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Our 4th Annual New Year’s Benefit Concert was another success! We have many people to thank, but want to start by thanking all who attended the show. This year’s concert was full of energy, support and excitement- what better way to start a new year and celebrate life?

This year’s show was painstakingly planned by the dedicated To the Bridge board members, who were so dedicated they worked through most of the show. We are also incredibly grateful to have had amazing artists willing to give their all on stage, as well as support our cause while off of it. Thanks to Lizzo, Toki Wright, Big Cats and Sophia Eris for putting on a great show and reminding people about our mission. We can’t forget to thank Lazerbeak and Caroline Smith for their surprise appearances that helped make our show even more exciting!

Lastly, a huge thanks is in order for those who helped us promote our show and mission. Thanks to Barb Abney and everyone over at The Current! Yet again, our partnership with the Minnesota Music Coalition was amazing and we couldn’t have had the success without them.

We’re still crunching the numbers on attendance and money raised, but remember, 100 percent of our proceeds will benefit those making the next step in their recovery from addiction. Thanks again for another great show, we can’t wait for next year!

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Jan. 10 promises to be a full circle experience for Lizzo. It was about three years ago the then Houston, Texas, resident took to the Varsity Theater stage in Dinkytown with her band and the goal of gauging how Minneapolis would be as a place to be a musician.

“I received so much support in one show,” Lizzo said. “It completely won me over.” With that feeling in mind Lizzo (Melissa Jefferson by birth) moved shop to Minneapolis. At this point it’s more than safe to say her new home has suited her. The last year in particular has been a whirlwind of success following the October, 2013 release of her first solo album, Lizzobangers, which launched her onto the national radar and garnered critical acclaim. Lizzo has toured both the U.S. and United Kingdom since then, including a performance in October on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

Lizzo_Annette4“(The last year) feels like it has been a decade,” Lizzo said. “It has been incredible.”

It’s perfect timing then, Lizzo said, that the start of 2015 brings her back to the Varsity Theater for the fourth annual To The Bridge Foundation benefit concert. On top of her excitement to play with Toki Wright and Big Cats (“He’s such a wonderful musician and a good man,” she said), Lizzo said she is looking forward the most to lending her support “to something I strongly believe in.”

“I’ve seen a lot of drug and alcohol abuse in my life,” the 26-year-old said. “It’s never something someone chooses for themselves. It’s a disease.”

Lizzo said she appreciates the meshing of TTBF’s goals – helping those with addiction build bridges to the next stages of their lives – and the idea of having control of your body and self, which she has focused on in the past year. “Whether it’s getting over body dysmorphic issues or dealing with alcohol addiction, it’s this idea of taking care of yourself,” she said. “I want to continue focusing on that.”

Richard Dolski, director of To the Bridge Foundation, is excited to have support from artists like Lizzo, Toki Wright and Big Cats for the concert. “We’ve been so lucky to have great artists over the years, this year is no exception. This year’s proceeds will help us continue to fulfill our mission.” Lizzo and Toki Wright and Big Cats support TTBF and its fourth annual concert” Tickets for the show are currently on sale at ticketfly.com.

Lizzo added that she has long appreciated the value of music as a universal language that can help the way people feel about themselves.

“I try to stay true to myself about loving yourself and having self-respect,” she said. “If a musician makes something self-respecting it will help people respect themselves when they connect with it. It’s a tidal wave.” That tidal wave is set to wash over the Varsity Theater on Jan. 10, a prime opportunity for people in Lizzo’s music home to connect with the budding artist and support a message of hope and self-respect.

“I’m really looking forward to talking with people who have overcome substance abuse, alcohol addiction and are working on sobriety now. It will be great to hear their stories and celebrate,” Lizzo said. “We’re gonna take some pictures, get some high fives and play some great music. I can’t wait.”

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We are pumped to announce Lizzo as our headlining act for the 2015 TTB New Years Benefit concert in honor of Tony Dolski. Not only are we moving to the Varsity Theater this year, but Toki Wright and Big Cats will be opening for what’s sure to be an awesome show.

Tickets go on sale for the Jan 10th show this Friday on Ticketfly, so be sure to get yours right away, we’re sure this will sell out fast!

Check out our social channels and the site leading up to the show for more details about the show including our annual raffle!

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The date has been set! We’re excited to let you know our 2015 benefit concert will be held Saturday, January 10th! We can’t wait to fill you in on our amazing line-up, including a solid headliner. Keep checking back to our site or visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest details about the concert. Like and Follow us now so you’re always in the loop.

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We’re looking ahead to our next benefit concert and couldn’t be more excited. We’ve come a long way since our first show to honor Tony Dolski back in 2011, and don’t know what each year would be like if we didn’t have this concert to look forward to!

This year we plan to change things up in honor of our fourth concert. We’ve taken your feedback for this year’s headliner and can’t wait to host a line up you’ll love.

Look for more information on our concert date, line up, location and other details coming in the beginning of November. Until then, reminisce about last year’s concert with this great shot of Astronautalis, one of last year’s headliners!

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TTB has continued to support a variety of organizations this year which assist individuals who are transitioning to their next phase or recovery. We continue to honor our partnerships with the following organizations who have proven their commitment to helping people in need.

TTB made a $2000 donation to Five Stars Recovery Centers in Chaska, MN to support CD Recovery Services. CD provides licensed Group Residential Sober Housing for individuals in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. CD’s Minnesota Sober Housing facilities are home environments which differ from typical sober house facilities.

TTB made a $2000 donation to the Dolski Fund at the Kinnic Falls, WI ADA Services facility to assist individuals who have completed the residential treatment program and are transitioning to a sober living environment. Kinnic Falls provides comprehensive counseling services on a residential campus consisting of a 46-bed recovery facility and an extended-stay sober house.

Augsburg College Step UP Program, Minneapolis, MN – $1000 Read more here.

Of course, we’re also greatly appreciative of any & all your donations to our fund. It ALL goes to great causes which support the mission of To The Bridge Foundation. Please go to our home page where you can make donations through our Pay Pal account

Thank you for your ongoing support!

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UntitledWith our New Years Benefit concert this Saturday, we’ve been everywhere!

Over the last few months we’ve passed ouy fliers at the Doomtree Blowout, been a featured sponsor for The Current, been mentioned by City Pages on their site and newsletter, and even given away tickets on Radio K. Read more »

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Andy Bothwell is a veteran at this point.

Better known by his stage name, Astronautalis, the hip hop artist and Florida native is in the midst of his third Minnesota winter after moving to Minneapolis two-and-a-half years ago.

“So the first one I had was an easy one,” Bothwell said. “Now I’ve definitely got another hard one.”

Getting used to the cold winter has been a welcome exchange for making the Twin Cities and its vibrant, welcoming music scene home for the 32-year-old musician.

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UntitledAs many of you may know, we’re back again this year with our New Year Benefit concert. We love the tradition of being one of the first big shows of the year, and we’re really upping the excitement for 2014.

We’re excited to be partnering with the Minnesota Music Coalition to present Astronautalis and Sims at the Garage in Burnsville. Per usual, the funds will be going toward helping youth and young adults move to the next steps in their sober journey. Read more »

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1235075_530711756999364_465889692_n We’re so pumped about our upcoming flag football tournament on Oct. 5th we can’t help but give another update.

As you know, the tournament is at the Irish Dome in Rosemount, MN and runs from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.. Well, we’ve just learned some other great details about the tournament for anyone who’s interested in coming to support TTB rather than play football. Trust us, you won’t be bored. Read more »