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Music for Peace concert encourages solidarity

Local musician Josh English understands the power of music. So in response to the growing number of violent acts across the country, English decided to hold a concert advocating for peace that features some of Buffalo’s best and most well-known musical acts.

“Music for Peace” features Dave Miller, Grace Stumberg, Dirty Smile, Robert “Freight Train” Parker, Anthony Re and the Flat Five, Chloroform and Bob James in concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.).

“I talked to a few fellow musicians, and they felt the same way [about these police shootings],” said English. “I decided the best way to help was to use my musical talent and connections to encourage solidarity in a world that is so divided today.”

Not only is the goal of this concert geared toward ending violence, but it is also to raise money for two charities: the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with terminal illnesses, and Meals on Wheels, which delivers hot meals to senior citizens. Both charities will have tables and representatives at the event.

Although this is English’s first effort in organizing an event like this, he said couldn’t be more thrilled with the response. “Music is such a powerful thing and it can be used for change and also makes us feel really, really good,” English said. “We want to bring those two facets of music together for a night where people don’t have to worry about politics, rhetoric or divisiveness.”

Entry is $10 at the door.

– Reuben Wolf

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