Grassroots Acoustica, a monthly singer/songwriter series benefiting local charities, will celebrate its fifth anniversary at the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge in Venice Saturday, July 14.

The series, which does not charge a cover, has raised over $50,000 for charities serving the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area throughout its history, says founder Mark Islam.

The fifth anniversary show will feature Islam and a troupe of troubadours backed by a house band including local producer Edward Tree on guitars, Mark Pocket Goldberg on upright bass and Debra Dobkin on percussion. The event is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. at Talking Stick, 1411 C Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

In lieu of a cover charge, all voluntary contributions benefit the Grassroots Acoustica Foundation. Funds raised provide for start-up administrative costs for the organization, production-related expenses involved in putting on a free show and expanded programming.

Founded in July 2007, Grassroots Acoustica is held on the second Saturday of every month at the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge. All Grassroots Acoustica artists, playfully referred to as “buskers,” perform for free in exchange for charitable contributions.

Last year, Los Angeles Magazine named the series Best Acoustic Night in its 2011 “Best of L.A.” issue, Islam said.

Information, www.grassrootsacoustica.org. ¤

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