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'Poverty Is Real' Concerts This Weekend

Performances by Eric Litwin and other musicians will benefit the Decatur Cooperative Ministry.

A little over a year ago, (PIR) put on at Eddie's Attic.

The shows raised about $6,000 for the Decatur Cooperative Ministry, a group that helps homeless and poor people.

This year PIR wants to raise $10,000 .

This is shaping up to be a Decatur-centric event. Local band The Bitteroots will play the first night. Mike Killeen of Decatur, the founder of PIR, and his band The Dregs wrap up the weekend on Sunday night, July 29.

The music's not just for adults. Saturday, July 28, shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. will feature Eric Litwin, the musical author of the Pete the Cat picture books.

Here's some information PIR sent out about the shows.

Poverty is Real, based in Decatur, Georgia, plans and promotes benefit concerts in communities throughout the U.S. and donates the funds raised to local organizations fighting poverty. There are four PIR events planned in 2012: Decatur, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Athens, Georgia.

Barnes Law Group and Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover are Gold Level Sponsors of the event. Local Business Sponsors include Paste Magazine, Brick Store Pub, Leon’s Full Service, Eddie’s Attic, Pure, Chick Fil-A, Pyrofly, Little Shop of Stories, the City of Decatur, the Decatur Business Association, and Lenz.

As presenting sponsor, Lenz is donating its marketing, public relations, and design services to promote the event. Tickets are available at the Eddie's Attic website

FRIDAY 7 PM ($10)

Spencer Smith

Chris Stalcup and the Grange

The Bitteroots

FRIDAY 10 PM ($10)

The Flint Hill Specials

Tedo Stone

The District Attorneys

SATURDAY 11 AM ($10 for adults, $5 for kids)

Eric Litwin

SATURDAY 4 PM ($10 for adults, $5 for kids)

Eric Litwin

SATURDAY 7 PM ($15)

Ryan Flanagan

The Skipperdees

Arlington Priest

Eliot Bronson

Matthew Kahler

SUNDAY 7 PM ($10)

Kristen Englenz

Maria Gabriella

Mike Killeen and the Dregs

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