Friday, October 31, 2008

All Souls Concert to benefit Omega House Nov. 1

HOUGHTON -- The second annual Omega House Benefit Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Rozsa Center in Houghton. The All Souls Benefit Concert will feature Seth Bernard and Daisy May Erlewine, Breathe Owl Breathe, The Squeaky Clean Cretins and Erin Smith.

Seth Bernard and Daisy May Erlewine perform at the 2007 Omega House concert.

Seth Bernard and Daisy May Erlewine are accomplished musicians with a huge local following. The two musicians have recorded both solo and duo albums. Their first duo album was recorded at the Calumet Theatre in 2006. May's sweet, soulful voice has mesmerized crowds across the country. Bernard, producer and multi-instrumentalist, has recorded several albums of original material on his own Earthwork Music label. More information about the artists can be found at

Breathe Owl Breathe is a Michigan duo comprised of Micah Middaugh and Andrea Moreno-Beals. The duo include an array of stringed instruments and brilliant vocal harmonies in their original songs. Their music is playful and heartfelt and appeals to any music lover. Breathe Owl Breathe has released four albums including the 2008 "Ghost Glacier" that has received national attention.

The Squeaky Clean Cretins call the Keweenaw home! The group includes Edmund J. Artibee, Graham Parsons, Keith Kinnear, Greg Wright and Mark McEvers. They released their debut album "of flesh, of marrow" in 2007 and have been touring and performing across the region at festivals, clubs and coffee houses to enthusiastic and packed crowds.

Erin Smith will join the line up as the MC for the evening and will share some of her musical talents between sets of the other artists.

A silent auction will also take place throughout the evening featuring one-of-a-kind artwork of several local and regional artists. Pottery, woven items, woodwork, jewelry and other items will be included. A weekend stay at Insel Haus Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center on Bois Blanc Island is also included in the auction.

Many sponsors have contributed to the event to ensure that all proceeds can go directly to Omega House. Sponsors for this year's event are Bob and Sarah Baratono, Tim and Nancy Baroni, Bucky Beach and Julie Belew, Jim and Linda Belote, Brian Geshel, Michelle Little and Family, Cindy Griffin, Rick Loduha and Barbara Hardy, Keweenaw Co-op and Natural Foods, Terry Kinzel and Sue Ellen Kingsley, Wanda and Mike Kolb, Kim Menzel/Indigo Creek Counseling, Michael R. Moore/Professional Communications Arts Enterprise at Michigan Tech University, John and Charmaine Parsons, Patty Markham Peterson, Ron and Dorothy Riutta, Hal Rudnianin, JD Slack and Kenny Svenson, "The Fitz"/Eagle River Inn, Ray and Diane Tiberg, Steve Uren and Carol Carr and Ray and Viki Weglarz.

Proceeds from the concert will go directly toward providing care for residents at Omega House -- the only hospice home in the Upper Peninsula. Omega House provides compassionate end-of-life care to all in the community who are in need regardless of ability to pay. Since opening in September 2005, Omega House has served over 130 residents and has already undertaken expansion to add two additional rooms to the original six-room home. For additional information about Omega House, visit, or call 906-482-4438.

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