In midst of tour, Wilber makes time for benefit

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Jason Wilber will perform during the Tuesday’s Will Read for Food show at KlubHaus 61 in Jasper. The 7 p.m. show will benefit the Southwestern Insiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition.

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JASPER — In the midst of a tour with folk singer John Prine, singer-songwriter Jason Wilber will perform Tuesday during a Will Read for Food benefit show at KlubHaus 61.

From Carnegie Hall to the London Palladium and throughout an endless stream of well-known venues in North America — Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.; Wolf Trap in Virginia; Massey Hall in Canada; and Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado — Wilber has backed up Prine for more than 20 years. He appears on Prine’s Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning albums.

Tuesday, Wilber will be the guest performer as part of a Will Read and Sing for Food (WRASFF) fundraiser for the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition (SWICACC). Admission to the 7 p.m. show is a recommended $10 donation to the coalition.

SWICACC, directed by Tammy Lampert, is a non-profit agency that provides a safe reporting location for victims of crime and their families. It provides forensic interviewing services to children reporting abuse in Dubois, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange, Perry and Spencer counties. Since opening its doors in 2009, it has provided services to more than 1,000 children of abuse.

 “I am happy to lend my voice, both literally and figuratively, to help WRASFF in this benefit for the SWICACC. The work they do for children and families is vitally important to the community and I’m proud to be able to help out in this small way,” says Wilber, based in Bloomington.

Between Prine tours, Wilber hits the stage with his own songs — sometimes opening for Prine. His new CD, “Echoes,” is his ninth solo album and his first to focus on material written by other songsmiths, including Leon Russell, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Prine, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Graffiti6 and others.
“His music has taken him around the world, but he still retains his small-town sensibilities,” says WRASFF host Scott Saalman. “I love seeing him with Prine, but Jason is very entertaining as a solo artist as well.”

The SWICCAC show also includes motivational speaker Jenna Quinn, a survivor of sexual abuse and a warrior against sexual abuse of children and adolescents. Quinn has traveled the country making speeches to law enforcement and abuse-prevention groups. Her namesake bill, “Jenna’s Law,” passed the Texas senate, making it the first child abuse prevention law in the U.S mandating K-12 trainings for students, all school staff, and parents. “Jenna’s Law” addresses sexual abuse and other forms of maltreatment.

Three other show guests are singer-songwriters Andrea Wirth of Evansville, Daniel Market of Muscle Shoals, Ala. and writer Jon Webb, metro editor and columnist for the Evansville Courier. WRASFF players include Saalman, Debbie Schuetter and Kyle Lueken.

The show includes a cash bar and appetizers. The artists will be selling and signing their music after the show. The doors open at 6 p.m.

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