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Local musician feeds hunger with rockin’ soul - Marinscope Community Newspapers : Novato Advance

Local musician feeds hunger with rockin’ soul

All proceeds from Marin band’s performance will benefit Meals on Wheels for the holidays

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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:16 pm

San Anselmo’s Michelle Schmitt is a dynamo singer-songwriter who blends her freewheeling spirit with a strong sense of responsibility.

After she and her husband Henry raised two sons in Marin, Schmitt knew she wanted to give back to the community. Schmitt donated all the proceeds of a fundraising concert to local charities for the last four years. She believes “local musicians need to support local causes.”

Schmitt’s talents and those of her remarkable band are presenting a benefit for Meals on Wheels at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley Thursday, Dec. 13. Her band includes Ricky Fataar on drums, George Marinelli on guitar, Drew Zingg on guitar, John Burr on piano and Marc Levine on bass. These seasoned pros have performed with Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart and Boz Skaggs.

Schmitt has an indefinable voice: part soul, part rock, part twang. Her sultry and intelligent songs speak from the heart and her newest CD “Late Night” is a poignant journey through love and longing.

Schmitt is friends with a similar philanthropic mantra — Heidi Krahling of the award-winning restaurant Insalata’s in San Anselmo. Krahling is generously catering the VIP pre-show event, with local wines and surprises. VIP tickets are $100 with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are available at

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