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The band Simba

BRATTLEBORO >> On Saturday, Jan. 23, at 118 Elliot Street starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be an evening of fantastic music donated by Simba, southern Vermont's premier worldbeat dance band. This event will benefit Brooks Mitchell of South Newfane, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Brooks' motorcycle was hit by a car that turned into oncoming traffic on Route 9 in Wilmington. His longtime partner Valerie George was killed in the accident. Brooks' injuries are many and his recovery has been slow but steady. He has been out of work for more than 3 months. Brooks is a generous, hard-working person who enjoys helping others. His friends want to help Brooks get through this terrible tragedy. As a self-employed plumbing and heating specialist, he has already lost a lot of income due to this tragedy, and it is still unknown when and if he will be able to return to work. He has applied for disability, and he has been told that the wait will be at least 6 to 12 months before he knows if he has been approved.

Please join us in supporting Brooks through this difficult time by attending a benefit concert featuring Simba.

Simba is southern Vermont's premier worldbeat dance band. Started in 1989, its eight members work throughout the New England area as soloists, accompanying other artists and doing recording work.


Simba is where they bring their personal creative talents together. The band has evolved into a high-energy dance band, drawing upon African, reggae, Caribbean, Latin, jazz and funk influences to create their own unique and vibrant sound. Simba features several multi-instrumentalists allowing their sound to range from guitar/horn section funk to Caribbean steel drum, from West African balafon grooves and hand percussion to jazz sextet and even klezmer orchestra.

Tickets for this event are $10 minimum donation and can be purchased at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro. Beverages, desserts, and raffle items will be available at the event as well.