Roberta's Blog - Supporting Local Musicians

This week, instead of a blog post telling where I went last weekend, I would like to talk to you about a couple of events coming up this month in our music community.

The first is happening this Sunday, September 14, at Geezer's in West Davenport. This is the second annual memorial jam for Joe Pena. Over the past week, I've had the opportunity to visit with John Pena about the jam he's arranged in memory of his late brother, Joe.

John has hopes of eventually making this memorial jam a benefit for Suicide Prevention and Awareness. I think nearly everyone I know has been touched by suicide in one way or another, and I think John's idea is a good one. John and I will be talking in the near future about associating future jams with an organization or possibly starting a new organization.

John says Sunday's jam is open, and he'll keep it going until every musician who has shown up gets a chance to play.

The second event is The Jam for Jim at The Muddy Waters on September 28th. Jim VanHyfte's mother passed away recently, and it was looking like Jim was going to have to sell his classic car to pay her funeral arrangements. Some local musicians got together and decided to put on a benefit for Jim's family to help them with his mother's expenses. If you're involved in the local music scene in any way, chances are you have seen Jim play or maybe even played with him. He's a versatile drummer, has been around a long time, and has been involved with many local bands. There has been a great outpouring already on the jam event on Facebook, and all involved are looking forward to a great event.

The Quad-city music community has a huge heart, and these two events this month deserve support. Any time there is a benefit event that involves music, I would hope that those arranging the event contact me directly so that we can make sure the information gets sent out through Local Scene Magazine, either through the Facebook page/Twitter feed or through a blog post such as this one. (or both). We're fully in support of the local music community, and want to help in any way we can.