From Illinois Business Journal news services
COLLINSVILLE– Dust off your picks and hard hats – and your dancing shoes. Four top Metro East bands are tuning up for a benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for renovations needed to reopen Collinsville’s historic Miner’s Theatre.
“Rockin’ for the Miner’s 3: Sound the Alarm!” is sponsored by Scott Credit Union and is scheduled for 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia St. in Collinsville. Tickets are $10 ($5 for children 12 and under) and are available at the door; in advance at the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, 221 W. Main St.; or online at www.historicminersinstitute.org. Tickets purchased online include a service charge.
This is the third year for the benefit concert. The last two shows have raised more than $7,000. All proceeds will benefit the Miner’s Institute Foundation, the local not-for-profit volunteer organization raising funds needed to complete the significant renovations required to make the historic theatre ADA accessible and compliant with current building codes in order to reopen it. The show is “Sounding the Alarm,” as funds raised by the show are earmarked for the purchase of an audible fire alarm system needed as part of the renovation effort.
“The annual benefit concert is really becoming a really fun tradition, and this year’s lineup may be the best yet,” said Miner’s Institute Foundation President Leah Joyce. “I invite everyone to join me this year – it’s a great time for a great cause!”
Four area bands are donating their time and talents for the show:
• Harvest Drive, a popular band based in Trenton playing country and rock. Harvest Drive is fronted by Nashville recording artist Jennifer Leann Thompson, who toured with Lori Morgan and has opened for nearly 50 national acts.
• Quarter Draw Band, an Edwardsville-based band that plays everything from rock ‘n roll to greasy blues, and just a pinch of honky tonk country. QDB was one of two Illinois bands chosen to play the Governor’s Day Picnic in Springfield in 2013 and has appeared at area bars and festivals including the International Horseradish Festival, the Italian Fest and the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival.
• Sweet n Sour, a four-piece Metro East band that plays high energy rock and country from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s to present day hits.
• D.C. Cusanelli of St. Jacob, a unique solo musician playing original material and covers from the 1950s to current radio hits, performed on an eyebrow-raising range of instruments from the guitar, banjo, and mandolin to ukulele, harmonica, cajon, kazoo, beat boxing and anything else he can get his hands on. Cusanelli creates a full band sound onstage using a custom pedal board.
“Live music and entertainment are very close to my heart, and it’s crucial to have great venues like the Miner’s Theatre where people can come together to enjoy a show or a community event,” said Harvest Drive singer Jennifer Leann Thompson. “All of us in Harvest Drive are so proud to be part of the effort to reopen such an important part of Collinsville’s history.”
“We’re excited to be part of the benefit again this year,” said Scott Credit Union Community Relations Representative Cassidy Beck. “Miner’s Theatre is such an important part of the community, and this is such a fun way to raise the funds needed to reopen it.”
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Miner’s Theatre was funded by local union coal miners and opened on Dec. 28, 1918 as a performance space, United Mine Workers of America union hall, and a place to hold community meetings.
Although the Miner’s Institute Foundation has made significant progress toward the restoration of the theatre, there is still much to do. The not-for-profit group is seeking monetary contributions and organized labor unions wishing to join in the project by donating their labor. Those interested in the restoration efforts or who would like to contribute may visit www.historicminersinstitute.org, follow on Facebook (Miner’s Theatre), email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 972-4236.
About the Miner’s Institute Foundation:
The Miner’s Institute Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized by volunteer citizens for the purpose of raising funds for the rehabilitation and support of the Miner’s Theatre.
The Miner’s Institute Foundation will support the advancement of the arts and recreation by cultivating, promoting, bolstering, sponsoring and developing in our community an appreciation and understanding of all the arts and recreation. For more information visit www.historicminersinstitute.org.
About Scott Credit Union
Scott Credit Union is open to anyone who lives or works in a 17-county area, including Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Clinton, Marion, Bond, Macoupin, Montgomery, Fayette, Effingham, Williamson, and Jackson counties. Anyone who lives or works in St. Louis County, Missouri also can open accounts at SCU. Additionally, anyone active or retired military also can have accounts with Scott Credit Union.
Scott Credit Union currently has 15 area locations: Scott Air Force Base, East Belleville, Fairview Heights, Collinsville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville, Waterloo, Highland, Caseyville, West Belleville, Millstadt, Mascoutah, Troy, Wood River and its Home Office in Edwardsville.