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Tornado anniversary concert to raise funds for art, autism

May 16, 2014

The Joplin Globe, Mo.

May 16--One of the events based on the anniversary of the May 22, 2011, tornado is a fundraiser for autism and art.

"Art, Autism and Remembrance" is a fundraising concert to benefit Art Feeds and the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism in Joplin. The event features an outdoor concert, a silent art auction and more. The concert features Me Like Bees, Carter Hulsey and The Toos. It will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday at JB's outdoor stage, located at 112 S. Main St.

Fresh off a win in Ernie Ball's Battle of the Bands, Me Like Bees has stayed busy touring, including an appearance at the SXSW festival in Austin, the Middle of the Map Fest in Kansas City and a feature in Alternative Press magazine. The band will be part of the Warped Tour in July with appearances in Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville and Kansas City.

Carter Hulsey is embarking on a tour in support of his latest album, "Drive Out." The singer-songwriter will play concerts in St. Louis, New York, Chicago and Toronto this summer.

The Toos released their first EP in June 2013. The band features an alternative folk-rock style.

The Leffen Center for Autism, a part of Freeman Health Systems, was opened in 2007 and focused on using applied behavioral analysis therapy for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. The center's previous location was destroyed in the tornado. Funds raised will be used to provide scholarships for patients and help with other costs.

Art Feeds provides therapeutic art and creative education classes within schools and other children's programs. The organization, active in Joplin after the tornado, also has dispatched educators to other disaster-stricken areas such as Moore, Oklahoma.

The silent auction features donations of work by artists with Local Color Art Gallery, tickets to Kansas City Royals games, concert tickets, gift cards and more.

Admission: Donation ($5 suggested).

Details: 417-626-2323.


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