The Hala Kahiki Band brought a wave of carefree energy to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial Jan. 17 for the church's Music With a Mission concert series, which collects donations to benefit different causes.
That night, proceeds went to benefit St. Francis Center, a homeless-resource center in the downtown Denver area.
The band plays Hawaiian tunes, lilting and full of steel guitar.
“It's happy music, it's soothing music — it's beautiful music,” said Jeff Scott, 80, a member of the band. The group often plays at retirement homes, churches and nursing homes and brings liveliness to Alzheimer's patients, Scott said.
The band, which has been together for 14 years, enjoys practicing together as much as performing on stage, Scott said.
“If we can entertain people and bring a smile to their face, that's an added bonus,” Scott said.
Through the roughly five years, the church's concert series has raised almost $40,000, according to DeeDee Atwood, the church's communications director. It's free to the public, but donations are encouraged to benefit the varying causes the program supports.
“We label ourselves the concert series with a heart,” Atwood said.
For more information and upcoming dates in the concert series, visit www.gshep.org/music-with-a-mission-concert-series or call 303-740-2688.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church sits at 8545 E. Dry Creek Road in Centennial.
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