Fans of Abby Ahmad and the Mark Marshall Band will enjoy a concert at the Jazz Café on Friday, Oct. 28. The homecoming will give local music lovers the chance to catch up with Ahmad and Marshall while supporting a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. "This has been one of my most supportive audiences," Ahmad said. "We wanted to do something to give back. "
Friday night’s show will consist of an original set by Ahmad and a full band of musicians from The Mark Marshall Band. The second set will focus on blues material from both artists. Both bands consist of Ahmad on guitar and vocals, Marshall on electric guitar, Adam Minkoff on bass, and Sean Dixon on drums and percussion.
Marshall produced Ahmad’s album Curriculum, released last year. Since releasing the album, Ahmad has been touring the East and West coasts, taking notice of her growing influence. "I think the fact that I write deeply personal music attracts fans who are in it for the long term, which is very important to me," she said.
Marshall tours with a world music project and Ahmad is writing songs for a new album. In addition, Ahmad enjoys teaching. She offers vocal and guitar lessons, as well as meditation and yoga classes. "If you’re one with your body and mind, the creative aspects can go through the roof," she said. She hopes that the music lessons are deeper than learning how to simply navigate an instrument, noting that sometimes idle hands can lead kids astray. "Everything we do helps us build ourselves up as musicians," she said.
Abby Ahmad and The Mark Marshall Band will play the River Street Jazz Café on Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15, and $1 from every ticket benefits the flood relief efforts via the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. To learn more about Ahmad, visit www.abbyahmad.net.