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Answer the Muse and Joe Crookston do benefit concert

Crookston, Answer the Muse team up for benefit show

JIM CATALANO, SOUNDOFF6:14 p.m. ET March 21, 2017


(Photo: File)


Two of Ithaca’s most popular music acts, Joe Crookston and Answer the Muse, will perform a benefit concert for Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) at the First Unitarian Society at 7 p.m. Friday.

The show will support Ithaca’s efforts to welcome refugees into community, and into our country. “All proceeds from the event will go to the efforts of IWR to help build our discretionary fund, to help refugees until they are self sufficient, or in case of an emergency. Funds may cover expenses such as groceries, medical bills, transportation, job training, household items that cannot be donated, and much more,” according to organizers. Find out more at

The program will begin with a welcome from host IWR’s Walaa Horan and Ithaca City Councilperson Ducson Nguyen, the son of a refugee family from Vietnam. During the break, Carlos Gutierrez will talk about his experience as an immigrant and share his work with the unfair labor practices in our region with regard to immigrants.

Answer the Muse opens Joe Crookston at the Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) benefit concert. (Photo: File)

Answer The Muse will begin the music portion of the evening, showcasing its blend of pop, rock and yogic influences. Crookston, who lives in Ithaca but rarely performs here as he’s busy touring the rest of the country, will close out the evening with his stellar original folk songs. Learn more at and

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