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Hudson musician Thomas Kivi set to perform at veterans concert

Thomas Kivi

Singer and songwriter Thomas Kivi, who grew up in Hudson, will be among the performers headlining the fourth annual Veterans Aid Concert on Memorial Day, May 28, at The Fine Line Music Café in downtown Minneapolis.

The show is hosted by the benefit's founder, local singer-songwriter and Iraq War veteran, Matthew Griswold of St. Paul. The concert raises awareness and funds for resources that can assist area veterans in times of crisis, homelessness, personal recovery and social transition from their military service and/or war time duties.

According to a press release, the concert organization acts as one of the leading local advocates in fighting to overcome the social stigma that many veterans carry. "This year's mission will be to make a strong effort to attract new interests to those whom may not morally support the recent or past wars, but will still see this as a humanitarian effort and not a politically affiliated or driven cause. This concert hopes to create an atmosphere that humanizes the phrase, 'veteran'."

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the concert will start at 5:30 p.m. Performing on stage with Kivi will be Griswold, Joel Kachel, Cait Leary, Joe Carey and the nationally-known songwriter Carl Franzen. The concert's emcee will be local comedian Mike Early.

The concert is open to those 18 and older. The charge is $10 at the door and free to veterans and service members with identification and proof of service. Those with game day Twins tickets will also be admitted free. All of the proceeds from the concert go to benefit the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. Go to for more information.