The kickoff of Ash Grove Summer, an Intra-National series, is Sunday, July 12th on the beautiful grounds of a private home at 939 San Vicente Boulevard (at Larkin Place) in Santa Monica, 1:30 – 5:30. The event is an Ash Grove Foundation fundraiser for its Summer Festival in August (date/location TBD). Performances start at 1:30 p.m. and include Michelle Shocked, blues guitarist Bernie Pearl, pianist/songwriter Sheila Nicholls, musical humorist Roy Zimmerman, poet/writer S. Pearl Sharp, S.H.I.N.E Mawusi women's drum alliance, Get Lit players – teenage wizards with poetry from the sonnets of Shakespeare to hip-hop, Conjunto Los Pochos and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash. Tickets are $40 per person. For information: (310) 391-5794 or AshGroveMusic.com. Ticket requests and/or donations can also be mailed to: Ash Grove, Box 661--037, Los Angeles CA 90066.
The fundraiser is one of a series of community events that has been held at various cultural centers around Los Angeles since the November election and billed as “Beyond November – Party with a Purpose” - bringing together an assortment of artists, advocacy and social action organizations, to entertain, to inform and to enthuse by tapping into the vast energy for positive change sparked by the Obama campaign. The culmination this year will be a large free Summer Festival in August 2009 that will feature musical guests, community artists and speakers, in addition to an area where health, housing and other service organizations will provide direct counseling, referrals and aid to people in need. Visitors can learn about and join groups and/or actions around these critical issues.
The Ash Grove (1958 – 1973) on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood was a pioneering musical and political venue. The performance standards and creative interplay among musicians, young and old, produced many great artists, enriched the lives of audiences, and gave the club a leading role in the culture of a generation. Archived Ash Grove concerts from that era are available for listening or download at WolfgangsVault.com: http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/sv/ash-grove/AS7.html .