Hunter Brucks is hosting a second benefit concert for Oaks of Righteousness.
Tickets are still on sale for “Miracles Still Happen on Second Street,” to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Meyer Theater, La-Z-Boy Center at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. Doors will open at 6.
Brucks from the Hunter Brucks Band hosted the first benefit concert for Oaks in 2016. The first concert was held at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts and also featured Brucks’ bandmate and friend, the late Gunner Ross.
“We planned to make it an annual event, but then COVID (and other issues) changed all our plans,” Brucks, a Maybee native, said.
But, this year, his band and special guest Top Shelf Music have teamed up for a second concert. All proceeds will benefit Oaks.
Top Shelf Music is a local band with members from Monroe and Toledo, Randy Richardville, executive director for Oaks Village, said.
“They will play for a half-hour, 45 minutes and are a good lead ito the Hunter Brucks Band,” Richardville said.
The six-member Hunter Brucks Band will play a variety of music.
“A few cover songs, my songs, good rock ‘n roll and R&B,” Brucks said. “It will be a fun night. We want people to celebrate the fact that charity begins at home. With all the craziness in the world right now, we see the good in people. We want to give back, and that starts at home. We always support things the best we can.”
Brucks has been working as a music producer and is building an amphitheater in Ohio, but he continues to perform with his band.
“We don’t play as much as I’d like to anymore, but we do play. We do it right,” Brucks said. “All the guys have been with me for several years. They are great players, all studio musicians.”
In his career, Brucks has sold close to 5 million records and has raised more than $4 million for charities. His band has received the Detroit Music Award. He wrote the song “Second Chance” for the University of Michigan’s Transplant Center.
“They still play ‘Second Chance’ at the Rose Bowl,” Brucks said.
Also offered Sept. 29 will be 50/50 raffles, cocktails and more. New Oaks T-shirts will be sold.
“We received a Thrivent grant to make these shirts, so this is 100 percent donation,” Oaks said.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. For advance tickets, visit www.oaksvillage.net.
Ten years ago, Pastor Heather Boone started Oaks of Righteousness Church. Six years ago, she ran a campaign called “Miracle on Second Street” and quickly raised more than $300,000 to purchase the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church property. The first concert was part of that campaign.
Today, donations are continuously needed to help Oaks maintain its services, which include a shelter, free children’s center, free medical clinic, food pantry and non-profit grocery store.
“Money raised at the concert will be used to fund these ministries,” Richardville said.
“Every single day, we see prayers being answered, and that is worth celebrating. People are being fed, clothed, housed and lives are truly being changed. God has not forgotten us, and we can’t forget Him. Miracles are still happening on Second Street,” Pastor Boone said. “So to commemorate what God is still doing for us daily, Hunter Brucks will be performing another fundraiser concert. And once again, we are looking for 1,000 people who will give $300 to help us continue this miraculous ongoing work.”
Residents who want to attend the concert but cannot afford the cost should call Oaks at (734) 241-5590.
The concert is sponsored by Monroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Superstore and the DTE Foundation.