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Other Voices: Beatles tribute benefit concert a success

On behalf of Jake Michael I would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone in the community who supported him in his fundraiser and senior project. Thanks to you he raised the remaining funds needed to go to Europe with the N.U. Choir in June.

“All You Need is Love,” Jake’s Beatles Tribute Benenfit Concert on May 6, was a day that was filled with the community’s love and support.

We’d like to extend immeasurable gratitude to the many artists and several other community members who donated their time and talent to help create such a memorable event. We really could never thank each of you enough.

The event took place at the historic Miners Foundry in Nevada City, a place Jake and I feel a deep heart connection to.

When I first became a broadcaster on KVMR, it was when our studios were still housed in the former Victorian Museum. Jake was three years old and the magical hideaways that old building offers beckoned discovery to an inquisitive child.

He and many of the “KVMR Kids” played happily for hours during countless KVMR general meetings and events there. And Jake discovered his love of theater and singing in that building while performing in several productions with the Nevada County Performing Arts Guild.

One magical evening, during the all-night peace vigil, he heard for the first time the Nevada Union Chamber Choir, and knew that’s what he wanted to do.

The day of the event was the true definition of the spirit this community embodies. More than 200 people came out (and indoors) on a beautiful sunny day to show their support for Jake and the music of the Beatles.

One felt as if they were enveloped in a giant hug throughout the event.

Those attending were also treated to a silent auction of Beatles memorabilia and a Beatles Boutique to go home with souvenirs of the special day. The local musicians and performers entertained everyone with their original presentations of the music of the Fab Four.

Jake concluded the event with John Lennon’s “Imagine,” accompanied by Beverly Marks and Lisa Stine, leaving very few dry eyes in the house.

From the inception of the idea to unite his senior project with a fundraising effort,

Jake’s request for assistance from everyone he asked in this community was received with an enthusiastic “Yes!”

Jake has been one of the community’s “own” for many years when at age 10 he gave a very young perspective of “The Beatles” music on KVMR by beginning “Jake’s All Request Beatles Show.”

This young man has been given the invaluable gift of love and support over the years and will benefit from them always.

The community at large has continued to respond in the true spirit of the Beatles message; We’ll get by with a little help from our friends …

Extra hugs go to:

KVMR 89.5 FM Nevada City

Rod Baggett & the Nevada Union High School Choir

Alan Michael – Jake’s Dad and Master of the “Beatles Boutique”

JoAnn Marie – Jake’s Grandma and Ticket Sales Queen

Brian Hall – Silent Auction King

Mikail Graham – co-producer and senior project mentor

Rick McKenzie – Proprietor of tasty treats and refreshments

Cheri Snook – Goddess of the Ice Cream

Adam Kline – co-host and emcee extrordinaire

Beverly Marks

Lisa Stine

Pete & Phyllis Grant

Diane Miessler

Shawn Haussler & John Pellizer

Rick Kirkpatrick & members of “The 13”

Mark McCartney

Elena Powell

Stephen Holland

Saul Rayo

Lorraine Gervais & Bob Villwock

Air Aligned Dance Troupe

The Movement Alliance

Kimberly Bass & Kelly Fleming

Haute Trash Fashion Show

Rich Meade – Sound

Harry Kowa – Lights

Kathy Dotson – Poster Design

Mike & Grass Valley Blueprint

Pam Jung & The Union

Gretchen & Bud at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Adele Taylor – Video

Tommy Gleason – Photography

and all the amazing emcees and volunteers who gave their time and energy to help

make the day magical!


Jenny Michaels is the mother of Jake and host of the “Wednesday Music Magazine” on KVMR 89.5 FM. She resides in Nevada City and can be reached via e-mail at: jenny@kvmr.org.

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