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Big winds from Hurricane Ike slammed into Yellow Springs on Sunday. Power was out for about 42 hours downtown. But villagers made the best of a bad situation: local musicians entertained the caffeinated crowd at the Emporium on Tuesday morning. Shown, from left, are Carl Schumacher and Dave Schumacher on guitar and Mark DeLozier and Elizabeth Price at the piano.

Carl Schumacher and other musicians played for people in front of the Emporium the summer that Hurricane Ike caused a nearly two-day power outage downtown.

Fundraiser for Schumacher

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This Friday, May 1, the Emporium/Underdog Café will host the Devil’s Backbone, a Yellow Springs funk blues band with Jeanne Ulrich, Tim Beach, Jason McClean and Carl Schumacher. The event starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 10, and is planned as a benefit for base player Schumacher. Donations are voluntary, so everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the wine, dancing and friends.

In 2013 Schumacher was diagnosed with a pre-leukemia known as myelofibrosis and has been treated at the Cleveland Clinic with chemotherapy and a variety of medications. The regimen has left Schumacher, a self-employed carpenter, with little income. A nine-band benefit was held for him two-and-a-half years ago, and now local musicians are back to help raise money for transportation costs and the chance to see his daughter Tess graduate from veterinary school at University of California at Davis.

Those who are unable to attend may contribute to the Yellow Springs Credit Union’s “Beth Holyoke/Carl Schumacher” account. Frequent Flyer miles are also accepted.

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