December 2018 MFE News

Our friends at NXT Creative developed a new video for MFE. Check it out!

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

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MFE and the Extraordinary Give

We would like to thank everyone who donated to MFE through the November 17th Extraordinary Give sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. While the totals are not yet final, Music For Everyone was able to net over $20,000 as a result of your generosity. This translates into more grants to improve music programs in Lancaster County schools and community organizations.

 

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Music Friday is BACK for December!

Bundle up and join the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion, Tellus360 and Music For Everyone for hot chocolate and live music in Penn Square on Friday Dec. 21st.

There will be visits with Santa at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square/ Lancaster County Convention Center from 6 – 9 pm. (This will be the last visit with Santa at the Marriott for the season!) There will also be carriage rides leaving from the Fulton Bank building from 7:30 – 10 pm.

We will have space heaters in the Square to keep everyone warm.

We’re partnering with Water Street Mission for Music Friday Winter Edition, so bring a canned food item to donate!

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MFE Participating in “Gifts That Give Hope” Alternative Gifts Fair.

As the Holidays are fast approaching why not consider an alternative form of gift giving this year? MFE is participating in Gifts That Give Hope, which is an alternative gift fair occurring on December 8th. Purchasing Alternative gifts is an opportunity to give back and MAKE A DIFFERENCE to the larger community and honor your friends and loved ones at the same time. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, participants purchase meaningful donations to local and global non-profits while improving the lives of others who are not on anyone’s gift list! So join us on December 8th from 10am-4pm at the Farm and Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd Lancaster PA 17601). This is a great chance for you to give a child the gift of music while knocking out your holiday shopping!

 

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MFE Executive Director Interview on WITF’s “Smart Talk”

John Gerdy discussed music’s role in our schools and community and the types of things MFE does to support that role with  WITF’s Scott Lamar. Also participating in the interview was Lisa Sempsey, music teacher in the Columbia School District. Click HERE to check it out.

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MFE and Tellus360 are Excited to Announce the Bar Choir!

 

We’re teaming up with Tellus360, to bring a unique musical experience to Lancaster once a month. Join us starting Tuesday December 11th at 24 E King street (Tellus360) at 7pm for a night of singing an fun. Here’s a little description of what you can expect:

 

Bar Choir is exactly what it says on the tin, it is a choir in a bar. But it is not just any choir, it is a choir made of you, me and the new friends you are about to make beautiful music with. The choir will learn a song in 3 part harmony in 90 minutes, perform it twice, and who knows, and with any luck become a youtube sensation. So if you are looking to let out your inner songbird without the pressure and preparation that go with Karaoke, look no further than bar choir….and we’ve got beer.

This is the start of a once a month event, so lets kick it off right!

 

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Deborah Barber, Rob Barber and Adonica Spolum Receive the MFE Awards

We are proud to announce that MFE has awarded our 9th annual “MFE Awards” to Deborah and Rob Barber and Adonica Spolum. The MFE Award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to cultivate and celebrate the power of music in Lancaster County. Rob & Deb Barber have  been instrumental in supporting music programs that bring members of our community together. Adonica has worked tirelessly to strengthen the role that music and arts play in the School District of Lancaster, working closely with MFE to accomplish that goal. Congratulations Rob, Deb, and Adonica Thank you for helping us to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool in our community!

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MFE Community Chorus to Perform at the Prince Street Pop-up Park for a Holiday Sing-a-long

On Friday December 21st, at 6:30pm, The MFE Community Chorus, accompanied by the one and only Big Boy Brass, will perform their holiday sing-a-long concert under the stars in the Prince Street Pop-Up Park (118 N Prince St.) in downtown Lancaster. Come on down and join the chorus in song and random merriment! In fact, feel free to join in and practice a random act of music yourself. For more information on the Community Chorus visit their website HERE.

 

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MFE Grants Are Available

Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? Starting this month, MFE will begin accepting applications for our 2017-2018 grant cycle. This year we hope to award at least $100,000 in grants. For more information and guidelines visit the Grants section of our website.

