As always, Wild Honey Foundation, a 501(c)(3)non-profit, is raising funds for talent travel and production costs (theatre rental, rehearsal, and equipment costs) for our annual gala Wild Honey Orchestra- Autism Think Tank benefit show. This year, we are celebrating the amazing music of the Lovin' Spoonful! After many years of dreaming of paying tribute to one of my all-time favorite bands in the grand style that they deserve, we will make that "day dream" a reality on Feb 29th, 2020 at the Alex theatre, but we need your help so we can raise as much as possible for kids like my son Jake (15), who overcame his severe self-injury woes with the help of key members of the Autism Think Tank team.
We need $10,000 to help bring artists like Marshall Crenshaw, Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Thomas Walsh, Iain Matthews, and so many more to Los Angeles for the show. We have a $1500 matching donation, so we are off to a great start.
Donate $20 for a pre-sale code and get the best seats! The pre-sale is December 11th at Noon.
Donate $30, get a pre-sale code and one WIld Honey DVD of your choice- Kinks, Buffalo Springfield, The Band, Beatles White LP.
Donate $50, get the pre-sale code and 2 Wild Honey DVDs.
DonateL $65 or more get the pre-sale code and 3 Wild Honey.
Donate $100, you get all of the above and 3 passes to 2020 Wild Honey Backyard shows.
Donate $200, you get all of the above and a pass to attend one night of rehearsal of the WIld Honey Ochestra Lovin" Spoonful reheasal on Feb 27 or 28th.
Donate $300 and you get all of the above and 2 passes to the rehearsal. You can attend both nights on your own or one rehearsal with a friend.
Donate $500 and you can attend both nights with a friend AND you get the DVDS and and the presale code.
All donations $20 and up will receive a pre-sale code that will be delivered on Tuesday night December 10th by email.
You will receive your rehearsal passes during show week by email.
Please state your reward preferences in a message after you donate or send it to me at Wildhoneyfoundation@yahoo.com
Wild Honey Orchestra celebrates Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame members, THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL, as a fundraiser for the Autism Think Tank on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 8 p.m., at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., in downtown Glendale, Calif.
Led by acclaimed musical director Rob Laufer (whose credits include George Martin’s Hollywood Bowl tribute to Sgt. Pepper), Wild Honey Orchestra and Friends (guest singers TBA) will present a comprehensive exploration of the ground-breaking catalog of one of the 1960's most the most underrated, but influential bands in the folk-rock-country (Americana) world. In the tradition of Wild Honey's recent benefit events (Kinks, Buffalo Springfield, The Band, Beach Boys ’67-’77, Big Star, and three Beatles shows), Wild Honey Orchestra and Friends will passionately celebrate every musical nuance of over 30 of the Lovin' Spoonful's brilliant songs: "Do You Believe in Magic." "Summer in the City," "Six O'Clock," "Coconut Grove," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," "Darling Be Home Soon," "She's Still A Mystery," "Full Measure," and so many more. Beloved by their peers, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks, and many others, the Spoonful's rich and varied catalog of hits and hidden treasures is a perfect fit for the Wild Honey Orchestra and their merry band of guest performers.
Current members of the Wild Honey Orchestra include a who’s who of respected L.A. recording artists: musical director Laufer, guitar, vocals; Elliot Easton of The Cars, Dennis Diken (Smithereens), guitar; Jim Laspesa (Brian Wilson/Dave Davies), drums; Derrick Anderson (The Bangles}. David Goodstein, drums/vocals; Chris Price (Emitt Rhodes); Willie Aron, keyboards & vocals; Jordan Summers (Jakob Dylan) and Danny McGough (Tom Waits and more), keyboards; Kaitlin Wolfberg and Lyn Bertles, strings. Nick Vincent (vocals & drums);Tara Austin & Nick Guzman (vocals).
As in previous years, the concert will benefit the Autism Think Tank (a non-profit that brings together a team of top autism specialists, via an Internet medical conference, to tackle the medical/psychological issues faced by kids like Wild Honey co-founder Paul Rock’s 15-year-old son Jake, a non-verbal autistic boy with extreme digestive distress and self-injury issues. Thanks to medical advice from a member of the Think Tank medical team, Jake's often debilitating self-injury has been reduced by 95%. By giving families access to cutting-edge treatments, the Autism Think Tank provides welcome relief from the suffering that comes with severe autism. Since 2013, the Wild Honey Foundation has raised over $150,000 for the Autism Think Tank who now operate under the wing of the newly formed Autism Healthcare Collaborative. Here's a wonderful short video on how the Autism Think Tank works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDszQ9BpKw8&feature=youtu.be