Community and Public Policy Leaders Sound Out At Coffeehouse Jazz Concert

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Carrie L. Williams

(4) 397-7667






ATLANTAStanding room only, with over eighty cheering community members packed into The “Grounds” to watch Barack Obama’s speech at the National Democratic Convention, West End’s Grounds Coffeehouse(898 Oak St SW, Atlanta 30310) is becoming known as a hub for multi-cultural community engagement in grassroots public policy issues – with an artistic twist.


This Monday evening, September 8th, 2008, from 7:00 – 10:30pm, The “Grounds” will present a “Sound Out From The Soul” Jazz Concert – where metro Atlanta’s finest community leaders and public policy leaders will express their views pre-concert on defining and creating Atlanta’s culture, setting the stage for a night of jazz artistry by exciting young jazz saxophonist Kebbie Williams and group.


For the price of a cup of coffee or tea (or a smoothie drink), The Grounds will showcase Kebbie Williams, a Howard graduate in the West End, with international standing for his unique, vibrant style that captures listeners by its pulsating rhythms and lyrical turns.


“Grounds” Coffeehouse owners Percy Stith, Shannon Toney, and Maurice Sanders are just as unique as their coffee shop offerings. As renaissance “true neighborhood” advocates, with a love for music and art, their commitment to community is clear.


“We see The Grounds as our expression of what ‘true neighborhood and community’ can be – a place where neighbors get to know one another, and talk with each other, where we can meet and organize to get things done,” states co-owner Shannon Toney, pointing to recent “Save Fire Station #7” Coalition gatherings at the Grounds.


“We want to epitomize the ethic of neighborhood and community businesses,” adds partner Maurice Sanders, “that are owned, operated, and supported by neighbors living in the community.”  Sharing their active role in West End home renovation, Percy Stith summarizes:  “We want to encourage others in metro Atlanta that the West End is where sustainable rejuvenation of historic, cultural, geographic landscapes can happen – and is happening now.”


For more information, contact:  Shannon Toney, The Grounds Coffeehouse, (4) 753-7063 or (4) 242-1833,