Hug the Dog & The Great Groove Theory Concert

[feather_share] February 18, 2015

Two of the region’s most popular bands play in Jaffrey on Saturday night for a good cause.

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Hug the Dog and The Great Groove Theory, featuring Brad Faucher, perform at the Jaffrey VFW to raise funds for the family of Joe Hautanen, who was killed November when a drunk driver hit his car.  He left behind his partner Alyssa and their two children Gabriel 4, and Sophia, 2.

The Great Groove Theory is a blues / jam band with some funk and soul added to the mix. They currently host a monthly blues and funk jam at Harlow’s, and have played at Uplift Festival, Chris’ Concert and other events.  Their friend Brad Faucher is a guitarist and songwriter from Boston who fronts his band Session450 and has played with such regional acts as Mr Nick, Sweet Willie D and Diane Blue.

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Hug the Dog is an indie rock band who in their three short years together went from a duo to a five piece band, won a spot to play at SXSW Festival in Austin last March, and released their CD Animals We raise. Their music reflects a mix of different genres of rock; listen here to Reject, one of my favorites.

The benefit is being organized by Joe’s long-time friend Nick Duval who began talking up the idea of helping Joe’s family at his funeral.  “I talked to Russell Novotny (of The Great Groove Theory) who said he would love to help,” said Nick.  “He offered his band and it took off from there.”

Tickets for the event are $15; $20 at the door.  Bring your dancing shoes and some cash for raffle prizes, including a ton of stove pellets from New England Pellets.  There will be pizza, a cash bar, and a van with designated drivers should anyone need a ride.  The evening promises to be full of great music, fellowship, and the joy of being able to help fellow community members.

For more information about Saturday’s benefit and other fundraising efforts, visit the Hautanen Family Benefit Facebook page.

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