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Cowsill, Wolfe in Sandy benefit concert

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Susan Cowsill and the Todd Wolfe Band headline the Lehigh Valley Concert for the Cause, a benefit show for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The artists and ArtsQuest are partnering with American Bank and the Red Cross for this benefit concert. American Bank has offered to match donations to American Red Cross Disaster Relief up to $50,000 through Dec. 31.

ArtsQuest will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the Lehigh Valley Concert for the Cause.

Proceeds from the concert are helping people affected by disasters like floods, tornadoes and wildfires, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Cowsill, who will perform at 8:30 p.m., was age 8 when she was the youngest in the 1960's musical family The Cowsills. In adulthood, as a member of the alt-pop super group, the Continental Drifters, she reemerged as a vocalist and songwriter.

In 2005, Cowsill made her solo debut with "Just Believe It." The album was overshadowed by the deaths of her brothers, Billy and Barry, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which displaced Cowsill and her family from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. The tribulations of the past few years resonate throughout Cowsill's 2010 release, "Lighthouse."

Wolfe, who will take the stage at 9:30 p.m., began playing on the New York scene in 1979 with his band Troy & the Tornados, performing in rooms such as the Lone Star Cafe, The Ritz, My Father's Place, Lamour's, The Chance, Tramps and the Rodeo Bar.

A relocation to the West Coast in the 1990's led him to work with Sheryl Crow for the better part of the decade before he moved back to the Lehigh Valley, where he has been an integral part of the music scene ever since.

Lehigh Valley Concert for the Cause performers include Cunningham and Associates, This Way to the Egress, Donovan Roberts, the students of Hawk Music, the students of Doc's West End Music, The School of Rock and the Students of The Lesson Center.

During the show, The Lesson Center will collect new or used musical instruments in good, working condition to be distributed to music schools in the region hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Instruments accepted include acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, banjos, keyboards, violins, violas, cellos, brass and woodwind instruments, drums and cymbals.

The Lehigh Valley Concert for the Cause was organized by The Lesson Center and ArtsQuest. Sponsors include Major Hyundai.

Tickets:, 610-332-3378.