The 9th Annual Mark Vann Foundation Holiday Benefit

Mark Vann Benefit

Mark Vann Benefit

The 9th Annual Mark Vann Foundation
Holiday Benefit
Shimmer N Shine
w/ Great American Taxi, The Contribution (featuring Tim Carbone of
Railroad Earth, Keith Moseley of String Cheese Incident, Matt Butler of
Everyone Orchestra and members of New Monsoon), Bill McKay Band,
Andrew McConathy and the Drunken Hearts plus very special guests to be
announced!
Friday, December 16th
The Boulder Theater
Boulder, CO
Mark Vann’s spirit parted company with his body on March 4, 2002. Mark consistently lived by
the motto of “Go Big!”. He applied this motto to both playing music and his unending willingness
to offer his time and knowledge to teach anybody who wanted to learn. He encouraged others to
“Dream Big”, “Go Big”, and “Pick Big”, and personally supported their efforts to do so.
The Mark Vann Foundation was created to continue the spirit of joy, gratitude, and generosity that
Mark brought to our collective communities through his life and music.
Our primary mission is to serve community based non-profit organizations bringing light, love and
laughter into the lives of those in need through nature, music and the arts; and to provide a
conduit for kindhearted people with similar values to nurture impactful positive change within their
own communities.
This year’s show is bigger than any year before! Great American Taxi (featuring Mark’s band
mate in Leftover Salmon and long time friend Vince Herman) will be hosting the event for the 6th
year in a row and they’ll be bringing their friends from The Contribution for one of their few shows
performed each year (the band features Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, Keith Moseley of String
Cheese Incident, Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra and Jeff Miller and Phil Ferlino of New
Monsoon), The Bill McKay Band (Bill played with Mark in Leftover Salmon), and Andrew
McConathy and the Drunken Hearts. Every year Mark’s old friends show up and pitch in –
previous unannounced guests have included Jeff Austin, Todd Snider, Drew Emmitt, and Billy
Nershi just to name a few – so you never know who might show up at the show!
The theme this year is Shimmer n Shine, so be sure you shimmer, shine and sparkle (like Mark
Vann’s spirit)! Proceeds for this year’s event go to There With Care (www.therewithcare.org) and
Care Connect of Boulder County. We’re also excited to announce that this years’ show will be
ALL AGES!! (Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) In addition we’ll be holding an
instrument drive again this year with instruments benefitting Parlando (www.parlando.org) and
requested instruments are guitar, violin, clarinet, cello, oboe, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and
flutes.
CareConnect is a 40-year-old nonprofit serving more than 2,500 seniors and adults with
disabilities in Boulder County through volunteer-powered Safety Net Services. These services
include grocery shopping and delivery, home repair, fall-prevention, medical transportation, yard
cleanups and more. Thousands more benefit from File of Life, Holiday Fruit Baskets, and 50Up!
Cable television program and the RSVP volunteer program mobilizes more than 750 volunteers
to meet community needs. For more information, please call 303-443-1933 or visit
www.careconnectbc.org.
There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to
children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families referred by
medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s dayto-
day obligations with compassion and care. The simplest daily tasks become overwhelming
when parents are faced with the burden of caring for their child during a medical crisis. We work
with hospitals and social workers, to support the entire family during emotionally, financially, and
physically challenging times.
Great American Taxi – “All aboard!” You’ll hear Vince Herman shout this out at a Great
American Taxi show and after you know a little bit more about this band you’ll know why.
Herman (of Leftover Salmon infamy) and Chad Staehly (keyboards, vocals) have been driving the
Taxi based out of Nederland, CO around the United States for over four years now. The line-up
has evolved and Herman and company have been known to grab an extra rider or two along the
way. The core line-up has been solidified with Jim Lewin of Santa Cruz, CA on electric guitars
and vocals, along with the new rhythm section provided by Chris Sheldon on drums and Brian
Adams on bass (both toured extensively in the Phish tribute band Phix). On any given night the
audience is encouraged to jump on board and join in the festivities. At many performances GAT
has been known to show up with some extra all-stars in the band as well including such musical
luminaries as Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, Todd Snider, Barry Sless, Papa Mali, Coolio
(yes, 90’s rap star icon), Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and the list goes on.
Great American Taxi brands their music “Americana without borders.” Taxi definitely knows no
boundaries and their 21st century brand of Americana music is sure to get you dancing and
singing along. Diving into an ever-expanding repertoire of their own carefully crafted electric folk
music along with a great catalog of influential Folk, Americana, Bluegrass and Rock songs, all in
attendance will find something to latch onto at a Taxi show. Whether you grew up listening to
Gram Parsons, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson or Woody
Guthrie, plan on taking a great American musical journey. All you have to do is pay the fare, get
in the Great American Taxi, and enjoy the trip.
Who: Great American Taxi, The Contribution (featuring Tim Carbone of Railroad
Earth, Keith Moseley of Sting Cheese Incident, Matt Butler of Everyone
Orchestra and members of New Monsoon), Bill McKay Band, Andrew
McConathy and the Drunken Hearts plus very special guests to be
announced!
What: 9th Annual Mark Vann Foundation Holiday Benefit
Where: The Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
When: Friday, December 16th
Why: To celebrate the life and legacy of the late, great Mark Vann!
How Much: $20

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