Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am
Time for giving it up
Yes, the holiday season is upon us in full force with ads, snow, ads, parties, ads, lights, and did I mentions ads? One thing for sure, this time of year folks seem to not only unlock the pocketbook to purchase gifts, but they also reach in to give to those in need. And at the forefront of sponsoring and organizing benefits are musicians and music supporters.
I’ve referred to this musician-giving passion before concerning benefits and the notion musicians are the first called to donate time. Part of the attraction to a performer is simply the fact that playing music is fun and it doesn’t actually cost anything to really do (I know, I know, instruments, time, lessons, etc., but the actual action is costless and priceless, btw). No one really likes to say no when asked, but on the other hand, when trying to make a living (not a killing, says Supe) or even get paid decently for work accomplished, playing fundraisers and benefits for free can be a draining proposition.
But play them they do. One of best, and most organized and longest running of our local fundraisers is Jingle Jam. From its beginning, organizers challenged local musicians to donate to the program and also to perform, drawing in hundreds of possible donors. You missed the one for 2013 on Dec. 1, but I bet if you go to the Jingle Jam V Facebook page and check with Laura Richter, she’d be thrilled if you’d donate. Always a class act, Laura, with help from Michael Webb and a host of others, works hard to make this an annual success. Another ongoing and upcoming Laura-adventure called Raising Spirits for St. Jude uses her gifts and interests in paranormal and ghost activities to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Groups playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Donnie’s Homespun are all using the time to benefit others. Friday brings in Killinoize Productions to present Dub the Hall 4, featuring Tankman, Chris Vice, Danny Grooves, Hooplaa, D.A.F., Part Human, Sir Racha and Trip Gaia. Organizers request canned goods as part of a holiday food drive. Saturday, it’s the Springfield Renaissance with Nate Cozadd, Monica Morris, The Yippies, Otter Disbelief and The Complaint Line, plus an art gallery and four comedians. Proceeds of this show benefit the Washington Middle School music program and you’re asked to donate old band instruments (or new ones for that matter!) for use at the school. On Sunday (3 to 9 p.m.), comes Rock the House, a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House hosted by the Whirled Peas featuring Hipbone Sam, the Shunpickers, Taylor June and Gracia Harrison, Off the Wall and Ultraviolet. Along with a day of good music, count on a 50/50 raffle and giveaways.
On Thursday, Micah Walk and Elizabeth Eckert play Norb Andy’s from 9 to midnight for a Toys for Tots fundraiser. A free French fry basket goes to anyone who brings in a new toy and 10 percent of all sales that day will be donated to Toys for Tots. Norb’s includes many other specials and giveaways all day and night long, in celebration of Will Decker’s almost win in IT’s Best of Springfield contest as Second Best Hottest Bartender. Congratulations, Will and what a coincidence to book Micah and Liz, IT’s readers choice for best male and female singers. Thanks to all.
And while speaking of the Best of Springfield, two other big winners are playing on Friday with the incredibly versatile and talented Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters knocking out the jams at Boondocks and the real and rocking Novocaine taking it to Marly’s Pub.
Now where did I put those ads ....
Contact Tom Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.