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Concert for a good cause

Deadlines can be funny things. On the one hand they’re essential for the smooth completion of a task. On the other, they can be acutely frustrating when something either slips by them or is prevented from getting out where you’d like it to be.

Such a case is a benefit concert scheduled this Saturday, Jan. 22 in Half Moon Bay, that I heard about too late to get into this week’s paper. The frustration is mainly because this is for a very good cause.

Two versatile musicians whose faces and music are familiar to Coastsiders — Taylor Brown and Stevie Coyle — will perform at this concert, set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Odd Fellows Lodge No. 143 at 712 Main St., just next door to MCoffee. All the proceeds will go to the family of 4-year-old Coastsider Dusty Dimas, who suffers with leukemia. The funds are earmarked to defray the expensive – but so far effective — costs of treatment for the tyke.

The two musicians are friends of the concert’s primary organizers, Colleen Granahan, who is Dusty’s aunt, and Erin Tormey of the Half Moon Bay Farmers’ Market, which Granahan also pitches into (she is the assistant manager of the Pacifica Farmers’ Market.)

Taylor Brown, a guitarist and vocalize with roots in blues, folk and classical music, toured with folk musician Kate Taylor (sister of James) while he was earning his degree in classical guitar performance from Vassar. He has established himself in California’s wine country with his original musical weavings of romantic classical guitar and jazz/blues classics, that merited comparisons to Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. He and Kate Taylor performed around the country including at Carnegie Hall, and he appeared with Tom Rush and Carly Simon among others.

Stevie Coyle studied guitar with David Lindley before earning degrees in theater and theology at Santa Clara University. He has performed with the Royal Lichtenstein Circus and the San Jose Repertory Company, appeared on television’s “Cheers” and “The Young and the Restless,” and was a founder and front man with the musical ensemble Waybacks until 2007, a band which released four albums, toured Australia and collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Michelle Shocked and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.

Downstairs during the evening, MCoffee will stay open until 7 p.m., and a portion of proceeds from sales of refreshments will go into little Dusty’s fund.

Funds will be raised at the concert in “pass-the-hat” style, said Tormey, “in keeping with the traditions of small communities coming together to help one another in times of celebration or distress, contributing what they can to assist their neighbors,” She went on to add that a top hat will be pass around between sets, and gift cards to New Leaf and gas cards would be very helpful to the family.

She added that donations will still be welcomed after the concert, and can go to the Coastside Farmers’ Markets, c/o Erin Tormey and Colleen Granahan, P.O. Box 474, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.

For more information, call Tormey at 726-4895.

It’s rare, but a relief, when such stern things as deadlines can be repurposed and reshaped for humane reasons.


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