The Kent Theatre hosted a pair of fundraising concerts on August 3 and 4 that raised over $1,000 for the Digital Projector Fund. The Friday night concert featured the bands Mr. Mammoth, a Rockford rock/blues/folk band, Ghost and the History Books, a five-member folk/rock group from Grand Rapids, and Bennett, a three-piece rock harmony group. It was a great mix of musical styles and solid performances by all of the groups. The audience was large and enthusiastic throughout.
The Saturday night concert featured the West Michigan Swing Kids performing a mix of blues, funk, swing, rock, and Latin. Again, the performance was excellent and was fully enjoyed by a large and enthusiastic audience.
All groups, both Friday and Saturday night, performed for free to help the Kent Theatre raise money for its Digital Projector Fund. This fund is necessary to raise the $60,000 needed to purchase a state-of-the-art digital projection system for showing movies at the Kent Theatre. After the end of this year, movies will no longer be available to the theatre on film, and the Kent must switch to digital technology to continue to present films on a regular basis. The Kent has raised close to $18,000 toward the $60,000 digital projection fund. You can donate by going to their website at www.kenttheatre.org.