(This, my friends, if the 600th post on this blog. Quite a lil’ milestone, I’d say, and I couldn’t be happier that the subject matter is what it is … )
Kuumbwa Jazz is, simply put, one of the best music venues in the country. And it’s so much more than that, on top of that. It’s a community center, a community resource, an educational center, a cultural epicenter. It’s a great, great place. And at heart, it is, simply put, one of the best music venues in the country. And I know of what I speak. In my fifteen years as a professional musician, I played there many times, and it is one of the most musician-friendly venues I’ve ever encountered. And I’ve seen some great shows there as well, and it is one of the most audience-friendly venues I’ve ever encountered. And now that I’m with Ridge Vineyards, I am very, very happy to note that I have a new and special way of supporting Kuumbwa.
Like seemingly all great cultural institutions in this country, Kuumbwa Jazz relies in no small part on the benevolence of its patrons, and every year, they host a fundraising concert and auction. This year, we donated wines to the pre-dinner tasting, to the dinner itself, and to the auction. It was my great pleasure to host, and it was a truly awesome evening. I met so many great folks, swapped so many great wine and music stories, and all in all, enjoyed myself thoroughly.
Plus, I am happy to report that the mixed case of limited-production, winery-only wines that we donated sold for $600 at the auction!
If you’d like to watch a great, old-school auctioneer work the room; if you’d like to see just how that case sold for that much, enjoy the video below!
Congratulations to Kuumbwa Jazz for an outstanding and successful event, and here’s to the next 36 years of being the best of the best of the best!