2018-01-10 / Front Page

Benefit concert in Weston will help local food pantries

Singers and acoustic performers Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell will perform in a benefit concert on Jan. 14 in Weston. - Courtesy PhotoSingers and acoustic performers Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell will perform in a benefit concert on Jan. 14 in Weston. - Courtesy PhotoWESTON — Musicians Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell, the lead performers of the “Dream Pop” band Luminous Crush, will appear together to donate their talent in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at 4 PM, in Weston’s Old Parish Church on Route 100. The return engagement is part of OPC’s “Hearts & Voices” series, and will support local food pantries to help alleviate hunger in South Central Vermont.

Molinelli and Campbell will perform with acoustic instruments, but are also at home with effects pedals, drum kits and amplifiers. Sweet, soaring harmonies shimmer as they perform original songs as well as carefully chosen familiar favorites. Formed in 2015, Luminous Crush has recorded two albums available for purchase.

Campbell has collaborated with a number of Vermont’s musical luminaries, including Anaïs Mitchell, Michael Chorney and Caleb Elder. He has been praised by Dan Bolles, music editor at Seven Days, as “insatiably curious and wildly multifaceted.” For Bluegrass fans, he can “do things on the mandolin that would have made John Duffy jealous,” according to a press release.

Molinelli is an established member of the New York / New England music scene, having won many local fans for her solo performances and appearances with the Bondville Boys and Luminous Crush. In a wider universe, she has shared the stage with such notables as Lucinda Williams, Dar Williams, The Band, NRBQ, The Samples, Rebecca Hall, Lou Gramm (former lead singer for Foreigner) and “The Legendary Lead Singers of the Temptations.”

This concert is the latest presentation in the Hearts & Voices Performance Series, established in 2009 in memory of G. Frederick (Fritz) Zeller, a longtime educator, community leader and a pillar of Old Parish Church.

Revenues from the performances are donated to benefit deserving area nonprofit organizations. For this performance, patrons are asked to donate $10 each, which will benefit three neighborhood food pantries that help provide sustenance to those in need in the community.

Old Parish Church is located on Route 100, on the left when entering Weston from the south. 

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