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Music festival to benefit tornado victims in Marshall County

Marshall Music Festival

A music festival will be held in Calvert City to raise money for the tornado victims in Marshall County. The Marshall Music Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan.21-22, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on 4378 Gilbertsville Highway.

Kate Morosky, a bartender from Hazel, and WKMS Music and Operations Assistant, Melanie Davis-McAfee organized the event after an EF-4 Tornado caused widespread damage to Western Kentucky. Two people were killed in Marshall County from the tornado and many people lost their homes.

“Music has always been prevalent. I know through working at the bars in this area for the past several years that musicians create a positive atmosphere,” Morosky told WKMS. “I know they can be a great distraction from all aspects of life especially in times of sadness which the tornadoes have brought.”

Morosky first reached out to Davis-McAfee to help organize the event.

“My first thought was how can I help? I don’t have any medical training. Music is what I know,” Davis-McAfee said “When Kate Morosky presented the idea for the festival I thought that was it. That's how I am going to help.”

Davis-McAfee and Morosky used social media to gather local musicians to perform. In total, 16 artists volunteered.

Multiple genres will be represented including folk, americana, rock, and pop music. The artists performing on Friday include Fate McAfee, Brian Rader, Secular Pets, Pep Talk and the Bantha Tracks. Saturday will be able to see Sticky Bones, The Drunken Poets, CeCe & Me, Black Eyed Susans, Junior Cotillion, Shannon Davis Roberts, The Hashbrowns, Crooked Will, The Nova Kind, Willie Garrett, and Wabi-Sabi. For a performance schedule, see the event’s Facebook page.

“I think it was very important to have local artists perform. It is an event made by the community for the community,” Davis-McAfee said. “These musicians were in western Kentucky on Dec. 10. It's all very personal and very close to home for these artists.”

The motto of the Fraternity of Eagles Club is “People helping people.” Morosky says the motto was very fitting to the event and was a great motivator to have it at the club and several club members helped with its planning. The organizers hope to have several hundred people at the event over the weekend.

The Cartwright’s Kitchen food truck will be catering the festival. The food truck from Aurora has fed tornado victims all across western Kentucky. Cartwright’s will sell food until they run out and all of their proceeds will go to the tornado victims.

There will be no admission fees, but donations will be accepted. All ages are permitted. Every donation will go to the Marshall County Tornado Relief Fund.

Mason Galemore is a Murray State student studying journalism. He was the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper. Since then has explored different publication avenues such as broadcasting. He hopes to travel as a journalist documenting conflict zones and different cultures. He remembers watching the Arab Spring in 2011 via the news when he was a kid, which dawned in a new age of journalism grounded in social media. His favorite hobbies are hiking, photography, reading, writing and playing with his Australian Shepard, Izzy. He is originally from Charleston, Missouri.
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