The Fulginetti Family band Releases a Holiday Track to Support MFE

Aren’t there enough versions of Jingle Bells already?  We don’t think so!  The Fulginiti Family Band is proud to announce the release of their first annual holiday single- Jingle Bells.  This year, all proceeds are going to Music For Everyone, a Lancaster area non-profit that funds local, school music programs.  Price is “pay-what-you-want”.  We’re hoping you’re in the holiday-giving mood.

There are several ways to purchase the track, including right here at www.toddfulginiti.com

Jingle Bells is also available at CD BabyBandCamp or www.baileyfulginiti.com.   It should also soon be available at iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, Spotify and Pandora as well.

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The MFE Chorus is Raising some Dough for MFE at Chipotle

Come support all the great work Music For Everyone is doing in Lancaster, PA by eating at Chipotle! The MFE Community Chorus invites you to take a break from your holiday shopping by joining us for a meal at Chipotle from 5-9pm on Tuesday December 18th. 33% of your bill will go directly to MFE as they work to raise awareness for the importance of music in our community.

Orders must be paid for in store. Bring a copy of the flier, show it on your phone, or simply tell the cashier you are there to support MFE.

MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with the mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit The Lancaster Festival of Voices and will be held on December 13th.

Doors will open at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is by donation.

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Reminders: MFE’s Ukulele Uprising

Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at the Vision Corps building (244 N. Queen St.) All are welcomed to this community building initiative. For more information please contact Steve Patterson at: JSP1213@gmail.com.

Monthly Download

This month we are returning to our favorite holiday song. “No El” is a hip holiday tidbit written by Bob Esbenshade and performed by “The Dekays”, Bobbie, Billy, and Billy Bob. It is F.O.N.K.Y. Check it out.

You can download this gem for FREE at the MFE Website!

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As always we appreciate your interest in, and support of, Music For Everyone. In the meantime, happy holidays and play on Lancaster, you sound great!

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November 2018 News

 November 2018 News

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

Love MFE? Want to make a donation helping our organization cultivate the power of music in Lancaster? 


MFE to Participate in Lancaster County Community Foundation’s seventh Annual “Extraordinary Give”

On November 16th, LCCF is sponsoring a one-day, online giving event in which MFE will be one of the beneficiaries. On that day, be sure to visit Extragive.org, and choose MFE and donate. Every donation is eligible to win MFE extra prize money from a $500,000 pool that LCCF has committed to the event! This means that your donation could very quickly go from $100 to $1100, with an extra $1000 coming from the prize pool! You can also donate to the same organization several times that day, so give early and give often.

Once again, MFE will also be teaming up with several non-profits for a “giving” event at Tellus360. This arts and music space in the heart of Lancaster has been generous enough to host “The Groovy Giving Gig” for the fifth year in a row. If you were there last year you know that this is an event you don’t want to miss as it is the “fonkiest”, hottest party of the year. There will be live music, refreshments, stage performers, a chance to earn a free pint, and an all-out fun, “giving” atmosphere. The event will run from 4pm until 1:30am, so be sure to join us to help make this year’s EXTRAORDINARY GIVE even bigger and better than last year’s!

MFE is also teaming up with Benchmark Construction to promote giving on the 17th with a party at the Ware Center. This Extraordinary event will take place from 5-8pm. There will be food, beverages, AND a live performance from the MFE String Ensemble. For any questions about the event email MFE.

We can’t wait to see you out at these events. We thank you in advance for your support of Music For Everyone!

 

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Music For Everyone Receives a $35,000 Grant from the Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that MFE has received $35,000 from the Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation. These funds will further strengthen the “MFE in the Schools” initiative, as well as bolster choral programs in Lancaster County. MFE is truly thankful for the Russo’s generous gift, allowing our organization to further cultivate the power of music in Lancaster County!

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MFE Participating in “Gifts That Give Hope” Alternative Gifts Fair.

As the Holidays are fast approaching why not consider an alternative form of gift giving this year? MFE is participating in Gifts That Give Hope, which is an alternative gift fair occurring on December 8th. Purchasing Alternative gifts is an opportunity to give back and MAKE A DIFFERENCE to the larger community and honor your friends and loved ones at the same time. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, participants purchase meaningful donations to local and global non-profits while improving the lives of others who are not on anyone’s gift list! So join us on December 8th from 10am-4pm at the Farm and Home Center (1383 Arcadia Rd Lancaster PA 17601). This is a great chance for you to give a child the gift of music while knocking out your holiday shopping!

