Evans, a Mystic native who spent time in Vermont but calls Westerly home these days, said he and his bandmates — guitarist/saxophonist Kyle Champeon, bassist/trumpeter Nick Frenay, drummer/vocalist Curtis Kelly, and keyboardist/vocalist Miles Sweeney — plan to organize “small acts of kindness” in each of the towns and cities they visit this fall.
On Saturday morning, the day after Friday’s 8 p.m. show at the Knick, Evans and the band have organized a beach clean-up at Fenway Beach in Weekapaug.
“We’ll bring gloves and trash bags and meet at 10 a.m.,” said Evans, who also works at the Knick booking talent, is a surfer and teaches classes at New England Science & Sailing Foundation. “Maybe we’ll get the surfers and the fishermen to join us.”
When they play at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vt., on Nov. 4, they’ll contribute to Love Your Brain, a concussion-awareness organization. In Trumbull, Conn., earlier this month, they held a yoga event and made a donation to Sandy Hook Promise.
On Dec. 10, when they play at the Fairfield Theater Company’s StageOne, they plan to hold a toy drive to benefit Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.
Essentially, said Evans, they are hoping to inspire fans to join them in order to “make a little change, and let it grow.”
“There’s too much negatative talk being thrown around these days,” said Evans, who helped organize last summer’s folk festival in Wilcox Park. “And it’s too easy to get overwhelmed ... with all the news and social media.”
Speaking softly, and looking pensive, Evans, who is married to his college sweetheart, Emily Conley, said it feels good to focus on love and kindness, forget “all the crap and surround yourself with positivity ... like a coat of armor.”
Plus, said the musician, “It’s a lot of fun choosing the charities.”
Evans said he thinks it was when he read a certain quote that he started to think differently about change.
“It was something like ‘Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you can. You would be surprised at what little acts have done for our world,” he said.
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Will Evans and Rising Tide with The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow opens Friday at 8 p.m. on the “Make a Little Change Tour” at the Knickerbocker Cafe, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the show. For more information call 401-315-5070, or visit theknickerbockercafe.com.