November 14, 2017 â€“ The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is organizing a festive pre-Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday, November 22 at the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse in Virginia.
Bradsgiving will include music, homemade pie and a small silent auction. The event will feature music by the local bands Horse Fzce and Big Waves and Bonfires.
The FOBMF memorializes percussionist and Virginia native Brad Rozman and seeks to celebrate and cultivate young Minnesota musicians. It started in the summer of 2010 with the BradFest music festival in Two Harbors and has continued with fall and winter events, both in Virginia and Duluth.
The Friends of Brad is a volunteer-run nonprofit. It has a scholarship program for students in rural Northeastern Minnesota who plan to study music in college. This marks the seventh consecutive year the foundation awarded scholarships. Learn more about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients: http://friendsofbrad.org/initiatives/scholarship-recipients/
Over the years, FOBMF has donated more than $10,000 in scholarships and programming for aspiring musicians, supporting causes such as the Duluth Music Resource Center, which teaches kids to play instruments, write songs and even record music.
â€œWith Bradsgiving, weâ€™re giving people an excuse to eat pie a day early. Whatâ€™s not to like about that?â€ says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. â€œWeâ€™ll also have terrific tunes and fun auction prizes. Itâ€™s an ideal way to kick off the holiday and support young musicians. We’re grateful to our hosts, the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse, for helping make it happen.â€
Wednesday, November 22 from 6â€“10pm
Pie sales and silent auction will happen at the Shop Coffeehouse at 235 Chestnut St. in Virginia. Music begins at 6pm at the 218 Taphouse (which adjoins the Shop).