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POVERTY IS REAL. MORE THAN 46 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN POVERTY. BUT THERE’S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP.

Lenz Presents June 20-22 event to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry;

Last year’s event raised $14,500 for DCM

The fourth annual Amplify Decatur concert series — previously called the Poverty Is Real concert series — will feature a performance by Nashville-based indie rock sensation Those Darlins; an Interactive Kids’ Show with “Pete the Cat” author Eric Litwin and The Learning Groove; and a Bruce Springsteen celebration. The June 20-22 event will be held at Eddie’s Attic and is presented by Lenz.

Amplify Decatur is a weekend-long celebration of Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). For over 40 years, DCM has steadfastly made Decatur and DeKalb County stronger by helping families facing homelessness get back on their feet.  Last year’s event raised $14,500 through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction. This year, Amplify Decatur aims to raise over $20,000.

Currently, the weekend schedule is as follows:

 

 

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 8pm: Jennifer Daniels with Steve Everett, and Marshall Seese. In true Eddie’s Attic fashion, this will be a night of monster songwriters bringing the very best in lyrics and vocals. Tickets at Eddie’sAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2 PM: The Learning Groove with Eric Litwin, Michael Levine, — the #1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four “Pete the Cat” picture books — will perform an Interactive Kids’ Show with Michael Levine and Jennifer Daniels, fellow members of The Learning Groove — a music and movement program that promotes early learning with a focus on developing a child’s music aptitude, motor coordination, social learning skills, and language acquisition. Advance tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults, and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 7 PM: Performance by Five Eight — a four-piece rock band from Athens, GA. The band’s front man, Mike Mantione, has been called, “one of the most passionate, soul-searching songwriters [Athens, GA] has seen since the band’s inception 15 years ago.” Advance tickets are $10 and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 9:45 PM: Performance by Those Darlins — an exciting indie rock sensation out of Nashville. All Music Guide says the group, “deliver[s] thrilling song after thrilling song that’ll have you hyping them to all your rock & roll friends.” Advance tickets are $12 and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 7 PM: “My Hometown,” a Bruce Springsteen celebration, will feature local and regional acts performing mini-sets of Springsteen’s greatest hits. Participating artists include Claire Campbell of Hope for Agoldensummer; Drew Beskin of the District Attorneys; Chris Stalcup; Flint Hill Specials; Nathan Beaver; Rex Hussmann; Kristen Englenz; Mike Killeen; Spencer Smith; and more! Advance tickets are $15 and available at EddiesAttic.com.

Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry alleviates and prevents homelessness in and around Decatur. Their programs include an emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing for families, veterans’ assistance, and emergency relief for families on the verge of losing their homes.   Their work has helped make DeKalb County a better place for over 40 years, and Amplify is honored to celebrate them.  More information is available at DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org.

Based in Decatur, Georgia, Lenz partners with our clients so we can grow together. For more than two decades, Lenz’s specialized expertise has helped our clients reach their goals. We offer the full range of digital and traditional marketing expertise, including brand strategy, advertising, PR, web site development, inbound marketing, and more. Visit us at LenzMarketing.com.

Amplify is a concert series that leverages the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level. Specifically, Amplify selects local-level charities combating poverty on the frontlines and host music concerts to celebrate their work and to raise funds for them. Amplify shows unite communities by inviting local businesses to sponsor the events and by increasing awareness. Most importantly, every dollar raised at Amplify concerts goes directly to the beneficiary. Amplify concerts are produced by Poverty Is Real, is a Decatur, Georgia-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to educate communities about issues of homelessness. Learn more at AmplifyDecatur.org.

Part of the June 20-22 Amplify Decatur concert series to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry

 Eric Litwin — the #1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four “Pete the Cat” picture books — will be performing an Interactive Kids’ Show on June 21 at Eddies Attic with Michael Levine and Jennifer Daniels, fellow members of The Learning Groove — a music and movement program that promotes early learning with a focus on developing a child’s music aptitude, motor coordination, social learning skills, and language acquisition.

The performance will feature playing, singing, reading, and interactive storytelling. Attendees will also get a sneak peek into Eric Litwin’s upcoming children’s series, “The Nuts,” set to release August 2014.

The show will begin at 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults, and available at EddiesAttic.com. Eddies Attic is located at 515-B North McDonough St. on the downtown Decatur Square.

Learn more about The Learning Groove, Eric Litwin, Michael Levine, and Jennifer Daniels at TheLearningGroove.com.

The performance is a part of the fourth annual Amplify Decatur concert series — previously called the Poverty Is Real concert series — June 20-22 benefitting Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). Last year’s Amplify Decatur event raised $14,500 for DCM through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction.

Amplify Decatur will also feature performances by Nashville-based indie rock sensation Those Darlins and Athens-based classic rock band Five Eight, as well as “My Hometown,” a Bruce Springsteen celebration night. Full details about the Amplify Decatur concert series is at AmplifyMyCommunity.org.

Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry alleviates and prevents homelessness in and around Decatur. Their programs include an emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing for families, veterans’ assistance, and emergency relief for families on the verge of losing their homes. Their work has helped make DeKalb County a better place for over 40 years, and Amplify is honored to celebrate them.  More information is available at DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org.

Amplify is a concert series that leverages the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level. Specifically, Amplify selects local-level charities combating poverty on the frontlines and host music concerts to celebrate their work and to raise funds for them. Amplify shows unite communities by inviting local businesses to sponsor the events and by increasing awareness. Most importantly, every dollar raised at Amplify concerts goes directly to the beneficiary. Amplify concerts are produced by Poverty Is Real, a Decatur, Georgia-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to educate communities about issues of homelessness. Learn more at AmplifyMyCommunity.org.

