Mind blowing to say the least... So many kids are going to be fed, clothed, educated, cared for... I felt so damn lucky to be part of something like that. I was also so honored to listen to and showcase some amazing music. It was just a magical night and the best BEST birthday.
Big thanks to Roma Maffia from Nip/Tuck for hosting the night. She was absolutely spectacular. So wonderfully funny, kind, and gracious...
Also thanks to ANSA's own Sharon Gelman, Lindsay Crook, Blaire Molitor, Jurnee Smollett, as well as all of the volunteers that made the night run smoothly and kept everything together!
Katrina Parker (above) delivered such an amazing set, and looked quite stunning I might add. Love love love her voice and her songs are so powerful. I honestly could listen to her for hours.
Was really blown away by Jussie Smollett. Such an amazing voice and so much fun to watch. All of them really put on such an energetic show. So beautifully talented and he's a really really great guy. Was very impressed.
An Christopher Dallman began the night with a really intense and inspiring set of songs. We played together ages ago and it was fun to do it again, years later. He related a story I completely forgot about - where we had no mic stand at this coffeehouse gig we did about 4 years ago. We had to tape the mic to a chair of all things. Craziness.
My set was a ton of fun. Always wanted to do a show with a cello and a harp... I played completely new material as well - except for a "harped" up version of Brandon Boyd. It all felt really fresh and exciting to be unveiling new work. Making big tweaks with the live act right now before the upcoming tours - really excited to see what comes out of it and to share it with you all :)
My bday cake!!!! Really tasty btw. Chocolate raspberry. I still never found out who got the slice with my crotch on it...
And here are some various pics I got from the night. Thanks for all of you that made the night so special! It really was so packed and we raised so much money. Yipeeeeee!!!!
Sean! I love you for making it all the way from Philadelphia!!!
And these lovely beautiful kids (Mike, Jason, and Shaunna) drove up from SD (As well as Yazdi and friends - thanks guys!!!) Also, Alex who made it from Mexico! And those of you from the east coast as well! VERY COOL.
The silent auction... which did awesomely well! Thanks for all of you that bought art, etc!
Jordy, Jenn, and David!!!!!!
Philip and Craig!
Marcus and Ilse!!!
Getting my drink on after the show of course...
Rudy, Damon, and Kira!
Dez and Mark!
Rita, Damon, Guy, Amar, and Abby
THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!!!! Will post some video soon!!!!