Musicians raise up voicesto help tsunami victims
SILVERTHORNE – The tsunami disaster in Asia hit home for local Tommy Shreve. He has a sister living in Bangkok who often vacations in the now devastated coastal areas. She was scheduled to be in Phuket just six days after the tsunami struck.Plus, Shreve’s wife is from Sweden, a country with a population of less than 10 million people. More than 3,000 Swedes were killed in the disaster.”That would be like 90,000 Americans dying on vacation somewhere,” Shreve said. “It really scared me that my sister could have been there, and my wife is from a country that was so affected.”For these reasons, Shreve felt he had to do something to aid in the efforts to help survivors.
“I knew, more than any other group of people I knew of, that musicians would rally around a cause like this,” he said. “I called a handful of well-respected area musicians, and pretty much everyone said ‘Sure, count me in.'”Shreve and the town of Silverthorne are co-producing the Summit Tsunami Concert – an evening of music to benefit tsunami victims from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Biff America of Resort Sports Network (RSN) and Summit Daily News fame will serve as master of ceremonies.Performers include the Moe Dixon Trio, Nancy Cook, Arnie J. Green, Keith Synnestvedt, Sal Mancini, the Tommy Shreve Band and others to be announced. “(Shreve) asked us to donate the pavilion and to help ensure that the funds went to the right organizations, and we’re delighted to do so,” said Maggie Butler, Silverthorne Pavilion coordinator. “The Silverthorne Pavilion was built to be a community center, and I can’t think of anything more worthy of living up to our mission statement than participating in a relief effort like this.”The town is suggesting a donation of $15, but doesn’t have a set price on the concert.
“We would like for people to give at any level they can,” Butler said.UNICEF and the American Red Cross are the two designated beneficiaries of the concert. All of the proceeds raised will be donated.Those in attendance can expect a mix of folk, rock, blues and jazz in a format that Shreve dubs “tag team musicality.”Each person will play a couple of songs solo and then will call up another musician to perform a duet.
“It’ll be one seamless act with each performance leading into another,” Shreve said. “There’ll be a good flow.” The event will also feature a silent auction and a cash bar.Silent auction items will be donated by Ti Amo Ancora, Mountain Lyon Café, Sunshine Café, the Boatyard Pizzeria & Grill, First Impressions Salon and Medi-Spa, Colorado Mountain Cleaners, Vicki Rue Knowlton Massage, All Music Inc., Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Silverthorne Factory Stores and La Quinta Inn. Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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