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Night of Multi-Genre Performances will Launch Fly Me To the Moon (Photo) - 05/09/19

On Sunday, May 19, four of Portland’s greatest live music acts will fill the halls of Alberta Abbey in Northeast Portland.  The concert is a fundraiser for Fly Me To The Moon, a new nonprofit organization that delivers professional live music performances to seniors in assisted living, retirement communities, and memory care facilities.

The organization’s founder, producer, and musician, Dean Mueller, created the event to raise funds and awareness for the program. The event will take place at Alberta Abbey, a community arts center in NE Portland. Concert-goers will enjoy a fabulous night of music as well as an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win some great packages that include items from beach house get-away to wine country outings to concert tickets. 

THE CONCERT

The line-up includes some of the finest musicians in the northwest in an eclectic, multi-genre show that has something for everyone.  It is an all-ages concert with a mix of rock violin, blues, standards, and an exciting blend of modern classical.

The show opens with Portland’s own rock violinist, Aaron Meyer, performing his favorite twists on rock classics and a few original pieces. He’ll be joined by the talented multi-keyboardist, pianist and vocalist, Jean-Pierre Garau, who has performed with the  Aaron Meyer Band for nearly two decades.

The first set closes out with the critically acclaimed 3 Leg Torso, an ensemble featuring original modern chamber music with wildly unique instrumentation.  

After intermission, the second set opens with the sultry vocals of the award-winning Julie Amici, accompanied by Dean Mueller on bass and Alan Hager on guitar. The trio will showcase music performed as part of the Fly Me To The Moon program. 

The last act of the evening will infuse the room with the electric blues of powerhouse Duffy Bishop.  The set will include Mueller on bass, Chris Carlson on guitar, Dave Fleschner on keys, and Ed Pierce on drums.  

FLY ME TO THE MOON

Fly Me To The Moon, founded in 2018, is affiliated with Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF).  Its mission is to bring professional, high quality, affordable live music events to retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities.

Mueller, who founded and runs the program, is encountering an “increasing demand as we have a deeper understanding of the effects of live music on the senior population.”

“The scientific evidence supports what we have always suspected,” said Mueller, “ that music can stimulate feelings of joy and harmony in seniors.”

But for Mueller, it’s about more than science.  In the many years he’s performed for seniors, he has seen the positive impact the music has on their emotional state.   

“As a musician, it touches my heart,” he said. “When we play the music they know, from the era of their youth, it clearly stimulates their memory and takes them to a sweeter place.”  

EVENT DETAILS

Fly Me To The Moon | A Benefit Concert
Sunday, May 19,  Doors at 5:30, Show at 6:30
Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta, Portland
All ages, food & beverage for purchase on site
Raffle Tickets for purchase on site
Concert tickets online at www.flymetothemoonmusic.org
On Facebook at Fly Me To The Moon Music
 

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