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Girlyman Glides Into Naples for Eden Benefit Concert


Naples, FL, March 18, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Folk-pop group Girlyman is coming to Naples for a one-night only show to benefit Eden Autism Services Florida as part of the organization’s annual “Gig for Good” series, presented by the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists, or TARA. This year’s concert will be held at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts on April 10 at 6 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and hear great music from an up and coming group and benefit a great cause at the same time,” says TARA director and founder Bob Goldman. A longtime organizer of the Eden benefit series, Goldman and his son “discovered” Girlyman on a singer/songwriter cruise they took last year.

“They performed one night and were amazing,” Goldman says. “We immediately found their manager and asked them to do the show. And luckily, they said yes.”

Girlyman’s three members teamed up in 2001 and reviewers describe their sound as a seamless blend of “folk, country, pop and rock…defined by stunning three-part harmonies and beautiful melodies.” As one may suspect from their name, they like to make fun, playful music and don’t take themselves too seriously. Over the years, they have opened for established folk acts for the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams before becoming headliners themselves. They regularly play in venues across the country that allow for an intimate interaction with their fans.

This intimate feeling is something the Eden series strives for as well. “We typically prefer limited seating in intimate settings so attendees feel like they are watching concerts in their living rooms,” Goldman says.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Eden Autism Services Florida, the Naples-based charity that provides a range of community-based services to children and adults with autism. Founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families, Eden’s services range from comprehensive outreach, including program consultations and early intervention, to 12-month education for school age students and residential and employment services for adults.

“Eden addresses the needs of people with autism like no one else in our community,” Goldman says. “When you have a resource like it in your community, that provides the school for children and group home for adults, just supporting the cause is reason enough to come to an event like ours. But people will also get a great performance by artists they might otherwise never get to see, too.”

Previous acts have included Ben Taylor - son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Snow and Arnold McCuller.

General admission tickets for the 2010 Eden Florida Benefit Concern featuring Girlyman are $200 apiece and can be purchased on TARA’s Web site, www.gigforgood.org or by calling 239-919-0408. The concern will be held April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Naples Philarharmonic Center for the Arts, Daniels Pavillion.

About Eden Autism Services Florida
Eden Autism Services was founded in New Jersey in 1975 with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and their families by providing a range of community-based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. In 1996, Eden Autism Services Florida was founded to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services Florida’s services range from comprehensive outreach, including program consultations and early intervention, to 12-month education for school age students and residential and employment services for adults. For more information, contact Taire Malloy at 239-992-4680, extension 207 or Eden.florida@edenservices.org.

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Contact Information
Briggs & Rogers
Erika Houser
239-278-3900
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www.briggsrogers.com
Taire Malloy, Eden Florida
(239) 992-4680, ext. 207

Aileen Kornblatt, Eden, NJ
(609) 426-8656 ext. 40

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