ACRES OF MUSIC: The Music of Woodstock concert to benefit the ACRES Project
June 06, 2019 9:00 AM
by Centre County Gazette
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ACRES OF MUSIC: The Music of Woodstock concert to benefit the ACRES Project

STATE COLLEGE — On June 15, seven local bands will present ACRES OF MUSIC: The Music of Woodstock, a benefit concert for The ACRES Project, a local 501(c)3 non-profit supporting adults with autism.

The concert will take place at The State Theater, 130 W. College Ave, State College, at 7 p.m. There will be a 5 p.m. ticketed pre-concert reception at 3 Dots Downtown, 137 E. Beaver Av, State College.

The ACRES Project was founded in 2014 to enrich the lives of individuals with autism, with a particular focus on serving adults over the age of 21. Through a group of dedicated volunteers, interns, and staff, they work to foster community, independence, self-advocacy, fellowship and work/life skills among people with autism and their families.

In 2016, ACRES (Adults Creating Residential & Employment Solutions) moved into a 3,000-square-foot home in rural Patton township which includes a two-acre greenspace. This move allowed ACRES to greatly expand their services to include daily, weekly and monthly programs such as workplace readiness training, independent living skills, social gatherings and a monthly parent support group.

The musical theme for the benefit concert was chosen by show co-producers Liz Grove and James Miller, both members of local band Cone of Silence, who will be performing at the event.

"It’s a perfect fit, bringing the musical memories of Woodstock’s iconic weekend 50 years ago, to our local community, who will join together for a night of live music, peace, love and diversity," said Miller.

In addition to Cone of Silence, there will be performances by Spider Kelly, Jackie Brown and The Skoal Brothers, Eric Ian Farmer, Sam Christensen, Anchor & Arrow and Hops & Vines.

During the concert, information about ACRES will be presented, including brief video interviews with individuals who have benefited from the services ACRES provides in the community. Handcrafted soaps, artwork, wood medallions and jewelry created by adults with autism will be available for sale during the show.


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