Make Music Not War to benefit the people of Ukraine in Portsmouth NH

PORTSMOUTH – On April 24, beginning at 1 pm into the evening hours, the Press Room will host Make Music, Not War: A Benefit for the People of Ukraine, which will feature seven musical acts.

The event will also serve as a clothing drive and a makeshift market selling sunflowers, flags, Ukrainian crafts and more. Proceeds from the day will benefit the people of Ukraine.

Seacoastonline caught up with organizer Jason Probert to discuss the ins and outs of what’s going down.

Seacoastonline: Tell us about Make Music Not War … What’s it all about? What’s going down?

Probert: Make Music Not War: A Benefit for the People of Ukraine is a pretty simple concept. It’s a gathering of local musicians coming together to provide an opportunity for people to donate money and clothing to a people in need, while enjoying some great music. We’re not trying to be too political with speeches and discussions. This is an event to celebrate the resilient people of Ukraine. Along with the music, we will have sunflowers and flags for sale, Ukrainian crafts, a clothing drive and more. One-hundred percent of proceeds will go to charity. We are still deciding on the specific charity, but it will be one directly aiding those in need with medicine, food, clothing and shelter.

Elroy will perform at Make Music Not War: A Benefit for the People of Ukraine on Sunday, April 24 at the Press Room in Portsmouth.

Seacoastonline: Who all is playing the benefit? Is it straight music, or are there other elements involved (like spoken word, etc.)?

Probert: The benefit will consist of seven bands all local to Seacoast New Hampshire. High Range, a bluegrass band, will kick things off at 1 pm, followed by a long-awaited return of local icon Jerry Brookman at 2 pm Each band will play a 45-minute set. Following Brookman will be the gypsy swing inspired music of The Hot Club of Portland, which is a group formed by Groovechild guitarist Bryan Killough. The Hot Club of Portland is followed by the multi-talented and prolific legend that is Dan Blakeslee. The evening gets a bit louder at 5 pm with the garage-style rock of Kong Moon. Following Kong Moon will be the multi-genre R&B (rhythm and bluegrass) band Bitter Pill at 6 pm And closing down the show at 7 pm is Elroy, bringing us “new rock in the old style.” It’s electric, but not electronic.

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