Monday, May 7, 2007

the first ever WRENefit

Last night WREN held its fist ever benefit concert – a WRENefit if you will. Cozmic Pizza generously hosted it and Mike, Cozmic’s manager, did a wonderful job running sound – thanks a ton!

Here’s a run down for those who missed it…

Liz Myers kicked things off with her bag pipes and highland dancers Jakonah and Mandara Matson-Bell. Wow. Serious skill…

Rich Glauber entertained us with his original nature songs and got some of us to join his rhythm band. Sorry I didn’t get a good photo, but you can check him out here.

Windy Hovey, who does so much for WREN and is generally behind the scenes, played some lovely classical guitar for us. She’s also a grad student – how does she do it?!

Tonn Nua played traditional Irish and Scottish music for us. These young musicians are certainly on their way!

Steve Gordon and Cary Kerst, long time volunteers with WREN, kept the crowd smiling with their fashion statement and clever lyrics. We’ll be sure to let you know about their next performance!

John Cooney, well-known in this area for his weekly broadcasts on KLCC is more comfortable in a recording studio. He graced us with his presence to read a selection focused on the West Eugene Wetlands.

Holly McRae dusted off the accordion to play us a few tunes. She was then joined by Liz, Jules and Windy – aka WRENaissance -- for a rendition of “Froggy went a courtin’”. This is the number one reason to support WREN: to keep these women who work for WREN from singing on street corners!

Then, for the headliner, Liz was joined by Kat, Matt & Vash… Circled by Hounds. What great music! We are so thankful they made it to Eugene to play for us!

Thanks so much to all the performers for being part of the WRENefit.

1 comment:

Cary said...

Great job Wren staffers. It was a fun night!