 

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Charlotte’s Beneficiary

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Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

urlThe Urban Ministry Center opened its doors in December 1994 as a partnership of uptown congregations and businesses to address the needs of the poor and homeless with compassion and tangible help.  Founding partners include: Bank of America, First Union, Duke Power, Bell South, TransAmerica, Knight Foundation, Mecklenburg County and Uptown Development Corporation, St. Peter’s Episcopal, St. Peter’s Catholic, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian. Our original home was in the old train station building on North Tryon St.  The Soup Kitchen founded by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 1979 relocated to this building. In 2006, we expanded services and moved into our new building, located directly across from the old train station.

Urban Ministry Center

The Urban Ministry Center serves as a point of entry to services offered by a network of agencies that work closely to provide necessary opportunities for the homeless population. We are an interfaith agency drawing support and volunteers from more than 130 congregations.
The Urban Ministry Center is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit and is funded by donations from private individuals, congregations, corporations and foundations. We receive no United Way funding. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
The Urban Ministry Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time.
The Urban Ministry Center Values:
  • Respect: We believe each life has dignity. We are all God’s children.
  • Compassion: We show our compassion in our ministries of presence.
  • Personal attention: We treat people as individuals with unique concerns.
  • Empowerment: We assist our neighbors so they can move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Hope: We believe that God doesn’t give up on us and we don’t give up on one another.
  • Community: Our programs are designed to engage people and build trusting relationships.
  • We understand that rich and poor have much to share with each other.

Charlotte Featured Artists

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School of Rock Charlotte

School of Rock Charlotte

For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Founded as a single school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1998, School of Rock has become a growing international franchise, operating 69 schools in the US and Mexico.

School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.

To date the students of School of Rock have played thousands of concerts, to more than 100,000 people, at such legendary venues as CBGB’s, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square. They have also had the great fortune to be able to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.

Dead End Parking

DeadEnd ParkingDead End Parking is a funk-fusion-jam quartet based out of Charlotte, NC. Their songs are eclectic and span several genres, but the foundation of this band is groove.

The rhythm section of Micah Davidson on bass and Daniel Flynn on drums ensures the groove is felt by everyone with a ticket stub.

Striving to keep every show different, Dead End Parking thrives on musical risk-taking, and looks forward to the unknown on stage. Tony Eltora’s guitar playing transitions seamlessly from melodic-jazz to good ole’ fashioned rock & roll right before your ears, while Nathan Carter adds to the sonic experience with vintage, and synthesized keyboard sounds.

North Carolina is home for this band, as they’ve played from the Smokey’s to the Atlantic, and several cities in between. A little over two years old, Dead End Parking continues to grow musically and professionally, and as always, is committed to the groove.

Little District

Little District

Little District formed in Charlotte in 2007. They write good old-fashioned Americana, blending country twang, folk style-storytelling and rock and roll attitude.

Lead singer-songwriter Eric Lockwood leads his group of friends as they blend electric rock and roll, folk-style storytelling and good old country twang.

Yaddatu

Yaddatu

A unique, dynamic, and in your face (but respectful of your boundaries) rock quartet from Lenoir, NC. Yaddatu will capture your heart, melt your face and occasionally creep you out.

Yaddatu is the culmination of acoustic rhythms, electric themes, soulful grooves and a pounding pulse. Stylistically each member brings something different to the table, forming a musical concoction unlike any other. Their unique rhythms and unconventional melodies combine to excite and intrigue, all while creating a sense of familiarity.

Toleman Randall

Toleman RandallToleman Randall is an indie rock band from Charlotte NC fronted by guitarist and songwriter Grant Funderburk, formerly of Sea of Cortez, Jon Lindsay, Raised by Wolves and The Houstons.
Toleman Randall was born out of the rich pool of young musicians living in Cotswold in the early 1990’s. Grant Funderburk, original member and current songwriter and guitarist, revived the name in 2012.
In its present form, Toleman Randall harnesses the musical talents and experiences of its members to produce their own brand of indie rock. Grant’s songs rise to scientific subjects like cosmic forces and return to more earthly themes including love, loss, and relationships. Funderburk expresses these concepts in original songs with influences from Mark Knopfler, J.J. Cale, and David Gilmour, to name a few.
Grant, Kyle Dussault Carinelli on keyboards, John Licare on bass, and Charlie Heard on drums have collectiv been members in other noteworthy Queen City bands such as Sea of Cortez, Raised by Wolves, Abe Reid and The Spikedrivers, The Noises Ten, The Houstons, and The Virginia Reel.

Reeve Coobs

Reeve CoobsReeve Marie Coobs was born on September 10, 1983 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her father Jack was a luthier, which helped create a guitar-rich environment in which young Reeve began to thrive musically. Her mother Caydea shared her love of diverse music by introducing Reeve to Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan. They both turned her onto The Beatles and other classic groups at a very young age. They even brought her to see one of her favorite acts, Peter, Paul & Mary when she was around 6. She started singing around the age of three and performing on stage a few years later. Her first instrument was piano, and she began taking lessons at age 8. Her interest in songwriting was inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel. Reeve wrote her first song at age 16 after her father built her a guitar.

Reeve has opened for David Bromberg, Tyler Hilton, Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Mallonee, Lucy Kaplansky, Bess Rogers, Catherine Feeny, Lelia Broussard, Devon Sproule, Anais Mitchell, and many other notable artists. After the rain forced the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 race to postpone Reeve was asked to fill in and sing The National Anthem.  “That day was the most terrifying and amazing days of my life.  Singing in front of 167,000 people almost made me not do it, but I’m so glad I did because hearing and feeling 167,000 people applaud after you sing is something that I will never forget.”

 

and more to come!

Charlotte Schedule of Events

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