♡ ♥ SPECIAL EVENT AIDING Kelly Beck Life Fund ♥ ♡

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.

PA/Stage Setup
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?

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  • Marv E.

    We thank those who took photos! I've posted many, and I suspect there are plenty more...

    1 · April 1

  • Joe Q.

    A very smoothly run event. Thank you David! You are an organizer of the best kind - where people don't even realize they're being organized ;) Thanks too, to Marv and Steve. I stumbled onto the BGG about 6 months ago - very glad I did.

    3 · April 1

  • Paul B.

    Stu et. al,
    I left a black folding music stand on-site at Ashland. I did not intend to donate that ! Lol
    Did anyone happen to grab it during clean-up?
    P S. Nice event !

    March 31

    • Marian

      I remember seeing the stand during cleanup. Somebody probably picked it up to hold until the owner came forward. However, I don't know who found it.

      March 31

    • Joe Q.

      Marv - I don't remember what I was drinkin, but I do remember the server wanted to be paid in credit cards and music stands - that seemed a little wierd......

      1 · April 1

  • Carol S.

    It was a privilege to attend this event.

    1 · April 1

  • william m.

    For photos, click on Michael Anthony's link.

    2 · March 31

  • william m.

    Many thanks to Michael Orlando for the awesome pictures!

    2 · March 31

  • Mary Barker H.

    It was a wonderful fundraiser for a truly wonderful person.

    2 · March 31

  • Christina C.

    I am so sorry I missed this event. I was on my way from another event and got caught up on 83 in accidents. By the time it broke loose it was 7 p.m. Went home so dissappointed.

    March 31

  • Mike

    Community. Sharing. Giving. Friendship. Music. Love. Special.

    2 · March 31

  • Lester S.

    My thanks to all in the BGG.

    1 · March 31

  • Lester S.

    It was wonderful to be part of such a fun and blessed event, my thanks to all in the BBG. Love you Kelly.

    1 · March 31

  • David H.

    Great Music, Great People, all for Kelly!!!! We All Love You Kelly!!!

    1 · March 31

  • Marv E.

    Your concern and generosity makes a difference: From Kelly on Facebook- "Yesterday was the most wonderful, uplifting experience ever! To see so many come together to give their time, talent and donations was overwhelming. The selfless effort shows that there is true kindness in the world. I can't find the words to express my sincere thanks to everyone. You make me smile and I will never forget what you have done for us. I am truly blessed; surrounded by love and light. I thank God for the many gifts He's given me and I count you all as one of those gifts.

    Just know that my heart is full, my spirit will always remain strong and I will never stop fighting!"

    2 · March 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was glad I could help and contribute to Kelly's fund I hope she gets her new treatment. Neil

    2 · March 31

  • Sue k.

    This was such a heart warming event. The BGG community is fantastic. Thanks to all the volunteers, the venue and to the courageous couple the event honored. Kelly you are an amazing woman!

    2 · March 31

  • Mike R.

    Outstanding!

    3 · March 31

  • Harmonica D.

    Fantastic event!! The volunteer's did a super job. The benefit for "Kelly Beck" ran smoother then a swiss watch to honor this great couple. Awesome !!!

    4 · March 31

  • Steve

    I had such a great time. Thanks to everyone, with special thanks to Marv, Dave, Joe and Doug -- we couldn't do these events without these guys. They really put their heart and soul into this event, my deepest thanks to these guys. Special thanks also to Ashland, James Taylor, Orioles, Planet of the Vapes and Anthony Instrument Repair, Bills Music, Smyth Jewelers, Sucker Punch Productions, Michael Alban, DLA Piper, Gaby Frank, "Jay" the massage lady, and so many more I'm forgetting at the moment. Remember the GiveForward page is open for 7 more days, if you missed the event there is still a chance for you to donate: http://gfwd.at/1n7BZzI

    5 · March 31

    • Steve

      OMG, I forgot the MANY BGG volunteers! Big heartfelt thanks to all of you!!!

      4 · March 31

  • Doug

    how do you put something like this into words, you can't.

    4 · March 31

  • Piratemon W.

    Speechless and Blown away by the everything!!! What an awesome day!!!

    7 · March 30

  • John

    What a wonderful afternoon and early evening of music, friendship, and giving. Thanks Steve, Eric, and David for the fun (and not too shabby) set we played. I had it recorded but the recorder was too close to the speaker so it is basically useless. But the songs were done pretty good I must say.

    3 · March 30

  • Marian

    Thanks so much to everyone who supported this event. So many people helped and gave from the heart! Thanks to all. Kelly's speech was heart-warming and an inspiration to us all!

    4 · March 30

  • Lizzie

    Sorry...I sent my message before I was finished... Wanted to wish Kelly all the best... your thoughts you shared were truly inspiring...

    4 · March 30

  • Lizzie

    So glad to be able to attend! To all who organized and volunteered your time, energy, and talents to make this happen- what an amazing and successful effort!

    3 · March 30

  • Lizzie

    So glad to be able to attend! To all who organized and volunteered your time, energy, and talents to make this happen- what an amazing and successful effort!

