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Blood, Sweat, Tears

Blood, Sweat, Tears

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visalia – Want to attend a concert while also giving back to the community? Then Hands in the Community presents the perfect event for you with a concert featuring the hit band Blood Sweat and Tears.

Founded in 1967, Blood Sweat and Tears topped the Billboard charts for weeks and claimed the title for Grammy award Album of the year against the Beatles’ “Abbey Road”. Their most recognized singles include “You Made me so Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “Hi-De-Ho,” “Lucretia MacEvil” and “God Bless the Child”. They’ve become known for their fusion of rock, blues, pop and jazz improvisation which came to be known as “jazz-rock”.

In 2014, Blood Sweat and Tears landed American Idol’s Bo Bice as their lead singer. The season four, American Idol star was known for his long hair and incredible talent to hold long notes. While he lost the American idol title to Carrie Underwood, he is still recognized as one of the show’s shining stars.

Hands in the Community, also known as HNC, are also excited to present this musical event. In fact, Founder and Director Lester Moon himself is a fan of Blood Sweat and tears.

Hands in the Community is a non-profit organization that formed in 2009. Since then, HNC has helped thousands in need. Their volunteers help the needy in Tulare in Kings Counties. Their faith-based, government funded, private and public resources address both crisis and short term needs.

Hands in the Community, impacts the lives of widows, the elderly, single parents and others with services ranging from rides, plumbing, building handicap ramps, building fences, cleaning yards and other handyman jobs. Their services are free of charge and are completed through the help of volunteers. With their help, over $2 million worth of goods and services have been donated back into the community.

“The selection of BST for this fundraising concert is quite appropriate, considering the blood, sweat and tears that HNC puts into every project undertaken to help individuals in need,” said Moon.

Moon is no stranger to charitable work. He himself grew up in a small town with a low income family outside of New York. Sometimes he even went barefoot in the summer because his parents could only afford shoes at the beginning of the school year. He was impacted at a young age when a local church donated Christmas presents to his family.

Now the non-profit has interns from surrounding colleges such as Fresno State, Fresno Pacific, University of Phoenix, College of the Sequoias, SJVC, Milan Institutes and high school students. They have many volunteers and are always looking for more. Simply fill out a volunteer form on their web site.

Doors open for the July 15 show at 7 p.m. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range between $40 to $80. Reserve tickets here or go to the Visalia Fox Theatre at 308 West Main Street in Visalia.

 

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