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SHEL headlines Alabama Tornado Relief Concert

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Saturday June 4, at the Ross Aragon Community Center for a night of heartfelt music, fun and fund-raising in support of Alabama Tornado Relief for Shoal Creek Valley, Ala.

Headlining Saturday’s concert will be national bluegrass act SHEL.

SHEL are Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook — four classically trained musicians, who happen to be sisters, from the artist colony of Fort Collins, Colo.

The band’s sound is sophisticated and youthful, emotional and lighthearted, classic and eccentric. SHEL’s engaging live show is marked with a prodigy’s creativity and a veteran’s instinct for entertaining. Audiences delight with their unique song-writing style and fresh, new sound. Their new rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Battle of Evermore” is timeless — comparable to the likes of Nickel Creek reinterpreting it.

SHEL has a song featured in a Glade National Ad Campaign airing now on television. They are an ABC Family Featured Band on ABC.com’s “On The Rise.” SHEL has also been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated, “E Town.” They have been featured in several festivals from Cornerstone to the Lilith Fair.

SHEL writes all their songs and co-produced their debut LP with six-time Grammy winner Brent Maher. A sought-after festival band, watch for SHEL to continue making their mark in music history. For more information on SHEL, visit them at www.iloveshel.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iloveshel

SHEL will be joined on Saturday night by special musical acts Ben Loper, Jason Rose, According Two Today, and Johnny K and Natalie Oman.

All proceeds from Saturday’s concert will go toward the Alabama Relief Effort to the small community of Shoal Creek Valley, located near Birmingham, Ala.

Shoal Creek Valley is not unlike our own little town of Pagosa Springs. Shoal Creek Valley was hit by an E4 tornado on April 27, 2011. According to the National Weather Service classification scale an E4 tornado is a “devastating tornado” with winds up to 260 miles per hour, and has the ability to flatten houses to their foundations. The tornado that struck Shoal Creek Valley was over 1.25 miles wide and left a swath of destruction nearly 72 miles long. The loss of human life that day in Alabama was 236, and according to the Red Cross over 14,000 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. The term “tragic” is so often bandied about that we fail to grasp the true scope and depth of the word, but it is certainly a word that applies to the events of April 27 in the small community of Shoal Creek Valley.

It is has now become our rote response to say “There is nothing I can do.” as the harrowing events of the modern world seem to constantly vie for our time, emotions and money. Tragedy is everyday news, and it is reasonable for us to feel overwhelmed.

Shoal Creek Valley is just a little dot on a very big map, not unlike Pagosa Springs, and they need our help. As a community we have had our struggles, and the tough times we have come through and are still going through make it challenging to give, but in light of the devastation in Shoal Creek Valley and other little towns like it, we are very, very blessed. After the storms of April 27 Shoal Creek Valley is left to literally put itself back together again piece by piece. Rebuilding this community will take a long time, considerable funds, and tremendous manpower.

Grace Church, along with members of our community, will be sending a team of skilled and unskilled laborers to Alabama on June 19 to join the cleanup and rebuilding effort in Shoal Creek Valley. You can support this restoration effort in many ways. Although sufficient building materials have been donated, it is the logistics of getting manpower to the state of Alabama, and the community of Shoal Creek that presents itself as the biggest need. Grace will be working towards raising $15,000 to mobilize a team of people to go down to Alabama from June 19-29,

Please join us for this special benefit concert on Saturday, June 4, at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 6:30 p.m. with all proceeds going towards the cost of this trip. For more information on how you can contribute and help put the little town of Shoal Creek Valley back on its feet by donating your time, finances or prayer support, contact Grace Church at 731-6200 or at graceinpagosa@centurytel.net.

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