Great Barrington to take part in Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

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GREAT BARRINGTON >> Grammy Award-winning artist Seth Glier will be the headliner for the Great Barrington venue for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.

The show will be at the First Congregational Church at 251 Main Street from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25.

The concert at the Congregational Church is one of more than 250 events across the United States on that date, according to organizer Elise Richman. The date was designated in 2007 by Congress as a day of remembrance for gun violence victims.

To date, said Richman, there are more than 25 events statewide.

Glier, a Shelburne Falls native who makes his home in Easthampton, won a Grammy for his 2011 album, "The Next Right Thing." The album also won "Best Social Action Song" at the Independent Music Awards.

In addition to Glier, a host of other well-known local musicians have donated their time, including Bobby Sweet, David Reed, Terry A La Berry, David Grover, the Beeline Ramblers and the Matchstick Architects.

In a statement, Reed said he was "humbled and honored to be part of this national event. But I am most glad to be part of an event that celebrates that which is best about humanity: The love, caring and solidarity which binds people of conscience across Berkshire County and the United States."

Richman is a resident of Southfield and a gun violence survivor herself, as her father was killed in 1973 by a gunman. Ironically, she said, the two men ended up being buried in the same cemetery.

Tickets are $10 for children, $20 for adults. They will be available at the door and by going to www.concertacrossamerica.com, clicking on the Massachusetts venue link. Proceeds go to #StopHandgunViolence #Boston, a nonprofit organization that works with law enforcement to educate and advocate the end of gun violence.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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