Play it Forward 3…A look back in photos (Slideshow)

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Music Aid Northwest President: Bob Tomberg (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

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.

‘Play it Forward 3’ was a celebration of music and community (Photos)

Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Somar Macek of Heart by Heart (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Somar Macek of Heart by Heart (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Heart by Heart (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Heart by Heart (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Jake Nannery (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Jake Nannery (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Andy Baldwin of Heart by Heart (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Andy Baldwin of Heart by Heart (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Jake Nannery (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Jake Nannery (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Blake Noble (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Blake Noble (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Blake Noble (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Blake Noble (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen & Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen & Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Joe Catron of Cody Beebe and The Crooks (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Joe Catron of Cody Beebe and The Crooks (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Cody Beebe and The Crooks (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Cody Beebe and The Crooks (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Cody Beebe and The Crooks (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Cody Beebe and The Crooks (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen & Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen & Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Music Aid Northwest Pres. Bob Tomberg (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Music Aid Northwest Pres. Bob Tomberg (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Mark Christopher – MC (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Mark Christopher – MC (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Alan White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Alan White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Robyn Noto (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Robyn Noto (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Alan White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Alan White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Blake Noble (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Blake Noble (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13 (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13 (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Karl Haug of White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Karl Haug  of White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Robyn Noto of White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Robyn Noto of White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Bernt Bodal (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Bernt Bodal (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Alan White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Alan White (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle & Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle & Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle & Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle & Randy Hansen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle, Randy Hansen and Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Geoffrey Castle, Randy Hansen and Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lynn Sorensen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lynn Sorensen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Karl Haug and Lynn Sorensen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Karl Haug and Lynn Sorensen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lynn Sorensen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lynn Sorensen (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lee Oskar (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lee Oskar (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lee Oskar (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Lee Oskar (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: John Popper (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: John Popper (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Caspian Coberly (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Caspian Coberly (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Roger Fisher (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Finale (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Finale (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
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Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Finale (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Finale (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Finale (Photo by Mocha Charlie)
Play it Forward 3 @ The Neptune Theatre 1/20/13: Finale (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

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Mocha Charlie is an amazing photographer who has a real passion for music. She has her finger on the Pacific Northwest music pulse. She covers and shoots several shows per month in and around the region. She a brilliant photo journalist but most importantly, she is also a mother who does her best to balance out her life and live it to the fullest. Mocha Charlie uses her passion and talent to support the community, her friends and family any way that she can.