Poverty Is Real—a Decatur, Ga.-based nonprofit organization—is hosting its third annual music concert series to help combat homelessness and poverty in local communities.
Last year, the Poverty Is Real concert series raised money for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry to assist the Decatur and DeKalb community. Through ticket and merchandise sales, sponsorships and a silent auction, the organization managed to raise $10,000.
Now the event, presented by Lenz, is returning June 14-16 to Eddie’s Attic for three nights of music by Nathan Beaver, The Bob Dylan Celebration, Caroline Herring and Matthew Herring. Nashville’s Bobby Bare Jr. will also make his Decatur debut June 15, excited to play Eddie’s Attic as well as contribute to the cause.
In regard to the number of benefit shows he’s able to play, Bare told Paste, “Not enough of ‘em. I have always joked at a show I say, ‘All of the profits from tonights art sales, CDs and T-shirts it all goes to feed the children’s benefit in Nashville, Tenn…The children you might be feeding are my children. In fact, I guarantee you every penny goes to feed all my children.
“Most of my musician friends live well below the poverty level,” he added. “They really don’t have really great, easy lives…I wish I was rich and I could do [benefit shows] all the time, but I’m working on the rich part.”
Signed as a solo artist, Bare got his start with band, Bare Jr., releasing two albums in 1998 and 2001. Since then, he’s parted ways from Bare Jr. and made three albums and one EP for Bloodshot Records. This year, Bare is releasing a 7” on Fat Possum, has a documentary with a live soundtrack coming out and is working on a new album with Jack White’s Blunderbuss producer, Vance Powell. He’s also co-producing the record.
As for the show, Bare says he will perform in an acoustic duo, consisting of himself and a lap-steel player that also plays bass. Attendees can expect songs spanning his discography.
Check out more information on Poverty Is Real here.