From it’s inaugural concert in the fall of 2006, promoter and Army veteran Russ Barnett has always dreamed of ways to reach out to those veterans who have ‘fallen through the cracks of the current system’.
“I had the idea for a few years,” explains Barnett “and decided it was time to take some action…utilizing the talents of my musician friends to create something that would ‘give back’ to the vets; after all the unselfish sacrifices they’ve made, it seemed the perfect thing to do.”
All the profits from VetFest 2012 will be distributed to three veteran-centric groups: local shelter and support organization Veteran’s Haven (4924 S. Wayne Rd, Wayne, MI, http://www.vetshaveninfo.org), the nationally based Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org) and veteran’s crises center Soldier’s Angels (https://www.facebook.com/
The event will officially kick off at 4 PM on Saturday, July 14 with singing of the National Anthem setting the tone for the day. Donation opportunities (a minimum $5.00 cover charge/donation is suggested; the event is actually free to attend) will give attendees raffle chances at various military-themed gifts and giveaways. Acoustic performers will start the entertainment and include singer/songwriter Gail Engling, metal band MediSin Wheel doing a rare unplugged set as well Barnett himself crooning a few tunes. Amplified entertainment (bands) will take over after 8PM and feature 3 time Detroit Music Award winners Sweet Crystal, blues rock from Steve Cox and The Hammers and new this year, plenty of laughs as the Toledo Comedy Crew keeps the night moving.
The Timber Wolf Tavern, located at 25641 Plymouth Road (between Telegraph Road and Beech-Daly in Redford) will host the event and offers a great selection of food and beverages to keep everyone satisfied throughout the day and into the night. Sound support is being donated by CC King Entertainment (https://www.facebook.com/
“It really says a lot about the hearts and minds of these musicians, how quickly they all jumped on board, ready and willing to donate time, talent and work for this cause” says Russ. “VetFest 2012 is just our way to give back locally to those that gave so much for all of us.”
Updated information can be found at the event website: http://www.warriors211.com.