Conscious Party: Vanquish the violence

WHAT: Safe and Sound Presents: Retrospective Collective

WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: 743 Haywood Road, Asheville

WHY: More than 15 local musicians will converge on Isis Restaurant & Music Hall to perform Paul Simon’s Graceland in its entirety to support Helpmate, Buncombe County’s nonprofit agency providing safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic violence. “Helpmate reached out to us for creative fundraising involving local musicians. This is the first in a series of events. We want to cover other albums in the future to raise more money,” says Lush Life Productions event producer Kelly Denson.

But before guests are entertained by the main event, a three-course prix fixe dinner will be served while a three-piece instrumental group put together by IamAVL.com founder Josh Blake takes the stage. Guests will have the option of a steak, chicken or vegetable main course prepared by Chef Chris Jones and served at tables set in front of the stage.

A $20 ticket gives guests general admission to the Graceland performance only, beginning at 8 p.m. Guests who are interested in attending the three-course dinner with VIP stage-front seating can purchase individual tickets for $65. A full-table sponsorship can also be purchased for $500, entitling six attendees to a complimentary drink upon arrival and their organization’s name featured at the event in addition to dinner and entertainment.

All proceeds from the evening will be used to benefit Helpmate’s programmatic activities. Tickets are available by visiting safeandsoundavl.com. Take note, however, that dinner guests must purchase their tickets and make reservations with Isis Restaurant & Music Hall by calling 575-2737.

For more information, contact Denson at kelly@lushlifepro.com. — Michael McDonald

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