I had the privilege of attending Music 4 A Cause’s inaugural event on Thursday night at the Santa Monica Playhouse. A group of truly talented musicians got together to play for a couple of hours and the door donations were in support of the Westside Food Bank. I don’t get exposed to a lot of new music these days. I blame my reliance on my iPod for that one. It was such a treat, and it may have inspired me to try to get out and experience more live music in the coming months.
First, I have to say that I had no idea exactly how much food support the Westside Food Bank provides the county’s agencies. It’s always a little shocking to me to think of Los Angeles as having so many people in need, but the fact remains that so many people are still suffering the impact of the economic changes of the last few years.
Second, the only musician playing who I really knew was Dan Licht. He performed a number of different pieces, including compositions of his from Dexter. I know he usually plays with a much larger group of musicians, but his band did an amazing job of setting that oh-so-creepy tone. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out “Blood Theme” from Dexter on iTunes. It gives me shivers hearing it on my desktop when I’m working– can you imagine my reaction hearing it live?
The event was organized by Jon Licht. His band The Roustabouts performed, as did Elizaveta, Beta and Dinosaur Tooth. While each band was quite different, the evening really worked as an introduction to some incredibly talented people. Needless to say, I’ll be buying some new music!
I’m also going to be keeping an eye on upcoming events at the Santa Monica Playhouse. The show was in the main stage, and the theater was gorgeous. Dark wood walls and ceilings with chandeliers in the hall—this place leaves and impression.
And if you have some spare cash, and would like to get involved, check out the Westside Food Bank. According to their website, they distribute “4.5 million pounds of food” to local social service agencies each year. For more information on their work: http://www.westsidefoodbankca.org/