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Playing Around: Leaving the Trees 

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Over four years ago, Wendy Sanders was shot in the back by her boyfriend. He had pulled a gun on her two months before, but was only charged with assault. Because of this horrible incident and the fact that more and more acts of unchecked family violence on military bases have been coming to light, The Gardens nightclub began hosting benefit concerts. With the help of local musicians, they have raised thousands of dollars for the prevention of domestic violence.

Leaving the Trees will be one of the local bands playing at this Sunday's fifth annual Silence the Violence benefit. The band is composed of two Colorado natives, John and Wade Cleaton, and Southern guitarist and local performer Lance Lisenby. They describe their original lyrical style as being like "photographs from real life." Leaving the Trees' music has been permanently captured on their debut CD, Lucky 13. The album has a gritty, Lynyrd Skynyrd-influenced, hard-rock feel, which has brought the band national press and airplay, enabling them to tour America, from Georgia to the Springs. Most recently, Leaving the Trees has hooked up with Denver-based promoter Nobody in Particular Presents. The partnership has allowed the trio to play with well-known rockers Blue Oyster Cult, LA Guns and Kenny Wayne Shepard. On March 1, the band plans to release its follow-up album, Into the Light, on Turnip Leaf Records.

Also playing at the benefit will be Section 16, BoneFarm and Last Supper. Call 597-2900 to find out more.

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