Free concert to benefit Hope Clinic
by Staff Reports
Dec 09, 2012 | 2683 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The sounds of the season will be on full display Thursday night as several area artists come together for a Christmas concert to benefit Walker County’s only free health clinic.

A Night for Hope, scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Jasper’s First Baptist Church, is a free concert to raise awareness and funds for Hope Clinic, which serves the uninsured of Walker County.

“The concert is free, but we will be accepting donations throughout the night,” said James Phillips, editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle and member of the Hope Clinic Board of Directors. “We have several talented artists lined up for the event. Area residents will be impressed by the talent on the stage.”

Laura Dodd Downs, the 2012 Inspirational Country Music Female Artist of the Year, and her band will perform at the concert. Downs said she is looking forward to the event.

“Living in Jasper now, I’ve heard a lot about Hope Clinic, and I know what kind of work the clinic does in this community,” she said. “I’m excited to get the chance to help out.”

Downs said her set during the concert will include her versions of several Christmas classics as well as a few of her original tunes.

Old Machines, a Birmingham-based rock band, will also perform during A Night for Hope. The group’s set will include several classic Christmas songs that have been re-arranged with more of a rock style. Jesse Crowe, the lead singer of the band, said the Christmas season is something the group looks forward to each year.

“We love to play Christmas music,” Crowe said. “We started doing Christmas songs several years ago, and people loved it. We’ve worked on a few new ones for this year.”

As many as 70 students from Jasper-area elementary schools are also scheduled to perform at the concert. Students from West Jasper, T.R. Simmons and Memorial Park elementary schools will join together as a choir to sing several Christmas favorites.

“Our children love performing Christmas music,” said Sharon Abbot, a music teacher for the Jasper City Schools. “Being able to perform for such a good cause makes it even better.”

For more information on A Night for Hope, contact Phillips at 205-317-4474.