Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Giving Hunger the Blues Is Back

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Giving Hunger the Blues Is Back

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Giving Hunger the Blues, one of Sarasota's most beloved, family- friendly concert events, will return after going on hiatus last year. The relaunch is Nov. 8, back on Hillview Street in the Southside Village neighborhood by original organizer George Genero's famed Five O'Clock Club. "American Idol" finalist (turned Broadway star) Syesha Mercado, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler are among the many local luminaries who have donated their time to perform at the fundraiser that generated more than $1 million for the All Faiths Food Bank. Last April, though, The Generoso Foundation announced its decision to cancel Giving Hunger the Blues.

"This is a labor of love for me, not a financial thing for me, and I'm just giving it a break," Generoso told Ticket last year. "It's a lot of work. It's a lot of time. The pureness of it seems to be just not there for me and I just don't know any other way to say it. It's just sad. It's something I've loved for 18 years."

Giving Hunger the Blues' proceeds will now go to Mayor's Feed the Hungry program and The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota. Peter Anderson is the new event chair.

"George, thank God, is staying on as honorary chair," Anderson said. "We are still negotiating contracts with a couple of bands and talking to some others locally."

The Generoso Foundation mission is to feed, nurture and protect the children of Sarasota County. The goal is to raise funds for charity partners to help them facilitate the programs that support that mission.

--Giving Hunger the Blues Music and Street Festival is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8; Hillview Street, Sarasota; $10, free for 12 years of age and younger; 228-1535 or

Mike Kach Benefit

Anyone who has been to a Dickey Betts & Great Southern concert during the past dozen years has seen and heard Mike Kach, the keyboardist who shares lead vocal duties with Betts. A gifted jazz, blues, rock and boogie woogie player, Kach lends his soulful vocals to Betts originals like "No One Left to Run with It," "Nobody Knows" and "Southbound" as well as the blues songs such as "One Way Out," which Betts played a key role in arranging and popularizing as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. …

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