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Posted: May 21, 2010 12:00 a.m.

Sweet dream on Elm Street

Photo by Steven Taylor/myspace.com/

Corey Crowder

Giving to a cause is as easy as listening to music. At least it will be for those who attend Elm Street Live at 8 p.m. on May 28.

Half of the proceeds from the night's event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen three-day breast cancer walk. Tickets will be sold for $8 once the doors open at 7 p.m.

Local singer/songwriter Corey Crowder will be one of the performers that night. He's played all over the country and had his songs featured on shows, such as MTV's "The Real World," "One Tree Hill" and "Biggest Loser." And he's been an influential factor in the existence of Elm Street Live.

When property became available near First Baptist Church of Covington, where Crowder leads a service, the church wanted to buy it as a space for the youth members, Crowder said.

He suggested that the old feed and seed store also be used for concerts, providing a positive atmosphere for good, live music, something he believes Covington hasn't really had.

"The goal is to have a good all-ages music venue where bands come and play ... clean music," Crowder said. "Parents can drop their kids off without feeling unsafe and adults can enjoy music without being in a smoky room."

When it was time to plan this event, organizers involved knew they wanted to donate to a charity. And they didn't have to look too far to find one.

With a team of women from his church and his wife involved in the walk to raise money for cancer research, Crowder thought the May 28 event would be a great way to raise money for it.

"It's inspirational to see all the survivors," said Crowder, who has had family members with the disease. "It's a great organization."

Now that the last finishing touches to the venue have been completed, Crowder said the calendar is filling up with performers, such as Quiet Science.

The band is from Merrit Island, Fla., and will be at Elm Street on June 2 on their CD release tour shared with Atlanta band A Love Not Lost for its debut full-length album [With/Without].

As for the May 28 event, it will be the first time since Crowder's album release in September that he will play in Covington with his band.

"I encourage people to listen to my music and get a feel for the show," said Crowder, who describes it as Americana with a Southern vibe.

According to him, anyone who hasn't heard his music can go on any of the networking websites to find him. They can also buy it on iTunes, Rhapsody and places like Best Buy.

He's hoping the experience at Elm Street will be a memorable one for all guests and will make them come back for other shows.

"It should be a lot of fun," Crowder said.

Elm Street Live is acnear First Baptist Church of Covington, which is located at 1176 Elm Street in Covington.

Visit Crowder's official website at coreycrowder.net and Quiet Science's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/quietsciencemusic.

And for more information about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, visit www.the3day.org.

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