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  • Skribe, led by Severna Park native Aaron Yealdhall, will perform at Metropolitan's Veterans Day concert.
    Skribe, led by Severna Park native Aaron Yealdhall, will perform at Metropolitan's Veterans Day concert.

Metropolitan Veterans Day Concert To Raise Funds For Charity

Zach Sparks
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November 3, 2017

Severna Park Native Skribe And Singer Kristi Allen To Headline Event

A basement – a place to unwind, a man cave for watching sports games, the setting of a Veterans Day charity concert? OK, the location may not be ideal, but David Ferragut was so intent on giving back to veterans that he hosted an inaugural Veterans Day charity concert in his basement a few years ago.

“I always think it’s strange that Annapolis has all sorts of parades, but not much is done for veterans, which seems odd for a town with a military academy,” Ferragut said, referring to the U.S. Naval Academy.

This November 11 at 8:00pm, Ferragut is bringing the third annual concert back to the Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis for the second consecutive year. Attendees can support the National Military Family Association while browsing artwork from David Blecman of Positive Negatives, bidding on silent auction items, humming into kazoos and bobbing their heads to the original music provided by the band Skribe (led by Severna Park native Aaron Yealdhall) and singer-songwriter Kristi Allen.

A Veterans Day concert is the perfect occasion for Skribe to bust out its medley of fingerpicking, bluesy garage folk tunes that reflect on themes like making it yourself and finding common ground. Skribe’s sound emerged from the Severna Park/Annapolis area in 2008. Now, their latest album “Postcards” is getting international spins (including RAI Radio2 Italy).

Yealdhall handles vocals, guitar, kazoo and an oil can he calls the “canjo-zookie.” On banjo and vocals is Jacob Panic, and Uncle Ben provides upright bass. Cory Streett, known for his work with the band PASADENA, lays down beats on the drums.

“We'll be playing a lot from our latest album ‘Postcards’ as well as some full band arrangements of songs from the Skribe catalog,” Yealdhall said. “Jacob is absolutely amazing on the banjo and adds a 'popgrass' twang. Cory really gives the Skribe set a backbone. Uncle Ben has been with the band since its inception, serving as producer, writer and providing low-end frequencies since 2008.”

Allen will play her self-described Americana music. The event has special meaning for Allen, who, in addition to being a singer-songwriter, is also a registered nurse and Air Force veteran.

“I served during the time of the first Gulf War as an emergency medical technician stationed at Andrews Air Force Base,” Allen said. “I was never deployed into harm’s way, but I deeply appreciate those who were deployed and served overseas, away from their friends and families. I think it's important that we remember and cherish our fellow citizens that sacrificed to keep our homeland safe.”

The Metropolitan is donating 15 percent of food and drink sales to go along with the general admission and silent auction proceeds. Last year’s auction items included artwork, spa services and gift cards to local restaurants.

Proceeds will benefit National Military Family Association, which provides families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard — and commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – with information, working to get them benefits and offer programs that improve their lives.

“The loved ones left behind while a military member bravely serves our country are a critical element to keeping our military strong and focused,” said National Military Family Association Executive Director Joyce Raezer. “Support and funding from events, like this concert, give the National Military Family Association the ability to serve, honor, and strengthen the families of our men and women in uniform. Military families sacrifice in ways most don’t ever see, and through NMFA’s programs, like our military spouse scholarships and Operation Purple program, we’re able to show our gratitude to those home-front heroes.”

The third annual Veterans Day Charity Concert is set for November 11 at the Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, located at 169 West Street in Annapolis. A cash-only silent auction will be held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, with music starting at 8:00pm. All ages are welcome.

General admission is $8 online or $10 at the door. Kazoobie Kazoos will be sold for $1. To learn more, go to To sample songs from Skribe’s recent record “Postcards,” or to buy the album, visit

“We're lucky to live in a place and time where we can share our art with the world,” Yealdhall said. “People may be divided on a lot of fronts, but we can all agree that the brave men and women serving our county deserve a great deal of respect and recognition.”

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