Living Colour bassist sponsors event to support music education
By David Sands
July 31, 2015
Living Colour may be wrapping up their tour with Aerosmith next week, but that doesn’t mean the group’s acclaimed bassist Doug Wimbish is just going to disappear for the rest of the summer. In fact, he’s actually got something rather special planned for the middle of next month: the 1st Annual WimBash Beach Festival.
The bassist’s musical beach bash, which will be taking place at Savin Rock Beach in West Haven, Conn. on Aug. 16, sounds like a rather awesome time. It’ll be free to the public, and the lineup looks out of sight.
To start with, Wimbish will be headlining the event as part of an all-star supergroup that also features drummer Daru Jones, who’s played with Jack White and The RUFF Pack, and guitarist Paul Pesco, who’s put his skills to work for Hall & Oates and Madonna.
Special guests include Oli Herbert of the metal band All That Remains, Berklee College of Music sophomore Kyle Ward, Rock House School of Music teacher John McCarthy—all of whom are guitarists—and vocalist Heather Joseph.
Also showing up to shake things up at the beach will be Chemical Z, Maxx Explosion, Tears Fall Down, PLB, JME Strchld and Angela Lina. DJ Markie Gee will be on hand as well to keep the party on track.
Although the festival is free, it’s actually a benefit concert being held to support the West Haven public schools’ music program. The plan is to raise money with raffle sales and donations to help students learn guitar, bass, and keyboard skills using Rock House U Video Learning Labs. Funds raised will also be used to buy instruments, computers and software to implement the learning system.
The event will also introduce the WimBash Instrument and Music Gear Amnesty program, which will provide an outlet for donors to pass on gently used and unwanted music instruments and gear to underprivileged youth in the West Haven area in conjunction with the Rock House School of Music.
Sponsors for the event include Nova Sound Studios, the Rock House School of Music, West Haven Mayor Edward O’Brien and the City of West Haven.
The WimBash Beach Festival will take place at Old Grove Park on West Haven Savin Rock Beach from 3 to 9:15 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend.
WimBash Beach Festival set times:
3:00 pm Doors
4:00 to 4:30 pm PLB
4:45 to 5:30 pm Tears Fall Down
5:45 to 6:30 pm Max Explosion
6:45 to 7:30 pm Chemical Z
7:45 to 9:15 pm WimBash All-Stars
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