4th Annual Benefit for the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Snowmass Village, CO (May 26, 2016) – The legendary Deaf Camp Benefit Summer Festival returns for its fourth year in Snowmass on Saturday, July 16. The Deaf Camp Benefit is happy to announce that soul rock band, Pimps of Joytime will perform as the headliner. The benefit is free but attendees are strongly encouraged to donate to the camp which goes towards scholarships for kids along with the proceeds from a silent auction. The Deaf Camp Benefit (originally known as the Deaf Camp Picnic), was established in the 60’s with the help of John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to support the great things Aspen Camp does for deaf and hard of hearing kids.
“Our partners help make a big difference in the lives of the Deaf children the Aspen Camp serves, said Katie Murch, Marketing & Strategic Director, Aspen Camp. “The Deaf Camp Benefit brings great music, delicious food, and beautiful scenery adding up to an amazing day that one will never forget—plus it’s all for a great cause.”
Deaf Camp Benefit Schedule
Deaf Camp Benefit Band Bios
Mack Baily, Bobby Mason and Rich Ganson – Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica/1pm
Mack Baily is a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who is gaining an ever-larger audience with his strong, expressive classically trained tenor voice, with an impressive range and pure clean quality. Bobby Mason came to Aspen in 1969 and has played with John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Bo Diddley, JJ Cale, Dan Fogelberg and Kenny Loggins. Local musician Rich Ganson is known for his guitar, banjo, harmonica, singing and a “loud foot” are the main focus but loves to tinker with washtub bass and spoons.
Jes Grew – Rock & Roll Funk/4pm
Jes Grew is an eclectic rock & roll band out of Aspen, which derives its name from the 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed. After entertaining in the Aspen area for over 10 years and sharing the bill with acts such as Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Taj Mahal, Trey Anastasio, Sam Bush, John Oates, Rusted Root, and many more, Jes Grew knows how to play to the crowd to keep everyone having a great time. The band is known for playing classic rock & roll songs with their own unique twist.
Pimps of Joytime – Soul Rock/7pm
The Pimps of Joytime’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, show-by-show and track-by-track. Spending formative years in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles, their front man, Mista J, honed his craft, becoming an accomplished
live performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. In 2005, he began to assemble a group of righteously soulful vocalists and musicians to assist in bringing to life the musical concept that would become—The Pimps of Joytime. The band’s diverse sound and spirited attitude is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. The Pimp’s exponential growth of its fan base can be partially attributed to an artful blend of musical styles, including elements of afro-beat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica.
“Snowmass Tourism is happy to be part of this important organization and help raise scholarship money for the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,” said Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “This event appeals to longtime John Denver fans, young music lovers to Roaring Fork Valley supporters of the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.”
Concert-goers are encouraged to take advantage of the free RFTA transportation between Aspen and Snowmass and the Snowmass Village Shuttle Service from Town Park Station (Rodeo Lot) to Base Village and the Snowmass Mall.
Donations will be accepted throughout the event and benefit the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing which goes towards scholarships. For more information on the Deaf Camp Benefit, go to www.deafcamppicnic.org. For more information on upcoming Snowmassive Summer events, activities and lodging information, visit www.gosnowmass.com or call 1-800-SNOWMASS (1-800-766-9627).
About Aspen Deaf Camp
This year will mark Aspen Camp’s 49th year of service in providing year-round programming to Deaf* individuals and families as well as the Roaring Fork Valley communities. Aspen Camp was founded in 1967 by Reed Harris, Tom Sardy, and Lt. Gen. Bill Martin in Old Snowmass. The camp has experienced twofold growth, serving over 2,000 participants each year. Approximately 72% of participants like 18-year-old Darren from California rely on scholarships for the opportunity to find their confidence and unlock their potential at camp. Deaf* is used to include all the identities within the Deaf Community* such as D/deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and more. More information about Aspen Camp can be found at www.aspencamp.org. Deaf Camp Picnic was established in the 60’s and 70’s with the help of Twirp Anderson, John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the likes to support the great things Aspen Camp does for Deaf* kids and their families.
About Snowmass, Colorado
A vibrant summer playground and renowned winter destination, Snowmass offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, nearly 30 restaurants, 95 percent on-slope lodging and great shopping, as well as exciting special events and music – all year round. Summertime, Snowmass features more than 90 miles of hiking and biking trails; gold medal fly-fishing; Class V white-water rafting and kayaking, and a full lineup of weekly events. Consistently ranking as one of the best ski areas in the world, the area boasts the second longest vertical drop in the United States, with 3,332 skiable acres. Located six miles from Aspen’s airport and with 300 days of sunshine per year, Snowmass is an ideal summer and winter destination. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, visit www.gosnowmass.com.
Contact for Aspen Deaf Camp: Katie Murch, Marketing & Strategic Director, Aspen Camp,
Media Contact for Snowmass Tourism: Patsy Popejoy, Public Relations Manager, Snowmass Tourism, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-922-2285.
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