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Dusk Duo to hold benefit performance to raise funds for charity

By Staff | Aug 10, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Dean and Kathleen Winkleman of Dusk Duo will livestream a benefit performance on Aug. 16.

A familiar band on the islands will perform via live streaming video in an effort to raise funds for a non-profit organization that provides patient education and advocacy for a rare form of cancer.

Dusk Duo, the husband-wife musical team of Dean and Kathleen Winkleman, will deliver a unique digital show on Aug. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The action can be watched on Twitch – the streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon – or on the group’s Facebook page.

The Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant in Punta Rassa will also broadcast it in real time.

Kathleen Winkleman was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma or LMS in 2010. LMS is a soft tissue sarcoma that develops in muscle, fat, blood vessels or any of the other tissues that support, surround and protect the organs of the body. After six major surgeries, Winkleman’s cancer was successfully removed. However, a CT scan in January revealed yet another nodule – this time in her liver.

Although Dusk Duo is temporarily grounded while Winkleman receives treatment, the couple have decided to host the interactive performance from her hospital room to raise awareness and funds.

PHOTO PROVIDED Dean and Kathleen Winkleman of Dusk Duo will livestream a benefit performance on Aug. 16.

Tip jars will be placed throughout the Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant the evening of the show, with all of the proceeds directly benefiting the Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.

“Donations during the performance will only be collected at Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant,” Jacqueline Wilson, of Paradise Creative Group, reported. “Anyone who is unable to attend can donate on behalf of Kathleen at lmsdr.org (Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation).”

Links to the non-profit will also be provided on the duo’s Facebook page for direct donations.

After meeting in 1977 just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dean and Kathleen gained notoriety playing local gigs in venues in and around the Milwaukee area. Within a year, the couple were traveling the country. Within four years, they had gained a reputation as a strong draw among club owners.

Married in 1981, they moved their base of operation to Byron, Illinois. After years of touring, they settled down in 1987 with their three children. They continued to perform in Rockford, Illinois, and the western suburbs of Chicago. During this time, the duo opened for acts such as Doc Severinsen, BJ Thomas, Three Dog Night and others.

They attracted the notice of the Beatles’ former manager, Ken Mansfield, who introduced them to legendary folk rock pioneer John Beland, guitarist and vocalist for The Flying Burrito Brothers. They recorded two of Beland’s songs, “I Wonder Where We’d Be Tonight” and “I Feel A Sin Comin’ On.”

In the late 1990s, the family moved to Branson, Missouri, where Dean was hired as musical director for the “Kitty Kelly” show. They returned to Milwaukee after several years to be with family. Today, the duo is based out of Southwest Florida, performing more than 150 dates per year from Tampa to Naples.

Dusk Duo holds weekly performances at Traditions on the Beach on Sanibel.

For more information about the non-profit organization, visit lmsdr.org.

To watch the performance, visit www.facebook.com/Duskduo or www.twitch.tv.