Children in the Senegalese village of Ndangane in West Africa
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  • Children in the Senegalese village of Ndangane in West Africa

The third annual Rusty Cole Birthday Celebration and Jef Jel Project Benefit is solid for Sun. Feb. 19 at the Pour House. The event features live music from local acts Reckoning, the Key of Q, Josh Phillips, James Justin Burke, Old You, and Wadata.

Things kick off at 4 p.m. with an oyster roast on the deck lasting until 9 p.m. Music continues through the night. Rusty Cole, the bassist of local band Sol Driven Train, turns a year older, offering yet another opportunity to get local musicians together.

“It isn’t the same as a paid gig,” says event organizer Alfred Garrett. “It’s a chance for a bunch of different musicians to come together, play, and have a good time.”

Admission is $6 for the events on the back deck and $10 for the full day and main stage show. For the third year running, all proceeds from the night will benefit the Jef Jel Project, a nonprofit organization aimed to assist struggling communities in the Senegalese village of Ndangane in West Africa. Last year’s event financed the construction of a new maternity center in the heart of Ndangane. This year, efforts are focused on building restrooms in local schools of the village.

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