Local music: Music in the Round

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Capitol Square Rotary Club has been hosting its annual Music in the Round charity show since 2006, but never with such an ambitious project at stake.

When Tom Krouse, Molly Winters, Ian Hummel and Jesse Henry trot out their tunes Saturday at Via Vecchia Winery, they'll do so to launch the Columbus Muziki program, a year-long project aimed at bringing the gift of music to African orphans.

In 2005, Rotary members helped found the Rafiki Farm at an AIDS orphanage in Kikuyu, just north of Nairobi. Now they hope to plant a music program at the orphanage.

In conjunction with Columbus bicentennial project Columbus 200, they'll send a delegation of Columbus musicians to play a concert at Rafiki on the 200th anniversary of Columbus' founding, Feb. 14, 2012. The plan is to leave behind instruments, funds and building supplies for a classroom and an equipped teacher committed for two years of service.

The ambitious endeavor starts with Saturday's sold-out songwriter showcase.

The performers:

Tom Krouse : The CEO of Donatos by day, Krouse is the frontman of "mountain rock" band Grassinine, in which he and his cohorts give the bluegrass treatment to goofy parodies and silly love songs.

Molly Winters: When not fronting her own Miss Molly Band, Winters chimes in with folk trio the Salty Caramels, teaches music at Bright Horizons Children's Center and hosts Woodlands Tavern's open mic on Wednesdays. She is busy.

Ian Hummel: The former Poop House Reilly frontman forsook the collegiate country-funk of his youth to focus on a children's rock band called Shazzbots but recently reconnected with twang as leader of the Apple-Bottom Gang.

Jesse Henry: Henry fronts The Spikedrivers, this city's premier roots-rock collective, and plays solo gigs on the side, sometimes accompanied by a supporting cast called the Royal Tycoons.

Music in the Round

6 p.m. Saturday, March 12

Via Vecchia Winery

485 S. Front St., Brewery District

musicintheround.com