How did your event go?
Great! Every guest had a fun time, and the good music set the vibe. All the musicians played what they wanted to play—it was a true jam. We collected money and many nonperishable food items. Some guests who came in saw the fabulous food we’d prepared and canceled their orders for coffee, ordering wine instead. “This is wine food!” they said.
How did you get the idea for the fundraiser?
Glenn Tucker inspired it. His Korg [keyboard] broke down—and it’s still broken! When his keyboard is broken, five bands are without a keyboard player, so I thought: Why not hold a fundraiser and build a sustainable fund that can help every musician who has a setback? It’s hard for us to individually support our Chico musicians, but as a collective, we can gather funds to help any local musician who has an unexpected crisis. Our musicians work hard to provide us with great music, but they don’t make a lot of money. They deserve some help, in view of all they give us.
How did you come to care about musicians?
My parents are musicians. My mother played clarinet, and my father played French horn with the Sacramento Symphony. My parents met in a school band in college. Music is just always present for me—in my head, in my soul, in my searches. I know many musicians in Chico!
What will happen next with the SMFFD?
Every second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month there will be a musical event—usually an open jam to raise funds for the Fund and Food Shelf. Any venues interested in hosting this monthly fundraiser may contact me. Café Flo was great about this first event. They gave us food, dishwashing, clean-up—everything. They set a good model for how local establishments can help support local musicians.