I haven’t watched American Idol since they stopped having the crazy horrible singers. Look, I ain’t mad at J-Lo and as for Steven Tyler well, I’m a “Toys in the Attic”-era Aerosmith fan (as opposed to the bandwagon “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” ones).
Still, having those two on American Idol is like when the Stooges added Curly Joe. There just ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.
Luckily, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell are coming back and what’s more they will be appearing with Randy Jackson in Suisun City...sorta.
Solano Karaoke Idol Season 3 is this Friday night at the Joe Nelson Community Center. Paula is local singer/actress Kris Clark and Simon is Stephen Betz who uses music therapy to help special needs kids. Yours truly will be The Dawg.
We had a blast last year and it’s gonna be even better in 2011. There are still a few slots open for the group category, but the singles are filled. First place winners receive $100 and second place gets $50. Local DJs By Request Entertainment will again provide the tunes-- everything from Sinatra to Slayer.
I may even do a Sintra/Slayer mashup if I get a wild hair.
I encourage y’all to come out and enjoy a great dinner (provided by Olive Garden) and some fantastic local talent. But don’t do it for me, do it for who the money for this event goes to help: kids in our community.
Karaoke Idol is a fundraiser for Solano Family and Children’s Services (www.solanofamily.org) and Children’s Nurturing Project (www.childrensnurturingproject.org).Solano Family and Children’s Services enriches children’s lives through support and services to families and child care providers. Children’s Nurturing Project (CNP) offers a holistic approach to promote healthy parent-child relationships through support services and education.
“We are very excited about this year’s event,” CNP Executive Director Debbi Davis said. “Times are tougher than ever for high-risk children and their families. There is no time like the present to help vulnerable infants so please support this event.”
Tickets, which include dinner and a raffle ticket, are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. They are available at CNP (490 Chadbourne Road, Suite A, in Fairfield, 422-0464) Eco-Delight Coffee (700 Main St. #110 in Suisun City), and Dance Direction(306 Spring Street also in Suisun City). Doors open at 5 pm and the competition begins at 6 pm.
After all that fun Friday night, I’m gonna turn right around Saturday and co-emcee the 3rd annual Matt Garcia Foundation’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with Margarita Lopez. I’m really juiced about it.
What’s not to like? We’re talkin’ dinner then live music by Sapo featuring Richard “Suavecito” Bean. Young people, ask your folks about that old school joint and come see them do it live.
In addition, the keynote speaker will be CSU Trustee and Fairfield High graduate Melinda Guzman-Moore.
As for raffle items, how about dinner for four with ex-Tower of Power lead vocalist Lenny Williams? Or one-on-one time with Super Bowl Champion Desmond Bishop? Plus a whole lot more.
The event benefits the Matt Garcia PAL center and if you are reading the Daily Republic, you know all about the wonderful Matt Garcia who was taken too soon from us. I talked to his mother Teresa Courtemanche recently via telephone and she was ebullient when discussing the kids who frequent the center.
“We want to showcase the kids and the youth center and how awesome it is,” Courtemanche said. “I’ve seen how some of the kids are really shy when they first go there and then they just blossom. Matt believed that you could do anything you wanted to do and these kids really believe it.”
Turning epic tragedy into a focused mission to help the community is what drives Teresa.
“There’s nothing that’s ever going to fill up that hole in my heart. It’s going to be there forever and I know that,” Courtemanche said. “But these things help to keep Matt’s spirit living on.”
The whole shebang kicks off at the Yin Ranch (6319 Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville) at 5 pm and goes to 10 pm. Tickets are $60 and you can your hands on them by calling or texting (707) 372-4160. Hope to see you there!
Reach Fairfield freelance writer Tony Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org