Musicians Team Up with Minnesota Helps: Bridge Disaster Fund to Remember and Rebuild One Year After the Minnesota I-35W Bridge Collapse

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Electro-Voice and Musician's Friend Offer Free 3-CD Compilation, Proceeds Aid Disaster Relief

This piece of music is contributed to this project out of respect and love for the great city of Minneapolis, and with sympathy and support to the families who were affected by the August 1, 2007 bridge disaster. We are perpetually rebuilding everything, from our cities to our souls. God bless.

Musician's Friend, direct marketer of music gear, has teamed up with Electro-Voice to aid Minneapolis in bridge disaster relief efforts. Just over a year ago, the 9340 bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River leaving 13 dead and over 100 people injured. Beginning in September 2008, all EV speakers and microphones -- except for Cobalt series mics -- will come with a free 3-CD compilation called Musicians For Minneapolis. The CD has a $20 value and proceeds will go to Minnesota Helps: Bridge Disaster Fund, an organization that supports families and survivors of those affected by the disaster.

Sound engineers seeking pro audio microphones and gigging musicians needing quality live sound microphones are invited to take part, give back, and be rewarded.

The collection of 57 songs covers the full spectrum of music styles from artists across the nation. Some of the most recognized names in the music industry, including guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, have contributed songs for use on the benefit album. Vai's previously unreleased track, Without Me, is included. Commenting on his contribution, Vai said, "This piece of music is contributed to this project out of respect and love for the great city of Minneapolis, and with sympathy and support to the families who were affected by the August 1, 2007 bridge disaster. We are perpetually rebuilding everything, from our cities to our souls. God bless."

Musician's Friend acknowledges the help of Andrew Beard from their buying team and Ryan May from Electro-Voice for making this collaboration with Minnesota Helps possible. One of Beard's former rock bands toured the Minnesota area and crossed the I-35W bridge many times in the past. He noted, "Every disaster has residual effects as we try to move on with our lives. It important those affected get the support they need. The Musicians for Minneapolis CD compilation calls attention to what happened in Minneapolis and gives people an opportunity to help. For this reason, Musician's Friend and Electro-Voice are honored to aid Minnesota Helps: Bridge Disaster Fund."

Among the Electro-Voice products at Musician's Friend are the new EV PL microphone line and famed Tour-X Speakers.

The Electro-Voice PL-80 Microphone, a professional performance vocal microphone is back after being a bestseller years ago. EV's PL mics are also featured in the Electro-Voice DK7 Drum Microphone Pack, a complete microphone solution for gigging drummers with a five-piece drum set.

Musician's Friend also carries the new Electro-Voice Tour-X PA speaker cabinets including the Electro-Voice TX1152 PA Speaker, a lightweight, powerful, high-performance sound reinforcement system that can be used with the Electro-Voice TX1181 Subwoofer for extended bass response on a single amplifier channel with no additional processing needed.

More information on each of these products is available at Musician's Friend.

About Musician's Friend:
Musician's Friend, Incorporated is the world's largest direct marketer of music gear and musical instruments. Its assortment of more than 56,000 products including guitars, bass guitars, pro audio, keyboards, live sound and recording equipment, and drums and percussion is marketed through its print catalogs and websites, including musiciansfriend.com.

Along with the widest assortment of musical equipment and instruments possible, the Musician's Friend website also offers informative musician's resources including in-depth buying guides, tech tips, hands-on gear reviews, tech articles from highly respected music industry professionals, interviews with well-known artists, and over 135,000 product reviews and ratings.

Located in Medford, Oregon with warehousing in Kansas City, Missouri, and a call center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Musician's Friend can be contacted at 1-800-776-5173.

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