Full Information on Saturday’s Come Together 2018 ‘No Place for Hate’ Benefit

An all-star lineup of local musicians will Come TogetherĀ at Godfrey Daniels this month to support “No Place for Hate,” a program that aims to help kids throughout Pennsylvania and the U.S. figure out how to get along with each other.

The second-annual event will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Admission is $18 for adults, and school-age children are free.

“In addition to raising money, we’re trying to raise awareness about No Place for Hate and what it does in our community,” said Michael Duck, one of the evening’s performers. “Last year was great, but this year we’re featuring twice as many performers and are working with a lot of community organizations to make an even bigger impact.”

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Benefit organizer Michael Duck, who performs locally as Not For Coltrane.

This year’s performers are Dave Fry, Pentley Holmes, Dina Hall, Alyssa Allen, John Huie, and Duck, who performs as Not For Coltrane.

Dr. Jack Silva, Bethlehem Area School District’s assistant superintendent and chief academic officer, will also speak at the concert about how district schools carry out the No Place for Hate program. The initiative has been in Bethlehem schools for roughly a decade.

No Place for Hate is used in schools across the Lehigh Valley, along with 46 school districts throughout Pennsylvania and many more across the U.S. An initiative of the Anti-Defamation League, No Place for Hate aims to help reduce bullying, increase students’ respect for each other, and challenge anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all its forms.

“Schools commit to becoming No Place for Hate because they want to create a culture and environment where all students feel safe, welcome and respected,” said Lisa Friedlander, the education director for No Place for Hate at the ADL’s Philadelphia office.

“When adults and other community members show that they value No Place for Hate, it reinforces the messages that students are receiving in school and helps create a positive climate throughout the town,” Friedlander said. “Talented artists from the community coming together to raise awareness about No Place for Hate is a perfect example of how it works best!”

Two of the event’s performers have connections with Bethlehem Area School District: Huie is a teacher at Northeast Middle School, and Duck has two children in Bethlehem schools.

Huie also directs the World Percussion Ensemble at Northeast. Dave Fry founded Godfrey Daniels and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lehigh Valley Music Awards. Pentley Holmes’ soulful songs have won him a following across the Lehigh Valley, and he’s currently expanding his reach with a multi-state tour. Dina Hall has won several Lehigh Valley Music Awards, and Allen’s band Soul Folks was named one of the “Best of the Godfrey Daniels Open Mic” in 2016 — an honor that Duck’s Not For Coltrane act also won in 2013.

“The performers come from all different backgrounds, with different instruments and musical sensibilities,” Duck said. “The fun will be in seeing how all these different people come together musically on the same stage, all at once — trusting each other, playing together, jumping in on each other’s songs, and collaborating to make something fun, new and amazing.”

For people in the community who want to support No Place for Hate but aren’t able to get to the concert, Duck has also set up a crowdfunding campaign atĀ https://gofundme.com/cometogether2018.

Alongside Godfrey Daniels, the SouthSide Arts District and independent music website Lehigh Valley Underground are helping to promote this year’s event. The concert is also supported by Working Dog Press and Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub.

“Now more than ever, No Place for Hate is needed in our schools. All children deserve the opportunity to grow and thrive in an environment where they feel safe and can be who they are without fear,” said Missy Hartney, SouthSide Arts District manager. “The SouthSide Arts District is proud to support this cause and partner with Godfrey Daniels to present Come Together 2018.”

For more information, visit http://www.godfreydaniels.org/Shows/Schedule-by-Month/April/No-Place-For-Hate.aspx

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