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Cowsills singer to headline Hurricane Sandy benefit at SteelStacks
November 16, 2012
The Morning Call
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Singer Susan Cowsill performs tonight as part of the 'Lehigh Valley Concert for a Cause' at Musikfest Cafe.

A member of a hit 1960s pop-music family will head a nine-act benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy at Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, the venue just announced.

Susan Cowsill, who was the youngest member of The Cowsills, which had a hit in 1969 with the theme to the Broadway musical "Hair" and was the inspiration for the TV show "The Partridge Family," will headline the Lehigh Valley Concert for the Cause concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

Also on the bill for what is expected to be a 3 1/2 show will be the Todd Wolfe Band, Cunningham and Associates, This Way to the Egress, Donovan Roberts, the students of Hawk Music, the students of Doc's West End Music, The School of Rock and the Students of The Lesson Center.

Tickets, at $15 and $20, are on sale at and 610-332-3378. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

American Bank has offered to match donations to American Red Cross Disaster Relief up to $50,000 through Dec. 31. Proceeds of this benefit concert will be included as part of the offer.

The Cowsills' version of "Hair" went to No. 2, as did its 1967 song "The Rain, The Park and Other Things," which sold a million copies. The single "Indian Lake" also was a million-seller and hit No. 10. The group consisted of Susan Cowsill, then in elementary school, her five brothers and their mother.

In adulthood, Susan Cowsill was a member of the alt-pop group the Continental Drifters, which also included Peter Holsapple of the dB's, Mark Walton of The Dream Syndicate and Vicki Peterson of The Bangles. Cowsill and Peterson also performed as a duo called The Psycho Sisters.

In 2005, Cowsill made her solo debut with the album "Just Believe It." That was the same year that Hurricane Katrina claimed the lives of two of her brothers and displaced her and her family in their adopted hometown of New Orleans.

The tribulations of the past few years resonate throughout Cowsill's latest release, 2010's "Lighthouse."

Wolfe began playing on the New York scene in 1979 with his band Troy & the Tornados, and in the 1990s played with chart-topper Sheryl Crow for a decade.

During the show, The Lesson Center will collect new or used musical instruments in good, working condition to be distributed to music schools throughout the region hit by Hurricane Sandy. Instruments that will be accepted include acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, banjos, keyboards, violins, violas, cellos, brass and woodwind instruments, drums and cymbals.

The Lehigh Valley Concert for the Cause was organized by The Lesson Center.

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