Festival to benefit Mississippi congregation
Contributed Pictured is the Valley Wind Ensemble in its entirety. The will be one of the performing groups inupcoming Hurricane Music Festival.

The Hurricane Music Festival is to be a celebration of local musicianship and it’s all for a great cause.

Organizer and musician Michael Roberts has put together an exciting lineup of local jazz and rock groups to perform at a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Family Center of the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in Ballard.

Featured acts include the Valley Wind Ensemble sponsored by Arts Outreach and led by Sharon Jesky, with Mellonie Irvine providing vocals, local rock ‘n’ rollers the Grasshoppers, the pop/jazz group Remnant featuring Alan Satchwell, guitarist Steve Ochoa with the Usual Suspects, and the the Valley Quintet with Bear Erickson, playing Jazz.

All of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the congregation of the Pineville Presbyterian Church in Pass Christian, Miss. As a result of Hurricane Katrina, their historic church was damaged, as were the homes of the congregation members and pastor.

The Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church is putting together a team to go the area and assist with clean up, reconstruction and repairs, as well as provide materials. The donations from this concert will be a significant step forward in supporting this effort that is already under way.

Tickets for the Harvest Music Festival will be available at the Roasted Bean in Santa Ynez, the Book Loft in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Coffee Co. in Solvang.

Tickets are available for a $20 donation. All of the musicians, organizers and technical staff are donating their time so that all of the proceeds can go directly to the beneficiaries.

This concert is being promoted as an evolving Outreach of Ministry through the Performing Arts underway at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church. Worship director Alan Satchwell, besides leading the Sunday choir and worship bands, has performed locally with his band Remnant and been featured in the Arts Outreach production of The Music Man, and the recent adaptation of the “Wind in the Willows” stories, “Toad Hall.”

As an actor and musician, Satchwell sees the opportunity to provide an outlet through the church for development of the performing arts in the area.

“One of the things that is lacking in the Valley for the performing arts is a really good indoor facility that can stage a musical as well as concerts and dance performances,” said Satchwell. “Our Family Center has some of the elements necessary to become a very usable performance facility and we are making technical improvements to complete the room. For those that attended the Jimmy Messina and Kenny Loggins concert last year, sponsored by Arts Outreach, you were able to see how well this facility can perform for a musical presentation. We have been upgrading the sound system and installing theatrical lighting to make it even better over the past year“.

Further planned improvements include the installation of theater curtains, backstage lighting and completion of the lighting and projection control booth, according to Satchwell.

“The Hurrican Music Festival will be a great opportunity for us to showcase some great local musicians in our facility and be a benefit to a great cause“, said Satchwell. “We look for this to be just one in a series of musical and performing arts events.“

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