Joseph Wooten & The Hands of Soul headline ‘Lighting Up Lives!’ benefit concert

Joseph Wooten

Music for Seniors, their musician partners, board, friends and supporters invite the public in celebrating 10 years, and counting of ‘Sharing Live Music, Lighting Up Lives!’ The organization will host the fundraising concert event ‘Lighting Up Lives!’ for music lovers of all ages to ring in the holiday season with friends and family on Saturday, December 7, from 2:30–4 pm, at 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill, Nashville.

Music for Seniors is a Tennessee-based 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts organization connecting area musicians with older adults through live music programs designed to engage, entertain and educate seniors—promoting health and wellbeing, reducing isolation and enriching the lives of all participants. Founded by Sarah Martin McConnell in 2007, the organization currently enlists about 200 Middle Tennessee musicians of all ages, including youth and seniors, who share their gifts and talents and now lighting up the lives of over 32,000 older adult participants yearly.

“We are thrilled to have Joseph Wooten & the Hand of Soul headlining a wonderful show which also includes John England, Alison Brazil, Tema and Fredrick, and Donna Frost, Todd Elgin and ‘ukesters.’ By donating his time, talent and star power, Wooten draws invaluable attention and support to our mission. We are also grateful to 3rd and Lindsley for helping us make this happen!” said Sarah Martin McConnell, founder and executive director of Music for Seniors.

In addition to the concert, recipients of the 2019 Lois and Gilbert Fox Achievement Award and the Music for Seniors Musician Partner of the Year will be announced. The Achievement Award was established to recognize the Foxes’ commitment to Music for Seniors, their lifetime of service to the community and their civic leadership. The Musician Partner of the Year spotlights a musician who consistently demonstrates outstanding professionalism, musicianship and dedication to the organization’s mission through their exceptional participation and service.

Lighting Up Lives! will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2:30–4 pm at 3rd and Lindsley located at 818 Third Ave. South. Doors open at 1 pm. Tickets start at $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Reserved VIP seating is also available by emailing Emily Beard at <> (seating for VIP parties larger than four are also available). VIP packages are $250 and include a four-top reserved table with best-in-house seating, four drink tickets, and a special request song dedication for inclusion in a medley during the show. Deadline for program recognition and song dedication is December 1.

Visit <> for more information about the Lighting Up Lives! concert event and to purchase tickets.