What do you get when you combine live music, live art, food trucks, vendors, and a raffle?
The Future Music Makers Benefit, a Youth Music Education Nonprofit, obviously! The event is brought to you in part by future Future Music Makers, Phairground, Brotherly Love Productions, Organic Visions Presents and Swamp Records. Here are the founder’s notes about FMM:
“Future Music Makers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by a team of professional musicians and extraordinary friends fortunate enough to learn music at a young age.
What started off as a great idea immediately turned into a full-blown reality as recipients of One Spark’s 2015 Judges Award in the music and arts category.
We think music has the power to transform lives and that all children should have the opportunity to study music. Our goal is to provide children with the resources and skills they need to create original music and have fun while doing it.”
One part of the program involves the donation of instruments. “Future Music Makers is in need of instruments for school visits and workshops! Help us get more kids playing by donating today or at either of our events on Dec 4th & 5th. Right now, we’re especially seeking guitar, percussion instruments, keyboards, and bass guitar.”
A second aspect involves scholarships. “Come celebrate with us as we raise funds to give two students private music lessons scholarships for six months!”
The date? Saturday, December 5th. The time? 7 PM. The place? The Jam in Gainesville.
The music? Glad you asked!
Roosevelt Collier, king of the pedal steel guitar and lap steel as well, headlines this important event. He has just returned from an amazing run in Colorado. Roosevelt has always championed young musicians, so this is squarely in his wheelhouse.
Come Back Alice will also be part of the festivities. Their performance Saturday, November 28th, was over-the-top astounding (you can read the review here), and this quartet will deliver that same energy and more to this event. They played Suwannee Hulaween again this year.
In lockstep with Come Back Alice is Flat Land, another brilliant group featuring an amazing violin player. Don’t be surprised if you see Flat Land’s Fae Nae and Dani Jaye from Come Back Alice on stage together, lighting up the night!
Bells & Robes is an excellent electronic duo specializing in dreamwave. Luke Spika and Dean Spaniol have played a number of festivals, including Earthdance Florida and Reunion: Campout Concert Series.
Gritt are Tampa rockers just waiting to blow up The Jam. This should be a great set.
Les Voss, owner of Over Easy Creative, will oversee the Over Easy DJ Stage, so make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes. You’re going to need them all night.
Locochino plays some great funky rock. They were part of the first of Roosevelt Collier’s Suwannee Getdowns.
In addition to all of this incredible music, several artists-at-large will add their various talents to the benefit. John Parkerurban, superb guitar slinger and leader of the Parker Urban Band, will be on hand, as will Ian McLeod, leader of his band, Ism, and percussionist for Flat Land.
Vinny Svoboda, Tucker Sody and Sam Dobkin of the dynamic Tampa band Displace will also be on hand for this amazing night. Displace had a killer set at the recent Suwannee Hulaween.
You know what. You know who. You know why. MusicFestnews will see you there for this most worthy cause!