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Busking for a cause

Darrell Cook sings and plays guitar.

Darrell Cook sings and plays guitar.

Darrell Cook of Concord and friends will be “Busking for Cause” Nov. 11 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Tandy’s Top Shelf in Concord. The event is by donation will benefit the Friendly Kitchen of Concord.

Since busking is street performing, will the performance be outside Tandy’s or inside?

It’s gonna be inside. Basically, we’re taking the concept and moving it indoors.

How did you come up with the idea of “Busking for a Cause?”

I have a partner that is helping me, Blake Patria. We were actually talking one day about busking. I personally haven’t done it, but Blake had. I was like, they have a deficit at the soup kitchen, why don’t we go out on the streets and raise money? Blake mentioned that that might be considered soliciting and we wanted to be on the safe side as far as legality, so we took the concept and moved it indoors.

Why did you chose to support the Friendly Kitchen?

My best friend’s dad goes there on a regular basis. The holiday meals are coming up. I grew up in that situation. My family had no money and we had quite a few meals in soup kitchens. I’m at a point in my life where I feel I should give back. The last thing I want is knowing I can help and don’t. A dime is a spoonful and nobody’s going hungry tonight.

How many musicians will there be performing?

Myself, Blake, Dylan Welch, Rachel Vogelzang, Steve Chagnon and special guest AJ from WJYY will be performing. I’ve hung out with AJ a couple times. Blake had too and happened to have his number. AJ is very humble. The talent will be a melting pot of all different styles done acoustically on guitar.

Can any musicians join in?

For this one, the set has already been made. There’s also going to be a little poetry session at the end featuring Poetry by Raven. Blake and I went to some local businesses in Concord and got them to give us gift certificates to raffle off.

Noelle Stokes

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