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Three bands, whose members primarily consist of Drake faculty and staff, will take the stage tonight to raise money for Drake University students.

Early in the summer, education professors Jerrid Kruse and Tom Buckmiller, who each play in the band. One Hundred Mondays, approached Tim Schmitt in the marketing department and drummer for No Good Deed about doing a show together, but it was Schmitt who then suggested donating the money from the cover charge to the scholarship fund.

“Since we are not playing music for the money, we thought this would be a great idea,” Kruse said.

The Drake Marketing Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was established by Schmitt and is supported by the marketing department, is funded through personal donations and other fundraising efforts.

“It provides a scholarship to a student who demonstrates financial need and is interested in studying a field related to marketing and communications including journalism and graphic design,” Schmitt said.

Kruse is excited to have the chance to play with his colleagues.

“We’re always looking for a chance to play and since there were three bands we knew of associated with Drake we thought it would be a nice way to kick off the school year,” Kruse said.

The all-ages concert will take place downtown at Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St., doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first band plays at 6 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.

One Hundred Mondays, featuring Kruse, Buckmiller and education professor Michael Couvillon will take the stage at 6 p.m.; at 7 p.m. rock band Charlie and the Caged Birds consisting of Kirk Martin from the Chinese Cultural Exchange Program, philosophy professor Tim Knepper and Charles Nelson associate professor of physics and astronomy; and guitar-driven band,    No Good Deed, composed of Schmitt and Rob Reeves from the Drake IT department will wrap up the show.

“I hope students come downtown and get to check out a cool music venue,” Schmitt said. “Mainly, we’re hoping to have a good time, meet some new people and make some noise.”

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