Bre Steinmeyer, a sophomore business major, was 14 when she picked up her first guitar. It was a Christmas present, and she quickly taught herself to play. Sheâ€™s continued to play for herself, and for her love of creating original music.
But tonight, Steinmeyer will play her guitar for something much more than herself â€“â€“ sheâ€™ll be performing to raise awareness for cancer research, to save lives.
Sheâ€™s one of three musical acts â€“â€“ all consisting of CSU students â€“â€“ who will perform at tonightâ€™s Relay for Life Benefit Concert at Everyday Joeâ€™s Coffee House.
Steinmeyer, the sole female performer tonight, is also the only solo act, and sheâ€™s excited about the power just her voice and guitar will hopefully have.
â€œItâ€™s going to be an amazing feeling to give back,â€ she said. â€œâ€I mean, Iâ€™m a poor college student, but I know thereâ€™s always people worse off than me.â€
Junior business major Ben Hilzer is well aware of this, which is why he came up with the idea for a Relay for Life benefit concert at a Deanâ€™s Student Leadership Council meeting earlier this semester.
The Leadership Council is one of the biggest sources of donors for CSUâ€™s 24-hour-long Relay for Life event later this month. So Hilzer, one of its members, suggested a concert to kick-start the fundraising process.
Hilzer not only helped to organize the event, but heâ€™s also part of the second musical act, acoustic group Three Plus Me. Along with two friends heâ€™s known since freshman year, Hilzer provides the vocals for Three Plus Me and counts Freddie Mercury, Miles Davis and Neil Young as some of the band’s main influences.
â€œIâ€™m so excited [for tonightâ€™s show],â€ Hilzer said. â€œI know all the performers, and theyâ€™re all -around fantastic. And, weâ€™re helping out one of the best causes around.â€
The third and final act tonight will be Mister Mistress, a four-man group that describe themselves on their website as a blend of rock, pop, and hip hop with influences from Shwayze, John Meyer and Jason Mraz.
â€œWe like to make music, and we try to make you feel good. If you like feeling good, join us,â€ they say on the website.
And according to junior business major Stephanie Meisner, community service chair of the Deanâ€™s Student Leadership and one of the main organizers of the concert, tonight is all about feeling good.
â€œTonightâ€™s going to be a much more casual part of [Relay for Life]. The big pressure to donate will be off,â€ she said. â€œMostly, we want people to have a good time.â€
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What: Relay for Life Benefit Concert
Where: Average Joeâ€™s Coffee Shop, located on 144 S. Mason St.
When: Tonight, 7 to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Association