ROXBURY, NJ – Having opened a Wellmont Theater concert in November for Guster, a popular Boston-based alternative rock band, 2014 Roxbury High School graduate Michael Grant and his band, Emily Youth Project, know what it’s like to perform in front of a big audience.

They’ll have a far smaller audience Jan. 9, when they play at the Roxbury Performing Arts Center in Succasunna. But because Emily Youth Project’s show will bring food and vital supplies to the Roxbury Food Pantry, the band’s effort will be likely be appreciated by many more people than only those inside the Horseshoe Lake Park venue. 

The price of admission will be a will be a donation of money, food, toiletries or household supplies. For that, concertgoers will not only get the satisfaction of helping Roxbury’s underprivileged, they’ll also get to see a band that’s gaining popularity.

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Named after an encounter with a waitress, Emily Youth Project was nominated in the 2015 Asbury Park Music Awards in the “Top Young Band” category.The group launched its first CD over the summer.

The Jan. 9 show will be the second one performed by the band to help the Food Pantry.

For information and tickets, visit the Roxbury Arts Alliance’s website.