Oliver’s to host fundraiser for compilation CD release
Local musicians to perform; all proceeds go to local food bank
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Following the theme of its tag line, “Real Food. Real People,” Oliver’s Markets will host a fundraiser to celebrate the release of Real Music: A Taste of Sonoma County Music, Vol. 2, a compilation CD featuring local musicians. The event will be held at the Sebastopol Community Center on Dec. 7 from 7–11 p.m. and will showcase 25 live performances.

Guests will be able to purchase beer by Lagunitas Brewery, Sonoma County wines, and food by local purveyors. All proceeds from the event and sale of the CDs will benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB). Admission is $10 plus a can of food for the food bank.

The CD release party kicks off on three stages (Concert and Dance Party, Live Hootenanny, and Acoustic Singer-Songwriter Circle) and will feature bands from the first and second compilation CDs: Sarah Baker, Brendan Smith of Uncle Wiggly, Nina Gerber, Allyson Paige, Highway Poets, Baby Seal Club, Jami Jamison Band, Alan Watt, Doug Jayne, Kevin Russell, Moss Henry, Buzzy Martin, Jill Cohn, John Courage, McKenna Faith, Mr. Music and the Love Choir, David Thom Band, Alison Harris and the Barn Owls, Tony Gibson, BC Fitzpatrick, Robert Ethington, The Real Music All Star Band (with Frank Hayhurst, Onye Onyemaechi, Hal Forman, Kent Fossgreen, Blair Hardman and Rick Cutler), and Josh Windmiller with the All-Star Hoot Band.
“The Real Music program is a natural extension of our commitment to the local community,” said Oliver’s vice president and general manager Tom Scott.

The grocery chain already stocks about 5,000 items from Sonoma County growers and producers.

The Real Music program offers live performances by local acts at Oliver's Markets, release parties for the compilation CDs at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, and a series of workshops for musicians at Zone Recording in Cotati. Also, the compilation CDs will be integrated into the house music mix at all Oliver’s Markets and promoted via local radio and www.oliversmarket.com. Oliver’s Markets will also sell CDs produced by a selection of local recording artists.

Oliver’s Markets donated $4,100 to the REFB from the sale of “Real Music: A Taste of Sonoma County Music, Vol. 1.” According to its executive director, David Goodman, the Redwood Empire Food Bank provides about 78,000 Sonoma County residents with food each month.

Submissions for the third compilation CD should be emailed to Frank Hayhurst (frank@oliversmarket.com), and include a short biography, contact information, and an MP3 of a song from a currently available CD. All types of music are welcome.

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