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Music to DePelchin’s Ears: Musician Adopted Through DePelchin Returns to Raise Awareness and Funds During Music Festival


THE WOODLANDS (September 25, 2014) – The fifth annual Real Life Real Music (RLRM) Festival at Bernhardt Winery is set for Saturday, Oct. 4. Located in historic Plantersville, TX, west of Highway 105, the winery will once again be home to what has quickly become one of the most respected days of Americana music in south Texas. This year, Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) award winner Hal Ketchum will headline the event.

Besides spotlighting Texas music, wine and art, the festival will also showcase DePelchin Children’s Center, the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care and adoption services. According to Kyle Hutton, founder of Real Life Real Music and adoption advocate, “It’s so important to let the community know about DePelchin’s services and helping these kids find stable, loving homes. I should know. I was adopted through DePelchin at six weeks old, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today nor would this festival each year.” Real Life Real Music is honored to have the opportunity to support DePelchin’s tireless efforts in the areas of mental health, foster care and adoption, he added.

Proceeds from a silent auction, conducted both online and onsite at Bernhardt, will directly benefit DePelchin Children’s Center. There will be something for everyone, from weekend getaways to sporting events. There are some unique auction items to bid on, according to Hutton. “We will be auctioning off private house concerts featuring select artists as well as signed acoustic guitars from Ketchum and other well-known country/Americana artists,” he added. Bidding online begins Friday, Sept. 26 at http://www.32auctions.com/realliferealmusic.

Jenifer Jarriel, president and CEO of DePelchin, says the event is important for several reasons.

“We are thrilled to work with Kyle and Real Life Real Music to bring attention to our children," she says. "Although last year more than 5,300 children were adopted in Texas, right now, we still have approximately 1,500 children in the Greater Houston area waiting to be adopted, which is 1,500 too many.  I hope this festival can inspire people to support our organization.”

Famous for Small Town Saturday Night, Past the Point of Rescue, I Know Where Love Lives and more, Grand Ole Opry member Ketchum takes the stage at 9 p.m. Additional main stage performers include The Kyle Hutton Band, Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix, The Chubby Knuckle Choir, Kelley Mickwee and Drew Kennedy, Sibling Rivalry and Abbey Hirvela. Throughout the day, the next generation of student songwriters will perform on the Dosey Doe student artist stage in between the main acts. Real Life Real Music is also collaborating with The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (WWAF) to showcase Texas art alongside award-winning wines and music throughout the day.

The fun for all ages begins at noon. Patrons can purchase either general admission or limited VIP experience tickets with guaranteed rain or shine seats, access to the VIP lounge throughout the day and a “meet and greet” wine tasting session with select artists and the owners of Bernhardt Winery. Bernhardt Winery, a proud Go Texan member and avid supporter of Texas wine and music, is known for its award-winning wines produced from locally grown grapes.

General admission tickets can be purchased online for a discounted price of $20 or at the gate on the day of the show at the winery for $25. For more information about the festival including schedule and ticket prices, visit www.realliferealmusic.com.  

Hutton, a Texas born singer/songwriter, founded Real Life Real Music seven years ago. The program is known as “An Hour of Music That Matters,” as Hutton goes behind the lyrics to the song inspiration with the artists. Now in its 15th season with more than 160 radio shows, Hutton’s Real Life Real Music library reads like a “who’s who” of Texas and Americana music.

About DePelchin Children's Center
DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care and adoption services. For more than 120 years, DePelchin has been turning lives around with comprehensive care for children, including psychiatric services, counseling, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, residential treatment, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.

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