In organizing her fourth annual benefit concert for for Casa de Milagros, the home for abandoned and orphaned children in Peru's Sacred Valley below Machu Picchu, Sara Wasserman has added another organization to the list of beneficiaries, this time including Sean Penn’s Haitian Relief Organization J/P HRO.
“I went down the first time last summer and taught music to the kids,” Wasserman said. She teamed up with Lukas Nelson and Christian McBride for the trip, then went back on her own two months later.
“I just wanted to continue building the relationship with the kids,” she said.
The annual benefit concert, tonight 7:30 p.m. at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, features regular headliner Bob Weir, along with Primus’ Les Claypool and Jay Lane, Jackie Greene, ALO’s Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz and Steve Adams, and James Nash of The Waybacks, with a number of "special guests" promised as well.
“I’m really excited because at the end there’s going to be a jam with everyone together,” Wasserman said. “That’s always one of the bet moments. I know there’s people who are going to be there who I haven’t announced. “
Wasserman is also thankful she’s been able to get so much star power at this event, and in years past.
“They get asked to do a lot of things,” she said. “This is the fourth year Bob Weir has done this for me. His support has been incredible.”
Weir also invited Greene, and Wasserman said she’s excited Claypool, who’s worked with her father Rob Wasserman, is joining them as well.
The musicians have all played together in one form or another. Weir and Greene previewed their upcoming tour at San Francisco’s The Fillmore on Nov. 24, according to JamBands.com. The Casa de Milagros show will serve as an unofficial kick-off of their acoustic tour, which ends with a Dec. 17 show at the Sweetwater Music Hall.
Tickets are slightly higher than past years because the concert tonight features more artists and benefits two organizations. Wasserman said they hope to raise between $20,000 and $30,000.
“We’ve sold out every year,” she said.
The 411: The fourth annual benefit concert for Casa de Milagros is on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. It features Bob Weir, Primus’ Les Claypool and Jay Lane, Jackie Greene, ALO’s Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz and Steve Adams, and James Nash of The Waybacks, along with special guests. Tickets are $125. Click here for more info and to buy tickets.
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