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Food, Friends, & Music–Ken Steiner Memorial Benefit Concert

A memorial benefit concert is being held Friday evening, January 11th, in honor of the late Ken Steiner, who passed away at the age of 66 on New Year’s Day 2017 following complications resulting from heart surgery.

Steiner had two great passions—cooking and playing music. He was also a longtime volunteer with Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly.

Executive Director Cathy Aten says he was a big help over his 35 years of service.  “He volunteered with Little Brothers from our very beginning in 1982 and he was just a wonderful volunteer who loved Little Brothers, really embraced our philosophy of friendship and love and companionship and he would tell people that Little Brothers is his religion,” she said.  Steiner also cooked for Little Brothers and Aten says they miss him everyday.

Jared Anderson from Michigan Tech’s Visual and Performing Arts Department said while many people knew Steiner because of his cooking, his music also reached a lot of people.  “He always carried around his harmonica and he played a wonderful blues harmonica and he sang in the choir at Michigan Tech and he always talked about and loved to sing and be a part of music,” Anderson said.

The concert will be held in the lobby of the Rozsa Center Friday evening. The doors will open at 6:30pm and there will be free food and a cash bar.  Performing will be Tom Katalin, Uncle Pete’s All Star BBQ Blues Band, and the Mike Christianson Quartet.

Tickets can be purchased through the ticket office at the Michigan Tech SDC or at the box office at the Rozsa the night of the concert. Tickets cost $10/$20/$30 or any donation of your choice.  All proceeds are going to support Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly.

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