Cowboy Jazz band Cow
Bop departs October 18, following the length of California's
Highway 49, starting with only a full tank of gas and $100. Our
intent is to make it the entire way by playing, bartering, selling
CDs and living off the kindness of friends and strangers. We are
seeking pledges to be donated to JazzMasters
Workshop, a national mentoring program that is free for students.
We will also endeavor to visit schools and community centers, encouraging
everyone to take part.
You guys are crazy.
That was the most common response to our Route
66 Challenge (May 2004). In context, it was spoken with vicarious
envy and a forlorn nostalgia for simpler times, the very sentiment
evoking freedom. If its crazy to believe in the power of music
and to have faith in fellow humansthat they will rally to
support our missionthen thats a quality we gladly accept.
In the very spirit of our last
adventure in music we are taking to the road again. This time, we
have chosen the 49er Challenge, Californias Gold
Country, a place deeply etched in Americas westward expansion,
during a time of pioneering, optimism and hope. We will travel this
corridor of natural beauty and historic towns reaching out to people,
sharing our passion and commitment to the power of grassroots efforts,
and hoping to create more interaction with music in our cultures
This craziness is to support the
legacy of our music and to energize the music community in regards
to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of Americans. Please
take part in our journey by contributing to our cause and find out
more about JazzMasters
Workshop so we can help ensure that children are offered this
vital opportunity. Yeah, I guess were crazy.