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Avant-Garde Dogs busking for Ethiopia

MIDDLEBURY — Local favorites the Avant-Garde Dogs will fill American Flatbread in Middlebury with danceable rock ’n’ roll next Wednesday, April 18, in a benefit from 6:30-9 p.m. that aids Ethiopian children in need.
For every pizza purchased from 5 p.m. through the evening, a portion will be donated to the Global Family Initiative’s Betasab Project, which provides permanent homes for orphaned and vulnerable children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. The project also supports underprivileged children in the city as they struggle to stay in school. 
The nonprofit Global Family Initiative helps orphaned children and vulnerable women in developing countries gain access to education, health care and stable family lives. 
With twin rock guitars, harmony vocals and world-music percussion, the Avant-Garde Dogs put their own spin on tunes by songwriters like Warren Zevon, Tom Petty, Bruce Cockburn, the Subdudes and more. With a return appearance by longtime lead guitarist and vocalist Jim Keating, the band includes Liz Cleveland, guitar and vocals; Sam Blagden, bass and vocals; Doug Wilhelm, congas, harmonica and vocals; and Liam Murphy, drums.

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