Amy Henderson in concert
When: 7 p.m. Monday, July 20
Where: Luna’s restaurant, 200 Main St. SW, Gainesville
Cost: Free, but donations accepted
More info: amyhenderson.com or creepertrailridetoendcancer.com
Great music? Check. A great time? Check. All to support a great cause? Check, check and check.
Musician Amy Henderson is returning to Gainesville to perform in front of her hometown crowd. She will sing at 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at Luna’s restaurant off the downtown square at 200 Main St. SW.
Henderson began playing the ukulele in the seventh grade and later moved onto the guitar while attending Camp Glisson in Dahlonega. The first song she could play on the six-string was “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”
Upon graduating from Furman University in South Carolina, she moved all across the East Coast, playing in countless bands to feed her musical addiction. Then, in 2003, she released her original CD, “Back Down.” For the next several years, Henderson took her musical rhythm and style — which she describes as “a little alternative pop with some rootsy Southerness built right in” — to musical venues in the Southeast.
Following the arrival of small children, however, Henderson has decreased her playing time in 2010. Therefore, she looks forward to sharing her music when she can, especially in her hometown.
“It’s fun to see people and friends,” she said. “It’s like homecoming.”
And this homecoming has the bonus of raising funds for the Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer, which is an annual trail ride beginning on the Creeper Trail in Abingdon, Va.
“This is a beautiful trail ride that everyone rides and everyone raises money for, it’s so fun,” Henderson said.
While neither the musician nor Luna’s is charging for the concert, donations will be accepted. The money will benefit the trail ride, which funds rare cancer research at the University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Centers in Houston, Texas. The trail ride has contributed more than $450,000 to cancer research.
The cause is close to Henderson’s heart, as she has known many people who have been affected by the disease.
“My parent’s next-door neighbor recovered from cancer,” she said.
Henderson encourages people to come out and support the great cause because raising funds for cancer research doesn’t get much easier.
“Come on out, have dinner and a cocktail and enjoy yourself,” she said. “It could even be like a Gainesville High School reunion.”