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Sponge spearheading special EP to benefit Detroit homeless shelter

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Detroit rock troupe Sponge and some friends are recording some cover songs to help shelter the local homeless.

The quintet has teamed with Third Man Pressing to produce a vinyl EP, "Songs That Got Me Through It," whose proceeds will go to the Pope Francis Center, a Detroit homeless shelter that's been the beneficiary of Sponge's Thanksgiving eve concerts at Saint Andrew's Hall. The tracks will be recorded during a closed session Sunday, Sept. 13, in St. Clair Shores and released on Nov. 28 as part of Small Business Saturday, exclusively online and at Third Man Records Cass Corridor.

"Since the Pope Francis Center is a stone throw from (Saint Andrew's) Hall we thought it would be an awesome thing if we could make a difference in helping out locals in need," Sponge frontman Vinnie Dombroski says. "Since it's unlikely the (November) show will play this year, an album to sell would be another way of making a difference."

Sponge -- which plans to record a version of Iggy Pop's "Crap Out" -- will be joined on the EP by frontman Vinnie Dombroski's other band, the Orbitsuns, as well as Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils, the Ricky Rat Pack and the Firewalkers. The Hard Lessons will be reuniting for the project as well, covering Rodriguez's "Only Good For Conversation."

The Pope Francis Center serves an average of 200 chronically homeless Detroiters per day and has created outside operations during the COVID-19 pandemic -- including a shower trailer and daily health check-ups and virus screenings in partnership with Beaumont Hospital and Covenant Community Care. More information at popefranciscenter.org.

Web Site: www.popefranciscenter.org

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