About 10 months ago a dream was born.
Robin Ralston, music presenter and host of the Coolwater Concerts house concert series in Ahwahnee since 2007, mentioned she’d like to do something to support the completion of the Eastern Madera County SPCA animal shelter. She asked musician Bob Kaspar if he’d consider doing a benefit concert. Despite some misgivings, he agreed.
“In another life I’d won several national level fingerpicking competitions, but my last solo concert was in Monterey 17 years ago and I wasn’t sure I was up to a full concert. So we asked Paul Vind of the popular local Whiskey Creek Band if he’d like to split a show. He and his bandmate from the Whiskey Creek Band, Bill Samuelson, who is also a music teacher at Chawanakee Schools will do a set of classic rock/folk. They have a great sound.”
Enter COVID-19, which has caused a concert date pushback multiple times. After finally settling on Jan. 29, the organizers found it necessary to reschedule yet again as local case numbers rose.
The new date is Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425b, Oakhurst.
The concert is free, but Bob quips, “donations will be required to leave.”
In addition to great (or “not so great,” Bob jokes) music, the EMCSPCA plans to present an information update, and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available.
Bob continues, “We are speculating that either the show will greatly exceed or greatly fail peoples’ expectations but in either case they’ll be willing to donate in appreciation or ransom, respectively. So arthritis notwithstanding, I’m remembering how to play 6- and 12-string acoustic and slide guitar while being constantly reminded to not sing unless the audience seems too comfortable.”
After undergoing emergency shoulder surgery in Utah sometime back, Robin ceded the organizational duties to Bob and may or may not be able to attend.
With Robin indisposed, Bobby Macaulay will emcee the event.
Mark your calendars:
- Concert for the Critters Benefit for Eastern Madera County SPCA
- Friday, March 11, 2022 at 7 p.m.
- Oakhurst Community Center