Local radio personality and host of “Women on Air,” Susan Lachmann, will perform a benefit show to introduce Just Cause at The Down Home on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Just Cause provides portable, cigar box art studios to children and families in crisis.
The show will feature music, stories and an audience participation game modeled after NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” called “No, Really, I Got This!” There will be prizes.
“It’s all about audience participation and includes vocal improv and some techniques I learned from Bobby McFerrin, when I studied with him at the Omega Institute,” Lachmann says.
“This is not come to sit and listen and applaud. This is come to engage, participate, laugh. My last name does translate, after all, to laughing one.”
Just Cause is Lachmann’s brainchild and the culmination of her nearly four decades of experience in arts, education and behavioral health.
“This is an idea that I’ve been percolating since 2012,” she says. “I spend my days in behavioral health working with families in crisis. I bring materials and tools to them a lot, to manage distress. So that is where Just Cause comes in. It’s a giveaway.”
Lachmann adds, “Just Cause brings art boxes to kids in crisis just ’cause art is good medicine. Personal creativity is both empowering and healing.”
Performing with Lachmann will be Will Bledsoe on guitar, Greyson Bledsoe on bagpipes and Aaron Clark on drums. Tickets are $10 at the door. The Down Home is located at 300 W Main St, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Lachmann has been involved with arts and education for nearly four decades as a performer, teacher, facilitator and behavioral health professional. She can be contacted at 423-444-2972 or [email protected].