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IU Soul Revue to perform charitable holiday concert


Singers clap and dance to the beat as they perform during IU Soul Revue's Soulful Holiday Concert on Dec. 8, 2015, in the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall. The 2019 concert will take place 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Willkie Residence Center Auditorium. IDS file photo and Katelyn Rowe

The IU Soul Revue will perform its annual Soulful Holiday Concert this week. The concert will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Willkie Residence Center Auditorium. Admission is free with the donation of gently used winter clothing.

Its set will include popular Christmas songs by black artists. The group will also perform three songs from its performance at the Potpourri of the Arts from earlier this semester.

IU Soul Revue vocalist LaRose Nicolas described the ensemble as giving, loving and passionate. The group is known for performing popular music by black artists, including songs from funk, pop, R&B, soul and lyrical genres. Nicolas said the group is very high energy and its goal is to get audience members on their feet.

“We aren’t like a traditional concert,” Nicolas said. “We try to make the audience feel as though they are on stage with us. We’re not just performing to them. We are performing with them.”

Every year the holiday concert is used as an opportunity to give back to the community. Nicolas said she hopes for a great turnout to garner more donations.

“We are a group of students who understand that this is our passion, music is our passion, but also can’t forget those that are less fortunate than us, especially at this time of the year,” Nicolas said. 

The concert is accepting gently used winter clothes, which includes coats, jackets and sweaters, but also other cold-weather accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves.

All donations will go to the Wheeler Mission in Bloomington and is based on helping those based in central Indiana. This Christian charity focuses on providing services and critically needed items to those who are poor and homeless. 

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