(Centennial, CO) – What do Irish music and mental health have in common? Aside from Irish music making your worries melt away with its lively Celtic charm, the folks at NAMI Arapahoe / Douglas Counties will have the “Luck of the Irish” on Friday, March 23 when local favorites Juice O’ The Barley perform a benefit concert for their organization as part of The Music with a Mission Concert Series. The concert is free to the community, and a “love offering” will be collected with all funds going to the local affiliate of NAMI, which is dedicated to the education, support and advocacy of individuals affected by mental illness within Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. The concert begins at 7 pm at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Rd. in Centennial.
Juice O' The Barley has established itself as one of the most sought after purveyors of Irish pub music in Colorado. Taking its name from a well-known--and much consumed--Irish beverage, THE JUICE performs contemporary versions of pub classics, as well as music from the current Irish folk and pop scene. They can be found playing at local pubs and at major Irish and Celtic festivals throughout Colorado. The Juice is not your mother's typical Irish folk group. They play their music in a style that can only be described as "Irish music with an attitude."
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families. The Arapahoe / Douglas County affiliate provides mental health education and support, combats stigma, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illness. This is where the real work of NAMI takes place, from support groups to classes and speakers to community outreach and help in finding community resources. NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support their important work, so making a donation during the concert will greatly impact individuals living with mental illness in our community.
The Music with a Mission Concert Series was created as an outreach project of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to raise funds and awareness for both local, national and international mission organizations. The series is in its third season and has raised over $25,000 to date.
To find out more about Good Shepherd and the Music with a Mission Concert Series, check out their website at www.gshep.org/music-with-a-mission-concert-series.