Planetmind, Ching join forces

Barbara Lawlor
shack band        At the beginning of last week, Dave Hardy and Tanya Bokat of Planetmind collaborated with Greg Ching of Aspen Meadows House Concerts to create a musical event to benefit mountain musicians, many with families, affected by the flood. Over 150 people attended the six band concert at the Shack along Middle Boulder Creek on West First Street last Saturday, Sept. 21.
Local Nederland area people carrying pot luck dishes crowded onto the grassy amphitheater in front of the stage; they sat on couches and chairs listening to their favorite bands and joining the children in their frolics.
Tables held the items that were donated for the silent auction. Burgers and brats and hot dogs sizzled on the grill as the afternoon benefit crowd streamed down the wooden steps to the stage area. The benefit was to help those affected by the flood that devastated towns in Boulder County.
shack fiffler 2     Tanya says, “We raised about $6000, with more than half those funds coming from a silent auction that was spearheaded by local resident Becky Landkammer.” Local Nederland businesses, artists and musicians donated auction items like art, earrings, necklaces, banjo lessons, guitar lessons, pottery, a trip to Costa Rica, a fishing trip for four, hammocks, prayer flags, shoes, massage, carousel rides and  many gift certificates to local restaurants.

Bokat says the bidders were also very generous with their bids. Many locals donated their time collecting money at the door, working the silent auction, cooking, clean-up and doing sound.
Dawn and Tom Plant came with CRUST, their travel pizza oven to donate 100 pizzas to the cause.
It was an event which was successful because of the participation of the entire community coming together in the hopes of making change and giving hope to those that need help. People came, they gave and then they gave more.
The lineup of music was amazing as well, with all the musicians donating their time. Jeff Austin opened the show and went tete a tete with Silas Herman on  mandolin. Maus & CJ Richards  drove more than two hours from Longmont to play, The Louder Sisters women performers from She Said String Band and the Mile Markers, Gipsy Moon, New Family Dog and an spectacular finale to the day with national fiddle great, Casey Driessen.
shack dancers       Driessen playing with tapes of himself sounded like a blue grass band one moment and a string orchestra the next. His dramatic style had the crowd screaming with approval as he pushed his fiddle into a frenzy of sound.
One of the beneficiaries of the fund is the Lyons Musicians Relief Fund supporting people like Dave and Enion Tiller who lost their home and recording studio. Other money will go to people like Matty Smart who also lost his home in Salina.
Bokat says, “We will be offering the music from the benefit for download for $5, all money going to Flood Relief at www.planetmind.org.
For more information please contact: Tanya Bokat, tbokat@hotmail.com

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