So if you’ve followed my blog or are friends with me in any way, you know how much I enjoy the music of these guys…
The Chris Gardner Band
L-R: Joey Gonzales, Nikko Vargas, Chris Gardner, Dwight Hogan and Aaron Shively
I can’t count the number of times that I have seen them since first being introduced to them back in June, but it’s been at least once a month. With each show and talking to them, I befriended all of them on Facebook. One night while out with my friend Cheryl, we were talking with them and said that they probably thought of us as groupies and Aaron said, “no way, we consider you our friends.”
Maybe you’ll remember one of my previous posts about one of their shows, out at Swabbies on the Sacramento River and the girls (as in Caty and Hanna) came with me. And who could forget this picture…
Each time I head out to hear the guys play, Chris always asks how the girls are doing.
As time went on, the wheels in my head started spinning…. and my fundraiser idea started coming to life…. Any idea where I’m going with this? :-)
I approached Chris back in December at a show and he gave me his number and said to call him. So a few days later I made that phone call. Chris knew about Caty being a little person but said that he honestly didn’t know anything about LPA. After a briefly explanation about the organization, I asked the big question… what did he think about the band helping us out and putting on a concert for a fundraiser? His answer… We would absolutely love to! And even better, they are volunteering their time for the night.
And my idea came to life!!
Then came the task of finding a location… Many of the times that I have seen the guys play has been at a place called Stoney Inn. I sent Kevin, the owner, a message via facebook asking if he would like to help out and he said ABSOLUTELY!! After this I’m thinking, MAN, everything is just falling into place.
I set up a meeting with Kevin and had a few chapter members join me, including Melisa Chase. Yes, she’s been in on it from the beginning, but I swore her to secrecy. Kevin is very laid back and said all the details are up to me and that they will be more than happy to host the event. Stoney’s is going to provide a Spaghetti Dinner for those attending and will take $2 off of the cover charge for those attending. I still have to figure out the price but it’s going to be something like $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Where else can you beat that price for dinner and a concert..nowhere!! There will also be a few line-dance lessons, possibly taught by myself, as I know a few, or by the employees of Stoney’s – as they are all FABULOUS dancers!
So I’ve got the place, the band, the date, the time, now I need friends and family to attend!!
This is by no means my official invitation just my way of getting the word out there.
We hope that you’ll join us on Sunday July 31st from 5:00-9:00 when Stoney Inn and the Chris Gardner Band come together to help out the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of LPA!!
Now do you know why I said on a few blog posts and on FB that I was so excited that I could hardly contain myself?!!
Because of these guys and their generosity!