SMI contributor Mocha Charlie shares her thoughts and photos from Play it Forward 3…
Play it Forward 3, an all-star concert to benefit Music Aid Northwest, rocked The Neptune Theater last Sunday night. Jake Nannery, Blake Noble, Cody Beebe & The Crooks, Heart by Heart, Alan White with Good Company, Lee Oskar of WAR, John Popper of Blues Traveler, 12-year-old guitar phenom Caspian Coberly, Lynn Sorensen (Bad Company), Geoffrey Castle, and the rest of the backing musicians all received standing ovations – and they deserved them! WOW.
What wonderful performances! If you find yourself “Googling” any of these artists, then you’re doing the right thing. Check them out, and be sure to see them at a show soon! If you’re kicking yourself for missing such a great show with all of these performers on the same stage, you should probably bookmark this: http://www.musicaidnorthwest.org/, and check back next year to see what they’ll have up their sleeves.
Concerts like Play it Forward and Synergia Northwest played an important role in raising awareness and support for the “Music Matters” license plates, which help fund music programs in Washington public schools. The plates became available to the public last January and cost around $40.
Shows like this inspire, as well as raise funds for music education for generations to come. Music education helps one reach one’s full artistic or human potential. Music breaks down social, religious, and political barriers. Music creates community, and is the universal communication medium.
Moreover, music also makes life a lot more magical. It is the gift that keeps on giving. The artists who participated know this, and that is why they keep showing up year after year, giving back and playing it forward.
-Greg Roth / SMI Chief Contributor & Examiner.com featured writer
To see more photos from SMI contributors Jerry and Lois Levin, as well as a full write-up of the show, click below.
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