Chester steps up. Cancelled live SSK&P concert goes virtual at Meeting House with Meadows Brothers

Dustin and Ian Meadows of the Meadows Brothers perform the previously canceled Black Friday Live Concert virtually to benefit Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.

CHESTER — When COVID peremptorily canceled the annual Black Friday live concert to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries at The Kate, the town of Chester valiantly stepped in to offer their meeting house as a venue for a virtual performance.

Then everything clicked back into place in support of the SSK&P, which offers food and fellowship to people in need in 11 towns, from Madison to East Lyme to Chester.

The Meadows Brothers, the Chester-born-and-bred rising stars of Americana and roots music, once again agreed to join their majestic vocal harmonies with the Ebin-Rose Trio, Moving Target, Hugh Birdsall, Lauren Agnelli & Friends, and Carter Gowrie & Friends.

Westbrook’s Gowrie Group is again providing a dollar-for-dollar match for all donations to the SSK&P made prior to Dec. 31.

“This is an example of people stepping up,” said Evan Schlansky of Chester’s Wyeth Architects, among the organizers of the event.

“In 2019, the SSK&P provided enough food for almost one million meals across 11 Shoreline towns. The number of families in need of the SSKP’s help has increased dramatically since the pandemic.

“This is the least we can do to help our neighbors.”

To watch the concert, visit

To donate, visit

For more information, contact Evan Schlansky at 727-252-4252 or visit

Connecticut Media Group