 

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Music For Everyone ALSO Receives $35,000 Grant from the Clark Family Foundation

It has been an exciting month here at Music For Everyone. We are announcing that the Clark Family Foundation has generously committed $35,000 for the next two years. This grant will support our efforts in the instrument repair program and the MFE in the Schools program. We are truly thankful for this generous grant and are looking forward to turning these dollars into musical opportunity!

 

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The Instrument Repair Program is in Full Swing

Music For Everyone and our volunteers are currently working in the Donegal school district to catalog and repair every instrument in the district. We are excite to have scaled this program to districts outside of the Columbia School District. We could not have done so without the generous support of the Steinman Foundation and the Clark Family Foundation’s generous grants supporting the program. We hope to be finished in Donegal School District by the end of the month and from there will move onto repairing the instruments in Manheim Central. We’ll keep you posted as the program continues!

Interested in being a part of the process? We are looking to assemble a team of volunteers to help with this project. Email Brendan Stengle for more information: MFELancaster@gmail.com

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The Lancaster Festival of Voices is returning

It is with great excitement that we can announce that this year’s Festival of Voices will return bigger and better than ever. We will be releasing an official schedule shortly, but this year’s FOV will include several performances, group singing, and workshops that are free and open to the public. Stay tuned and be sure to mark your calendars for March 23rd – 24th, The Lancaster Festival of Voices will be rocking the town!

 

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Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM at the vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.  

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Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download we are rocking out to the MFE CD sampler Vol. III. Fire in the Glen is our featured artist of the month, with their tune, “Susquehanna Pirate”. Download and enjoy!

As always we appreciate your interest in, and support of, Music For Everyone. In the meantime, play on Lancaster, you sound great!

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October 2018 News

 October 2018 News

Music training improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills  ” – Bono.

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

Love MFE? Want to make a donation helping our organization cultivate the power of music in Lancaster? 


The Tellus Takeover Presented by Atlee Hall Returns on October 25th

Music For Everyone is gearing up for the TELLUS TAKEOVER on October 25th. We’re teaming up with Tellus360 and taking over their entire building to celebrate our efforts to cultivate the power of music in Lancaster County.

The evening will include continuous live music from 6:00PM – 11:00PM with at least 8 acts on 4 stages, featured cocktails, and an unforgettable celebration. And… General admission tickets are only $20!

 

Tickets can be found at: https://tellustakeover2018.eventbrite.com and all proceeds will benefit Music For Everyone.

 

Want to step your experience up to the VIP level? We’ve got you covered.

VIP packages include:

–          Open bar throughout the entire building for the entire night

–          A special “speakeasy” lounge with private bar (only for VIPs)

–          Speakeasy music act available only to VIPs

–          Delicious hors d’oeuvres

 

VIP tickets cost $100 and are LIMITED – So get yours while you can

 

The Lineup is set! We have some amazing bands lined up for the evening. Joining us will be:

The Big Takeover

Wallace

The Big Fat Meanies

Dillweed

Lava Cave

THE

Temple Ave.

Carmitchell Sisters

 

AND… the return of the Tellus Takeover Silent disco.

So, Mark your calendars for October 25th for the Tellus Takeover. If you have been to an MFE event before, you know that this is a fonky time you don’t want to miss. If you have not, then we assure you that it is in your best interest to attend.

We would like to thank the sponsors who are making this event possible:

 

Presenting Sponsor:

 

 

Supporting Sponsors:


 

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MFE to Participate in Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Seventh Annual Extraordinary Give!

We are thrilled to announce that Music For Everyone will be participating in the seventh annual ExtraGive on November 16th. The ExtraGive 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest yet, so be sure to mark your calendars for this one day online giving event. On November 16th be sure to visit the ExtraGive Website, choose MFE, and donate. There will be blocks of time throughout the day that each organization can earn an extra $1,000 in prizes when people like you make a donation. This means your donation, of whatever amount, could be increased by $1,000 through the LCCF. All you have to do is donate!

MFE will also be teaming up with several other nonprofits in Lancaster County, for the fifth year, to throw a rockin’ party to celebrate the Extra Give. Join us for a good time at Tellus360 for “The Great Giving Gig” at one of the coolest spots in town, for music, art, and a day that celebrates giving. We will see you on November 16th.

