Acoustic Routes Concerts LLC of Saline announced today that its 10th annual benefit to feed the hungry has sold out. The March 16, 2019 show at The Ark – Ann Arbor’s world-renowned folk music club – will be headlined by five-time Grammy® winner and Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. All profits benefit the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, which is hosted by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor. Every day since the fall of 1982 volunteers have gathered there to serve a free meal to anyone in need. Many guests are homeless. Others are working but struggling to make ends meet. Everyone is welcome.
Rolling Stone magazine calls Marty Stuart one of the top country music artists of all time: “A musician’s musician, Stuart logged more than a decade as a sideman for the titans of twang – including Johnny Cash, Doc Watson and Lester Flatt – before launching his solo career...building his fanbase not only on the strength of his voice, but his hotshot guitar playing, too.”
“I’m honored to have been asked to be part of this event,” Stuart said. “This is one of those times when I’m reminded of what my musical gift is really for.”
NPR praised his latest album “Way Out West,” calling it a “journey through the Joshua trees, shadowy canyons and desert dreams that tantalize travelers with the promise of a golden shore on the other side.” Prime cuts include Time Don’t Wait, Way Out West, Whole Lotta Highway and Wait for the Morning.
Opening for Marty Stuart is Bloodshot Records artist and Cadillac, Michigan native Luke Winslow-King, who spent most of the last 15 years steeped in the musical cauldron of New Orleans and touring across North America and Europe.
Music journal No Depression called Blue Mesa, his newest record, one of the best roots releases of 2018: “His art serves as a kind of road map of where he’s been in his life – the places that raised him musically and all the incredible art he’s been exposed to since his early days as a musician.” Prime cuts include Chicken Dinner and Leghorn Women.
The emcee for the evening is Lisa Tucker-Gray, the rector of Toledo’s Trinity Episcopal Church, an accomplished singer and the daughter of the Rev. Svea Gray, who was director of the Breakfast Program for more than 30 years. She will also perform with multi-instrumentalist Curt Waugh.
Sponsors include General Motors Co., The Bank of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor State Bank, Old National Bank, ML Hassett, Inc., Suburban Chevrolet-Cadillac, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Post Companies, LLC and the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation.
The annual benefit concerts Acoustic Routes Concerts launched in 2010 for The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s have raised more than $100,000.
“The Breakfast started as way to help people get through a deep recession more than 30 years ago but the need never went away,” said Jim Cain of Saline, founder of Acoustic Routes Concerts. “It’s staggering how many people don’t have enough to eat day in and day out.”
Ann Arbor-based food rescue agency Food Gatherers said hunger is a pervasive problem in Washtenaw County. More than one in seven people lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.
“Some of the Breakfast volunteers have been there since the program’s earliest days. For others, it’s their first community service experience,” Cain added. “Volunteering creates a unique bond and I can’t thank Marty, Luke, Lisa, Curt and our sponsors enough for supporting our work.”