Michael Duck, the Godfrey Daniels mainstay and singer-songwriter behind folk project Not For Coltrane, has gathered friends for a cause this Sunday at the legendary folk venue.
Godfrey Daniels will host Come Together for “No Place for Hate,” an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) benefit. The show will feature Not For Coltrane alongside singer-songwriters Dave Fry and Pentley Holmes, with all proceeds going to benefit the ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative.
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According to the Philadelphia chapter of the ADL’s website, No Place for Hate “enables schools and organizations to challenge anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms. By providing an innovative and powerful model for creating more inclusive environments, No Place for Hate aims to reduce bias and bullying, increase appreciation for diversity and build communities of respect. The initiative is free-of-charge, and is tailored to fit the needs and cultures of any school or organization.”
“I have two kids in Bethlehem schools, so I’ve seen signs and banners for No Place For Hate for years,” Duck said. “But lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how important that simple message is: How all of us really need to learn how to live together and respect each other. It’s so essential that kids learn that — and that we adults start to figure that out, too.”
Duck indicated that this realization coincided with his mission to use music as more than just a means of entertaining people.
“I was thinking a lot about how music helps people share experiences and build communities,” Duck said. “I realized putting together a benefit show around the idea of No Place For Hate could bring all that together.”
The show’s format will see Duck, Fry, and Holmes swap songs, meshing their musical styles together for a unique night of music.
“Pentley and Dave are great. I’ve had the chance to do shows with each of them before, but this is the first time we’ll all be onstage together,” Duck said. “We all have very different styles, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what we come up with musically. And, I’m so grateful that Godfrey Daniels is supporting this idea, too.”
Come Together for No Place for Hate begins at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $10.
I hope we raise a lot of money for the “No Place For Hate” program — but even more than that, I hope we raise a lot of awareness in the community, start some conversations, and help bring people together around this idea,” Duck noted. “I think this really is a concept that everyone can get behind, regardless of our politics or our backgrounds. I hope we can all agree that hatred is bad! So, let’s see what we can do about it.