Joe Johnson and his Band
With Special Guests the Barrel House String Band!
A Holiday Benefit for TESSA
Doors @7:00 PM / Show @ 8:00PM
$10.00 plus ticketing fee
Joe Johnson has the most common of names but demonstrates the most uncommon talent. He combines an unforgettable voice with an uncanny capacity for writing beautiful and moving songs. His south Mississippi drawl and keen intellect deliver authentic stories and music full of soul and spirit. Raised an hour drive from New Orleans in Mississippi, a state that has produced the very core of American music, Johnson grew up with a great respect for the blues, gospel, and country sound that has defined the area's artistic heritage.
Joe's own family has contributed to that great legacy. His Grandfather, noted early Nashville Country artist B.J. "the D.J." Johnson, was a recording engineer, disc jockey, and Grand Ole Opry performer and his father Byron was a well known gospel musician as well. Joe began his own career in the music rich city of Hattiesburg Mississippi, playing in clubs like The Thirsty Hippo, T Bone Records, and Gus' Cafe' until 2003 when he set his sights west.
For the last 10 years Joe has called Manitou Springs Colorado home. Half of that time was spent fronting "Creating a Newsense", a Southern CO rock and roll band which despite it's dissolution in 2011 has maintained an avid cult fan base.
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TESSA was established in May 1977 in response to a high rate of calls to local law enforcement from women threatened or assaulted by their partners. At the time, Domestic Violence was considered a private matter and resources were difficult to locate, if they existed at all.
With assistance from within the legal and philanthropic communities ,TESSA emerged as an information provider and resource referral service. That initial effort has evolved into a multi-faceted agency that includes a confidential Safehouse, Victim Advocacy, Counseling and Children’s Programs, a 24/7 Crisis Line, and Community Outreach and Education. Through these efforts, TESSA strives to realize our vision of a community free of personal violence for all.
Fundamentally, we do three things:
1. Provide immediate safety at our confidential Safehouse for women, children, and other victims escaping abuse.
2. Empower survivors through programs and support such as Advocacy and Counseling.
3. Create a safer future through Education and Outreach to schools, businesses, and other organizations. TESSA’s mission is to help women and their children achieve safety and wellbeing while challenging communities to end sexual and family violence.
more at Tessa's website: http://www.tessacs.org/