A benefit for the Breakfast at St. Andrews program
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 10, 2018 – Acoustic Routes Concerts announced today that country music legend, five-time Grammy® winner and Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will take the stage at The Ark – Ann Arbor’s world-renowned folk music club – on March 16, 2019 to raise money to feed the hungry.
The concert is the 10th annual benefit at The Ark for the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s in Ann Arbor, which is hosted by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Every day since the fall of 1982, volunteers have gathered there to serve a free meal to anyone in need, sometimes as many as 165 each day. Many guests are homeless. Others are working but struggling to make ends meet. Everyone is welcome. All concert profits will be used to purchase, food supplies and offset expenses, such as cleaning, heating and maintenance.
Rolling Stone magazine calls Marty Stuart one of the top country music artists of all time: “A musician’s musician, Stuart logged more than a decade as a sideman for the titans of twang – including Johnny Cash, Doc Watson and Lester Flatt – before launching his solo career...building his fanbase not only on the strength of his voice, but his hotshot guitar playing, too.”
NPR praised his latest album “Way Out West,” calling it a “journey through the Joshua trees, shadowy canyons and desert drams that tantalize travelers with the promise of a golden shore on the other side.”
Opening for Marty Stuart is Bloodshot Records artist Luke Winslow-King. A Cadillac, Mich., native steeped in the musical cauldron of New Orleans, Winslow-King is adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and folk intuitively and masterfully. He shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope.
The emcee for the evening is Lisa Tucker-Gray, the rector of Toledo’s Trinity Episcopal Church, an accomplished singer and the daughter of the Rev. Svea Gray, who was director of the Breakfast Program for more than 30 years. She will also perform with multi-instrumentalist Curt Waugh
Acoustic Routes Concerts has produced nine benefit concerts for the Breakfast Program at The Ark since 2010, with cumulative profits closing in on $100,000.
“The Breakfast started as way to help people get through a deep recession more than 30 years ago, but the need never went away,” said Jim Cain of Saline, founder of Acoustic Routes Concerts. “It’s staggering how many people don’t have enough to eat day in and day out.”
Ann Arbor-based food rescue agency Food Gatherers said hunger is a pervasive problem in Washtenaw County. More than one in seven people lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.
“Some of the Breakfast volunteers have been there since the program’s earliest days. For others, it’s their first community service experience,” Cain added. “Volunteering creates a unique bond and I can’t thank Marty, Luke, Lisa and our sponsors enough for supporting our work.”