Members of the Eugene Caldera Songwriting Tribe performed their annual Egan benefit last year at Tsunami Books. This Year’s benefit consists of two one-hour concerts that will be released on Feb. 14 and March 14 on Facebook at YouTube.
First of Two Concerts is at https://youtu.be/VGkY2zpYRiY
Stay tuned! This is a one-month intermission!
Even the coronavirus pandemic can’t keep the Caldera singer-songwriters — or a good cause — down.
For nearly a decade the Eugene Caldera Songwriting Tribe has offered an annual concert benefiting the Egan Warming Center, which provides cold-weather shelter for homeless people in the Eugene-Springfield area. The event has drawn standing-room crowds that came to hear some of the area’s brightest musical talents while supporting Egan’s vital services.
In light of pandemic-related restrictions on public gatherings, Caldera decided to continue its ninth annual benefit safely online in a two-part offering. At noon on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Caldera will hold a watch party on Facebook and YouTube (https://youtu.be/VGkY2zpYRiY) to celebrate the release of the first of two one-hour pre-recorded concerts that will feature nearly two dozen performers.
“This year things are very different because of Covid, and we are delighted to present this virtual offering — a lovingly pre-recorded concert of unique and beautiful voices,” said Beth Wood, a Caldera member and nationally known singer-songwriter who will perform in the Feb. 14 video. All viewers are welcome and are asked to make donations of between $5 and $20.
All donations go to Egan Warming Center, a program of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, and can be made at www.svdp.us (Click “Donate” on the right-hand side of the website and designate gifts for Egan.) Donations of material goods, including hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, pillows, socks, and toiletries should be marked for Egan and dropped off at SVdP’s attended drive-through donation center at 2890 Chad Drive, Eugene.
The second benefit concert video will be released at another watch party at noon on March 14. Both videos will be available on YouTube and Vimeo after their watch-party debuts.
This year’s Caldera performers include Joan Campbell, Rosana Costello, Susi DeFazio, Carl Falsgraf, Annie Heron, Laura Golden, Stacy Henle, Marilyn Jordan, Rudolph Korv, Cathy Martini, Willie McEachern, Kathy Marshall, Paul Neville, Julia O’Reilly, John Shipe, Katie Sontag, Grisha Stewart, Dave Taylor, Art Willey, Beth Wood, and Ken Zimmerman.
For further information about the upcoming Egan benefit concert videos, contact Paul Neville at (458) 210-8094. For information about Egan Warming Centers and St. Vincent de Paul Society, contact Allison Westerhoff at 541-600-8454.
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