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Dave Keller’s You Get What You Give CD Release Concert

Saturday, December 19, 7:00pm
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Dave Keller – the award-winning singer, guitarist and songwriter is known for his trademark Southern soul and blues music. His latest release is born from witnessing our nation’s anger and pain following George Floyd’s murder in June. Keller turned to a place of solace… music and set forth to work on a new album to raise money for racial justice and equity. With a call to his vast musical community on social media for musicians interested in collaborating, Keller received offers from dozens of musicians eager to participate, and a slew of pre-orders for the album. Sidelined by the pandemic from live performances, Keller and friends dug in deeply on a labor of love, hope and healing. The result: You Get What You Give – a tribute featuring Keller and twenty-one artists encompassing a diversity of styles, backgrounds, ages, genders, and ethnicities. Some of the collaborators are known around the world.  Some are known only locally. But all deeply treasured friends and respected musicians from Keller’s musical journey. This concert features Dave Keller and band members Ira Friedman, Alex Budney, and Jay Gleason. Together they will bring their trademark passion and integrity to the stage, to honor the work of his collaborators and bear witness to the racial inequalities in our nation.

This concert features Dave Keller and band members Ira Friedman, Alex Budney, and Jay Gleason. Together they will bring their trademark passion and integrity to the stage, to honor the work of his collaborators and bear witness to the racial inequalities in our nation.

The Story of the Album
Back in June, after the murder of George Floyd, I watched this country seething with anger and pain. As someone who has built his career performing Black music, and who has received priceless gifts from Black mentors, I asked myself, “What can I do to help?” Due to Covid-19, all my summer gigs had been cancelled, and I had some extra time on my hands. So I thought, “What if I record my new originals with some of my friends, and donate the money from album sales to groups working for racial justice and equity?”
 
I put the idea out there on social media, and the response was incredible. Within 24 hours I had received hundreds of dollars worth of pre-orders. Dozens of musicians wanted to participate. Clearly other folks felt the way I did, and wanted to give back in some way. The musicians on this album represent a great diversity of styles, backgrounds, ages, genders, and ethnicities. Some are known around the world. Some are known only locally. But most importantly, their music and their ‘soul’ moves me. I am proud to call each of these wonderful human beings a friend. – Dave Keller
 

 

In the event that VT guidance shifts to restrict in-person attendance, existing in-person tickets will be changed to livestream. In-person ticketholders will have the option of a credit, refund, or making a donation with the remainder. Thank you for your support of musicians and other performing artists to keep the arts alive!

 

This series made possible through the support of:
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