Want to get involved? We have lots of opportunities for our supporters to help out. Email Brendan at MFElancaster@gmail.com for information on how you can help make this year’s Extraordinary Give a HUGE success!

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MFE Scholars

We are pleased to announce our 2018 Fall “MFE Scholars”, Mark Peters and Stephen Baker. Both are Millersville University Music Education majors, who aspire to become music teachers.  In exchange for their $2,000 scholarships, one will work in a SDOL school, and the other will work in the Columbia School District, both under the direction of a music teacher. Four additional MFE Scholars will be chosen later this winter to work in a school during the spring of 2018.

Additionally, We are thrilled to announce the Music Business Technology Fall Scholar, Joshua Neill. In exchange for his scholarship Joshua will work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lancaster to help record and develop a music production curriculum. Stay tuned as we will post the recording sessions that Joshua helps to facilitate!

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MFE in the schools Returns and Expands, Bigger than ever

As the school year shifts into full gear, “MFE in the Schools” begins its seventh year as a successful community based program. This program is designed to address the “mentoring/instructional gap” in music programs by placing seasoned professional musicians in the schools to work alongside teachers and directly with students to provide lessons as well as small and large group ensemble mentorship. Dr. Michael Jamanis Jr. (strings), Rick Ferrarelli (woodwinds), Gentry Stoltzfus (Brass), Frances Miller (Strings), and Matthew Woodson (Percussion) and their team of volunteers will work directly with more than 400 students per week!

We are also excited that the MFE in the Schools Program will continue in the School district of Columbia. This expansion will help bolster Columbia School District’s music program, and allow MFE in the Schools to reach even more students. To learn more visit the MFE WEBSITE.

 

 

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Music For Everyone Approved to receive funds from the EITC!

MFE has a great opportunity for businesses to both contribute funds to MFE and receive a tax credit at the same time. How you ask? Through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit, also known as the EITC.

This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a non-profit educational organization and deduct 75-90% of that contribution as a tax credit. For example, if your business were to pledge $10,000 for two years to MFE, your business could write off $9,000 of that donation. That’s a $10,000 donation that only costs $1,000! Think about how many instruments we could provide to schools inLancaster County with those funds, all while allowing your business to benefit from a tax credit. If you would like to know more please contact Brendan at MFElancaster@gmail.com.

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Music For Everyone is now on Instagram

Over the course of the year we have snapped a ton of great photos. Our programs, street scenes, collaborations, events… etc. can now be checked out on our Instagram page! Follow us and keep in touch, and if you haven’t yet be sure to like Music for Everyone on Facebook!

 

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Music For Everyone and The Willie Marble Xperience Non-profit Benefit Series.

C’mon down to Tellus360 on Thursday Oct. 11th and have a swampadelic good time with the Willie Marble Xperience and the World Famous Marblelettes.

This is a show that is not to be missed, and 100% of the proceeds go to support The Rafiki Foundation.

This will be a fun time, all for a great cause, so get there early so you don’t miss out.

Doors open at 7PM. Show begins at 8PM.

 

Suggested donation: $10.00.  But give what you can … a bit more or a little less… it’s all appreciated!

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Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps Building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this MFE community building initiative.

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Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download we are throwin it back to MFE CD Sampler Vol. I and featuring Dave Hurd with HighFalootin’ performing “Home in the Country”. Download and dig it while you can! It’s available at Music for Everyone’s Website and it’s FREE! Check it out!

As always we appreciate your interest in, and support of, Music For Everyone. In the meantime, play on Lancaster, you sound great!

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September 2018 News

 September 2018 News

In some instances, music is actually better than the spoken word, because it doesn’t need to be understood.

Victor Wooten

 

This Month in Music For Everyone:

 

 

Love MFE? Want to make a donation helping our organization cultivate the power of music in Lancaster? 


October 25th Tellus Takeover Presented by Atlee Hall is right around the corner

Music For Everyone is thrilled to announce the TELLUS TAKEOVER on October 25th.

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening. Music For Everyone is teaming up with Tellus360 and taking over their entire building to celebrate our efforts to cultivate the power of music in Lancaster County.

