Zach Fest '24 Community Benefit Concert at The Fox Theatre - Downtown Redwood City, CA Saturday, April 27, 2024
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- Purpose of Zach Fest '24
- Official Event Poster
- The Bands and Guest Speakers
- Press Release
- Zach Fest ‘24: A Father’s Perspective
- The Zach Fest Committee - To be completed
- Sponsorships - TBC
- Yes, ZF24 is a Fundraiser - Silent Auction, Online Raffle - TBC
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- Past Media - The 1st Zach Fest Memorial Concert, April 2022
Zach Fest '24 CBC: In Zach's Words, About Music
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Zach Fest '24: A Father's Perspective...
Music Brings People Together - We are gearing up for the “Zach Fest ‘24 Community Benefit Concert”, Saturday, April 27, 2024. This event takes place at the old (beautifully restored) Fox Theatre in downtown Redwood City. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to donate the concert proceeds to two local, effective non profit organizations who can definitely use support from the community they serve. What better way than music as the bonding agent to achieve this philanthropic goal.
A History of Event Creation - The Fox Theatre area harbors many memories of past shows I performed in the ‘00’s and ‘10’s at the smaller venue next door (originally called The Little Fox)) where I recorded two live albums, self-promoting many concert events with my bands headlining, spurred by generous support from local media, helping get the word out.
Due to the former Little Fox venue owners and, most importantly, our audience, my supportive community grew in the “salad days” of Redwood City’s burgeoning nighttime scene. I worked hard to promote multi band shows in those days, motivated by the momentum experienced between 2004 and 2008, when there was a full house in attendance with regularity.
The Great Recession - The bottom dropped out due to the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The Bay Area changed. People moved out. Some of whom were my audience. Many Bay Area club venues closed. I spent three plus years writing and recording the “Expose Your Self” album. I played live as a soloist for about two years in San Francisco, sometimes five nights per week in the upstairs room over the famed “Biscuits and Blues" club. This provided an opportunity where I developed my stage presence and performance strengths for the nightly international tourists that numbered anywhere from 1 to 80.
I had made serious plans and connections in Europe before the financial crisis occurred. I wanted to move there in 2008. I worked on the E.Y.S. album in the meantime, which was finally completed in 2010. Zach had become a real fan of music and began to display a growing talent on piano, which had a great influence on our musical relationship. E.Y.S., which was recorded at my old apartment in Redwood City, is a multi-track home recording. Zach was usually running the software when I sang my main vocal tracks because I tended to do my best in his presence at the time and he took the process as seriously as I did.
I went on a month long tour in western Europe with just my acoustic guitar in 2011. It was an incredible experience as my seasoning from playing the Blues club played to my advantage. Upon my return I recorded my solo acoustic album “The Good Road” in June 2011 and released the record in 2012.
Ownership for the Little Fox and The Fox Theatre changed. The Little Fox became “Club Fox. I didn’t come back to play at the venue until 2013, when my piano playing son, Zach was 21. I had his band “Tribal Suns” open the show and Zach played with me in “The Fabulous FunkyBand” as the headliner.
It seems I weathered the financial crisis pretty well and grew a lot as a performing artist.
Part Two Coming…."A House Full of Friends"