Thursday, April 05, 2007

News: Ed To Play Hullabaloo

"An extraordinary evening of musical entertainment to aid a musical cause will celebrate its third year when the “Hullabaloo” benefit takes place Saturday, May 5, at The Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater (6126 Hollywood Blvd.).
Created by Flea, bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Keith Barry, dean of the nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music (SCM), which they co-founded in 2001, “Hullabaloo” raises funds for the SCM, including to provide scholarships to more than 100 low-income students whose families would otherwise be unable to afford instruments and/or lessons as well as to expand the school’s summer camp program.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 21st and will be available only over the web at Attendees at the festive event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be treated to a night of entertainment from actor Woody Harrelson and magician/musician Rob Zabrecky plus very special performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Charlie Haden, Ditty Bops, students and faculty of the SCM, and other special guests. Hors d'oeuvre, a light buffet, and an open bar with spirits, wine, beer and champagne will be served throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction and Zabrecky will conduct the live auction to raise funds for the school's programs. Attendance is limited to only 1,400 guests. Ticket donations are $500 (VIP) or $250 (General Admission), both of which include food, beverage and parking. VIP tickets include a Hollywood rooftop after party and special private performance my Mickey Avalon.
Born of the resolve of Flea and long-time friend and fellow musician Barry to fill the void left by cuts to music education programs in public schools, SCM’s focus is on the youth of Silverlake. However, children and adults from all over Los Angeles are welcome and encouraged to participate. Flea and Barry, who met at Fairfax High School, share a love for music that was nurtured in Fairfax's music program. Passionate about the benefits of music education, their desire to give something back resulted in the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. “We believe,” say the founders, “that the study of music enriches not only the life of the musician, but the community and society as well.”
The event's name, “Hullabaloo,” was chosen to signify the youthful enthusiasm heard emanating from the SCM's storefront location on Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Junction, Silverlake. The Conservatory’s eight classrooms are filled with instruments, teachers and students, with instruction, discussion, laughter and, of course, lots of music. To these students, the SCM represents a future full of the joy of music and the sense of accomplishment felt by those who make it. The “Hullabaloo” committee is chaired by Liz Garo, Jennifer Rey (SCM’s Deputy Manager) and Melanie Tusquellas."


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