Upcoming concert to benefit Katrina evacuees

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Sam Houston’s Music Therapy Organization, Mu Tau Omega, will be hosting a benefit concert for Katrina evacuees on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the Jane Monday Amphitheater. The concert was originally scheduled for last Sat. but was postponed due to Hurricane Rita.

Huntsville Main Street Programs and The Cultural Services of Huntsville will also be contributing to the concert.

The benefit concert is free to the public, but MTO is asking for monetary and gift card donations. All donations will be going straight to Katrina evacuees, and the survivors are asked to attend the concert.

The SHSU Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Trent Hanna, will be the opening act. Next to take the stage will New Orleans’ evacuee Betty Shirley. Shirley is a professional jazz vocalist whose vocals have been called “stunningly beautiful.”

Director of Music Therapy, Karen Miller said, “We wanted to offer a real taste of the music New Orleans is best known for.”

Also playing with Shirley is “Straight Ahead,” a jazz group featuring SHSU guitar instructor Gerald Blakeman.

There will also be food and activities for children. The food will be donated by local businesses.

Miller also added, “The music therapy program at SHSU recognizes the powerful impact of music as a means of expression, a source of encouragement, a catalyst for change and a tool for healing.”

The amphitheater is located at 1212 Ave. M behind City Hall.