Friday September 23, 2005

Blessid Union of Souls Plays Freefahl Concert

Event held by UD sorority Zeta Tau Alpha to raise money for breast cancer research.

University of Dayton sorority Zeta Tau Alpha will hold a fund-raiser for breast cancer research and awareness from 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in Collins Gym on UD's campus. The money raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.

Blessid Union of Souls will headline the annual benefit concert, called FREEFAHL. The band has since hit the Top 40 a number of times with such hit songs as "I Believe," "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)," "Light in Your Eyes" and "I Wanna Be There." It recently released its CD titled "Perception."

Rolling Stone magazine wrote the band manages to "incorporate Christian ideas into the alternative arena without seeming overtly zealous … . Blessid Union of Souls takes subtlety to another level with its soul-inflected alt-pop, while maintaining a psychedelic influence that invokes more of the spirit of Lenny Kravitz than John Lennon … ."

The concert will feature six other bands and musicians: Self Portrait; James Wade; Ryan McIntyre; From Midnight On, featuring Gabe and Damian Moorman; Justin Branham, who toured with Blessid Union of Souls; and Vinyltones, featuring two Blessid Union of Souls band members.

Luminaries, available for purchase the day of the event, will be lit in memory of those who've been affected by the illness. Free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks will be available.

Tickets cost $10 and will be sold in advance in Kennedy Union, as well as in Marycrest and Virginia W. Kettering residence halls on UD's campus. Tickets also can be purchased at the door. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1, with the grand prize being a trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., as part of UD's annual "Dayton to Daytona."

For media interviews or more information, contact event chairperson Tiffanie Chow at (937) 627-5247.