The sound of Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery will echo through the Casey Jones Amphitheater Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. as people gather for music and a charitable cause.
The folk band will play both new and old favorites as part of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society’s benefit for Area Relief Ministries.
The event started off as a “backyard concert” idea, but quickly grew much larger, said Courtney Berger, senior cell and molecular biology major.
“We knew we wanted to do something bigger this year than we had previously,” Berger said.
So, when Joshua Williams, faculty adviser for SMACS and associate professor of chemistry, suggested a concert with a band he had personal ties to, the group knew it was exactly what they wanted to host for the community.
“I think people might be surprised to see the chemistry students putting on this type of event, because it isn’t like something we typically do,” Berger said. “But, we want people to see all sides of the organization, and we’re really excited to be able to do that through this concert.”
Kelly Jones, senior chemistry major, said a lot went into the planning of the event that they had not expected, but the months of organizing will be worth it when they see people gather to have a “relaxing, family friendly time with great music and food.”
Maggie Moo’s, Jet’s Pizza and Reggie’s BBQ will be vendors at the event and have contributed to the group’s fundraising goal of $2,000, which Berger said they are closely approaching.
SMACS encourages not only the Union community to come to the event they hope to make annual, but also the people of Jackson.