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Acoustic Oasis. Phil Petersen and Glen Miller, aka Acoustic Oasis, are two guys who love playing music. Inspired by the music of such artists as CSNY, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Jack Johnson, and Ray Lamontagne, they have created a playlist of covers and originals, adding many instruments along the way. Their sound includes six- and 12-string guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, clarinet, and harmonica. They play for special events and private parties throughout West Michigan.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30 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 steel drums. Setting the beat and playing the "toys" are Kevin Schmucker and Kelly Parker.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Kevin Kozel. The guitarist 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. Kozel also tours with The Scott Pellegrom Trio.

Friday, Dec. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Rick Hicks. Muskegon blues guitar legend Hicks has performed, recorded and traveled to Italy with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Betty Joplin. He will be playing solo, but his own Rick Hicks Band has been the opening act for Spyro Gyra, Gladys Knight, Bobby Blue Bland, Gap Band, James Brown, Kool & the Gang, The Spinners, Frankie Beverly & Maze, the Isley Brothers, and even rapper L.L. Cool J.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 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, cornet; and Dave Wells, trombone. The group performs regularly at Grand Rapids’ Harmony Hall.

Monday, Dec. 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: The Frank Eimer Band. Eimer and his group have been around the area since the 1960s. The band plays a mix of rock ’n’ roll, country and blues covers, including tunes from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Members of the band include Eimer, lead guitar; John Jennings, saxophones; Tom Davis, drums; Fred Ploughman, keyboards; and perhaps steel guitarist Rick Barr. And everybody sings. Eimer and Jennings are in the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Two Banjos! Led by regionally acclaimed Grand Rapids banjoists Dave Kadwell and Mike Harig. Also performing is tubaist Paul Keen.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Paul Hebert and Friends. Pianist Hebert was born in southern England. After coming to the States, he joined the Army where he met his wife, Grand Haven native Sarah (George) Hebert. Both served as musicians (she plays oboe) and both ultimately retired from the service. They relocated from Virginia to her hometown of Grand Haven in 2015. This marks his debut in his new hometown.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: The Heritage Hill String Quartet. The group has played as the opening act for the past two summers’ Woodchopper’s Ball. The quartet includes Natalie Hockamier, violin; Ryan Pott, violin; Jennifer Butcher, viola; and Terri VandeVegte, cello.

Friday, Dec. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Christmas Carol Sing with pianist Becca Beebe and violinist/violist Jennifer Butcher. This will be Butcher’s fourth year, but Beebe has been performing music at D&W during the Christmas season for the past 15 or more years and helped to start the series.

Saturday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Huyge/Beavan/Schock/Davis. This quartet specializes both 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.

All proceeds go to The Salvation Army and all concerts are in the store’s café area. Call 616-842-3380 for more information. 

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