Bottom Floor Concert Series To Hold Benefit Concert

by Amelia Wood
Joanne Juskus and Near Oblivion will perform a benefit concert in Baltimore on Saturday, September 14.
The Bottom Floor, the Saturday night benefit concert series at St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton, begins its 2nd season with a concert on Saturday, September 14 at 8 pm.

Featured will be Joanne Juskus and her band, Near Oblivion, known for their highly musical, electrifying performances of original contemporary, progressive folk music. Also performing will be Baltimore singer-songwriter sahffi and a special cameo appearance by the Brian McQuade Trio.

The Bottom Floor is an alcohol- and smoke-free listening environment sponsored by St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton. The series supports local and national musicians, providing a venue for original music, as well as a method for raising funds and awareness for a variety of worthy causes.

The Bottom Floor, in addition to becoming known for the quality of its musical productions in an attractive setting, is building a favorable reputation for its refreshment tables of organic coffees and teas and desserts. Another attraction for audiences are the displays of local artists' work and musicians' wares.

Past and future performers at The Bottom Floor include: DaVinci's Notebook, SONiA of disappear fear, Suzanna Mallow of Red Letter Day, Cletus Kennelly, Lea, the Mayfields, Naked Blue, Annie Wenz, Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston and others.

A portion of the proceeds of the Sept. 14 show will benefit Penn North Neighborhood Center, a community-based program where acupuncture and related treatments are used for people recovering from addiction.

Tickets are $7 ($5 with valid student ID) and are available at the door, beginning at 7:30 pm the night of the performance. The concert begins at 8 pm. St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton is at 5315 Harford Road. For information, call 410-730-2421.

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This story was published on September 4, 2002.