String band benefit performance at Voices Cafe
Updated 9:14 pm, Sunday, May 8, 2016
WESTPORT — A string band will perform a May 14 concert at the Unitarian Church’s Voices Cafe to benefit an agency that helps resettle refugees in the state.
The concert by the band, Cricket Tell the Weather, is set for 8 p.m. at the church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. Proceeds will benefit the International Institute of Connecticut, based in Bridgeport.
Cricket Tell the Weather is a Brooklyn-based string band, with “roots deep in the bluegrass tradition and its branches stretching wherever the sun shines,” according to the cafe’s publicity for the concert. Winners of the 2013 Fresh Grass Award, Cricket combines indie folk songwriting and traditional bluegrass instruments.
Songwriter and fiddle player Andrea Asprelli, who co-founded Cricket Tell the Weather, is joined by Doug Goldstein on banjo, Jeff Picker on guitar, Sam Weber on bass and Dave Goldenberg on mandolin. Asprelli is the 2011 winner of the Podunk Songwriting Competition, and the band has twice been awarded a Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant from the city of Bridgeport.
The International Institute of Connecticut plans to help resettle 115 refugees this year in Bridgeport, according to a press release from concert organizers. Most of the refugees are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Colombia. The agency, among other services, provides the immigrants with clothing, food and housing.
Voices Cafe seating is cabaret style; concert attendees can bring their own beverages and snacks. Table reservations are accepted for a minimum of four. Contact David Vita at firstname.lastname@example.org; call 203-227-7205, ext. 14, or http://voicescafe.org/show/cricket-tell-the-weather .