Deal with the Audio: Array of local musicians to take A person Longfellow Square stage for Ukraine

The Concert for Ukraine is on Saturday evening in Portland. Pixel-Shot/

As Putin’s invasion of Ukraine proceeds, Mainers have been presenting their guidance, in big and modest strategies, and there’ll be another possibility to do so Saturday when 1 Longfellow Sq. provides a advantage clearly show featuring an eclectic combine of regional musicians, with each and every cent going to the nearby nonprofit Companions for Globe Health and fitness.

The performers, whose range of genres should appeal to a vast audience, include Joe K. Walsh, Caroline Cotter, Dominic Lavoie, Angelikah Fahray, Jeff Beam, Clarisse Karasira and Jason Spooner.

Associates for Earth Health and fitness, based mostly in Portland, collects clinical materials and equipment from overall health care facilities, brands, other businesses and individuals. It kinds, evaluates, repackages and prepares these materials and devices for distribution to folks, communities and health treatment facilities that need them, both equally regionally and internationally, and not too long ago launched a Ukraine-unique unexpected emergency enchantment.

A message from CEO and founder Elizabeth McLellan on the organization’s web site claims that urgently wanted medical devices and provides will be sent to Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in Poland, and some have now been despatched. This is occurring in real time and not some summary notion littered with crimson tape and middlemen.

“We’re all annoyed with what’s occurring on the international scene, but we can all take direct action as humanitarians,” reported Paul Golding, director of development and communications at Associates for Environment Wellbeing, which is in contact with reduction companies in Ukraine and Poland and updated daily about what supplies are essential.

Programming director and location supervisor Jeff Beam stands outdoors 1 Longfellow Sq. in Portland. Picture by Aimsel Ponti

Beam, govt director of Just one Longfellow Square, reported the notion for the concert began with employee Fiona O’Grady, who informed him she was fatigued of emotion helpless and puzzled if there was a way the Portland audio venue could aid. A couple many years back, Associates for Globe Health participated in the venue’s Music Allows application, which invited regional nonprofits to established up at a desk in the venue’s lobby and converse just before performances. So it built feeling to Beam to access out yet again about the advantage show.

Beam enlisted the help of several musician buddies and artists who experienced formerly performed at A person Longfellow Square, and anyone who was capable to participate reported sure. Beam was unfamiliar with Karasira, a singer who is well set up in her home state of Rwanda and has been residing in Maine for about a yr, but had been tipped off about her talent, so he invited her to complete and she agreed.

Jason Spooner. Image by N. Barrett

Spooner hopes the concert encourages awareness and assist for Ukrainians, whose plight has felt much more own to the musician since of his grandfather’s experience in Environment War II, specifically the Battle of the Bulge.

“He not often spoke about the war, but as I received older, my father shared some of his photograph albums from that time period with me to give me some perception. The documentation of the devastation that he and his fellow soldiers witnessed, strolling into ruined cities and then prison camps in Poland toward the finish of the war, will generally stick with me,” said Spooner. “The illustrations or photos and footage that we’re looking at everyday just about really feel like we’re seeking back into background publications, but we are, sadly, squarely in the present.”

Spooner will be taking part in a couple acoustic tunes on Saturday and otherwise is putting the closing touches on a new reside history he’s releasing Could 20 with a display at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

You are going to also listen to bluegrass tunes from Walsh, R&B from Fahray, psychedelic rock from Lavoie and Beam, and people from Cotter, along with a couple of tracks from Karasira. Her track “Gira Neza” is closing in on two million plays on YouTube.

So regardless of whether you are acquainted with a handful of of these artists or they’re all new to you, please take into account likely to this present, due to the fact you’re confirmed to like at minimum some of what you listen to, and you will be supporting a induce of severe worth. If you can’t show up at the show, you can continue to make a donation at or textual content aid4ukraine to 207-656-5261.

Concert for Ukraine: A Profit for Associates For World Overall health
8 p.m. Saturday. 1 Longfellow Sq., 181 Point out St., Portland, $15 in progress, $20 at the door.

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