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Old 97's Rhett Miller free concert to help New Paltz arts program
Old 97's lead singer and solo artist Rhett Miller will play a free concert Thursday at the Water Street Market in New Paltz to benefit the New Paltz Arts in the Schools Association.
Miller will head out on a nationwide tour at the end of August to promote the June release of his latest album, "The Dreamer." But, before that, the New Paltz resident will share his songs, described as everything from alt-country to smart pop rock, in a free concert to benefit after-school arts programs.
Miller has two children who attend the New Paltz School District, which cut after-school arts programs because of budget woes.
Steve Casa, a local parent who helped organize Thursday's fundraiser, said the group aims to raise $13,800 to restore all-county band and chorus, as well as the poetry and drama clubs and literary magazine at the high school.
"There's a lot of people in this community that have connection to music and arts that want it in the schools," said Casa, who also helped organize the Flood Aid concert last fall to raise about $65,000 to help local farmers recover from Hurricane Irene. "It's unacceptable to not have after-school arts programs."
The concert is at 7 p.m. at Water Street Market, 10 Main St. in New Paltz.