    3 · March 30

  • Larry G.

    Amazing! What people will do to help in such a thoughtful way. Wish the best for you Kelly.....

    3 · March 30

  • Michael A.

    This is the first time I meet Kelly, what a Blessed soul and all her friends are just awesome!
    Kelly, your heart felt words at the end brought me near tears, I pray you are in the Home stretch and and tonight will be a great memory many, many years from now.

    Be Well and God Bless!

    4 · March 30

  • David C.

    Well attended, good music, good food, good people

    3 · March 30

  • Ronald M.

    Packed house, great time, Ashland really should invest more money in a PA system

    2 · March 30

  • Marv E.

    TOMORROW!!!! We party, we celebrate, we support!!! Performance schedule change. BTJ will be sans Mike Nelson tomorrow, but Marian, Billy and I will carry on. Mike is needing to have his cantankerous gall bladder removed, and we send him our best regards for a safe procedure and happy results. Sheeesh, now Billy wants to take Mike's song spots. Uhhh, I can screech a little too ya know....

    March 29

    • Marv E.

      Man, some people will do anything to not pay a cover charge or entrance donation.... ;-)

      March 29

  • Marv E.

    Visit: http://gfwd.at/1bo5VWh Please share this link far and wide! And please make a donation.

    1 · March 27

    • Christina C.

      You are doing one fantastic job on this event. You're going to heaven :)

      1 · March 27

  • Marv E.

    Kelly Beck Life Fund Event- Raffle and Auction Rules just uploaded into the Files area.... give a read before the event...

    March 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy to be playing in the Kelly Beck Fund Neil

    March 26

    • Marv E.

      Neil, playing slots are already set for this special program, but we encourage you to attend and enjoy.

      March 27

  • Marv E.

    Keep checking in the Files section of BGG Meetup site. We are adding files to inform you further. Check http://www.meetup.com/baltimoreguitaristgroup/files/

    March 26

  • Marv E.

    5 days!

    March 25

    • Marv E.

      4 days! NO RAIN! Oh, that's right, we're indoors in a really nice venue.

      2 · March 26

  • Tim

    I am so sorry I had to cancel. :>(

    March 26

    • Marv E.

      Sorry you'll miss this, Tim. Please make a donation (any amount) if you haven't done so. See ya another time.

      March 26

  • Marv E.

    BTW- Late arrivals are ok. Please RSVP and attend even if you can't make the entire event.

    March 25

  • Marv E.

    Many questions are rolling in as we approach "8 days out" for this event. We are going to start posting some details, explanatory docs, lists, images, all that in the FILES section of our Meetup site for your reference. The common mantra henceforth is visit http://www.meetup.com/baltimoreguitaristgroup/files/

    March 22

  • Marv E.

    The player roster for this event is already set. Most events have a sign-up at the event, but we have a unique program for this one. We still encourage everyone to attend and enjoy the community this event exemplifies. Nine days to go!

    2 · March 21

  • Marian

    I have a few friends who may show up but not certain.

    March 20

    • Doug

      Dont feel bad I have 4 or more but can't count on a solid commitment.

      1 · March 20

  • Marv E.

    Boy, has Steve Michalek scored a major price coup that will be available at this event. Watch for further details! No peeking or leaking! ;-)

    2 · March 18

  • Marv E.

    Don't forget to invite more guests. $10.00 admission donation...

    March 18

    • Steve

      I'm getting them from work! That's the +6 for me. I think I can get up to around 15-16. Post this on your work bulletin board guys! It's working for me.

      2 · March 18

  • Piratemon W.

    We are so humbled by everyone's support. We are at Duke right now and just overwhelmed!!!!

    6 · February 10, 2014

  • Shannon S.

    Will there be drums? I would love to sit in on some tunes.

    March 17

    • Marv E.

      There will be no drums other than Kelly's steel drums. There are no sit-ins. Performers are folks who donated to GiveForward by the March 5 deadline.

      1 · March 18

  • Marv E.

    Let's pack the house. I'm excited. Not that far away now. This is going to be a fantastic event bolstered by the community and good will of many most excellent folks. Please encourage others to visit GiveForward http://gfwd.at/1bo5VWh

    March 17

  • Dave S.

    This is really startin' to become fun. Can't wait until 3/30/14!

    2 · February 15, 2014

  • Christina C.

    MarvI will donate in all areas of the event's efforts for fundraising but do not add my name to perform. No way am I ready for public appearance beyond the Living Room Players. If appropriate maybe a benediction from a pastor, minister or priest could be added to the opening remarks

    2 · February 14, 2014

    • Marv E.

      Thank you, Christina! This event will be an affirmation of life, a positive celebration of hope and joy, an upbeat event that will be somewhat akin to a friends meeting via the vibes and good will attendees bring forth...

      2 · February 15, 2014

  • Bill

    Hope I get a chance to play. Kath and I are just looking forward to being there.

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Dave S.

    Over halfway to 100 RSVP's! This is going to be a fun and meaningful evening. Think about bringing another person along and change that RSVP to +1 or +2. ;-)

    1 · February 11, 2014

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