The concerts are to raise funds for the efforts of The Salvation Army in the Tri-Cities area. Area music lovers and supporters donated more than $2,000 during last year’s concerts the store.
“These musicians have given their very best for seven years now,” said organizer and musician David Schock. “It’s so generous of them to give their time and talent year after year. We have new, young talent, too, up and coming. The motivation for those performing for the first time and those returning is the same — the spirit of giving and the recognition that The Salvation Army does a world of good for a world in need.”
Saturday Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to noon:
The musical season begins 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 have kept up their skills and who love playing in a concert band.
Monday, Dec. 12, 5-6 p.m.:
Strings Attached — This Grand Haven-area group will feature several musicians playing ukulele, banjo “uke,” hammered dulcimer, piano, banjo, bass and fiddle.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5-6 p.m.:
Pianist Joe Hettinga and Andy Frisinger — Hettinga is a part of the Bill Chrysler Studio team who also is a first-call studio musician. He has worked with Strange Arrangement, a progressive/funk/jam/improv rock group from Chicago, since 2008. Frisinger is a native of Eau Claire and comes to Grand Haven via Los Angeles. He is a first-call saxophonist and top-flight vocalist. His most recent album is “Not Quite Alone.”
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 5-6 p.m.:
Two Banjos — Led by regionally acclaimed Grand Rapids banjoists Dave Kadwell and Mike Harig. Also performing are tubaist Bill Ball, trumpeter David Schock and pianist Jim Everhart.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 5-6 p.m.:
Spring Lake Vocal Ensemble will perform in a special two-hour session. The group is under the direction of Robin Kieft, music educator for Spring Lake Public Schools.
Friday, Dec. 16, 5-6 p.m.:
Huyge/Beavan/Schock — This trio 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 and bassist Jeff Beavan. The group performs regularly at Grand Rapids’ Harmony Hall.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 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 also performs regularly at Harmony Hall.
Monday, Dec. 19, 5-6 p.m.:
Guitarist Kevin Kozel is a Grand Haven teacher, clinician and a member of the band SP3.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 5-6 p.m.:
Jesse Dunn — Singer, pianist, guitarist composer Jesse Dunn is a student at Wheaton College. That has not held him back from working as a professional musician with his band, Ivory Mixtape. The group has just released its first album.
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 5-6 p.m.:
Loren Johnson — Singer, songwriter, guitarist Loren Johnson has released her first album, “Sleepsick.”
Thursday, Dec. 22, 5-6 p.m.:
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.
Friday, Dec. 23, 5-6 p.m.:
Christmas Carol Sing with Becca Beebe and Friends — Beebe is a pianist and vocalist, an area speech pathologist, has taught music at Walden Green Montessori School, and is a frequent accompanist. She has been performing music at D&W during the Christmas season for the past 14 years and helped to start the series.
Saturday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to noon:
All proceeds from the concerts go to The Salvation Army and all concerts are in the store’s café area, 1116 Robbins Road. In addition to the ringer and kettle at the main entrance of the store, there will be an extra kettle in the cafeteria.
The Salvation Army has been active in Grand Haven since 1922. Its facility is at 310 N. DeSpelder St.