Local musicians play for benefit

Dave Gallant and Taylor Caspersen perform for SAFARS

Two Vancouver Island musicians will be performing in Sooke on behalf of abandoned animals on May 3 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Murray Road. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society (SAFARS).

SAFARS is a charity group specializing in the rehabilitation of feral and stray cats. This hardworking society, comprised exclusively of volunteers, has also created three animal food banks; one in Sooke, as well as in the Beecher Bay First Nations Reserve and at Our Place Society in Victoria to help prevent the abandonment of animals.

The plight of abandoned and feral cats along the west side of Vancouver Island struck a chord with two musicians. Dave Gallant and Taylor Caspersen volunteered to head up the concert night, with Dave Gallant and Friends, The Taylor Caspersen Project and other special guest performers.

Gallant has been on the Island music scene for over 40 years. His eclectic repertoire includes influences from Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. He has worked with countless musicians and for many years has been president of the Sooke Folk Music Society. www.sookefolkmusicsociety.com

The Taylor Caspersen Project is headed by Taylor Caspersen, a young, charismatic Sooke musician and performer. Caspersen started his journey with music when he was only four by raising money for young leukaemia patients. Taylor also performed at the Farmer’s Daughter open stage shows, with host Dave Gallant. The band’s music tastes includes blues, classic rock, glimpses of progressive rock and folk-rock with heavy acoustic undertones.

Doors open 7:30 p.m., show time at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at Shopper’s Drug Mart,  People’s Drug Mart  and The Stick in the Mud Coffee House.

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