Nursing Homes Swing is excited to announce that for the 8th year we have received a grant from the Bama Works Fund. Established in 1999, the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band is administered by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation as part of their ‘Enriching Communities’ program. The Bama Works Fund has donated millions of dollars to causes dedicated to protecting the environment, supporting people living with disabilities and developing arts and humanities, among other things. Talk about “giving back” to the community! And to think it all started at Miller’s bar in C’ville.
This year’s grant will enable us to continue bringing music to nursing/assisted living homes and adult day care centers. And, as always, these funds will be used solely to pay the generous musicians who work for our less than stellar rates!
Extended Benefits Of NHS: Our primary goal may be to bring a bit of pleasure to the residents but there are benefits to the performers as well. Our musicians get to meet each other, learn from each other, and perform with each other. Styles and preferences deepen through these meetings. And if you check the NHS schedule below, you'll see that one of our favorites, Haywood Giles, was given the opportunity to pick some of his faves and invite them to play at three gigs this month! Each of these gigs will encourage the players to adapt, hone their style, pick up or give cues all while entertaining and sharing the love with our elders. Everybody wins.
Visit our New Page: Take a look at the videos that we have uploaded to the Performance Videos page. They will give you a good idea what a Nursing Homes Swing event is like.
Project Life Enhancement: We continue to seek donations of instruments, keyboards, iPods, radios, CD players, electronic games, tablets or laptops, or music or keyboard stands so that Nursing Homes Swing can be a conduit for acquiring and distributing items that can enhance the life of the residents. If you have any “extra” items sitting around unused, please contact Mary Beth Revak or send us a message through the Contact page. Your donations can help to enrich the lives of nursing home residents—young or old—especially someone in one of the Medicare dependent homes.
Musicians: Update or include your information for the Musician Listings. We send periodic reminders to the activities directors of the nursing homes that musicians are listed on our website so that they can contact them directly when they need music for additional events. Fees are negotiated directly with the musicians. This has worked well for some of the musicians with several events being arranged in the past few months. We look forward to the list being a good resource for other venues—restaurants, wineries, etc.—as soon as we get the word out. If you want to send your information, I'll be happy to post it to the site.
Please visit our featured performer: Haywood Giles here.
Thurs., June 1: Trinity Mission
3:00 Richard Adams Trio w/ Tom Harbeck, guitar, Bob Bowen, bass
Mon., June 5: Cville Health & Rehab
3:00 Rick LaRue, violin and Noriko Donahue, piano
Wed., June 7: Cedars Health & Rehab. Center
3:00 Dick Orange Quartet w/ Bob Bennetta, piano, Jim Howe, drums & Larry Bisgaier, bass
Sat., June 10: Mountainside
2:30 Bennie Dodd Trio
Tues., June 13: JABA Day Care Center
1:00 Haywood Giles Quintet w/ David Drubin, drums, Vince Lewis, guitar, Bob Bowen, bass & John D’Earth, trumpet
Tues., June 13: Rosewood Village/Greenbrier
3:00 Haywood Giles Quintet w/ David Drubin, drums, Vince Lewis, guitar, Bob Bowen, bass & John D’Earth, trumpet
Thurs., June 15: Rosewood Village/ Hollymead
3:00 Haywood Giles Quartet w/ Jim Howe, drums, Andre La Velle, bass & Mike Rosensky, guitar
Fri., June 16: Our Lady of Peace
3:00 Rosetta with Susanna Rosen, vocals, Bob Bennetta, piano, Andre LaVelle, Tom Mix, clarinet, & Andre LaVelle, bass
Mon., June 19: Mary Williams Center
10:30 Brad Sayler Quintet w/ Steve Baber, piano, Jim Wray, trombone, Lew Morrison, bass & Mark Lee, drums
Fri., June 23: Morningside
3:00 CASE Saxophone Ensemble
Fri., June 30: Laurels
3:00 Royce Campbell, guitar & Tom Harbeck, bass
You are welcome to join us at any event to find out just what Nursing Homes Swing is all about. Just let us know ahead of time (434-973-3956) so that we can inform the residence.
If you would like to know what else is happening this month in our area, take a look at http://cvillejazz.org/ and click on the “Events in Town” link.