What does Topeka love to do more than raise money for those in need?  How about put together an all-ages show featuring some of Topeka best local music? Combine the two and we have a real benefit going on. The event will be held at the Live Music Institute, 17th & Fairlawn on Friday, May 27 beginning at 7pm.

Reading, Kansas, a town of 250 people, was struck by an EF3 tornado on Saturday, May 21, shortly after Topekans were sent scrambling for safety due to tornado sirens. One man was killed and several injured. Damages to residential and business properties are estimated to be $2,250,000.

Chris Aytes & the Good Ambition already had the date booked at Live Music Institute. Once the tornado hit on May 21, Chris decided to turn it into a fundraiser for the people of Reading, Kansas. “The national focus was on Joplin, Missouri due to the tornado that hit the following day. Though the response efforts for that community is very much needed, I hate for our small Kansas town to be forgotten. We thought that inviting a few more musicians to join us would help draw the funds needed to help Reading in their recovery.”

Ellie Smith & the Commotion stepped up, and the Live Music Institute Student Jazz Band joined in. The show will start at 7pm with jazz, followed by cool blues music by Ellie Smith & the Commotion at 8pm. Chris Aytes & the Good Ambition will wrap up the benefit rocking the stage at around 9pm.

A $5 suggested donation will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, Kansas Chapter, Reading KS Tornado Response.

[Story by Rio | Photo by Ryan Bishop, Gizmo Productions]


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