CLINE: Music Barn event to benefit Family Promise

Todd Cline

Todd Cline

Poverty is Real is a nonprofit organization whose name gets right to the point. The Decatur-based group uses music and concerts as a way to raise money to fight poverty in local communities. In Everett's Music Barn, the organization has found the perfect musical partner to raise funds for Family Promise of Gwinnett.

The event, sponsord by GoWaiter.com, takes place this Friday and Saturday in Suwanee, with a jazz concert the first night followed by a full slate on Saturday -- music and a cookout during the day followed by a traditional evening of bluegrass music. In addition to the tunes, there will be silent auction and other ways to donate to the cause.

It's the perfect marriage of music and fundraising.

"We are thrilled to partner with Poverty is Real, support Family Promise and continue the Barn's longstanding tradition as an important part of the community," said Jennifer Falk, one of the owners of Everett's Music Barn.

For those not aware of Family Promise, it is a group that uses local congregations to help fight homelessness. The group provides training mentors, organizes local churches to help provide transitional shelter, meals and support services and also helps families search for adequate low-income housing as they transition back into having their own homes. It is the type of community-based nonprofit that Poverty is Real supports.

That support is given through music. Which makes Everett's Music Barn a natural staging point. The venue is home to some of the best touring bluegrass groups in the nation, and this weekend there will be a little bit of everything as the barn stays busy from Friday night through Saturday evening.

Friday is "Jazz at the Barn" night and features the Bonaventure Quartet, beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic. The suggested donation is $10 per person.

On Saturday, a variety of groups will play, going from noon to 6 p.m., and there will be a moonwalk, a magician and a temporary tattoo artist in addition to the music. Then the evening festivities begin at 7 p.m. with bluegrass music performed by Bluegrass Sound Band, the Everett Family Band and Banjolicious. The suggested donation for the evening session is $15, and all proceeds from the two-day event go to Family Promise.

It's a neat way to support a local charity and also experience one of Gwinnett's hidden (to folks outside of Suwanee) gems. A win-win situation if ever there was one.

Email Todd Cline at todd.cline@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Wednesdays.