Nebraska band partners with Skate for Change to help Lincoln’s homeless

Story and Photos By Veronica Grizzle, NewsNetNebraska  

An idea that started from two brothers in a studio in downtown Lincoln has expanded to a band over the size of 20.

The Silver Pages perform for a packed house

The Silver Pages perform for a packed house

The Silver Pages partnered with Skate for Change to put on a benefit concert last Thursday to help the low-income and homeless in the community. The concert took place at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Lincoln.

How the band got together

Philip and Paul Zach work at a studio in downtown Lincoln in which people come and practice and record their music. They decided to start a band including many of the people that come to their studio. The brothers wanted to put a new spin on some older music. Most of the songs they performed were old hymns in which they breathe new life to make an exciting new sound. Instead of just having a guitar player, a drummer and maybe a bass player, the band decided to use multiple violinists, an accordion player and a pianist among many others. The band collaborated with over 30 people to put on this concert.

Not only was this a benefit concert, but it was also a live recording. The band recorded the songs that they performed and are releasing an album to the public on iTunes. Fans who came out to support the band got to be a part of their live recording.

Mike Smith and his non-profit organization were collecting items

Mike Smith and his non-profit organization were collecting items

Admission to the concert was $5 or the donation of a hygiene item. Skate for Change is a local organization consisting of a group of skaters that are committed to giving back to the low-income and homeless in the community.  Among the items donated were toothpaste, soap and deodorant. Skate for Change organizer Mike Smith set up a table by the entrance to collect all the items that were donated.

Local organization Skate for Change takes donations

Philip and Paul Zach's sister plays the piano

Philip and Paul Zach's sister plays the piano

Skate for Change is a non-profit organization that began in Lincoln and has now gone international. Over the past three years, there have sprouted more than a dozen Skate for Change chapters across the United States. The community service flourished because it encourages the youth to do something for the community and to stay out of trouble.

The youth fill their backpacks with donated items such as bottled water, beef jerky, hygiene kits, and socks to give to those in need in the community. Almost an entire trash can full of items were collected throughout the night. Skate for Change announced that they would be going out around Lincoln the day after the concert to donate all of the items they collected to those in need.

 

 

 

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