Life sometimes deals some bad cards to us! But that doesn't mean we can't still win the hand and possibly take the entire game. Two of our BGG members are contending with a battle with cancer, and the Organizers want to deploy our BGG mission, karma, love and resources to offer some aid to our friends in music. Our friends challenged by this dread disease have medical options, and everybody knows that costs money. One option involves travel to Duke, and everybody knows that costs money. Name any part of the remedy or fight or impact, and everybody knows that costs money.
The recently expanded and beautifully renovated Ashland Café will be our venue as we join together to raise some funds to aid the Kelly Beck Life Fund. We hope many friends will join us by performing, donating, attending, sharing love and respect, doing what we do. So mark your calendars!
Ashland Cafe & Grill will offer a special menu for our event attendees. They will be providing our honored guests, Kelly & Wayne, with a special meal at no cost to them. As always, and especially in this case, outside food and drink are not allowed.
The Fire Marshal allows for so many people in the Ashland Cafe so keep your RSVPs precise and up-to-date, please. We plan for this event to reach capacity...
As you know, Kelly & Wayne are trop-rock and beach enthusiasts so dress with flare accordingly to enhance the theme. This is a celebration of life and love so get yer look goin'...
Let's keep Kelly and Wayne Beck smiling as we bring them positive and healing vibes and financial support.
In addition to funds we will raise with the entry donation ($10.00 per person minimum entry donation which gets you in and gives you one prize drawing chance), prize drawings from prize ticket sales, 50/50 raffle (winner gets 50% of total 50/50 ticket sales), silent auction (some cool higher value items), and more will augment our support. We have set up a Give Forward campaign that you can share with friends, family and other kind folks. Every donation helps no matter how small. It's the power of numbers that will bring our friends a boost. Visit: http://gfwd.at/1bo5VWh Please share this link far and wide! And please make a donation.
--------------LET THERE BE MUSIC, SWEET, SWEET MUSIC!--------------
The program of the music within this event is different than usual: our goals are to raise financial support for these two fine friends of ours. The program with performance slots and other activities is noted below. Steel Pirate (Kelly & Wayne) will be performing with some of us joining their slot to support. Stu Miller will be providing PA and running sound. We will need some folks to assist Stu and to act as stagehands. For the sake of time and space, we will allow hand percussion, but there is not enough room on stage for drum kits. Small amps are allowed with the caveat that Stu and Organizers reserve the right to regulate volume. Setup and transition time will be short and precious.
Performance slot coordinators are Joe Quimby/Mike Shirey, Steve Michalek, Stu Miller, Rob Barry, Doug Jackson, Bill Motsko, Marv Egolf, and Wayne Beck. All of the players noted above and any others who may be added made donations via the GiveForward site before a clearly stated deadline or were sponsored by others via donations. All of the musicians are excited to give you a top notch program!
This event is entirely different from our usual ways of hosting, BUT the Beck’s challenge is extremely different from most so we are structuring this event to maximize fundraising potential.
Stu Miller is our PA/sound manager/coordinator, and his stage directions will guide everyone with no exceptions.
The stage setup will be specifically for ensemble performances with a leader or leaders coordinating pre-arranged players, songs and sequence.
Two Bose L1 systems with bass units will be provided. There will be no monitors as the performers can hear what the audience is hearing from the Bose L1's. Marv will have his ZT Club small bass amp there available for others to use by pre-arrangement.
The planned set-up will be four vocal mics/stands. Stu has all the mics, DI boxes, and cables required. If someone has a special mic they want to use, he’ll entertain setting it up; but he has the right to refuse if it’s not compatible with the Bose systems.
Stu may have a multi-track (16 channels) recorder and a two-channel stereo recorder to record, but this will be solely at Stu's discretion ensuring that performance quality at hand in the room takes precedence in time and attention. His first priority is to ensure a sound mix for the room at proper levels and mix.
Time will be of the essence during this action packed event.
A few considerations for everyone who will perform:
1) Please remember there is five minutes for transition (leave the stage, take the stage) between acts so being tuned in advance, available and ready will provide successful changes. Any extra time for setup impacts the length of the given performance slot taking the stage. Each slot is twenty minutes. We have a tight performance agenda and will appreciate everybody's cooperation and consideration.
2) Stage plots for each performance time slot (who’s performing and what do they need for mics, DIs, etc) have been provided to Stu. This allows Stu to do some pre-planning and be best prepared by March 30.
3) Due to the tight time schedule, we suggest that folks who use books/papers with lyrics/chords on them take the time to organize your song sheets in advance for the songs you intend to perform, placing them in an orderly manner, say at the front of your book-of-lyrics, so that as you open your book, you are presented with your first song and the next songs in order of performance. Please avoid eating time by having to thumb through your book.
4) If a musician plans to bring an effects board, we request the board be pre-wired, ready to go, so Stu only has to provide one cable feed out. Of course, the player provides the cable from instrument to the effects. This will save a lot of time during set-up. There will be a 120VAC multi-outlet at the mic position so people can plug in any such effects items if required.
5) Players who have pickups, instruments or whatever that require batteries, please make sure you have fresh batteries inserted.
6) Consider new strings, if possible, because new strings makes for a nicer-sounding guitar.
Everyone will be on a tight timer, and we plan to have a professional flow of activity and performance to make this a top shelf production.
BGG SUPPORTS THE KELLY BECK LIFE FUND! We hope everyone will join in and show support.
Sunday, March 30,[masked]:00-8:00 PM
Ashland Café, 10810 York Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
NOTE: Entry Donation (at the door, day of the event)is $10.00 for everyone- cash or checks are preferred. Credit card payments at door will incur an additional 5% charge.
Organizer Dave Smith will be coordinating volunteers and related assignments. Success will take a village...
Steve Michalek scored a sweet special raffle item!
Raffle tickets may be be purchased in advance from BGG Organizers or remotely using PayPal. On PayPal, direct payments to [masked]
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BIG TIME BONUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Event photography by Jeffrey A. Wolk, Photography teacher at Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk, Owner at Wolk Imaging and CEO at The Photo Workshops
Jeffrey has stepped up his support with the very special offer below. Need a promo picture, a band picture, a portrait?