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Yellowjackets Play Union Station Foundation Fundraiser

This one goes out to all our friends in the Los Angeles area (and you know who you are; luv ya, babe, kiss kiss). On Sunday, August 10, at the Los Angeles Music Academy, the Yellowjackets (pictured) will join forces with a host of actors and musicians in a celebrity fundraiser for Pasadena’s fab Union Station Foundation, one of the largest private agencies serving the poor and homeless in Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles.

These kind folks are joining the Yellowjackets on the An Evening for the Station bill:

Adam Arkin, master of ceremonies, actor and percussionist

Dori Caymmi, guitarist, composer, vocalist

Hector Elizondo, actor, percussionist

Jeff Goldblum, actor, pianist

Kevyn Lettau, vocalist, songwriter

Michael Shapiro, percussionist

The Perri Sisters, vocalists

Jerry Watts, bass guitarist

For 150 well-spent bones per ticket, guests will enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a reception with the artists following the concert. Appropriate dress for the event is “California casual.” (Being a Midwesterner who moved to the East Coast, I’m not sure what this means. Our L.A. friends surely do, don’t ya babe? Wink wink, kiss kiss).

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with the vino and finger foods, and the silent auction also gets underway. At 7:30 the concert begins (and there will be an intermission in case you drink too much wine), and at 9:30 the reception starts (dessert and coffee will be served there in case, you know, you drink too much wine).

The 30-year-old Union Station Foundation assists its “clients to transform their lives by becoming productive, stable and self-supporting citizens,” so sayeth the press release. “Every year, over 125,000 meals are served and 21,000 nights of shelter are provided to men, women and families. Union Station also provides extensive supportive services to help their clients and future generations permanently escape the cycle of homelessness.”

The Los Angeles Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, California, (3 blocks south of Old Pasadena). Further information is available at

Meanwhile, the Yellowjacket’s new CD, Times Squared (Heads Up), is burning up the jazz charts: Yellowdog Jazz Report lists it at number eight this week. Check out for more info.

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