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March 6, 2012

Mike Pound: Concert planned for Peace Lutheran Church

About a year ago, Peter Mayer told my then 13-year-old daughter Emma that he liked the hat she was wearing.

Emma, who takes her fashion seriously, was pleased by Peter’s compliment and, I suspect, the hat comment made the prospect of sitting (or standing) through a Jimmy Buffett concert with her parents a bit more tolerable.

It’s not that Emma doesn’t like Jimmy Buffett, it’s that Emma’s parents like Jimmy Buffett. As everyone knows, there was a federal law passed, I think, during the Hoover administration that says teenagers are not supposed to admit that they like the same music their parents enjoy.

We were outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City a few hours before a Jimmy Buffett concert was to get underway when Peter noticed Emma’s hat. Peter is a member of Jimmy’s Coral Reefer Band. At just about every Buffett concert, Peter, his brother Jim and other members of the band come out to chat with fans  and to sign autographs, which is how we happened to run into him.

I mention all of this because Rodney Peters sent me an email Tuesday. Rodney is the pastor of the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1930 Virginia Ave. In his email, Rodney told me that the Peter Mayer Group will play a benefit concert for Peace Lutheran Church, which was destroyed in the May 22 tornado. Since the tornado, the nice folks at Bethany Presbyterian have been sharing their church with Peace Lutheran Church.

Katherine Redpath is Peace Lutheran’s pastor. She said that when Peter’s office sent her an email recently asking if the church would be interested in Peter and his band doing a benefit concert for the church, she declined.

“I said, ‘I didn’t think we could take on a project like that,’ ” Katherine said.

But when the woman from Peter’s office explained that the band would handle most of the details, Katherine changed her mind.

Katherine knew about Peter, who has performed at a few Lutheran Church events in the past. But she knew little else about his music and knows next to nothing about his work with Jimmy Buffett. The one thing she does know is that someone — nearly 10 months after the church was destroyed — still wants to lend a hand.

“It’s amazing that people still remember and that is heartwarming,” she said.

The Peter Mayer Group performance will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Bethany Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available through Bethany Church at (417) 623-5155.

Rodney told me that folks can reserve their tickets by phone and either stop by the church to pay for them or send the church a check prior to the concert. The church does not take credit or debit cards.

Emma doesn’t know it yet but she’s going to the concert. To make her feel better I’ll tell her to wear that hat Peter liked.

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