Underground Café Concert showcases local talent



Rick Trevarrow Photos by Gary Nickel

Rick Trevarrow Photos by Gary Nickel

FLUSHING — The Flushing United Methodist Church hosted an evening of music, fellowship and ministry at its 3rd Annual Underground Café Concert on May 1. Over 130 concertgoers were in attendance for the show, which featured a line-up of group and solo musical acts performing in a low-lit, coffeehouse-style atmosphere.

Among the concert headliners was Flushingbased Christian Rock band “1 Fifty,” which played a mix of Christian Rock and CCM hits; vocal/ piano duo “Brother 2 Brother,” which performed a variety of contemporary Christian, sacred, pop and musical theater songs; and Flushing United Methodist Church’s lead pastor J.J. Mannschreck, who played acoustic guitar and accompanied his wife Sara in a vocal duet.

The Underground Café concert also gave high school and college-aged musicians the chance to showcase their talents, including performances from ukulele soloist Emma Nettleton; piano soloist Katelyn Messina; vocal soloist Bonnie Wisenbaugh; and vocal soloist Lillianne Smith, who was accompanied by “1 Fifty” guitarist Dennis Robertson and “1 Fifty” keyboardist Nikkie Hawley.

Lillieanne Smith

Lillieanne Smith

Other musical acts that highlighted the concert included acoustic guitarist Rick Trevarrow, Christian Folk vocal group “The Faithful Five” and dulcimer trio “Notable Women.”

Underground Café Chairperson Sue Ridge said that the audience enjoyed the concert’s wide variety of musical instruments and talent, as well as the broad age-range of the performers.

“Many attendees commented that this year’s evening performance was the best one yet,” she said.

The Underground Café Concert was sponsored and organized by the Flushing United Methodist Women and a planning committee comprised of FUMC members Sue Ridge, Lynne Whitmire, Kris Supernaw, Judy Martz and Melissa Belanger. All proceeds will go to Restoration Place, a model home for children who have been abused, neglected and/or sexually exploited.

“Last year, the Underground Cafe raised a little over $1,000 for the Restoration Place, and we were very pleased with that amount,” Ridge said. “However, this year’s result has surpassed that total, and we are extremely proud to say we will be sending them $1,500-plus.”

More concert photos can be viewed on the Flushing Michigan Happenings Facebook page.

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