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To your health! Concert will support mental health awareness
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Local musicians, the Hometown Heroes will perform Friday to benefit the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundationís efforts to reduce mental illness.
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Local musicians, the Hometown Heroes will perform Friday to benefit the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundationís efforts to reduce mental illness.

Karen Despain
The Daily Courier

"We All Get the Blues," will stimulate awareness of Mental Health Month with music in a concert Friday, May 10, at the Elks Opera House.

Highlight of the performance will be the Hometown Heroes, a group of local musicians that formed in 2012 with the sole purpose of helping nonprofit agencies. The beneficiary of Friday's performance will be the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, $12 and $15 and are available by calling 777-1366 or online at www.elksoperahouse.com.

Hometown Heroes is comprised of Kate Howell on vocals and keyboard, Jake Madlock on acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards and vocals, David Margheim on electric guitar, Larry Lee on keyboards and bass, Jordan Fairless on bass and vocals and Mike Thompson on drums and percussion.

"Crossing genres and generations, this highly seasoned group of musicians performs a wide range of styles with ease - everything from country to rock to jazz and standards and beyond," Howell said.

Friday's concert will feature songs from artists such as U2, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Sugarland, Three Dog Night, Elvis, Beatles, Reba McIntire and the Zac Brown Band, Howell said. The audience can also expect some timeless standards and favorite oldies, as well as music incorporating some family-friendly humor and dialogue, she added.

Fusion Movement of Prescott Valley will also showcase its dancers in the benefit to help the cause.

"I encourage all ages in our community to celebrate mental health awareness by becoming more aware of how you can take an active role in helping your joy by just moving - walking, dancing, tai chi, karate and running - the choice is up to you," Sasha Moreno Naasz, co-owner of Fusion Movement, said.

"Hometown Heroes is not just an ordinary group of musicians," Tina Blake of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic said. "They came together for a cause - a cause to help nonprofits. Now they are coming together to perform for Mental Health Awareness Month and raise money for the WYGC Foundation. Why? Because they believe we all should take action to support our local community's mental well-being for the greater good.

"And, they know there are many individuals from children to seniors in our community who need the financial support of the foundation to help them on the road to better their lives."

Hometown Heroes will contribute money from ticket sales to the WYGC Foundation. Howell invites local charities that would like to raise money to contact Hometown Heroes about performing a benefit concert by contacting hometownheroesaz@yahoo.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Schneider

We visit Prescott occasionally from out of state and happened to get last minute tickets to this show. Wow, best thing we have seen in a long time! A very enjoyable and entertaining evening of music by some professional level talent. We hope to see you again next time we're in town.

Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Article comment by: Amy Warnike

Looking forward to this! I've heard they are really good and put on a great show. And West Yavapai Guidance Clinic is a very valuable asset to the community.

Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Thompson

I have seen this group perform before in the community. They are all excellent musicians and there should be something for everyone to enjoy. Mental health is a worthy cause for all of us in our surrounding community. Beautiful theater, great music and a wonderful cause.

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