Hamilton band plans benefit concert

Same Blood Folk raising money for Hamilton Community Chest

Hamilton's hometown folk/rock band, Same Blood Folk, will be performing a concert at the Palace Theater in Hamilton at 8 p.m. Friday Nov. 27. The up-and-coming four-piece band is donating the proceeds of ticket sales to the Hamilton Community Chest, a fund that contributed to nearly 30 local non-profit organizations with about $45,000 last year. They're also collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the Hamilton Food Cupboard.

"We want to do something for the community that has supported us through the past two and a half years," said Jenny Collins, bassist and singer for the band. "We all have strong ties to Hamilton and want to encourage other young people to recognize the importance of support within a community."

The evening concert will feature the band's original music and innovative covers of songs by musicians they admire. Admission is limited to those 18 years and older, and will feature a full bar with beer, wine and liquor.

The band is no stranger to charitable giving. Two previous benefit concerts were performed by members of Same Blood Folk at the Hamilton Theater in 2006 and 2007, with funds donated to the American Cancer Society and Upstate Cerebral Palsy's Music Program. Guitarist and singer Zachary Collins remembers the first concert, while he was with Jerry's Kids, a band that also included James White (former drummer for Same Blood Folk), Jared Dart, and Marc Colletti.

"Our very first opportunity to collect money through our music for the Cancer Society meant so much," said Collins, "we were left with such a good feeling that not only did people enjoy listening to us but they were doing good for others at the same time."

Drummer Brendan O'Connor has his own ties to Hamilton, as a Colgate alumnus who graduated earlier this year. The newest member of the band, Colin Nevison, who plays keyboards, an antique accordion, and harmonica, is a lifelong Hamiltonian.

Ruth Ann Loveless, president of the Hamilton Community Chest, admires the band's desire to collect money for a good cause.

"We are thrilled that Same Blood Folk is generously donating the proceeds of their concert to the Hamilton Community Chest," said Loveless. "They set a wonderful example by demonstrating the importance of "giving back" in such a meaningful way." To purchase tickets or find out more about the show, call 750-0803 or email sami@samebloodfolk.com.

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