Save the Chimps will be the featured charity March 24 at an Indian River Arts & Concerts (IRAC) event headlined by Cole Quest and the City Pickers in concert, with opening act Riely O’Connor & Molly B. Moon.  This event, at Vero’s historic Heritage Center, will also include a collection of works from local artist Marcie Bensman.

Located in Ft. Pierce, Save the Chimps is the world’s largest privately funded sanctuary. Founded in 1997, they provide quality lifetime care for chimpanzees rescued from laboratories, entertainment, and pet trade. Over 200 chimps are living on 12 3-acre islands with enrichment activities and excellent care away from the public eye. IRAC will be collecting items for the organization’s wish list.

Cole Quest and The City Pickers are a group of New York City musicians connected by friendship and a love of bluegrass. Cole Quest, grandson of the folk icon Woody Guthrie, has brought together a collection of eclectic pickers who have gained recognition on the New York City scene. Performing both Quest’s original tunes as well as traditional favorites, The City Pickers bring their special brand of high-spirited talent to the stage. Cathy Woolsey, producer of Indian River Arts & Concerts says, “When I first met Cole he was in diapers. It is a joy to present him here in Vero Beach on his return visit. The guys played last year and blew the house away!”

The evening’s opening act will be feature songwriters Riely O’Connor & Molly B. Moon from Apalachicola, FL., They write and play a variety of styles, are known for their powerful themes and insightful lyrics and have wonderful vocals and harmonies. This will be the duo’s first performance in the Treasure Coast area.

The art exhibition at the event will feature a sampling from the work of artist Marcie Bensman including handmade jewelry incorporating beads, silver, and natural stones as well as her photography.

Indian River Arts & Concerts was started in 2008 to support professional nationally touring musicians and to promote original music. From unplugged living room concerts, in 2012 the series moved to a home on the Indian River in Sebastian with a small stage, lights, and sound. Local visual artists began to present their works in a gallery setting in conjunction with the concerts. In 2016 the series’ mission expanded again to supporting a local hands-on charity at each event. Instead of money, items from each charity’s needs list are sought. By the 2017 season, having built a community that outgrew the Sebastian location, the series found a new home in The Heritage Center. These are private events. If you are interested in attending, please contact IRAC for more information.


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