Coat Drive and Concert at BIL This Weekend with Kul d'Sack

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The Jersey Shore's favorite acoustic quartet, Kül d'Sack, will return to Old Franklin Schoolhouse on Saturday, Nov. 29, for a special night of live music to benefit the Jersey Cares organization. The evening is being billed as "Grateful and Thankful" in honor of one of the band's biggest musical influences, as well as the holiday spirit. 

Concert-goers are asked to bring a "gently used" or even new coat to be donated to Jersey Cares, which will distribute them to New Jersey residents in need of some winter warmth. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music will start at 8 p.m. Old Franklin Schoolhouse, Metuchen's original one-room school dating back to 1800, is located at 491 Middlesex Avenue. It's a brief walk to the Metuchen train station and some of Central Jersey's best restaurants.  

Kül d'Sack first wowed Metuchen in August 2013 with a tribute to the Grateful Dead as part of the schoolhouse's Deadfest weekend. Due to popular demand, Old Franklin Schoolhouse and the Borough Improvement League are thrilled to bring them back for this special occasion. This time, the band will showcase much more than the Dead, including original takes on classics from artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin to the Talking Heads.    

Decidedly anachronistic, Kül d'Sack stirs their diverse musical influences into a familiar brew with a fresh twist. Imbued with the improv traditions of jazz and the close harmony singing of bluegrass, they take a creative approach to familiar rock songs once heard in the family station wagon and on hand-me-down LPs from the 60's, 70's and 80's.

Kül d'Sack is comprised of accomplished musicians who have been friends for decades. With an all-acoustic take on classic songs, they pay homage to the very best of what Gram Parsons called Cosmic American Music and what the less-eloquent among us refer to as "killer tunes." 

Jim Willis, guitarist and singer for Red Bank-based Grateful Dead tribute band Dead Bank, takes the stage on acoustic guitar and vocals. Veteran Long Island recording musician (and recent Jersey Shore transplant) Chris Jannuzzi joins the band on the resonator guitar and vocals

John Leccese, longtime member of the popular rock band Assembly of Dust (AOD), joins the group on the bass banjo and vocals. Rounding out Kül d'Sack on mandolin and vocals is Richard Morris, also a founding member of the venerated Brooklyn indie-folk act M Shanghai

Kül d'Sack formed spontaneously when the four members brought their instruments to a party and discovered their shared diverse musical influences. They've since lifted many a gathering off the ground, adding the right mix of familiarity and novelty to keep audiences entertained and grooving.

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