MUSIC | Musicians fight domestic abuse at Healing MN

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Healing MN is a Christmas benefit concert for Cornerstone, an organization committed to eradicating domestic abuse. The second annual Healing MN will be held at the Fine Line Music Café on December 10. Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to Cornerstone. Drink specials go on all night. Performing at the event are The New Congress, the Devine Collection, Alison Scott, and Hotdish.


Scott Bauer of Hotdish created the event. “The idea came to me last year when I was working for a promoter who needed to fill a night at Trocaderos,” said Mauer. “My mom is on the board at Cornerstone and I had volunteered at a few of the events.”


Hotdish performed at last year’s “Healing MN,” along with Heatbox, Roster McCabe, and Down Lo. The benefit raised $2,500 for Cornerstone’s music therapy program.


The development coordinator at Cornerstone, Courtney Poja, explains Cornerstone’s Music Therapy and Counseling Program. “This program is different than traditional counseling,” Poja says. “It uses the process and art of music and making music as a method of therapy for youth between the ages of 12 and 17. Youth who have experienced domestic abuse often have a difficult time expressing what they have experienced, so Cornerstone’s MTC program helps them express themselves by writing, creating and producing music in our onsite recording studio.”


In addition to a recording studio, the organization has an emergency shelter and 24-hour help line for domestic abuse victims. Cornerstone also provides educational and therapy services.


Awareness is a key mission of the fundraiser, says Poja. In addition to generating financial support for the program, the event will raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence and its effects on children and youth,” Poja says. “We hope to help people understand and appreciate the healing power of music.”


Bauer contacted Stephanie Devine to book The New Congress, a band she manages and performs in as a backup vocalist. “I escaped an abusive relationship,” she says, “so this event became instantly personal.” Devine will also be performing with her project, the Devine Collection, which includes members of The New Congress, the Root City Band, 8 Switch Assembly, and Copasetic. “I love that my friends/bandmates are behind me,” says Devine. “All I had to tell them was that this cause was important to me and they didn’t hesitate to say yes.”


The benefit will feature a raffle with prizes including Twins tickets, Pepitos gift cards, free haircuts and color from salon Lili, and band merchandise. Representatives for Cornerstone will be available to answer questions and foster involvement.