The VFW Relief Fund is tasked with assisting active duty service members and their families during times of financial hardship. The winter of 2016 through 2017 was an especially hard time for many of these Wallowa County families and the Eagle Cap VFW Post 4307 was there to provide the help when called upon. The fund paid out almost $7000 last year in benefits. This benefit concert will help raise money to replenish this fund in preparation for the coming year.
The August 9 concert will feature Joni Harms and The Harms Way Band performing at 8pm, with Wallowa County’s own Jessie Borgerding playing an opening set at 7pm. Doors open at 6, refreshments available. Admission for the show is $15, with tickets available at Joseph Hardware, The Dollar Stretcher, The Bookloft,, Eventbrite.com and at the door.
Western singer-songwriter Joni Harms has been praised for her pure country voice since she signed her first record deal with the famed producer Jimmy Bowen, of Capitol Records in the early 1990s. Since that time Joni has released eight more outstanding albums.
Harms is no stranger to success. She has been a winner of multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards including top honor for Entertainer of the Year in 2002. In 2003, Harms was named Female Vocalist of the Year and accepted the award for Song of the Year from the Western Music Association. Harms continues building audiences through appearances on the famed Grand Ole Opry and even an appearance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
“Growing up, I learned to sing and write songs by listening to Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and George Strait,” says Harms. “I remember seeing Emmylou Harris, and, after playing a while with the famous Hot Band, she returned to the stage with just her black Gibson guitar and proved that you don’t need all the electronic equipment to entertain your audience.”
Harms lives on a ranch in Oregon with her family that was homesteaded by her great, great grandfather in 1872, this has been an inspiration for many of her songs. Joni says, “I always want the songs I sing to be a good representation of who I am.”
Find out more about Joni Harms and her music at joniharms.com
Anyone wishing to make an additional contribution to support this effort can make a check payable to VFW Post 4307. Contact Nick Porter with questions at 503-539-2390.