Friday, July 13, 2012

Bluesman Andy Cohen Returns for Mini Folk Festival on the Lawn of UU Congregation in McHenry

Andy Cohen

When Memphis-based blues musician Andy Cohen came to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry this spring for a music and poetry benefit, he wowed audiences.  Now he is returning, headlining a mini-folk festival on the lawn of the church, 5603 Bull Valley Road on Thursday, August 9 at 7 PM.

Just Plain Folk—Songs About Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things will also feature longtime Chicago-based folk musician Norman “Mad Dwag” Siegel and McHenry County’s own The Siblings: Cheryl Niemo, Harold Rail, Dave Dreyer, and Andy Andrick.

The performance will benefit Compassion for Campers, a project coordinated by the UU Congregation’s Social Justice Committee, which provides much-needed assistance for homeless PADS clients who have to camp out or live in their cars from May through September while the church-based rotating shelters are closed. Items such as mosquito repellent, sun screen, camping gear, non-perishable foods, and sanitary supplies are collected and distributed to campers who live in conditions rivaling any Third World squalor. Family style lunch cookouts are also provided to the community every Monday at the PADS office on Kishwaukee Road.

A $10 donation is requested for admission. Donations of supplies will also be gathered. A complete list of requested items is available on request.

There will be festival-style lawn seating, similar to Ravinia or events on Woodstock Square.  Concert goers should bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy music in the summer air.

In the event of rain or excessive heat, the concert will take place inside the church.

There is plenty of on-site free parking.

For more information, contact Patrick Murfin at or 815 814-5645, or visit .

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