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Noon Hour Nook, a four-piece band with three members from Mendenhall River School, will play two benefit concerts for a Senegal mission trip and tsunami relief, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Chapel by the Lake, and 7 p.m. Jan. 27, at the Friendly Planet, 200 Seward Street.
Admission is $5 for those 6 and up, or $20 for families.
Noon Hour Nook - Josh Lockhart, Rod Crist and Tully Devine - play almost every noon at the school. Lockhart, the guitarist, writes songs. He teaches at the school through Juneau Youth Service's BASE program.
Crist, a counselor at Mendenhall River and a longtime bluegrass player in town, plays mandolin. Devine, formerly of the band Dag Nabbit, also works at the school through JYS and plays bass. Kyle Thibodeau, an education major home from college for winter break, will sit in with the band and play congas.
"It's folk, but a little differnt than typical folk songs," Lockhart said.
Lockhart and his mother, Ann, are two of five Chapel by the Lake parishioners who will be traveling to Senegal on Feb. 22 through World Vision, an international aid and development agency. The group will be meeting another church team from Austin, Texas, and traveling through four villages for 10 days. The parishioners will be helping set up a health hut, providing medical services to villagers.
A portion of the proceeds from the benefit concerts will be given to World Vision and distributed toward tsunami victims.