11/7/16--It was an uncharacteristically warm night in early November. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Park and Elizabeth avenues in downtown Detroit. Yellowcard may have been playing their last Detroit show ever at the Fillmore, but some real good was happening at the bar across the street. The Park Bar is a small corner establishment facing away from Woodward Avenue, Detroit’s main thoroughfare. While small on the main floor, the second level opened up into a large hall, directing you toward the stage along the front wall. Like so many other Detroit establishments, the Park Bar had so much character. The owner had single-handedly renovated the second floor and made it into a hip new venue. The oak circular bar and vintage looking barstools were all handmade.
All For One was a benefit concert and event sponsored by York Project to benefit PB&J Outreach, the organization we partner with to execute our Detroit donations. PB&J has been passing out food and other items to the city’s less fortunate for over 10 years running. Every Saturday morning they carry out their mission to help out those in need. We join once a month, and it has always amazed me how hard the PB&J crew works and how dedicated they are to give up each and every Saturday morning to give back to their community. This concert was dedicated to providing funds to PB&J through ticket sales and York Project merchandise sales.
Nearly 200 people poured through the door to see four bands perform. The night opened up with an acoustic duet performance from York Project founder, Josh York and Alex Flack. Second was event organizer Dave Flack and his band, 7th Place Finish. Next was local favorite, The Dale Hicks Band. Finally, the night was concluded by Bay City quartet, Center Ave, a tight alternative band with soaring vocals and catchy riffs. From start to finish, the bands kept the crowd on their toes dancing and having a great night.
The event drew in nearly $7,000, including a $3,000 gift from corporate sponsor, the Lear Corporation. After all fees and costs, the event enabled York Project to make a $5,200 donation to PB&J outreach, which will allow them to continue to provide food and supplies for those in need in Detroit, and also provide more opportunities for York Project to partner and give back. York Project will be donating in partnership with PB&J Outreach again on November 26 in Detroit, Michigan.
You can learn more about PB&J Outreach, sign up to volunteer, or donate at: