Singing and storytelling benefit for Our Neighbor
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville
How much: $60 per person; $100 per couple; $400 for a table of eight
More info: 678-617-5527 or email.
Singer and storyteller Allen Levi was all set to headline a benefit concert for Our Neighbor two weeks ago when Mother Nature stepped in.
The concert, originally scheduled for Feb. 13, fell right after a storm blanketed most of Georgia in snow. As a result, the event for Our Neighbor was postponed until this Saturday — but the time and venue remain the same, according to Our Neighbor co-founder Marty Owens.
Our Neighbor is a Gainesville-based nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities lead productive lives.
Levi, who spent 10 years working as a lawyer, left the country to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
When he returned to the country two years later, he had refocused his career, set on creating stories and songs.
“I really didn’t think I’d be able to make a living at it, but I at least wanted to say I tried and get that thing out of my system, so to speak,” he said in a previous interview with The Times. “But from day one, it’s been extremely busy, in a good way. I’ve had all the work I’ve wanted to do.”
Levi’s stories shed light on everyday things. Some songs make you see little annoyances in a different way.
The show will be filled with stories both funny and thoughtful, he said, offering something for everyone. His writings, he said, “just kind of look at life in a slowed-down mode.”