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Sounds and Spirits show celebrates 10th anniversary

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Dave Feeny jokes that he created the Detroit Sounds and Spirits Olde-Fashioned Holiday spectacular “as a way to meet chicks.”

But the truth is that Feeny — who’s now married and has two children — has created one of the city’s longest-lasting benefit shows, which turns 10 this year.

So far Sounds and Spirits has raised more than $23,000 for the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), and Feeny, who owns Tempermill studio in Ferndale and plays in the bands American Mars and Goober & the Peas, calls it “the hardest and best thing I do all year.”

“The singular thing that has honestly kept me doing the show is the day I drop off the proceeds to the folks at COTS in the Cass Corridor and hoping in a small way I’ve made somebody else’s holiday and living situation a little less crummy,” Feeny explains. He also enjoys how the show, “flies a little under the radar and really does follow the DIY ethos. You can tell it’s homemade and a little rag-tag. I think that’s what makes the night so fun.”

The 10th Annual Detroit Sounds and Spirits takes place Friday, Dec. 23, at the Magic Stick, 4142 Woodward Ave., Detroit, and will feature Christmas and original music by Outrageous Cherry, His Name is Alive, Satori Circus, Duende!, Amy Gore and her Valentines, Marco Polio and the New Vaccines, Johnny Headband and others playing on two stages. Doors open at 9 p.m., and admission is $15. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com

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