Grand County Blues Society hosts second annual food drive, concert |

Grand County Blues Society hosts second annual food drive, concert

by Cyndi McCoy
Winter Park, Colorado

Blues master Tab Benoit returns to the area to put on a benefit concert and Big Food Drive for the Grand County community.

Tickets are on sale now. With at least two non-perishable or canned good donations, patrons receive discount entry into the blues show. The second annual event takes place a little earlier in the evening than last year so people have more time to come out and enjoy.

Food drive donations will benefit all of the food banks in the county.

“The point is there are people out there that don’t have anything to eat,” said John Catt, Grand County Blues Society founding board member. “People need to know that goes on … Especially during the holidays, it’s important that they remember that.”

He notes there’s a big need in Grand County for food bank donations and last year’s first-ever event was one of the most successful drives the Mountain Family Center had ever seen. The special concert and drive, he said, is just one of the ways Benoit and the Grand County Blues Society are trying to help out.

Benoit, a well-known musician from Louisiana, performs a one-of-a-kind brand of Cajun rock and blues, which he says is a combination of all the music styles he grew up with. With his casual, Southern gentleman approach and unrehearsed, high-energy shows, he has become one of the premiere roots stylists of the century. His increased popularity brings in standing-room-only crowds across the country.

“Tab always creates excitement throughout Smokin’ Moe’s,” Catt said. “The dance floor is always full and usually the dancing overflows into the aisles. If you have never seen Tab live, this is as good a chance as you can get.”

Leroux (David Peters on drums and Leon Medica on bass) will once again join Benoit for the evening performance.

The guitarist said he is always happy to join forces with the Grand County Blues Society. Patrons are encouraged to give what they can, including cash donations for fresh items, and any eating establishment willing to donate gift certificates would be most appreciated. On the Saturday before and the day of the concert, local Girl Scouts are collecting donations at City Market. Additional donation drop-off locations include Rudi’s Deli, Cooper Creek Square, the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, Grand Mountain Bank in Fraser and at Smokin’ Moe’s the night of the show.

The Grand County community has supported Benoit in his efforts to raise awareness about the diminishing wetlands near his hometown and he said it is only fitting to help them back.

“You’ve got to leave part of your mark on the planet while you’re here,” Benoit said. “As a musician I’m able to do some good … everybody should take advantage of that. If you want to change the world, it starts with you.”

Tickets are available at Radio Shack, at the door at Smokin’ Moe’s and through

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