A unique Portland-based music duo will perform June 12 as part of a concert and cultural celebration to benefit World Relief Tri-Cities.
Finn Doxie, composed of Rob “Bodhi” Wolff and Tyger Bailey, will take the stage during the 7 p.m. show at South Hills Church, 3700 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick.
Wolff plays guitar and sings lead, while Bailey also sings and plays a custom-made electric Celtic harp.
The duo’s repertoire includes original songs and also pop favorites with their own special twist.
“Each of those songs, we re-imagine in a different way,” Wolff said. “It’s really interesting to hear Jay Z on a harp. Or Lady Gaga or Coldplay.”
Local folk/alt-country artist Matt Hammer is also set to perform. The event will feature art and performances by some of World Relief’s refugee clients, plus international food and a silent auction.
World Relief Tri-Cities helps resettle people who’ve fled their home countries — everywhere from Sudan to Myanmar — because of persecution or threat of persecution. Its clients have been granted refugee status by the U.S. government.
They generally arrive with little, and World Relief’s staff and volunteers help them start their lives anew, meeting them at the airport, finding them a place to live, providing basics such as furniture and connecting them with other resources.
This year, the Tri-City office expects to resettle about 230 refugees. (World Relief runs on a federal fiscal year.)
Donations made during the June 12 event will go toward World Relief’s housing fund — and will be tripled thanks to a federal match grant program.
“The grant we have matches money raised for housing and allows the refugees to focus on adjusting to a new country and language and finding a job as quickly as possible rather than worrying about homelessness,” said Scott Michael, field office director.
Show-goers should expect a fun and enriching time, Michael said.
“It’s such an eclectic event with all kinds of different music. People come away with an appreciation for all the diverse groups we have in the Tri-Cities, and the beauty and diversity of art,” Michael said.
Wolff and Bailey look forward to performing during the local show, they said. They’re no strangers to the Tri-Cities — they’ve played in the area several times.
Their music isn’t easy to define. Wolff said he’d go with “modern roots alternative with an electric harp flair.”
Bailey said she’s heard it called pop modern or pop rock with a Celtic flavor.
But really, “we’re kind of just Finn Doxie. There isn’t anything else out there that sounds like us,” she said.
Wolff and Bailey have a deep love for music. The World Relief show “is a great way for people to connect with each other and a good cause. All we want to do is add levity,” Wolff said. “We want to lift people up.”
There’s no set admission fee, although donations will be taken. For more on World Relief Tri-Cities, go to www.worldrelieftricities.org.
For more on Finn Doxie, go to www.finndoxie.com.