On Sunday, July 25, come out to Wildlife Jambando, which is supporting the Gulf Oil Spill Relief effort. And what is Jambando? Well, I asked one of its originators, local musician Dave Mann. Here’s what he explained:
Well, we’ve been working with The Plaza Theatre for just over a year now to create musical events we call Jambando where bands and fans come together in a community effort to put on the kinds of parties we want to see in Orlando, and it’s been pretty successful, so far. Last month, I got a call from Chris Charles, saxophonist and conductor of The Outer Toons and long-time friend, who suggested we put on a show to benefit the effort to clean up the Gulf. We’d all been hearing the news and the realization that the oil spill was something everyone in Florida was going to have to deal with for a long time was just starting to seep in.
I thought it was a great way to do something positive rather than sit back and stew helplessly, and as the idea for the show started spreading around, it became apparent that many felt the same way including the Plaza Theatre which immediately gave us a date to work with. Jazz legend, Sam Rivers, was one of the first to sign on which blew my mind! The rest of the bands came aboard pretty quickly after that and the result is an amazing and diverse line-up showcasing some of the best music coming out of Orlando. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how this show has turned out! The Wildlife Jambando was born.
To broaden the appeal of the show even further, we decided to put together some fun activities for the kids to create a Kids Jambando in the afternoon to take advantage of having The Outer Toons aboard. Their show is geared toward entertaining kids while teaching a little music education as well and are a lot of fun!
Natalie Wright, violinist for The Outer Toons, did the research for us and found that The Wildlife Foundation of Florida was on the front line of the clean-up effort cleaning up the coasts and caring for the animals being affected by the spill and had already set up a Gulf Restoration Fund dedicated to the long-term effort to clean this mess. We all agreed that this was exactly the kind of effort we wanted to support and they were thrilled that we wanted to help. All proceeds for the show go directly to the Fund.
Natalie also started hitting the phones and visiting local restaurants and businesses to let them know what we’re doing and we are amazed at the response. As a result, Sea World is on board as a gold sponsor and we’ve put together an AMAZING raffle to help raise even more money that features tickets to attractions, a brand, new guitar and gift cards from all sorts of places.
Our goal is to raise the awareness of what’s going on and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s efforts, but more importantly, to give everyone a way to pitch in and help. That really is the best thing about this show and everyone involved is donating their time with the sole intention of benefiting a greater good. It’s easy to get mad about all this, but I’m very pleased that we have figured out a positive way to contribute by doing what we do best… and have a great time enjoying a great show while doing it!
The Kids Jambando kicks off at 4PM and with three stages of continuous music, the fun will last all night long. Hope to see you there!