On Saturday March 1st 2014 an event took place at the Wilshire-Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. What began as a small gathering of talented friends to raise money for one man's son born with a severe case of Autism has now blossomed into a multi-generational gathering of vocalists and musicians in support of two worthy charities that now bring hope and comfort to families searching for answers. Begun several years ago in the living room of his home, Paul Rock has shed blood, sweat & tears to raise his son Jake battling this condition all the while searching for something, anything to help his boy. Thus was born The Wild Honey Orchestra Benefit Concerts. And with a little help from his friends and friends of friends a wonderful charitable event now exists with a plethora of musical who's who talent gathered together in a show of support.
So how was the show?
In one word...magical. Most music fans are familiar with the benefit or tribute concert format especially those seen on film or video. The Concert for Bangladesh, A Concert for George, The Last Waltz to name a few. For 2014 the Wild Honey Orchestra presents The Beatles "Revolver" & "Abbey Road" was very much in that same vein of musical events with all the musicians and vocalist donating their time and talents.
The event was hosted by Breakfast With The Beatles radio host Chris Carter and due to the constraints of this column, here is a short list of the evenings talent. The Bangles, The Muffs, The Three O'Clock, Keith Allison(Roy Orbison, Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees...etc), vocalist Christine Collister, Cosmo Topper(alis Morley Bartnoff), Tim Piper(Just Imagine, John Lennon Tribute Artist), Ron Dante(Sugar Sugar), John Easdale(Dramarama), Louise Goffin(Singer/Songwriter – daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin), Colin Hay(Men at Work), Laurence Juber(lead guitarist for Paul McCartney and Wings), Denny Laine(Moody Blues, Wings) & Al Stewart(Year of The Cat, Time Passages) plus many more including a stellar group of local L.A. based session and house musicians from the local club scene. All of these fabulous and legendary talents came together for a worthy cause to share their love for this iconic Beatles music as well as to do their part in helping children and their families affected by Autism. Each song was presented as it had appeared on the original album releases beginning with...
The Beatles REVOLVER album:
1-"Taxman" by The Bangles & The Three O'Clock
2-"Eleanor Rigby" by Chris Stamey
3-“I'm Only Sleeping” by Colin Hay
4-“Love You To” by Tommy Keene
5-“Here, There & Everywhere” by Rob Laufer
6-”Yellow Submarine” by Christine Collister
7-”She Said She Said” by Bill Berry/Debbie Peterson/Al Stewart/John Wicks
1-”Good Day Sunshine” by Dan Wilson
2-”And Your Bird Can Sing” by Mike Viola and Louise Goffin
3-”For No one” by Steve Stanley
4-”Doctor Robert” by Kristian Hoffman
5-”I Want To Tell You” by Steve Barton
6-”Got To Get You Into My Life” by Keith Allison
7-”Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Three O'Clock
RAIN by The Muffs
PAPERBACK WRITER by Andrew Sandoval
After a short intermission to let both the audience and the talent decompress a little from the energetic first half of the show host Chris Carter introduced everyone to the second Beatles album of the evening to be played in it's entirety, ABBEY ROAD.
1-”Come Together” by John Easdale
2-”Something” by Denny Laine
3-”Maxwell's Silver Hammer” by Jody Stephens
4-”Oh! Darling” by Mike Viola
5-”Octopus's Garden” by Ron Dante
6-”I Want You (She's So Heavy) by Tim Piper & Cosmo Topper
1-”Here Comes The Sun” by Susanna Hoffs & Rob Laufer
2-”Because” by The Bangles
3-”You Never Give Me Your Money” by Morty Coyle
4-”Sun King” by John Easdale
5-”Mean Mr. Mustard” by John Easdale
6-”Polythene Pam” by John Easdale
7-”She Came in Through The Bathroom Window” by David Goodstein
8-”Golden Slumbers” by Christine Collister & Dan Wilson
9-”Carry That Weight” by Christine Collister & Dan Wilson
10-”The End” by Christine Collister & Dan Wilson
11-”Her Majesty” by Rob Laufer
What was also on display at this event was how wonderful and openhearted the community of Los Angeles based musicians really are and how they will donate their time in support of each other as well as a very worthy cause.
If you would love to send a donation to The Autism Think Tank or The Children's Music Fund you can contact them here:
Autism Think Tank: http://www.autismthinktanknj.com/donors.html
Children's Music Fund: http://thecmf.org/how-you-can-help/donate