The event will bring together a legendary vocalist, a folk music group with attitude, and a young singer-songwriter who is gaining a reputation locally.
The concert will benefit three Delaware Valley organizations, two Delaware County-based, which serve women and children in everything from housing to job training and parenting skills.
First the performers who will be the draw for this worthwhile event. Annie Haslam is known primarily as the lead singer for the classic English progressive rock band "Renaissance." As any music fan of a certain age knows, this generation of rock and rollers has not gone away, evidenced by Jagger, McCartney and Eric Clapton, who turns 60 this week.
For Ms. Haslam, the time since the "Renaissance" heyday in the 1970s and today have brought discoveries outside of music, which she continues to perform somewhat sporadically, but to great acclaim by fans worldwide. Now a resident of Bucks County, Ms. Haslam is in tune with her music, nature and people.
"I think we are becoming more spiritually aware. Like-minded individuals are coming together. There are signs around us every minute. Things are happening to me, incredible stuff," said Ms. Haslam.
Among that incredible stuff is her art work, a relatively new found passion which consumes much of her time. She also has a new studio album due out soon. And, coincidentally or not, depending on your outlook, the concert in Media, which she was asked to do by radio personality and friend Debbi Calton, has lead to a mini-tour.
"I wasn't doing any shows, but I got a call from Debbi asking me to do this as a benefit for women. It sounded like a good idea."
Ms. Haslam will be accompanied by David Sancious, a member of the original E Street Band. She said she'd seen Sancious not long ago, thought he was "one of the best there is," and enlisted his talent for this concert.
Joining the headliner Ms. Haslam will be Full Frontal Folk, a quartet of singers who specialize in stunning four-part harmonies. Those familiar with the group know the music is delivered with irreverence and wit, much of which was displayed by their appearance in Media photographer Jayne Toohey's 2005 calendar "Naked Folk."
Laura Shay takes time off by studying at West Chester University to perform in the Philadelphia area. Ms. Shay sang her original work during a preview for the concert, and was called back for two encores by an appreciative audience. Her "gritty sound" and original voice will round out the event.
Proceeds of the event will benefit The Center Foundation, which promotes positive social change through education, social action and mentoring programs. The organization was founded by attorney Susan Harrison, and headquartered in Media.
The Women's Resource Center has been championing the causes of women in transition for 30 years, giving assistance specifically through counseling, legal and educational services, With 30 professional volunteers in law and therapy, WRC gives assistance to 4,000 to 5,000 woman annually throughout the Delaware Valley.
Pathways PA works to teach women to become self sufficient through educational and life skills. Their facilities also shelter 16 families, which have the temporary need for housing in order to keep mothers and children together.
During the concert, a short video especially produced for this event, will be shown to better illustrate the impact each of the organizations can have on those they assist, as well as the larger community.
General admission is $15 per person, $25 for preferred seating and a post-concert reception with the performers. Tickets are on sale at the Media Theatre box office, 104 E. State St., and by calling (610) 891-0100.