‘Love + Harmony’ concert will benefit Common Fence Music

Allysen Callery, Atwater-Donnelly among the performers at The Casino Theatre Saturday night

Posted 3/22/19

NEWPORT — A special night of music, stories and celebration to benefit Common Fence Music and its acclaimed local concert series is on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Casino …

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‘Love + Harmony’ concert will benefit Common Fence Music

Allysen Callery, Atwater-Donnelly among the performers at The Casino Theatre Saturday night

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NEWPORT — A special night of music, stories and celebration to benefit Common Fence Music and its acclaimed local concert series is on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Casino Theatre @ The International Tennis Hall of Fame, 10 Freebody St., Newport.

The Love + Harmony benefit concert will raise money to help Common Fence Music continue to bring great folk concerts, world music performances and educational programs to Aquidneck Island and the East Bay. Take in the sounds of the best of the local folk music scene, including Allysen Callery, Atwater-Donnelly, Cardboard Ox, Chris Capaldi, Flowers & Rain, John Faraone, Seamus Galligan, Slackwater String Band, Steve Delmonico, The Vox Hunters and more.

Singer-songwriter John Fuzek will emcee the evening.

The venue is fully accessible. Wheelchair orchestra seating is available (call 683-5085). Limited handicapped parking spots are available directly in front of the theater entrance. No outside food or drink is permitted. Beer, wine and other refreshments will be for sale.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $32 at the door, $28 for CFM members and $15 for students (with ID). Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for members and 7 p.m. for the general public. For memberships, tickets and information, visit www.CommonFenceMusic.org.

Since its founding in 1993, Common Fence Music has become famous for its intimate folk and world music concerts, great sound quality and artist-audience interactions. Drawing crowds from across New England, the series has presented everyone from local folkies to internationally-recognized Grammy-winning songwriters and performers throughout its 26 years. Now suffering an incredibly difficult 2018-19 concert season due to renovations at the CFP Hall that have forced them on the road, Common Fence Music is in jeopardy of shutting down for good. The financial toll on the organization could prove fatal should additional support not be administered — and soon.

“In order to keep this going we need support from not only our Common Fence Point family, but the larger Rhode Island music community,” said artistic director Erin Young. “These sensational artists are so generously donating their talents to this event because they believe in Common Fence Music and its place in the Rhode Island music community.”

All proceeds from the Love + Harmony benefit concert will go to securing a future for the organization, starting with a 2019-20 concert season (kicking off Sept. 28) and a return to their beloved CFP Hall. Additionally, there will be opportunities to support the organization through donations, a raffle and prize drawings throughout the evening.

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