Concert for Changemakers, April 28

“Why don’t we get the band back together?” LAUMC member and bass player Bill Hare asked late last year. He was referring to the band composed primarily of LAUMC members that did a series of informal summer concerts at Creekside more than 10 years ago. A quick poll was taken of some of the former bandmates, and all said “I’m in.”

But putting together a rock concert is a lot of work, so we decided this time we’d go all in on the production with the help of some local professional musicians and make this a benefit concert to raise money for a good cause. A meeting with Senior Pastor Kathi McShane at the LAUMC executive conference center (aka Starbucks) led to the concept of “Concert for Changemakers,” a benefit concert for LAUMC’s new partnership with Ashoka.

All are invited to attend this benefit concert on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30pm in Creekside Center. One of the featured musicians is Austin Willacy. This entertaining evening will feature music from two great rock/fusion bands, Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago. Their popular hits include “Spinning Wheel,” “You Made Me So Very Happy,” “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is,” “Saturday in the Park,” and many more.

Tickets are priced at $25 for general admission (open seating) and a limited number at $50 for VIP seating in the first few rows and reserved parking. (Names of advance-purchase ticket holders will be on a list; no print tickets will be issued.) Purchase your tickets online soon; the concert is expected to sell out. If there are seats remaining, tickets will additionally be sold at the door.

The concert will also be streamed live on Facebook; if you can’t come in person, catch some tunes online and you can still donate toward The Changemaker Initiative!