Echo & Drake, an acclaimed alternative rock band from Hartford that was named “Best Overall Band” at the 2012 Annual Connecticut Music Awards, will perform a benefit concert for the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project on Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, on the lower level of the Harry Jack Gray Center, at the University of Hartford. Tickets for the concert are $8.50 and may be purchased in advance at http://www.showclix.com/event/3720268. Seating is limited; but tickets may also be purchased at the door depending on availability.
Co-sponsors for the Concert for Ocotal are Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project (H/OSCP) and WWUH Radio (91.3 FM) at the University of Hartford.
H/OSCP works to promote friendship and understanding between people in the areas of Hartford and Ocotal, a city in northern Nicaragua, and through this relationship build a more just and sustainable world. H/OSCP provides financial help to a successful microloan program in Ocotal that gives small loans to women lacking collateral. The women use these loans to develop their own small businesses and thus better support their families and themselves. H/OSCP also promotes delegations to Ocotal, invites citizens of Ocotal to Hartford, and arranges educational programs in the Hartford area.
Echo & Drake (John Ericson, Rich DeVito, Bryan Kelly, and Ryan Holmes) formed in 2005, and the group has won numerous awards including Best New Band, Best Rock Band, Best Singer/Songwriter, and Best Instrumentalist in the Hartford Advocate’s 2010 Grand Band Slam. They have played the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun, the Bitter End in New York, Pearl Street in Northampton, and Riverfest in Hartford. For more information regarding Echo & Drake, visit http://www.echoanddrake.com.
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