M.U.S.I.C. Project Announces Concert to Help Those Suffering from Dementia

A woman suffering from dementia brightens up while listening to music with her daughter. - YouTube
A woman suffering from dementia brightens up while listening to music with her daughter.

There's nothing quite like that one song that perfectly sums up the summer crush that you never saw again or the lullaby your mom used to sing to help you fall asleep when the night was dark and foreboding. The brilliant agony that ties memories to melodies and pain and/or pleasure to polyphony is the theme of the M.U.S.I.C. Project's next event, "Music's Effect on Memory."

In a commendable effort to aid those suffering from dementia, the non-profit short for Musicians Uniting and Supporting In Communities recently held a songwriting competition with this heartfelt topic as their prompt. The winner, Laura Marie, will be joined by locals The Foreign Arm, Austin Music Commission member and The Voice contestant Nakia, along with runners-up Katrina Curtiss, John Moses and Jack Pledge, for the May 22 concert to be held at Sam's Burger Joint.

The show is part of the group's ongoing effort to raise funds for the Music & Memory program which provides iPods, headphones and a musical library to the 32 Texas facilities working with the organization so that their patients can enjoy the music that has been with them throughout their lives, and help in improving their remaining years by bringing it back to them.

The all-ages event will run from 2 to 6 p.m. and will be hosted by KONO 101.1 Morning Show's David Rios and will also feature a silent auction. The event is priced at a reasonable $10 and the donation of a working iPod will get you free entry. 


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