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Local band hopes to help out homeless veterans with concert


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Using the power of music, a band of brothers hopes to help out those in need. Rosewater, a group started by two Owen-Withee brothers, will hold a concert this weekend with a unique twist.

Darrell and Chauncey Marrier are performing with their band this weekend, helping out homeless veterans in need.

Two western Wisconsin brothers are hoping their music can help silence a growing problem.

"Yeah, we've heard off and on that homeless vets, that was an issue, but to hear the numbers, ranging from 76,000 to upwards of 200,000 homeless vets on any given night, and even just in the Minneapolis area there's over 4,000 homeless vets," says Chauncey Marrier.

"You couple that with that the phrase itself, you know, shouldn't exist. It shouldn't be a problem in the first place. But to one of that large degree, it's just  something that we personally couldn't ignore, so you just kind of figured a way to make an event and kind of shed some light on it," adds Darrell.

On Saturday, their band Rosewater will be holding a unique concert.

"It's a themed live show, it's based around a shotgun wedding. So basically we're having a shotgun wedding reception, and we're asking people to come dressed up for the reception, and this can include vintage clothes, uniforms, anything like that, and then we're also asking that they bring a wedding gift, which is items for homeless veterans," says Darrell.

Donations like sleeping bags, jackets and socks can go a long way, and will be given to homeless veterans both here in the Chippewa Valley, and in the twin cities.

"It's a fun event, it's supposed to be fun, people can come out, dance, have some fun, dress up, but the heart of the whole thing is to help the vets out," Darrell says.

For this duo, giving back is nothing new. Through their foundation they've been helping veterans, and others in need in our area, for the past decade.

"Through the Hands Foundation, we've already been able to give out over a thousand quilts, along with 5,000 different winter items. The quilts are really important, because for the vets, when they see someone personally made them an item, it really means a lot to them," says Chauncey.

Their band Rosewater plays what they call "outlaw bluegrass". They say it's a combination of blues, rock and roll and bluegrass music.

The concert is this Saturday night at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls at 7 p.m. The concert will last until 11 p.m., and they'll hold a "reception" afterwards. Tickets are $12. To find out more information about tickets, click here.


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