20 Junction St. Needham
On January 17th, 18th, and 19th the musicians of the Plugged In Band Program will be showcasing their talents by rocking and rolling to raise awareness and funds for the Boston Minstrels. This session 36 student bands will be performing over three days to show you can have a positive impact on your community doing something you love, like playing music!
Join us for some awesome music and show your support for the Boston Minstrels and all of the amazing youth musicians of Plugged In!
Songs With Heart
A Benefit Concert for the Boston Minstrels
6:00p – 9:30p Friday, January 17, 2020
5:00p – 10:00p Saturday, January 18, 2020
6:00p – 10:00p Sunday, January 19, 2020
Needham VFW Hall
20 Junction St. Needham, MA 02492
$5 for students
$10 for seniors
$15 for adults
Tickets are sold at the door only. Cash or check only. Proceeds are donated to the Boston Minstrels!
Can’t make it to the show? Do you still want to be a part of the positive change we’re making for the Boston Minstrels? Make a donation directly to the Boston Minstrels by visiting their donation page:
Who are the Boston Minstrels?
Over Christmas in 1991, Tim and Jane McHale went caroling in nursing homes and hospitals. They had a blast. The joy generated by sharing beloved songs gave them an idea.
Construction engineer and executive coach by day, the couple decided to use their musical talents in their spare time to reach people who were otherwise isolated year-round. They worked up a repertoire of familiar tunes designed to engage and encourage and enlisted other music lovers to join them in visiting shelters, prisons, and other facilities. They called themselves “The Boston Minstrels” in the tradition of traveling troubadours.
The joy increased and The Boston Minstrels has evolved into a non-profit organization with a roster of volunteers from a wide range of life experiences, including some who first met The Minstrels when they were residents of shelters. The schedule of performances and programs per year includes annual returns to venues with whom the group has sustained long-term relationships.
From the beginning, The Boston Minstrels has fostered a mutually inspiring environment of community spirit. A gig is never musicians on one side of the microphone and a passive audience on the other, but the building of a “musical bridge” between the homeless, infirm, or imprisoned and the “rest of us.” A prisoner becomes a soloist to the delight of her peers. A homeless person recalls the words to a song and becomes part of the choir. A Minstrel is moved to tears. Dancing breaks out among everybody. Everyone contributes to the making of a positive memory. Everyone matters.
You can learn more about the Boston Minstrels at www.bostonminstrel.org