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By Charlotte Smith

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Scott Township resident Bill Toms has organized a benefit concert for The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café, Station Square, downtown Pittsburgh. The cost is $15 at the door.

Performing that night will be Bill Toms and Hard Rain, Jill West and Blues Attack, Shari Richards, Rick Witkowski, Helene Milan, Don Hollowood, Olga Watkins, Larry Siefers, Gil Snyder, Marc Resiman and many more. There also will be a an auction and raffle.

Toms began playing guitar at 15, switching from the horn. Shortly after graduating from Chartiers Valley High School, he played in a few bands, and, in 1987, became the lead guitarist for the renowned local group Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. After 19 years, he became a solo artist, touring the United States and Europe.

His “Memphis” CD, which was released in 2011, was produced by Will Kimbrough, a fixture in the Nashville music scene and the winner of Instrumentalist of the Year in 2004 at the American Music Awards.

Tom will be back in the recording studio in 2014 and plans a United States/European tour with his band and solo in the new year.

Toms considers himself a “storytelling troubadour,” mixing the American sounds of rhythm and blues, soul, folk, and rock and roll. He has written most of the songs on his numerous albums, giving his thoughts on life, hope, human frailty, goodness, loss and redemption. He is available for music and songwriter workshops and clinics.

He gives back to the community by continuing to perform at local benefits and charity events. The Nov. 27 event is the eighth annual benefit concert he has organized. One of the prior recipients of the concert's proceeds was the Pittsburgh Food Bank.

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, established in 1902, is a non-profit licensed organization dedicated to meeting the special needs of children and their families, offering a hospital, school and social services.

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Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or



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