Departing May 12, 2008
from Chicago, the beginning of Route 66, Cow
Bop will take to the road yet again in support of JazzMasters
Workshop. Not willing to rest on the laurels of their
past trips, they are once again proving their commitment to music
and the future of our culture.
Unlike previous trips (where the band departed with a mere $100
and no scheduled gigs, playing, begging and bartering their way
to the west coast) this time they'll be playing concerts along with
spontaneous troubadour-style ‘hits’ and celebrating
the release of their new CD Route 66 along the 2,500 mile journey.
All proceeds from per-mile pledges, concerts and street performances
will ensure that music performance remains a vital part in lives'
of young people.
Joining Cow Bop is Devin
Hoffman, a freshman at USC and student of bandleader Bruce Forman.
"I am thrilled Devin is joining the band, he can really play!
Although, after a grueling tour like this, I won't be all that surprised
if he changes his major to business or law." What better way
to show firsthand how the music-mentoring process works?
(all funds from these concerts will go
to JazzMasters Workshop)
Martyr's, Chicago, 3855 N Lincoln Ave, 8pm, 773-404-9494
Capital Bar & Grill, Springfield, Il, 3149 Dirksen Pkwy, 217-529-8580
Stagger Inn, Edwardsville, Il, 104 E Vandalia
Fazio's Frets & Friends, Manchester Rd, Ellisville, 7pm, 636-227-3573
“This is not for the faint of heart, believe me. It does promise
to be a lot of fun and I hope we can raise awareness of what we do and
find some new spots to expand the program. Musicians are an untapped resource
and JazzMasters Workshop
has shown how mentoring transforms lives. I expect many musicians to find
us out on the open road and play along. I’m throwing down the gauntlet
here… it’s time to stop complaining and do something!”
The band will be blogging journals and pictures (some of which will be
printed in newspapers), doing radio call-ins, and even some video.
Once again: We are asking per-mile for pledges to ensure that the program
can continue to empower the professional musician community keep music
an important and vital part of the lives’ of young people of all
ages, abilities and backgrounds. Please do what you can... come on folks,
put your money where your ears are and click
From the horse's mouth:
“ 'You guys are crazy'… that was the most common response
to our original Route 66 odysseys. It was always intoned with a forlorn
nostalgia and had a vicarious quality, the very sentiment evoking a
sense of freedom. If it’s crazy to believe in the power of music,
to be committed to an important cause and have faith in people--that
they will rally and support us--then that’s a quality I gladly
accept. I invite everyone to come along… and bring your axe!”