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WOW Hall Membership Party
December 8 • 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm• $15 – $40
On Saturday, December 8, the Community Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 43nd Anniversary at the WOW Hall Membership Party, featuring entertainment by Strange Desserts, Cable Quintet, The Almond Butters Band and JAR. As usual, this event will feature food and beverages prepared by some of Lane County’s best restaurants and suppliers!
Strange Desserts is a fun trio of friends that love to make music together over a glass of fine wine and Mochi Ice Cream. Marty Chilla, Dr. John Haines and Palmer Utterback are delightful company. Their music is as inviting as a bite of that tasty confection with the chewy outer shell and sweet ice cream filling. Come and enjoy the creamy texture of familiar songs.
Playing music with her best friends, vocalist / guitarist / songwriter Elizabeth Cable pushes forward with the support of a talented cast of veterans from the local music scene: Carlito Peres on drums, Boris Canani on guitar and Trey Longstreth on bass. Joining this array of players is Amy Jones from L.A., who is relatively new to the Eugene music scene — where she fronts her own jazz band in support of her recordings. Enjoy the rich vocal harmonies as all five players in this group sing. Finesse and passion become one as the Cable Quintet’s talent shines strong in their arrangements of original and cover song material.
The Almond Butters Band is a band that loves the classics. Steeped in Americana and in love with the sounds of the Dead, Neil Young, The Band, Allman Brothers and many more, The Almond Butters Band provides a fresh take on some tasty classics. ABB consists of Kris McBride on bass, Marty Chilla on guitar and vox, Mike Gelardi on keys and vox, Patrick Kavaney on guitar and vox and Beau Eastlund and Nate Chestnut on percussion. Laid back, semi-acoustic jamming and danceable Americana, ABB is a joyful amalgam of some of Eugene’s favorite musicians!
Formed in Eugene in 2010, JAR is a band with only one rule and it’s “Have fun.” Playing a mixture of covers and original material, JAR focuses on live performances that let the music take them where it wants to go. JAR is James Drier, keys, vocals and bass; Andy Rollins, rhythm guitar and vocals; the mysterious Robert Hand, lead guitar; and “The Shipwright” Carl Lopes on drums.
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A short program will include recognition of the CCPA’s newest and youngest Lifetime Member, Zevariah Moses. This year thirteen-year-old Zevariah asked all of his family and friends to donate any bar mitzvah gifts to the WOW Hall. His generous gesture resulted in over $2000 in donations, which, at his suggestion, are being dedicated to getting a new phone system installed at the Hall.
Last year eighty-eight area restaurants and other businesses agreed to contribute prepared food, beverages and other items for a buffet-style dinner. This year we hope to see a similar number of restaurants participating. New dishes are presented throughout the event.
The Community Center for the Performing Arts was incorporated to save the Woodmen of the World Hall from demolition and keep it available to the community. On December 10, 1975, the WOWATHON began with live entertainment 24 hours a day for five days in order to raise a down payment. Today, the Hall remains community-owned and democratically operated, and it enjoys a broad base of community support.
Each year around this time the Membership Party serves to thank the supporters of the CCPA, a nonprofit (501c3) arts organization. Admission to the Membership Party is free for members. Memberships are available at the door for $15 to $40 or more (members are encouraged to bring guests at a cost of $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6-11; five and under free).
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Strange Desserts at 7:15, Cable Quartet around 8:00, The Almond Butters Band at 9:00 and JAR at 10:00.
The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.