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2/19/13 09:25AM

Florida's Second Annual Listening Room Festival Features Performances at Trinity Cafe

Homeless, hungry and working poor guests to be entertained

TAMPA, Fla. – (February 19, 2013) – Dozens of concerts and performances are being scheduled for Florida's Second Annual Listening Room Festival, February 26 - March 4.  The weeklong festival is a state-wide celebration of house concerts and fundraisers for worthy causes.

In addition, participating charities around Tampa Bay will benefit from acoustic performances including Trinity Cafe, a free restaurant for the homeless, hungry and working poor.  Slated to appear there February 27, 28 and March 1 are musicians Natalie Gelman, Roy Schneider, Jeff Conley, Kristen Graves and festival founder, Fran Snyder.

“Music is a unifier. I’ve seen guests break into song, dance and tears when they hear music that takes them back to better times,” said Trinity Cafe program director Cindy Davis. “We are grateful to have these wonderful performers share their time and talents with our guests.”

Listening Room Festival provides free tools for music fans to host personalized concerts in their homes, offices, clubhouses, and other unique settings for live music.

Small “house concert” events like DessertAndSong(TM) offer a low-effort, high impact vehicle to fundraise and attract new volunteers. Through the festival’s connection with, the performers are likely to reinforce the charities message through their stories and songs. 

“House concerts have been bringing communities and neighborhoods together for decades. What better way to enjoy live music than in a cozy living room with good friends?”  said Fran Snyder, Listening Room Festival founder.  “Now we're connecting these personal and remarkable experiences with worthwhile causes."

The festival’s high point will be the St. Petersburg showcase at The Palladium on Sunday, March 3rd. Festival hosts, charities, and fans will gather to hear five featured performers selected from a professional community of 350 worldwide artists.

Charities and music fans can learn more and register at 

About Trinity Cafe:  Trinity Cafe (, a 501 (c) (3) non-denominational charity has been a lifeline for the hungry and homeless in Tampa Bay since 2001, having served more than 840,000 restaurant quality meals. Executive Chef Alfred Astl prepares more than 230 meals each day, Monday-Friday, 52 weeks a year. Trinity Cafe’s mission is to restore a sense of dignity to our hungry and homeless neighbors by serving a nutritious meal while nourishing spirits through acts of acceptance, compassion, love and respect.


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