Acoustic Café Hosts Artists for Musical Sounds and Coffee Grounds

Jan. 20, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Members of the Baylor University and the Central Texas Communities are invited to grab a cup of Common Grounds coffee, settle into a couch at the Bill Daniel Student Center (SUB) Den and listen to three of the Baylor Rising Artist Network (B.R.A.N) students perform at Baylor's Acoustic Café at 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted twice a semester by the office of campus programs for the 12 students of B.R.A.N. This semester, the Acoustic Café is featuring John Mark Lowry, a church music major from Baton Rouge, La; Michelle Piland, a speech communication major from Franklin, Tenn; and Laura Webb, a theatre performance major from Nashville, Tenn.

The musical talents of Baylor student's uses music to help the Baylor community have a greater understanding of global and social issues by supporting the non-profit organization, Love Light & Melody.

Love Light & Melody is committed to raising awareness about extreme poverty in the community of Managua, Nicaragua and to fight social injustice. Acoustic Café and Common Grounds have come together to use music as a universal language to share the Gospel.

"The department of student activities is always excited to have to an opportunity to allow students to perform and share their gifts and talents, and Acoustic Cafe is one of those opportunities," said Keith Frazee, Baylor coordinator of student productions.

Also attending the concert is Sean Carasso, a social activist who will speak at Baylor's chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 21. He has traveled around the world working alongside Christian-based children's organizations, including Young Life, Invisible Children and TOMS Shoes. Carasso's book, Falling Whistles, documents his cause to inform and aid the rebel army boys fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more information, contact Garrett Burnett at 254-710-4919 or visit the student activities web site at www.baylor.edu/student_activities.

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