Thursday February 21, 2013

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Funk/rock favorites SugarHouse host a benefit for local food banks and a "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" farewell party for departing members Jaye and Eric Simms on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., at The Arts Block, 289 Main St.

The celebration is an open stage, and musicians are encouraged to bring instruments to join in. PA, drums, amplifiers and keyboards will be provided. Admission is free. Everyone is urged to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation to local food banks. Donations will be split between Brattleboro, Vt., and Greenfield food banks.

"Eric got this wonderful work promotion that was too good for him to pass up, even though it means moving to Buffalo," said SugarHouse guitarist and vocalist Daniel Kasnitz. "We want to celebrate by giving Jaye and Eric a warm send-off. They’re sure going to need it in Buffalo."

In keeping with the band’s penchant for performing at charitable events, they have chosen to make this farewell party a benefit for local food banks. Harkening back to the band’s beginning at Kevin Parry’s Open Mike at the Mole’s Eye in Brattleboro (which continues to this day at The Marina), this party will be an open stage.

"We can guarantee you the music will be eclectic," said Kasnitz. "Don’t be shy. Come and play."

There will be a cash bar, and those who attend will receive a special offer to stay for Christa Joy’s performance at the Arts Block on Saturday at 8 p.m.


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For more information, visit www.theartsblock.com.