Dec 12

Putting Down Roots: Bridge Refugees Benefit

The Bijou Theatre

Knoxville, TN

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RB Morris, Malcolm Holcombe, Mary Gauthier, and Greg Brown are putting their individual talents together for a concert benefitting Bridge Refugee Services on December 12th. 

Bridge Refugee Services is the only refugee resettlement agency in East Tennessee, and has been in operation since 1982. Our mission is to provide opportunities for refugees to rebuild their lives, after suffering persecution, so that they become productive, contributing members of the community. Through employment services, case management, school enrollment, and referral programs, we welcome and empower refugees to be self-sufficient. We strongly believe that the most vulnerable members of our community also have the most potential.

Refugees are enriching our communities indifferent sectors of development including education, hospitality, manufacturing, landscaping, arts, food industry and healthcare. Single-parent refugees require additional support once they no longer qualify for government funds, and they face an additional set of barriers to employment compared to refugee families with multiple employed adults. We hope that you will join us in continuing to welcome refugees to East Tennessee, and we are deeply grateful for the support of our community partners and friends. 

This concert is about more than just having fun; it is also a soul to soul opportunity with the musicians and new Americans. Reserve your seat before the tickets are sold out.

RB Morris is a poet and songwriter, solo performer and band leader, and a sometimes playwright and actor from Knoxville, Tennessee. He has published books of poetry includingEarly Fires (Iris Press),Keeping The Bees Employed,andThe Mockingbird Poems(Rich Mountain Bound), and music albums includingSpies Lies and Burning Eyes,and his most recent solo projectRich Mountain Bound.He wrote and acted inThe Man Who Lives Here Is Looney, a one-man play taken from the life and work of James Agee, and was instrumental in founding a park dedicated to Agee in Knoxville. Morris served as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at The University of Tennessee from 2004-2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.He currently lives in Knoxville with his wife and daughter.

Malcolm Holcombeis an acclaimed singer/songwriter in the insurgent country/folk vein who grew up in Weaverville, N.C.
Mary Gauthieris an American folk singer-songwriter who has received multiple nominations for awards from the Americana Music Association for her work. Her most recent project, titled “Rifles & Rosary Beads”, was co-written by and for wounded veterans.
Greg Brown is a Grammy-nominated American folk musician from Iowa who has performed music on the national radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”

VIP tickets to this event include premium seating and a meet and greet with the performers.


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