Saturday evening concert in Edwards will help feed the hungry |

Saturday evening concert in Edwards will help feed the hungry

Mike McKibbin
VAIL CO, Colorado
Singer-songwriter Paul Fran-zik, formerly of Carbondale, will perform two concerts for the Colorado Mountain College Calaway Honors Series in January: Jan. 20 at the college's Spring Valley center south of Glenwood Springs and Jan. 21 at the college's Edwards campus. A portion of ticket sales proceeds will go to Fran-zik's Feed Them With Music nonprofit group.

EDWARDS – For Paul Fran-zik, there are different meanings of the word “community.”

When he’s on stage singing songs, as he will be Saturday night in Edwards for Colorado Mountain College Calaway Honors Series, it happens when the audience sings along. On a wider scale, it comes across when those audience members realize they’re helping curb global hunger.

“When I do a concert somewhere, I look at myself as an outsider who was invited in to a community,” said the singer-songwriter, formerly of Carbondale, and now living in Minnesota. “I seek opportunities for the audience to join in the performance. My concerts are perfection-free zones, so all are welcome to sing. There’s something magical when our voices blend as we sing together.”

Fran-zik, whose real name is Paul Frantzich, is also the founder of Feed Them with Music, a Carbondale-based nonprofit that helps to fund hunger-prevention programs, such as the Sopudep School Lunch Program in Haiti. Donations come from a percentage of concert ticket revenues, artists’ merchandise and videos, music downloads and live webcasts. Fran-zik said those who attend tonight’s CMC performance, as well as one that took place in Glenwood Friday night, will help fund 2,000 meals for the hungry both domestically and internationally.

“What we try to do with Feed Them with Music is create creative content to bridge the distance between music and charity,” he said.

Around 20 artists have helped Fran-zik’s nonprofit provide meals to those in need. According to the website, more than 200,000 meals have been delivered to date.

Tonight, Fran-zik will perform in the new auditorium of Colorado Mountain College’s Edwards campus. The concert will honor the Cordillera Motorcycle Association for their support of the college. Before the 7:30 p.m. performance, a free, pre-concert dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Fran-zik has written, recorded and performed music for more than 25 years, and has been likened to Elvis Costello and Marc Cohn. He and his brother, Timothy, released eight CDs as The Brothers Frantzich. With the help of Aspen musicians, last year Fran-zik recorded and released his first solo project, “Feed Them with Music.”

In a review of that CD last June in The Aspen Times, his music was described as “a comfortable folk-rock flow. But in his songs about connection, freedom, inspiration and identity, his voice takes on an urgency; the singer he most closely resembles is Elvis Costello, and you can’t get much more urgent than that.”

Fran-zik said his music also includes sacred music from many cultures.

He has also worked for a decade with some of America’s finest poets, including Robert Bly, Colman Barks, Galway Kinnel, Tony Hoagland and Lisa Starr.

Fran-zik now lives in Minnesota with his wife, Susie, and daughters, Halia and Bailey.

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