Thursday night kicks off the first free night of Spring Break. Some students may be caravanning to the beach while others are preparing to head home. For students left in Knoxville this evening, the Relix Variety Theatre offers an opportunity to enjoy music off campus.
Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, Nick Lutsko, and the Samuel L. Jackson 5 will perform to benefit Child and Family Tennessee’s runaway and youth services programs through the "Sanctuary in Sound" concert.
Reida Gillespie, business manager of the Relix Variety Theatre, assisted in coordinating the event.
“We love helping our community with benefits,” Gillespie said. "I booked the event because we believe in community services such as this."
Not only do they have the opportunity to listen to music and escape campus, students support services geared towards locating runaway children and youth services programs.
Bridget Jones, a sophomore in chemistry, said that she thinks this type of event is great when supporting a charity.
“Benefit concerts are a good way to raise money for an important cause,” Jones said.
Gillespie says that this event is different from others hosted at the Relix Variety Theatre because of the different performers.
“We have a mixture of musicians, poetry and spoken word for entertainment,” Gillespie said.
Jones said she does not know the bands that are performing, but she would be open to attending.
“I would like to go to a concert like this,” Jones said.
Gillespie expects a large turnout but just how large is unpredictable.
“It’s hard to tell, but we expect 80-200 people,” said Gillespie.
Gillespie encourages people of all ages to come to the Relix Variety Theatre and listen to the wide range of artists and said the event relays the reputation of the theater benefiting nonprofit events.
“I think it will be fun. It is an all ages event and the Relix Variety Theatre will now be a Safe Place,” Gillespie said. "I don't believe that we have a duty to do such things as this but I simply wanted too."
The "Sanctuary in Sound" event will take place on Thursday starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Child and Family Tennessee’s runaway and youth services programs. The Relix Variety Theatre is located at 1208 North Central St. in Knoxville.