Tecumseh Music Fest to feature rock, jazz, food and more

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Jim Rice and his quartet perform at last year’s Music Fest. Herald file photo by Jim Lincoln.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Community Arts of Tecumseh (CAT) will bring the sound of music to Hantz Golf Club with the second annual Tecumseh Music Fest. This evening of live rock, blues and jazz music paired with fine food and fun activities will help raise money for CAT art programs throughout the year.

“CAT started in 2010, so we have had four years of fun and good experiences,” said founder Martha Melcher. “The response from the community has just solidified the reason why we started. Having the art center has brought so many people together, and opened up people’s creative processes and thoughts.”

CAT is a non-profit arts organization that serves youth and adults in Tecumseh, offering educational opportunities in visual arts and music. Busch’s Fresh Food Market and Hantz Golf Club are the major sponsors for the event, and are working together to provide the food, served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to music from The Jim Rice Group, and Simons & Rose, the evening features both a silent and live auction, and kids activities. A week on Lake Michigan and a flat screen TV are just two of the big ticket items in the auction. Local businesses have donated a number of items for the silent auction, and CAT is still accepting auction donations from businesses or individuals.

“Our music fest in September is another way to get people together,” Melcher said. “We have a lot of original art from our artists and the artists who come to Art in the Park in June.

Community support is key to the success of CAT. The non-profit has received great support from businesses and individuals as it focused on strengthening the arts in Tecumseh. Continued loss of art, music and drama education in schools inspired CAT founders Melcher and Jean Lash to provide space and teachers for art and music.

“It has been an opportunity to let people have the experience of art here,” Melcher said.

Youth are not the only beneficiaries of art education. Adults of all ages of come to CAT to get their art on, often finding skills they didn’t even know they had.

Tecumseh Music Fest is the second major fundraiser this year for CAT. “Art in the Park” in June was a great success with its emphasis on visual arts. Just like “Art in the Park,” the Tecumseh Music Fest has something for all ages, including a cash bar for adults and a variety of activities for children.

“We have continued to grow with high hopes for the future,” said Melcher.

Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, with children 12 and under free. Because of space restrictions, there are a limited number of tickets available. Advance tickets are for sale at the Tecumseh Herald and CAT. For more information, call the CAT Art Center at 423.0000.




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