The unthinkable happened to Hubbard Lake couple Steve and Tonya Kosloski over Labor Day weekend. They lost their home and most of their belongings to a fire. In order to help ease some of the financial burden the tragedy has caused, local musicians are coming together for a special benefit concert Saturday at the Lion's Club Park where proceeds will go directly to the Kosloskis.
Dan Bouchard, the drummer in the hard rock band Assault the Silence, said the Kosloskis are close friends of his, and he wanted to help them. He said he suspected a lot of people in the area wanted to donate to the family, but were probably uneasy about approaching them directly to do so. The concert will provide a way to donate anonymously, as well as enjoy a full day of music and food.
"The only way I knew to help was to get some bands together, and the response has been overwhelming," Bouchard said. "Everywhere I went, and everyone I asked if they were interested in helping told me yes. They didn't even question it. All of the musicians are excited to take part, and I actually had to turn some bands away, because there are only so many hours in the day for them to play. I think that says a lot about the music community in the area."
After securing the site for the benefit, as well as GT Sounds and Star Entertainment to help with the sound and lighting, Bouchard hired security and put together a variety of styles of music for the daylong event. He said there will be something for the entire family.
"In terms of music we have everything from country, acoustic, classic rock, and heavy metal," Bouchard said. "The first band will begin at 2 p.m. when Human Wreckage takes the stage, and the night will be capped off with Assault the Silence. There is also A Murder of Crows, Steelin, Dan Wicks, and a band from Traverse City called Evershine. There will also be a dunk tank, Chinese raffle and 50-50."
Evershine has made it part of its mission to give back to the people who support their music. Even though they are busy recording the band's second album - which will be out before the year is through - they have been playing a series of gigs whose proceeds go toward nonprofits or other worthy causes.
What: Kosloski Benefit Concert
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.-midnight
Where: Lions Club Park (Hubbard Lake)
Cost: $10 adult, children 10 & under free
2 p.m. Human Wreckage
3:30 p.m. Murder or Crows
5 p.m. Dan Wicks
6:30 p.m. Steelin
8:30 p.m. Evershine
10 p.m. Assault the Silence
Lead singer Ida Greenman Reed said Evershine has never been to the Alpena area to perform, but is looking forward to helping the Kosloskis.
"We are so excited to come and play," Reed said. "We think it is important to give back, so we do shows for nonprofits, food banks, and other special causes. Let's face it. Music is very healing and a common bond between everybody. It is something that brings people together. We like to give back as much as we can."
Bouchard said doors to the event open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and free camping is available at the Lion's Club Park. The cost of admission is $10 for adults, and children under 10 are free. The cost includes an all-you-can eat chicken dinner.
Steve Schulwitz can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5689.