Join the Salvation Army and Baker Book House for a free concert featuring Ralston Bowles, Bennett and The Salvation Army Brass Band. Ralston and Bennett will provide an exclusive premiere performance of "Give Till It Helps" - an original song that will play a central role in this year’s Red Kettle campaign. The Salvation Army Band will round out the evening by leading the season’s first Christmas Caroling event.
Considered the “godfather” of West Michigan’s acoustic music scene, Ralston Bowles has been a fixture since 1970, helping the Grand Rapids music scene to flourish while encouraging national artists to make Grand Rapids a tour stop on their schedules.
Since the band’s formation in 2012, Bennett has spent their time writing powerful original material and developing their fresh sound. "They have incredible song writing prowess and a cohesiveness only a band of brothers could have." said column writer, Logan Bailey, in his album review for Bennett's recent EP release: A Brand New Start.
The Salvation Army Brass Band plays an important role in sharing The Salvation Army’s mission through formal and informal community performances throughout the year. Famous conductors and composers including John Phillips Sousa have recommended Salvation Army bands for their musical excellence, and many prominent musicians throughout the world have received their music training in the Salvation Army.
This free event is being held to support The Salvation Army's "Give Till It Helps" Red Kettle Christmas Campaign which hopes to raise $1.75 million to support our neighbors in need with vital human services not only at Christmas but throughout the year.
The concert is free of charge but a ticket is required for admission.
After registering for the event, your ticket will be emailed to you. You can either show us the email at the door or print the ticket out and bring it with you.