Music lovers can get in the holiday spirit with the annual 12 Bands of Christmas concert and CD – and also contribute to a worthy cause.
This year’s concert and CD features Five’s A Crowd, 3rd Shift, Joy Krueger, Vellotones, Jaycie Ward, Livingroom Legends, Wombats, Jim Perkins, Fried Goat, The Unmentionables, Radar Cinema and Sibling String. Set for release on Nov. 8, the 12 Bands CD, Volume VIII can be ordered at www.12Bands.org. For the first time, every song on the CD is an original track.
Several of the 12 Bands artists are joined on the album by other musicians. Joy Krueger performs with the Wesley Church Praise Band, and the Vellotones perform with Georgia Music Hall of Fame member George Croft.
On Dec. 18, each band will play at the annual 12 Bands concert at the Imperial Theatre. Tara Scheyer & the Mudpuppy Band is absent from this year’s lineup, but she and her band will be releasing a holiday CD, performing for children and donating a portion of proceeds to 12 Bands.
The 12 Bands of Christmas started in 2001 with a mission to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer. In 2003, a recorded CD was added. In the past decade, 12 Bands has raised more than $250,000.
To help fight childhood cancer, the public can visit www.12Bands.org to make a donation, buy a raffle ticket for the 12 Bands/12 Kids campaign or purchase merchandise.
For more information, contact Joe Stevenson at director@12Bands.org or at (706) 664-5595.