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“There is nothing more wonderful than good songs and music, and supporting our kids on Lopez,” says Lane Langford, founder of the Warmth in the Heart of Winter concert. Last year Langford announced, “After organizing this for the last six years, this will be my last year, but the show will continue.” A full community center of surprised audible “ahs” filled the room that intimate evening.
As Langford mentioned last year, the show continues on for its seventh consecutive year, on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Lopez Center. Mark your calendars for this wintertime tradition of original songs by local musicians, as well as music from various genres including classical, country, folk, western Americana and rock.
All proceeds will benefit the Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC), Lopez Children’s Center (LCC) and Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC).
“Warmth in the Heart of Winter concert is a symbol of how blessed we are to have such an incredible community spirit supporting the work that the Lopez Island Family Resource Center does, with neighbors sharing kindness and compassion, helping each other,” Barbara Gurley, director of LIFRC said. The heart of this show reflects the many caring connections that each musician and represented organizations have on our small island. Libby Valluzzi also works for the LIFRC and LCC, serving the young children in the community.
“The Lopez Children’s Center is very grateful for the generosity of the amazing musicians involved with this concert. The Children’s Center depends on the support of the community to continue to offer quality services. The Warmth in the Heart of Winter concert allows everyone to enjoy heartwarming music and to support the children and families of Lopez. It’s a win, win,” said Jane Hobbs, LCC director.
“Over the years I have had the great privilege to witness first-hand the positive impacts these youth programs (LICC, LIFRC and LCC) have had on our entire community. I am honored to sing my heart out and play music with friends knowing we are making a difference in these young lives,” said Nick Teague.
“Singing is only part of the joy music has for me. The synergy that I witness between the musicians, the audience, everyone in the room at times, makes me feel so honored to be a part of our community,” Susie Teague remarked, “and that this show benefits our Lopez children is the best of all.”
This year’s lineup of musicians and vocalists includes Lisa Geddes on vocals and keyboard; Meghan Herold and Roseamber Sumner on vocals; Todd Goldsmith on drums and vocals; Lane Langford on guitar and vocals; Phil Paige on guitar and vocals; Nick and Susie Teague on vocals and a few favorite instruments; Libby Valluzzi on vocals, guitar and violin; Hawk Arps on keyboards; Colin Doherty on bass; Geoff Heard on guitar and pedal steel guitar; Becky Johnson on piano; and Bill Johnson on guitar. Sound engineer James Leonard will return from Hawaii to run the sound, with help from Brian Rick. Steve Ruegge will run the lights. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for youth under 17. To help keep everyone warm, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the show.
Tickets are on sale at Paper Scissors on the Rock, Blossom, The Lopez Bookshop and Lopez Center’s online site. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Please purchase your tickets early as this show usually sells out.