‘Come Together’ Online for No Place for Hate on Friday, April 3

Even in times of pandemic worries and social distancing, our communities are not homes for hate: That’s the message more than a dozen musicians from across the Mid-Atlantic will come together online to share next week.

The virtual “Come Together” concert at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) on Friday, April 3, will feature live performances from the musicians’ own homes, which are scattered across Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, as well as the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas. The benefit event supports No Place for Hate®, a 20-year old initiative of the Anti-Defamation League that is present in hundreds of school districts across the country.

April 3 was to be the date of the fourth annual “Come Together” benefit concert at the Godfrey Daniels listening room in Bethlehem, PA. But, when efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic’s spread shuttered concert venues – along with schools and businesses across the country – the benefit’s organizers reworked the event into an online concert, featuring more than twice as many performers as before.

The message of No Place for Hate is especially important right now, said Lisa Friedlander, education director for No Place for Hate at the ADL’s Philadelphia office.

“Global anxiety about the outbreak of the coronavirus has led to the spread of much misinformation and scapegoating. In schools, in communities, and online, we have seen incidents of bias, harassment, bullying, isolation, exclusion, and xenophobia against Chinese people and those who are perceived as being Chinese,” Friedlander said.

“At a time like this,” she added, “it is even more critical for community members to ‘come together’ to support one another, and show our common humanity.”

The virtual concert’s lineup includes touring musicians and several performers with regional and even international followings, including Crys Matthews, George Hrab, Dave Fry, Rob Hinkal and Kristen Jones of the band ilyAIMY, and Carter Lansing of the band Acoustic Kitty Project.

Other scheduled performers are Leah Marie Fuls, Neil Grover, Emily Hall, Bronze for Birdy, Tom Cooney, Janene Otten, and Michael Duck.

Duck, the show’s primary organizer, who performs as a singer-songwriter under the name, Not For Coltrane.

“We didn’t have a lot of time to shift gears from the original plan for the concert, but it’s been absolutely amazing how quickly people responded to this idea,” said Duck, who is still adding additional performers to the webcast while also working to reschedule the in-person concert.

“There’s so much anxiety we’re all experiencing while we’re stuck at home and the virus is spreading. I think a lot of us just want to do whatever we can to help people and spread positivity,” Duck said. “Right now, that means we have to get creative with technology, as well as with our music. So, that’s what we’re doing.”

No Place for Hate supports programs in more than 1,800 schools across the U.S. that aim to reduce bullying, increase respect among students, and help them challenge bias and hatred. Funds raised in connection with the webcast will go to the ADL’s Philadelphia office to support No Place for Hate programs in nearly 50 Pennsylvania school districts, plus districts in New Jersey and Delaware.

Supporters who donate to the “Come Together” campaign on GoFundMe will be contacted on the day of the webcast with information about how to watch live. In addition, they’ll receive information about how to watch a livestream of the eventual showcase at Godfrey Daniels.

For more information, visit the official “Come Together” GoFundMe campaign.

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