Stand with Ukraine! Benefit Concert
The Sebastopol Community Cultural Center is pleased to sponsor Keith Greeninger; Chris Webster, Nina Gerber and Friends; Joy Alive! with Terry Garthwaite, Susanne DiVincenzo and Barbara Borden; Ukraine's Bezhenar Sisters at their benefit concert on June 4, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center to support Ukrainian families in Sonoma County.
What Keith Greeninger brings to his brand of singing and songwriting is authenticity. As a result, there are no barriers between the artist, his music and his audience.This bond stems from his underlying philosophy that music is first and foremost a gift and a soulful medicine to connect us and take part in together. He is a seasoned troubadour and multi award-winning songwriter, who paints intricate portraits of the human condition with powerful melodic images, deep engaging guitar rhythms and husky, heart-wrenching vocals.
As a solo artist, and as a founding member of the renown trio City Folk, he has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for the last two and a half decades. Hes performed at legendary venues, appeared on countless national radio shows, and shared stages with some of the countrys best-known artists including Crosby Stills and Nash, Bruce Cockburn, John Hiatt, Michael Franti, Jessie Winchester, JJ Cale, Los Lobos, and many more.
Chris Webster, Nina Gerber and Friends
Music fans around here certainly know both Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents weve had the pleasure of hearing. Websters voice is uniquely compelling while Gerbers work on guitar is breathtakingly both beautiful and powerful. Together they are magic. Webster and Gerber join together for an exquisite afternoon of original tunes and tasteful covers--soulful ballads, jazzy tunes, and gorgeous folk.
Chris Webster is a very special singer. She can rock, shes got soul, and most of all she can find the tiniest hints of emotion in any song and make it reverberate in our soul for a mighty long time. Also, shes grown into a major league songwriter, whose lyric takes on
love, lost love, and the general vicissitudes of life and are at different times poignant, funny, introspective, and exhilarating. Stylistically Chris runs from country, pop balladry, jazz, folk, blues, and whatever she does she brings sensitivity, strength, and an emotional breadth that few singers can match. Of course, many people around here are
very familiar with Webster as one of the lead vocalists in local super group Mumbo Gumbo.
Guitarist Nina Gerber has a long history in Northern California music performing guitar accompanying dozens of artists including Kate Wolf, Steve Seskin, Ferron, Dave Alvin and most recently Karla Bonoff. She is exquisitely tasteful as an accompanist on both acoustic and electric guitar. Together Webster and Gerber create magic like
Joy Alive! with Terry Garthwaite, Susanne DiVincenzo and Barbara Borden
Joy Alive! Is a band synthesis of Terry Garthwaite from the Joy of Cooking and Susanne DiVincenzo and Barbara Borden of Alive! Both groups were influential bands from the 60s to the 80s. Now enjoy the inventive 20s version of this band in concert.
Joy Alive! plays the original compositions of Terry Garthwaite on lead vocal, guitar, percussion with the contributions of Barbara Borden on drums/percussion/vocals and Susanne DiVincenzo on bass/cello/vocals.
Their music is rhythmic, upbeat and hopeful a soothing balm any time, especially now! Spreading joy through music, heart to heart, is key to the members of Joy Alive!
Ukraine's Bezhenar Sisters
When Eleanor and Angelina Bezhenar fled Ukraine in 2022 with their grandmother, mother, father, and younger sister, they never imagined that they would share a stage and perform in a concert a year later with established musicians like Chris Webster, Nina
Gerber, Terry Garthwaite, Susanne DiVincenzo, Barbara Borden, and Keith Greeninger! Thanks to the support and mentorship of Nina Gerber, their musical horizons have expanded, and what was once an uncertain future is now filled with many possibilities.
When Eleanor and Angelina were 7-8 years old, they attended a music school for eight years, where they learned how to play the guitar.
Eleanor sings, plays the piano, guitar, ukulele and composes songs. Her goal in life is to become a producer, a singer, and to release her own album.
Angelina plays the cajon and also sings and plays the guitar. She is an avid photographer and loves to take photographs of all subjects, especially of her sister. She is also an artist and has completed a few paintings.
Eleanor and Angelina do many things together and consider each other as best friends.
Eleanor and Angelina's songs will evoke conflicting emotions of sorrow and optimism in the listener. Sorrow for the free and independent Ukrainians whose lives have been lost or destroyed by war, and optimism that Ukrainians will one day be victorious and enjoy peace and freedom again.
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center (View)
390 Morris Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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