BAYSIDE GARDENS – When Neah-Kah-Nie School District music teacher Michael Simpson told him his program needed a baby grand piano, Larry Schaeffer decided the best way to raise the money was through a local outdoor rock and roll concert.
“I was actually going to take the summer off from all activities for the first time in seven years, but Larry told me last year he wanted it to be a really big event to raise thousands of dollars for the music programs, and I wasn’t going to turn the offer down,” said Simpson, who has taught music for more than 20 years. “He wanted the piano to be something that people could rally behind, so we’re going for it.”
Schaeffer, who owns and operates West Wave Recording from his home in Bayside Gardens, led efforts to organize Music for Their Future, an outdoor concert scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4. Funds raised will be used to purchase the baby grand piano, with any additional funds going to other musical needs such as band instruments and their maintenance, said Simpson.
Manzanita Fresh Folods, New Discoveries Preschool and West Wave Recording are sponsoring the event.
The concert, which will feature a high school rock band, Portland’s 21 Horses, Seaside’s The Toyz and Simpson and Schaeffer’s band Black Mayberry joined by the NKN Choir, will be held in Schaeffer’s backyard.
“A few weeks ago, there wasn’t any grass here,” said Schaeffer, referring to the acre of newly planted lawn adjacent to his home and recording studio. In preparation for the show, he scrambled to ready the property for concert-goers.
In addition to the bands, the event will offer a food cart and beer, a raffle and auction items, said Simpson. “A large sound and light system will provide a great sonic and visual experience.”
Along with Simpson (lead and rhythm guitar and vocals) and Schaeffer (keys), Black Mayberry includes Lorri Calhoun (lead vocals and percussion), Carl Wilson (lead and rhythm guitar and vocals), Al Hutcheson (bass and vocals) and Craig Raphael (drums).
With the NKN Choir, the band will perform a variety of songs, including “Carry on My Wayward Son,” “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” among others.
The concert, which will begin at 4 p.m., will be located at 11385 Fern Way, Nehalem, OR 97131. Offsite parking, with a shuttle operating every 10-15 minutes, will be located at 36190 Schollmeyer Road, along U.S. Highway 101, about one block south of Tohl Avenue. Remember to bring lawn chairs.
Whether or not you can attend the concert, you can purchase raffle tickets to win an overnight trip for six to Oregon’s Wine Country. The package includes a private driver (limousine or van) for a private tour and tastings at three wineries, dinner for six at Paulee, the new restaurant below Red Hills Inn in Dundee, and three rooms at the Red Hills Inn for one night. The package is valued at $4,000. Tickets are available for $40 each or three for $100 and can be purchased at Manzanita Fresh Foods’ customer service desk, at the event itself or via mail. Make checks payable to New Discoveries Preschool, with “Music for Their Future” noted on the memo line, and mail them to 11385 Fern Way, Nehalem, OR 97131.
Along with Manzanita Fresh Foods, New Discoveries Preschool and West Wave Recording, others to support the concert include Obrien Constructors LLC, Manzanita Lumber, Full Spectrum Multimedia, Suzanne Else Assisted Living, Alexandra Communications, Tony Erickson Excavators, Escape Lodging, Mark Beach, Kathleen Ryan, Jim and Lynn Mudd and Barry Kosta.
To learn how to make a tax-deductible contribution, and for more information, visit http://musicfortheirfuture.com/.