July 31--For the second year in a row, the American folk band Run Boy Run will perform in Hutchinson.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1602 N. Main St.
The event was organized to help benefit Circles of Hope Reno County, which empowers families in poverty to find paths to self-sufficiency. Half of the proceeds donated will go to Circles, a nonprofit organization. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door or online at http://runboyrunhutch.brownpapertickets.com/.
Run Boy Run is a winner of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band contest and also has appeared twice on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion." Host Garrison Keillor was so taken with the band that he wrote a glowing endorsement for their first album, "So Sang the Whippoorwill." Keillor wrote, "Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony singing -- that's all you need in the world today!"
The group includes two-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion Matt Rolland and his sister, Grace Rolland, plus Jesse Allen and sisters Bekah and Jen Sandoval.
The band's stop in Hutchinson is part of a national tour, but there is a local connection with the performers. Hutchinson resident Heidi Unruh is the older sister to Grace and Matt Rolland. Heidi's husband, Jim Unruh, was the presiding minister for the wedding of Matt and Bekah last summer. Jim now works with Circles of Hope as the mentoring coach.
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