Benefit concert will support agricultural program


    By Jane Parker
    Special to The PREVIEW

    Please join us for a fun evening of great music, food and loads of silent auction items at the Haiti Benefit concert to be held at the Pagosa Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m, concert at 7 p.m., opening with talented artists Jason and Denise. All proceeds will go to the continuing work of the Parker Family in building a self-sustaining agricultural program to feed orphans at Vilaj Espwa in Southern Haiti.

    Call for tickets, 903-3205 or (719) 369-7656. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at door; kids are $7 in advance/$10 at door. Dinner will be served: $7 taco pile-up plate. Cash, check, credit and debit cards will be accepted.

    In the digital age we live in, music is still the one thing that can grip and infect us with a raw energy and emotional passion that we can’t easily find in our modern, static societies. Songs of the Fall, comprised of Cia Cherryholmes and Stetson Adkisson, is a Colorado-based Americana/singer-songwriter duo with a love for music and communicating it in a very personal, relatable way.

    “Our sound has been described as a meeting of Celtic, delta blues and bluegrass and referred to as the American version of the Swell Season. We try to write about the things that move us and hope the realness of the songs carries across to the audience. The greatest compliment we can receive is someone telling us that a song touched them or was their story. Life is rough and we all want songs that help us through the good and the hard times, Cia said.

    Songs of the Fall began touring in 2011 under the name Stetson and Cia, playing Americana, folk and bluegrass events around the country. In 2012, they officially changed their band name and teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Paul Ebersold to record their new self-titled debut album. Artists they have performed with or have opened for include Tyrone Wells, Sarah Jarosz, David Crowder, Mark O’Conner, Marty Stuart and Sturgill Simpson.

    Cia Cherryholmes began playing music at a young age and was the lead vocalist, composer and banjo player for the internationally acclaimed band Cherryholmes. She has five Grammy nominations for her previous works.

    Stetson Adkisson, from Pagosa Springs, began his musical career performing on the singer-songwriter circuit in the western states before teaming up with Cia for their latest endeavor.

    Thank you for your support of the Parker’s Haiti Agricultural Program. By supporting the Parker’s agricultural program in Haiti, you are teaching the hungry to fish, or in this case, helping to plant a seed that will bring about a harvest that will make a difference to those who are hungry.

    For more information about the mission or donating, visit