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Volunteer concert feeds the body and the soul through song

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TWO HARBORS, MN -- The United Church in Two Harbors held the annual Music to Feed the Soul concert virtually Saturday.

"We were all set to go last year," Event Organizer Mark Gordon said. "Of course, the pandemic hit about this time, and so we had to cancel, and we were trying to figure out how can we do it this year."

Music to Feed the Soul is an annual fundraiser spanning more than a decade.

Reviving a tradition the pandemic canceled, event organizers did not give up.

"They kind of went to town and it took a life of its own, and now we have musicians from across the country believe it or not who are going to perform," Gordon said.

The concert was live-streamed Saturday afternoon and featured 15 musical performers from the Northland and across the country.

The concert included performances by Charlie Parr, Brad Brooks, Steven Solkela, and others.

The endeavor raises money for the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf.

"Our title says it all: Music to Feed the Soul," Performer Katya Gordon said. "Music does feed the soul, and so we're feeding the soul and we're feeding the body together."

Some performers have seen the community's need for food security first hand.

"All human beings have needs at different times," Performer and Food Shelf Volunteer Dan Goodenough said. "Our life goes up and down and different things happen. There are times when we really do need something."

With both live and pre-recorded elements, the fundraiser mixed the old with something new.

"It's different, and I still think it's just going to be a great, great concert, and you'll be able to watch it whenever you want to, too," Gordon said.

Click here to watch a recording of the full concert.

Organizers are hoping to raise $5,000 to help end hunger and food insecurity.

Click here to donate.

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Kendall Jarboe

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