Michael Kelsey headlines Lafayette Crisis Center annual benefit concert

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Michael Kelsey takes the lead bringing together local community talent for an evening of creative expression and fundraising. The 25nd Annual Crisis Center Benefit Concert will be held at a Lafayette Brewing Company, on Friday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m.

The 25nd Annual Crisis Center Benefit Concert will be held at a Lafayette Brewing Company, on Friday, July 24, at 8:00p. Admission is $10

The 25nd Annual Crisis Center Benefit Concert will be held at a Lafayette Brewing Company, on Friday, July 24, at 8:00p. Admission is $10

Guitar wizard/singer songwriter/performance artist/entertainer, Kelsey performs music for the eyes and ears. Though Kelsey is an all in a one-man-band package, he will be inviting local performers to join him on stage throughout the evening to add to his funky, rhythmic style he calls progressive/aggressive acoustic guitar.
“It’s for a great cause,” says Kelsey, “and it’s going to be fun working with community talent!”

Opening the show will be West Lafayette-based Without Annette featuring Jeff All, Tony Harvey and Scott Gilkey. Without Annette balances professional ease, rock-solid musicianship, laugh out loud wit, and engaging audience interaction with the meticulous precision of a tightrope walker while juggling an eclectic, catchy mix of originals, covers, instrumentals, and a cappella tunes.

The Crisis Center is celebrating its 38th anniversary as a non-profit organization filling a major need in Tippecanoe County. The Crisis Center trains volunteers and operates a facility to provide crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and advocates for rape survivors. The Center answers a teen line and sponsors two support groups, one for survivors left behind by suicide and survivors of rape. More than 10,000 lives are touched by the Center annually.

The national dialing code 2-1-1 for information and referrals is also operated locally by The Crisis Center. Today, 2-1-1 reaches approximately 80% U.S population. Tippecanoe, White and Benton counties receive 2-1-1 access to information and referrals to 1400 agencies or programs from The Crisis Center. Local service could expand to serve eight counties as Indiana 2-1-1 access spreads across the entire state. Because of the anticipated growth of 2-1-1, the Center has an increasing need for volunteers and funding to ensure all services continue to be free and confidential, 24-hours a day.

A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Michael Kelsey cut his musical teeth on electric lead and bass guitars in a variety of cover bands from progressive jazz to rock.

A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Michael Kelsey cut his musical teeth on electric lead and bass guitars in a variety of cover bands from progressive jazz to rock.

The Crisis Center answers local calls to the 800-SUICIDE and 800-273-TALK hotlines to help those in the depths of depression and considering suicide. “Our goal is to give hope and support to people who are hopeless, 24 hours of every day” says Jane McCann, Executive Director.

The Summer Benefit Concert is a primary fundraiser for the Crisis Center and helps pay for phone room costs, operating expenses, staff and the facility at 1244 N. 15th Street.

A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Michael Kelsey cut his musical teeth on electric lead and bass guitars in a variety of cover bands from progressive jazz to rock. He spent five years as a recording engineer and arranger in his own studio before closing it to pursue his solo career. After placing as a finalist in a Guitar Player Magazine’s national competition, he switched from electric to acoustic guitar to take advantage of the broader variety of sounds, moods and nuances available from this instrument that could increase the dimensions of his music.

In 2004 the music store chain Guitar Center held its “Guitarmageddon” Guitar competition. After three months of searching through 3000 guitar players to find the nation’s best unsigned guitarist, the judges selected Michael as the winner.

Corporate sponsors for the fund-raiser include Lilly Tippecanoe Laboratories; Caterpillar, Inc., SIA, WBAA-Public Radio from Purdue and Lafayette Brewing Company.

General seating will be available for $10 in advance and at the door. Tickets are available now at JL Records, Lafayette Brewing Company, McGuire Music & Sound, Von’s Records, or at the Crisis Center.

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