Two music venues in North Lawrence will help raise money for the Mennonite Disaster Service.
From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, rock and blues groups will take stage at the Slow Ride Roadhouse, 1350 N. Third St. Then, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., jazz and classical musicians will jam at the Gaslight Tavern, 317 N. Second St.
Both venues will be accepting donations at the door. The MDS, founded in Hesston in 1950, is a disaster relief organization that responds to emergencies in Canada and the United States. It is now headquartered in Pennsylvania.
Brody Buster will open the festivities at Slow Ride and will be followed with performances by Lonnie Ray Blues Band, Uncle Dirty Toes, Getty Township and Ronnie Clark.
Meanwhile, the Gaslight will feature Tommy Johnson, the Mike Brown Jazz Group, Don Washington and classical guitarist John Jervis.
The MDS currently has over 3,000 members. It has responded to emergencies in about 20 states, including the 2007 Greensburg tornado, according to the organization's website. The MDS also lent a hand in the relief efforts of the recent Colorado floods.
In a statement, event organizer Oliver Hall said: "The Mennonites get stuff done. They don't just talk. They act out of faith."