For a few years, 95.3 The Bear was involved with a monthly songwriter's concert called 'Tips for Tuscaloosa' and after a break, it's back with a new location and name! 

The very first Third Thursday Songwriter's Showcase will take place on Thursday, March 16th at Black Warrior Brewing Company on University Boulevard, across from Children's Hands On Museum.

This monthly event will feature local and Nashville based singer/songwriters in what is known as a “round”. Singing their songs, telling stories and musically accompanying each other. Artists attending this month include Victoria Camp, Sarah Ferguson, Megan McMillan, Mamie Gardner, Jackson Capps, and Andy Branton.

There is no cover charge to enjoy the show and everyone is welcome. First artists start at 7 pm!

Digital Bliss Photography 2016
Digital Bliss Photography 2016

Now, here's the plus, a portion of everything you buy from Black Warrior Brewing Company on March 16th will go to benefit a new Tuscaloosa charity called Angel's Hope. You don't have to make a donation or pay a cover, just come, enjoy a few beers and listen to the music!

Angel's Hope is a new non-profit based in Tuscaloosa that looks to fulfill the dreams of Hillcrest Graduate Angel Eaton, who lost her battle with cancer in September 2017 at just 18-years-old. Throughout her fight, Angel never lost her will to live, and she never lost her desire to help other children and families who were fighting their own battle. Using the name "Angel's Little Rays of Sunshine," she collected various items to donate to the hematology/oncology floor at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. She donated food for the food pantry, toiletry bags for parents and gift cards and toys for the kids.

While fighting her own cancer battle, Angel missed many of those milestones that a teenager only gets once. She was in the hospital for her Sweet 16, Halloween (her favorite holiday), several other holidays and she almost missed prom. But several of her friends stepped up and made sure she was still able to enjoy those special moments, despite her circumstances. They had a surprise Sweet 16 party at the hospital and for those few hours, she was able to just be a "normal kid." Then she thought how great it would be if children fighting cancer had their own special memories to help them push through those tough times. The wheels started turning and next thing you know, Angel was planning a "carnival" for all children and families who were fighting.

The event, which was held in August 2015, was a huge success so Angel started planning another event for 2016. She said it was her way of offering hope to other children and teenagers fighting. Angel's Hope has already delivered Valentine's Day bags to Children's Hospital and have a big day planned for a few area children dealing with cancer this August.

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