(MURFREESBORO) Alive's annual benefit concert series, Bluebird in the Boro, returns to the Grove At Williamson Place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, February 26 and 27.
Songwriters perform their hit songs in the round at the Grove at Williamson Place to fund care for hospice patients, grief support for children and adults, and free community education on end-of-life issues. Each show includes dinner and an open bar. Attendees will also have a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind paintings created for the event by artist and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Ray Stephenson.
This year's performers are Dan Couch, JT Harding, Tim James, Doug Johnson, Rivers Rutherford, Elvie Shane, Ray Stephenson, and Adam Wood. Bluebird in the Boro's presenting sponsors are:
- Ascension Saint Thomas Health
- Lee Company
- Lipman Brothers and R.S. Lipman Company
- Murfreesboro Oral Surgery Implants
- TwelveStone Health Partners
Alive's President/CEO Kimberly Goessele said, "At Alive, we are reimagining the way people can live as they approach the end of life. Our care is designed to help lift some of the weight off patients and their loved ones so they can share meaningful time together. The relationship doesn't end there. We are here to support community members as they deal with transitions, grieve, and learn to live with loss."
Tickets can be purchased individually for $100 or by the table for those who wish to join the "Songwriter's Circle" with a contribution to Alive of $1,000. This option seats eight and includes show memorabilia and donor recognition. Tickets are available on-line at https://www.alivehospice.org/boro
Wednesday, February 26: 6:00-9:30 p.m.
- Doug Johnson
- Elvie Shane
- Adam Wood
- JT Harding
Thursday, February 27: 6:00-9:30 p.m.
- Tim James
- Dan Couch
- Ray Stephenson
- Rivers Rutherford
Original Art for 2020 Created and Donated by Ray Stephenson
Grammy Award-winning musician and visual artist Ray Stephenson generously donated this year's original artwork. Stephenson's paintings hang in the collections of Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., and Oprah Winfrey, and he has been the Official Painter of the Monsters of Rock Tour. Two of his songs have gone Platinum: the title track of Kenny Chesney's album Hemingway's "Whiskey" and the Blake Shelton/Miranda Lambert album title track, "Red River Blue." Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard are among the artists who have recorded his songs. Posters and T-shirts are available at performances and Alivehospice.org/Shop.
One more thing, if you're new to Murfreesboro and don't know where The Grove At Williamson Place is located. It's across from the Avenue of Murfreesboro at 3250 Wilkinson Pike.
Alive is the only nonprofit provider of hospice care and end-of-life services in Middle Tennessee. Its mission is to provide loving care for people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families, and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives. This includes in-home and in-patient hospice care, grief support for children and adults, financial assistance, and community education. A leader in the "good death" movement, Alive established the third hospice in the nation in 1975. Today, it remains true to its roots as an innovator and leader, helping individuals live fully while approaching death. To learn more or volunteer, visit AliveHospice.org or call 615-327-1085.