National folk artist Marc Scibilia to play benefit concert for local nonprofit
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON — National folk/rock artist Marc Scibilia will play a benefit concert for Skookum Kids, a Bellingham-based foster care nonprofit, on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7p at Bellewood Acres Farms.
“When I heard about what Skookum Kids were doing as an organization I was thrilled to be part of the night,” Scibilia said. “Having a brand new daughter of my own and seeing how fragile and dependent her development is, has given me a new appreciation for people in foster care work.”
Scibilia has toured with such artists as Ben Rector, Johnnyswim and Zac Brown Band. His song “Summer Clothes” has over 10 million streams on Spotify. He signed with Sony’s Epic Records on May 1, 2019.
“Marc and I have common roots in upstate NY, a hardscrabble place that produces tough people,” Skookum Kids’ Executive Director, Ray Deck, said. “You can hear it in his music—the resilience and grit. And I see the same characteristics in the kids we care for. That's why we're excited to have him performing at Skookum Rocks the Farm.”
Skookum Rocks the Farm will also feature a performance by local folk artist Van Andrew, bonfires, a beer garden and BBQ. Tickets can be purchased at wwwskookumkids.org/events/skookumrocksthefarm.
Marc’s performance will be the first concert of this size held at Bellewood Acres with ticket sales capped at 1,000 guests.
"Organizations like Skookum Kids, are exactly why we love events at Bellewood Farms,” said Blake Abel, VP farm operator at Bellewood Acres. “We are big fans of the Skookum Kids’mission, and our hope is that Bellewood is a place where people can have fun and feel welcome and supported. We're changing Bellewood in a big way and have more music weekends planned. This event, however, is extra special."
Scibilia’s website describes his music as “unapologetically raw and with nothing to prove, think Springsteen singing over Coldplay’s ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head.’”
“I hope Skookum Rocks The Farm will help increase awareness for the work Skookum does in its community and be a night of live music to remember and enjoy with each other,” Scibilia said.
Skookum Kids was founded in 2014 by Ray Deck III in Bellingham, Washington. It exists to repair the foster care system by eliminating the pain points that make life unnecessarily difficult for foster parents and social workers. It is staffed by 12 full-time, 11 part-time employees and over 130 volunteers. For more information, visit their website at www.skookumkids.org.