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Invitation: Benefit Concert on REI.com/Live; Features Members of The Head and the Heart

Here's a chance to hear some good music Friday night while honoring the memory of 3 fallen skiers.

On Friday (Feb. 8) at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT, REI.com/Live will stream a  benefit performance by Josiah Johnson and Charity Rose Thielen, 2 members of the Seattle folk-rock band The Head and the Heart.

The pair will be joined by fellow Seattle acts Smokey Brights and River Giant for the evening at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern.

The Gigs4Good benefit show, presented by Team Up for Nonprofits, aims to raise funds and awareness for the Outdoors for All Foundation and celebrate the life of Chris Rudolph. Funds raised will go to a scholarship in his name.

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Josiah Johnson and Charity Rose Thielen perform with with The Head and the Heart at the Bonnaroo music festival in June 2011. (Photos: T.D. Wood)

Last Feb. 19 at Stevens Pass ski resort, about 90 miles northeast of Seattle, an avalanche claimed the life of Rudolph, marketing director for Stevens Pass, and 2 of his friends—Jim Jack, head judge of the Freeskiing World Tour, and local skier Johnny Brenan.

Journalist Megan Michelson skied with the group that day and presented an account of the events in an Outside magazine article, "Tunnel Vision."

Rudolph had explained to Michelson that he had been offered more-lucrative marketing jobs over the years, yet turned them all down.

“I’m a lifer here,” he’d told her. “I just love it too much to leave.”

We at REI hope you’ll enjoy the music of the participating artists. Johnson, by the way, is a big fan of the outdoors, as we reported in The REI Blog following an interview with the musician at Bonnaroo in 2011. Johnson and The Head and the Heart played to an overflow crowd at the festival.

Outdoors for All is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation. Chris Rudolph was personally connected to the organization.

You can make a donation to the nonprofit group at REI.com/Live. (Scroll to the bottom of page to locate the Donate button.)

Posted on at 10:30 AM

Tagged: The Head and the Heart, fundraising and music

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