Monday, December 17, 2012

Dave Morrison benefit concert Dec. 22 in Pasadena

Hi Everybody,

I hope that all of you have a wonderful Holiday Season, and that all is well with you and those you love. I have two things that I'd like to tell you about. One is of minor importance, our talent-packed Holiday Concert at Throop Unitarian Church in Pasadena. The other is far more significant: Our annual Cows For Christmas fund-drive to benefit The Heifer Project. Let me tell you about them both.

First, the fund-drive. Heifer International is just a wonderful charity. I know that many of you have given generously to Heifer in the past, and know all about their work. For the rest of you, here's a brief description.

Heifer International is an organization dedicated to charitable giving that not only meets immediate need, but provides sustainable resources that continue to feed and support deserving recipients for many years to come. We are focused on Dairy Cows for our drive, but Heifer also makes gifts of Goats, Chickens, Geese, Sheep, Llamas, Water Buffalo, and other livestock. These animals offer rich supplies of nutrition through the eggs and milk they produce. And beyond that, they offer a way to make money for the purchase of other necessities. Schools get built and supplied, Houses are improved. Potable water systems are installed. The bonds of poverty are gradually broken. We all know the old saying about teaching a man to fish and feeding him for a lifetime. Heifer is that philosophy made real. You will probably give gifts this year that miss the mark a bit and end up in the bottom of a drawer. If you give a small amount to Heifer, your gift will be multiplied many times over for years to come. That, my friends, is a fantastic deal.

We will be pushing right on through the Holidays, with the goal of raising $3000 ... enough to place dairy cows with SIX families somewhere in the developing world. I can NOT be depressed when I think about that. :0)

Here is the link to our Team Page. Please give what you can and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

At the bottom of the page, I'll link a few videos that show Heifer in action.

Now the concert: My partner Alexia and I have recently started a new concert series at Throop Hall in Pasadena. This is great fun for me, as Throop is an old stomping ground. I produced a string of shows there in the early nineties, so it's a homecoming of sorts for me. A great room with a funky casual vibe, handy kitchen, huge stage, lots of chairs, and plenty of room for us all. We kicked off the series November 17th, with a wonderful benefit show on a very rainy night. Our attendance was dented by that, but we still managed to kick off the Cows for Christmas drive with enough to buy a heifer. Alexia has now posted that donation on our team page.

This is our second show. It is scheduled for December 22nd. Now we are aware that the world is likely to end the day before. I mean, when have the Mayans steered us wrong? But on the off-chance that the world and everything on it has not been burned to a smoking cinder, we shall gather to celebrate whatever Holiday you feel close to. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or The Winter Solstice ... whatever floats your boat. We are calling it The First Annual End of the World Holiday Show. Or ... The First Concert of the Rest Of Your Life. Of course we will offer food and beverages, as per our usual ritual, and wrap the evening with a song-circle which you may listen to, ignore, or participate in. 
Here are the deets:
First Annual End of the World Holiday Show!!
Throop Unitarian Church, 300 S. Los Robles, Pasadena Ca. (N-E corner of Del Mar)
With ... in order of appearance: (this might change ... I'll let you know)

Luanne and Malcolm
Erin Rametta
Nicole Gordon

Dinner Intermission (included with donation)

Brad Colerick
Annie Boxell
Dave Morrison Band (with special guests)

Show begins at 6:00 (we'll be there by 5 if you want to come a little early)
We ask a $15 donation. (if you are strapped, give what you can)
There is a parking lot, but it is not huge. Free parking is available with no restrictions on Del Mar and on Oakland, the street parallel to Los Robles a short block east.

One other note. We believe that music and community are gifts that we've been given. We want always to share those gifts with others. If you have a friend or family member who is lonely or feeling down, please invite that person. If you let me know, I'll put his or her name on the 'guest list' and that admission will be on the house. Just email me a couple days in advance and put "Special Guest" in the subject line. We'll do our best to make your friend feel comfortable and welcomed.

Thank you for your time. I hope to see you soon. If not, have a wonderful Holiday, and a spectacular New Year.

Yours, Dave

Heifer Videos:

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