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Vocalist and guitarist Alan Sparhawk is headlining a benefit concert for the Music Resource Center. He is a Duluth musician best known for his work with the band Low. He also performs with the Black-eyed Snakes, Retribution Gospel Choir and the Murder of Crows. He’s been recording and performing for more than 25 years.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
The event starts with tours of the Music Resource Center studios and an opportunity to meet the students and instructors where they create their music. At 7:30 p.m, Music Resource Center students Born Too Late will perform alongside other talented MRC students in opening for Sparhawk.
CBS 3 producer Ramona Marozas is emceeing the evening.
The Music Resource Center Spring Fundraiser will offset program costs, which average about $30,000 each year.
The concert is presented in partnership with the Armory Arts and Music Center (the parent organization of the Music Resource Center) and Leadership Duluth. It’s sponsored by UMD’s School of Fine Arts, Pro Print, and Wipfli LLP. The Music Resource Center gives special thanks to artists Alan Sparhawk and Chris Monroe for donating their talents and Sacred Heart Music Center for donating its space.
The Music Resource Center is the main operating program of the Armory Arts and Music Center. It was established in 2011, serving Duluth middle and high school students who are empowered to write, record and produce their own music.
Program Manager James Geisler works closely with the Human Development Center, Lifehouse, Neighborhood Youth Services, the Boys and Girls Club, and Mentor Duluth in offering a safe and supportive environment for youth from all backgrounds.
There is no charge for this afterschool program, open Tuesday through Thursday. It’s located in Duluth’s Central Hillside Neighborhood at Sacred Heart Music Center. Teens have access to professional instructors, instruments and recording equipment.
Students also frequently perform in the area – the Music Resource Center hosts monthly open mics at Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe. In addition, Music Resource Center students have performed at Beaner’s Central, Duluth Dylan Fest and the Homegrown Music Festival.
This year, more than 140 students have been served by the program.
The Duluth Program is modeled after the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, Va. The Armory Arts and Music Center hopes to move the Music Resource Center to the Armory once restoration of its historic structure is complete.