It's hard to imagine it's been two weeks since "A Spotlight Benefit Concert" took place at the Bert Church Theatre.

The event was the first of it's kind for local group SLAM (Support Local Area Musicians) in Airdrie.

Partnering with the musical organization was Guitars 4 Vets: a non-for-profit group that provides guitars and lessons for military veterans experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other disabilities.

Juno Award winning artist Sass Jordan was the headliner for the concert and wowed the crowd with her acoustic renditions of songs like "Remind Me", "So Hard" and "Make You A Believer".

Jordan along with Guitars 4 Vets President Jim Lowther even participated in the traditional White Hat ceremony in front of hundreds at the Bert Church Live Theatre.

Before the Canadian songstress took the stage though, one of Airdrie's finest, Christian Hudson, opened the event with some of original work and popular covers.

Hudson has had a stellar year so far, winning the Stampede Talent Search last July and also claiming the top prize in the SLAM on AIR competition in September.

It was a surreal moment for the young musician who is currently working on releasing his new album in the following months.

As this was a fundraising event for Guitars 4 Vets and SLAM, many big ticket items were up for bids in the concert's silent auction.

These items included Sports Memorabilia, Getaway packages and autographed guitars from some of the best in the Music Business, including KISS, Taylor Swift and The Eagles.

The concert was a great success, and as SLAM member Steve Gilliss explains, it is hopefully the start of something big not only for the city but for all local musicians.

In case you missed the big concert or wish to relive the magic, have a look at the video and photo gallery showcasing the best from "A Spotlight Benefit Concert".

Derek Craddock - [email protected]

 

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