Wonder what our show is all about? Here’s a sampler to whet your appetite for our grassroots effort to present live music and humor for a good cause. So far, it’s working out pretty well. $67,000 in donations can’t be wrong.
Award-winning Will Read and Sing For Food (WRASFF) will perform a public benefit show for Tri Kappa’s Clothe The Children program Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m., at Sultan’s Run Golf Course. The show, a unique mix of live music and humor essays, will include Abbie Rumbach, Kyle Lueken, Bethany Boeglin, Scott Saalman and guest musician Vesper Days, a singer-songwriter from Newburgh. Jasper High School student Willy Krosnyak, second-place winner in WRASFF’s 2016 humor writing contest, will also read his essay. This will also be the first WRASFF show to feature dance. Graciela Perrone will perform two Flamenco dance pieces. Perrone, a painter, singer and dancer, emigrated to the United States from Uruguay and now lives in Jasper. Perrone taught and danced in the ballet for several years and has studied flamenco in Spain with Juan Parra. She has been performing and exhibiting her artwork in places such as Caffé Classico; Jazz Factory; with the Louisville Orchestra; Western University in Kentucky; University of Louisville; San Diego Symphony; Louisville and Cincinnati Opera, Conrad Hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay; the Consulate of Uruguay in Chicago, representing her country. She has been touring with her dance and artwork with Tim Rise (saxophonist of the Rolling Stones) and his Rolling Stones Project in Louisville, Chicago, Ann Arbor, New York City, and Philadelphia. She performed with Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, in Lexington, Kentucky. She has songs from her album Graciela in two movies, Keep Your Distance, directed by Stu Pollard and Higher Ground, a mountain Culture film. WRASFF received the 2016 Project Award presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Since Oct. 2011, the show has raised $67,000 for various local charities via the generosity of its audiences. Admission: $10 donation to Tri Kappa’s Clothe The Children fund. Cash Bar.
Sally Saalman-Mosby, who was involved in what the New York Times described as “one of the worst days in the history of women in the American military” following a deadly ambush in Fallujah, will talk about her experience during a special Will Read and Sing for Food Show at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern), Thursday, June 16 at Ferdinand American Legion.
The June 23, 2005, wartime tragedy left three women soldiers dead. Three male marines, including two who provided security for the cargo truck, were also killed. Mosby, of Tell City, a corporal, and six other women were flown to a burn center in Texas, where even morphine, she said, could not kill the pain of having their charred skin scrubbed off.
To learn more about what happened, visit http://www.marine-corps-news.com/2006/05/the_wars_deadliest_day_for_us.htm
WRASFF Show #87 will also include special guest singer-songwriter Daniel Market, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Market, an Indiana native, spent most of his 20s and 30s playing shows in the Midwest and on the East Coast. In the 1980s, he moved to Nashville and while playing venues such as the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner Cafe, The Sutler and others, he earned a master’s degree in microbiology from Vanderbilt University.
Market, who has performed in two other WRASFF shows this year, will be signing and selling his CDS, including his 2016 release, “Almost Alive From Sunset Beach.”
The show will also include WRASFF players Debbie Schuetter, The Gatwoods Jason McCoy and Jeff Crandall. Humor essayists are Scott Saalman and Jasper High School English teacher Brooke Keusch.
The 90-minute show is a mix of live music and comedy—and enlightenment with the addition of Mosby.
To date, WRASFF has raised, through the generosity of its audiences, $66,265 for two dozen causes and charities.
Admission: $10 or more donation for Community Food Bank.