A Very Bridge And Tunnel Christmas: A Rocking Holiday Concert at Towngate

WHEELING — Members of The Bridge and Tunnel Collective and some special guests will perform a holiday revue for all ages at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market St.

The concert will put audience members in a festive mood as multiple local musicians take the stage, performing their original takes on traditional holiday favorites in a variety of musical styles. Performers include Adrian Niles, Michael J. Iafrate and the Priesthood, Mr. Fancy Pants, Weird Lightning, Molly Ananga Manjari Martin, Matt Smith, Chad Burrall, The Pussyfooters, Zoe Buccella, Love & Data and Chelsy Keding.

The annual concert, organized by the Bridge and Tunnel Collective, serves as a fundraiser for a local community organization. This year, the collective is donating its proceeds to Youth Services System’s Winter Freeze Shelter in Wheeling. This is the 10th year for the Winter Freeze Shelter, which provides warm, safe shelter to homeless individuals during the coldest months of the year.

Concert-goers have to option to donate additional funds through a donation basket and are encouraged to bring supplies to help the shelter. Needs include warm socks and gloves, ground coffee, sugar, creamer, powdered drink mixes, bottles of water, lip balm, razors, soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, zip-top plastic bags, canned food and peanut butter.

“I’m impressed with the giving spirit of these local musicians,” Youth Services System CEO John Moses said. “Not only are they raising awareness and collecting donations for the YSS Winter Freeze Shelter guests, but they’re going above and beyond by donating ticket proceeds to the shelter. The money will go directly to meeting the concrete needs of our guests. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our generous community.”

Tickets for the show can be purchased at www.oionline.com or by calling 304-242-7700. Seating is limited.

Adult beverages will be available for purchase. An after party will follow the show.

The show is part of Towngate’s Second Season and is sponsored by Main Street Bank. Towngate’s Second Season programming enhances Wheeling’s arts landscape with literary programming, live music, spoken word performances, improvisation and other events. Programs often feature works by emerging and/or local authors, musicians, songwriters, playwrights and poets.

A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District. Towngate is a cornerstone of creative life in Wheeling and serves as an entertainment destination for residents of Wheeling, the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to create and experience art onstage. Dozens of theatrical performances, ballets, concerts, films, exhibits, classes and events take place year-round.

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