November 14th, 2021 at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, Ohio
The Cancer Association of Darke County will be holding a fundraiser on Nov. 14 at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 214 W. Fourth St., Greenville.
Noah Back and Shannon Clark and the Sugar will share their musical talent with the community from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.
Noah Back is a young local entertainer from West Alexandria. He first started performing in public at the age of 12, so he has been delighting audiences for half his life. His major musical influences were John Denver, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Bee Gees. When asked what kind of music he likes to play, he always says, “My favorite music to play is whatever you want to hear.” His repertoire is made up of songs from the ’20’s to the present and includes ballads, folk music, a little country and inspirational music.
Back began his career in Yellow Springs. Besides performing at restaurants, festivals, fairs, coffee houses, concert venues and churches, he does many private events. These include weddings, funerals, and graduation, birthday and holiday parties. He has performed in Chicago, Nashville and Pittsburgh.
Back is small in stature, but there is nothing small about his voice. People who hear him for the first time are amazed by its richness, depth and range. It runs the gamut from the high, sweet notes of “Mary, Did You Know?” to the deep, gravelly sounds of “Friends in Low Places” and some of Elvis’s songs.
Shannon Clark and the Sugar, as already noted, will also be performing that afternoon.
Growing up, Shannon’s mother was a notable radio DJ; spending time with her in the studio and at concerts was where he found his love of music.
He and Brittany (drummer) grew up in the same small town of Greenville and met when she filled in on drums for his band. This group expanded to being part of a mid-2000’s Warped Tour representing Ohio, Shannon and Brittany became a musical power couple. Then, after the shock and heartbreak of losing their second child, the duo took a break from touring; the music never stopped though, as the couple used the power of writing as a coping mechanism.
Their oldest daughter joined the group in 2019 and the group performs and writes together.
The trio’s sophomore album, “Marks on the Wall,” is in consideration for a Grammy nomination and is a collection of soulful, personal songs tackling the human condition, loneliness, and moving on. Produced by Grammy award-winning Mark Howard – who most notably has worked on albums with artists including Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, and U2 – Marks on the Wall is an ambitious blend of styles and sounds that creates a record that Howard says, “has the magic.”
Christine Lynn, executive director said this is only one of the association’s fundraisers, and it is done yearly.
“It used to be the Gospel Sing but has evolved,” she said.
All proceeds will go to the Cancer Association of Darke County to help local cancer patients.
Tickets are available for $10 each at the Bread of Life, 533 S. Broadway, Greenville, and at the Cancer Association of Darke County, 1111 Sweitzer St., Greenville.
For any questions, call the cancer office at 937-548-9960.
Masks are suggested.