The evening will include continuous live music from 6:00PM – 11:00PM with at least 8 acts on 5 stages, featured cocktails, and an unforgettable celebration. What’s even better, general admission tickets are only $20!

Get your tickets HERE: https://tellustakeover2018.eventbrite.com

Want to step your experience up to the VIP level? We’ve got you covered.

VIP packages include:

–          Open bar throughout the entire building for the entire night
–          A special “speakeasy” lounge with private bar (only for VIPs)
–          Speakeasy music act available only to VIPs
–          Delicious hors d’oeuvres

VIP tickets cost $100 and are LIMITED – So get yours while you can!

Mark your calendars and get your tickets for October 25th for the Tellus Takeover. If you have been to an MFE event before, you know that this is a fonky time you don’t want to miss. If you have not, then we assure you that it is in your best interest to attend.

We would like to thank the sponsors who are making this event possible:

Presenting Sponsor:

 

 

Supporting Sponsors:


 

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Keys for the City 2018 Draws to a Close.

As Fall is fast approaching, time is running out for your chance to practice random acts of music with the “Keys for the City” pianos. This exhibit will only be available until the last week of September, so get out there and tickle some ivories! We also love videos and pictures of our community members using the pianos so if you have any and would like to share them. Please email them to us HERE, or upload them to our Facebook page.

We’d like to thank the following lead sponsors for making Keys 2018 a reality, and for further solidifying Lancaster’s status as the “Street Piano Capital of the World”:

Presenting Sponsor:

Piano Sponsors:

 

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

 

In-Kind Sponsors:

And last but certainly not least, we would like to thank the artists for their time and efforts:

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September 21st Music Friday

Be sure not to miss the September Music Friday! This one is going to be HUGE.  In addition to the 20+ street spots sprinkled throughout the city and musicians roaming the street, the Keys for the City pianos will be ringing, and we’re teaming up with LOOP and J3 Studios for a special presentation in Binns Park. Be sure to check out the “Mothership” stage as we present some amazingly talented youths who will be making their Music Friday debuts. The showcase will feature young talent from all over the Lancaster area – bands, soloists, and small groups, so don’t miss out.

Remember, anyone can join the fun! For our 21 and older friends, there will also be a beer garden returning to Binns Park brought to you by Tellus360.   So get on out there on September 21st Lancaster, you don’t want to miss this Music Friday!

Music Fridays are made possible through the generous support of:

Presenting Sponsor: 

Supporting Sponsor

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Need a Speaker for your next Event or Business Meeting?

 Meet John Gerdy, Founder and Executive Director of Music For Everyone. A former all-American and professional basketball player, he served at the NCAA and as associate commissioner of the Southeast Conference.

He is the author of several books including: Sports: the All-American Addiction, Air Ball, and Ball or Bands. In these books and through his work at Music For Everyone, John draws on relevant research and data and has extensive experience in both the world of sports and the world of music. An accomplished musician, himself, John delivers thought provoking insights into the current state of music and art education funding and the impact it is having on our schools and our children. John is an engaging and powerful speaker who will connect with any audience. Email Deb Rohrer of Music For Everyone to arrange for John to speak to your group (deb_rohrer@yahoo.com). You will walk away inspired.

And better yet, a portion of John’s honorarium will be contributed to MFE!

 

 

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Music For Everyone Approved to receive funds from the EITC!

MFE has a great opportunity for businesses to both contribute funds to MFE and receive a tax credit at the same time. How you ask? Through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit, also known as the EITC.

This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a non-profit educational organization and deduct 75-90% of that contribution as a tax credit. For example, if your business were to pledge $10,000 for two years to MFE, your business could write off $9,000 of that donation. That’s a $10,000 donation that only costs $1,000! Think about how many instruments we could provide to schools in Lancaster County with those funds, all while allowing your business to benefit from a tax credit. If you would like to know more please contact Brendan at MFElancaster@gmail.com.

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MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series

Music For Everyone has joined forces with the mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning and be held on September 6th.

Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is by a suggested donation of $10.

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Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.

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Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download we are rocking out to the MFE CD sampler Vol. III. Mark Derose is our featured artist of the month, with his tune, “4 and 5”. Download and enjoy!

 

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Until next time Lancaster, play on!

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