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Concert benefited music program

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

Popular female pop/rock/folk musician Jill Sobule said her trip to Truckee was more like a vacation. As a close personal friend to John Sorrentino and his family, Sobule came to town to do a benefit concert for the Sierra Mountain Middle School Gabriel Sorrentino Music Scholarship Fund.”This was a treat for me,” she said. “I’ve been really urban lately.”Though her lyrics are considered to be mature, often layered with a deeper meaning, her catchy tunes had a young audience singing and dancing in the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District auditorium.”I never get to play for the kids,” she said. “Usually I play for 21 and over audiences. I felt like Raffi … I have melodies that are very kid-like, but that have other meanings as well.”The concert raised $2,243 for the music scholarship fund at the middle school. The fund will use the money to purchase performance vests for the sixth grade band first, then hopefully purchase a baritone saxophone and drum set, Sorrentino said.Two hundred and twenty people came to the concert, which was an excellent turnout considering the concert date happened on a snow day for the schools and during a winter storm. Two fans drove over the Donner Summit during the storm from Lodi to see the concert, and one fan even flew in from London.Playing for the kids was such a treat for Sobule, she said she hopes to come back and play again before summer.”It made me want to play for kids a lot more,” she said. And the fact that the concert raised so much for the music program was thrilling to Sobule.”It’s always good to know you’re doing something important … This gives me an extra incentive. It makes me think I’m glad I do what I do,” she said.While Sobule was visiting Truckee, she mainly hung out with kids, playing music and writing songs. After the concert, the power went out in the Sorrentinos’ home and she said she enjoyed a cozy evening by the fire and candlelight – a nice break before flying back to New York for two concerts this weekend.Fifteen SMMS band students volunteered to help out at the concert and received back-stage, autographed passes. Nik-N-Willies served pizza and beverages before the show, and coffee was served by B&B Finest Custom Coffees.


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