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April 16, 2014

Nashville musician will play to raise funds for Emmaus

Nashville musician will play to raise funds for nonprofit

A Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School student’s senior project will come to fruition this Saturday with an interactive live music show to benefit a local charity.

When Morgan Barger, a senior at Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School, set out to plan her senior project this year, she knew she wanted it to be charitable and involve music.

“I like music, but I can’t play worth a darn,” she said with a laugh.

Barger surfed around on the Internet and found Rob Vischer, a musician out of Nashville, Tenn., whose music she sampled and admired. She reached out to him through an online booking service with a proposal to participate in her idea for a benefit concert for the Emmaus Mission Center — an organization whose objectives she also admires.

While there is usually a process for communicating through the booking service, Vischer said he skipped the formalities when he heard about the request and reached out to Barger directly.

“Right when I saw the request for what it was for — I called right away,” Vischer said. “I really wanted to do it. It’s for a good cause.”

This sentiment increased as he researched the Emmaus Mission Center.

“I thought it was perfect,” Vischer said. “It really sounded right up my alley.”

He describes his music as acoustic-guitar-driven “aggressive folk pop.” He added his older work was influenced by artists like Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson and has now taken on a vibe driven more by bands like Fun.

“It’s not just a concert where you’re going to hear a band,” Vischer said of what attendees can expect on Saturday. “I get the crowd to participate. If it’s a willing crowd, it’s an awesome time.”

The concert will be held at LifeGate Church in Logansport, which Barger attends regularly with her family and serves as a youth leader.

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