A benefit concert for UFPPC and the new GI Coffeehouse opening near Fort Lewis will feature accomplished performers:  Wickline of Air America fame and the international touring Americana duo Steve & Kristi Nebel at King's Books in Tacoma (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402) on Fri., Oct. 24, beginning at 7:00 p.m.[1] ...

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WHAT:  Benefit concert for UFPPC & new GI Coffeehouse
WHO:  Bob Wickline and Steve & Kristi Nebel
WHEN:  Friday, October 24, 2008 -- 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402 -- (253) 272-8801

http://www.kingsbookstore.com/events.html#wickline

OCTOBER 24 -- 7:00 p.m. -- BENEFIT CONCERT FOR UFPPC WITH WICKLINE

Join us for a benefit concert for United For Peace of Pierce County and the GI Coffeehouse in Lakewood with Wickline and Steve & Kristi Nebel. There is no admission charge for this event; there is a suggested donation of $10. United For Peace of Pierce County gives money to organizations such as the Citizen's Hearing On the Iraq War, and has been a major funding source for the Anniversary of the Iraq War in Tacoma. UFPPC has donated to the UN High Commission for Refugees, Jobs With Justice, and the Tacoma Puppetistas. This event will be focused on raising funds for the GI Coffeehouse in Lakewood, WA.

Wickline is a musical group headed by Bob Wickline with his wife Lynda, daughters Mandi and Marcee, and numerous friends. They were part of the Washington State Arts Commission's Cultural Enrichment Program for 18 years and presented to over 2000 elementary school assemblies. Their latest tour and album is a response to war, corruption, and blatant attacks on public education, the environment and the Constitution. Their music is frequently heard on The Thom Hartmann Program on Air America as well as numerous other programs.

Steve & Kristi Nebel are an internationally touring Americana duo that has been performing together for fifteen years. They have recorded ten albums as a duo and three albums as founding members of 'The Madrones' and 'The Fabulous Filucies.' Both Nebels sing lead or harmony and both play instruments: Kristi bass guitar, and Steve guitar.

[From Steve Nebel]

Greetings to all:

It is Thursday night, and I’ve gotten a call from Bob Wickline. He and his family are very excited to be singing for you all. They are a great group, who’ve enjoyed a lot of success throughout a long career, and have a lot of musical skill to share with you. This is an opportunity to hear some great music, and see a great show. They will have a slideshow with their music (something I’ve just thought about doing), and they’ll have backup tracks from a studio band. They will be mostly performing Bob’s songs. Kristi and I will finish up the evening. If you’ve heard us before, you know what we sound like. If you haven’t, you could find us online at http://www.geocities.com/steveandkristinebel, or www.cdbaby.com/sknebel. It will be a great night, and we hope to raise some more money for the GI Coffeehouse. That project is coming right along. There is no admission charge. We’ll be passing the hat. Bob has written some great songs, and is hoping to inspire folks. We are looking forward to seeing you all again. Thanks in advance for your support. --Steve Nebel

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“A group of local veterans hopes to launch a coffeehouse near Fort Lewis where soldiers – both active-duty and out of the military -- could brew both good java and good company. ‘The coffeehouse would be a safe place, off base, where GIs and their families could go for support, information about their rights and a chance to express what's going on in their lives’, said Mateo Rebecchi, 24, a student at Seattle Central Community College and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, one of the coffeehouse backers.” --Carol Smith, Seattle Post Intelligencer.

On October 24, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA, United For Peace of Pierce County, and King’s Books will be sponsoring a benefit concert for the GI Coffeehouse, to be opened in Lakewood in the near future, featuring the 4 member family singing group, Wickline. There will be no admission charge for the concert, and the general public is welcome to attend. Seth Manzel of Iraq Veterans Against the War says they need to raise about $15000 to open their coffeehouse.

Bob Wickline has written a series of songs in response to the war, debt, corruption, and blatant attacks on public education, the environment, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc. The CD album, “Wake up…America! We Shall Reap What We Sow” was released by Wickline in 2006. In this eight-song collection of Bob’s “poetry put to music,” frustration and fear for the future turn toward a positive, hopeful world view, a world where empathy, education, and cooperation can heal our troubled nation.

Kentucky-born Bob Wickline is a professional singer, songwriter, poet, public school teacher and public speaker, who has presented musical keynotes at numerous rallies, conventions, and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Musically, Bob has had seven singles on the national charts, and has co-produced three CD albums.

During their eighteen years with the Washington State Arts Commission’s Cultural Enrichment Program, THE WICKLINE GROUP presented over two thousand elementary school assemblies teaching “The Origins & History of Bluegrass Music.” As a single act, or with his musical family and friends, Bob has performed concerts at fairs, colleges, churches, conventions, and a wide variety of community events. With Lynda, his wife of 36 years, and two daughters, Mandi and Marcee, Bob and his family have been recording, singing on stage with WICKLINE, and performing in venues and theatrical productions for the last three decades throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their greatest adventure was a cross-country trip promoting the Carter Foundation/Unicef’s “Children First” campaign, ending with an appearance as featured performers in a 1996 Summer Olympics event in Atlanta, Georgia.

United for Peace of Pierce County has existed since 2002 and has a stated mission of opposing unilateral military intervention, favoring diplomacy instead. UFPPC gives money to other organizations such as the Citizen's Hearing On the Iraq War, and has been a major fund source for the Anniversary of the Iraq War in Tacoma. UFPPC has donated to the UN High Commission for Refugees, Jobs With Justice, and the Tacoma Puppetistas, and more. This event will be focused on raising funds for the GI Coffeehouse in Lakewood, WA. The evening will be completed with music from Tacoma duo Steve and Kristi Nebel.

Here are some comments from abroad and home about the work of Steve and Kristi Nebel, both live and recorded:

". . . “Beautiful stuff ! But somehow it's also something more. I was reminded of Paxton's exuberance, and songs reflecting so vividly the country he comes from; the heartfelt concerns and perceptions of nature in ‘The Crow’, and a sense of how humanity "treats" itself, and it's privileged lease holding on this planet in ‘Harbor Island’ . There was Paxtonesque fun-poking in ‘Superman's Dilemma’, and Steve`s perceptive ‘Lillian`s World’ was for me his strongest writing. Kristi's wonderful voice was most powerfully in evidence in ‘On Fishermen’, written along with Steve." --Bob Benbow, retired lorry driver, and co-organizer Acoustic Music Club, Leicester, U.K.

“. . . there's something in each of you that has the ability to connect beyond the words and music. You are a gift . . . that I am so grateful to receive.” --Linda Frank.

"No one exemplifies the socially aware musician better than Steve and Kristi Nebel. Steve and Kristi do a truly wonderful job of combining searing social concern about war and peace with a delightful spirit of love and happiness. Kristi . . . sings with a hauntingly beautiful voice which is at once ethereal and earthy." --Geoff Bard, Victory Review.

There is no admission charge for this event, which is open to the general public. Form more information call King’s Books at (253)272-8801. This event is sponsored by King’s Books, and United for Peace of Pierce County. You can make direct donations to the GI Coffeehouse on the internet at: http://www.givoice.org/donations, or send a check to G.I.Voice, P.O. Box 99404, Lakewood, WA 98496.

Contact:
Steve Nebel (253)573-1504, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bob Wickline (253)549-2468 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.