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Poetry and music to benefit Hospitality House

It started out as a premier/book signing of her new book of poetry, but it quickly evolved into “an all-out benefit for Hospitality House,” Adela Wilcox announced.

Hospitality House (HH) is western Nevada County’s nomadic homeless shelter.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will be hosting Wilcox and a variety of singer/songwriters and poets, including April Miranda, Chad Conner Crow, George Schroder, Jack Dupra, Marilyn Gale – and a performance by the popular HH band Home Free.

The show starts at 5 p.m. The suggested donation is $10, and all ages are welcome. One hundred percent of proceeds from donations, as well as book and CD sales, will go to benefit Hospitality House, Wilcox promised.

“George Schroder is a singer/songwriter and poet who takes you back to that sense of home,” according to Wilcox.

“Marilyn Gale is a singer/songwriter who has been accused of writing the happiest music on earth,” Wilcox continued.

Songstress and KVMR DJ April Miranda of Nevada City’s Mountain Beat Music is also scheduled to perform.

Additionally, Chad Conner Crow and Jack Dupra – both staff monitors at HH – will be reading their soulful poetry.

The headline act of the evening will be Home Free, literally, a band of homeless musicians. Home Free is the brainchild of Crow, who is co-founder of the “dirty blues” band Grease Grit and Grime.

Home Free had a highly successful debut last spring at a benefit for Spirit Peer Empowerment Center of Grass Valley. Although the band has had an almost complete turnover of personnel this summer, the spirit of the band lives on.

People are inspired by the concept of a group of homeless strangers coming together to make music, said Crow, who anchors the band. Being homeless doesn’t mean helpless.

A joint venture of Hospitality House and Spirit Center, Home Free is available to play at community events. “We’re always looking for gigs,” Crow said.

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