FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MUSIC IS FOOD a concert to benefit Winchester Got Lunch
WINCHESTER, Massachusetts (October 25, 2013) –Jake Armerding to perform a benefit concert for Winchester Got Lunch at the Griffin Museum of Photography on Wednesday, November 13th at 7pm.
Jake Armerding is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is well-loved on the Boston music scene. The Boston Globe calls Armerding “the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years.” Growing up in Ipswich, MA, Armerding played classical violin, listened to 80’s pop radio, and played fiddle in his dad’s bluegrass band Northern Lights. From this eclectic background, he has created an “intriguing musical stew out of bluegrass, pop, folk and a swipe of blues, nicely blended in a personal and unpretentious way," according to the Santa Barbara News. Armerding is a regular on stage at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, plays a scorching fiddle in the bluegrass band Barnstar! and contributes multiple instruments to his alter-ego ensemble The Fretful Porcupine. He is the author of six albums of original music, and has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. After joining a Community Supported Agriculture program in 2009, Armerding adopted the idea for his own projects and launched Community Supported Art: an online music co-operative that releases a digital box of music and art to subscribers every month. Armerding built his latest album, “Cosmos in the Chaos,” song by song through his online music co-operative. For more information, visit www.MusicIsFood.org.
Joining Jake are Zack Hickman of Somerville and Winchester resident Annie Bartlett. When not touring as the bass player for Josh Ritter’s band, Zack is the founder and force behind the bluegrass band Barnstar! and his variety show, the Cavalcade of Whimsy, and is frequently found in a supporting role on the stage of Club Passim. Annie Bartlett is a classically trained violinist who studied at the New England Conservatory and was principal violist for the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Bartlett joins Armerding and Hickman for local gigs, is the fiddle player for the Winchester based band, Miss Ellaneous, and is a trustee of the Winchester Community Music School where she continues to study classical viola.
Armerding, Hickman, and Bartlett will take the stage at the Griffin Museum of Photography on November 13th to raise funds and awareness for Winchester Got Lunch (WGL). Founded in 2012, WGL has operated over the past two summers to provide nourishing lunches for students who rely upon subsidized lunches during the school year. In the summer of 2013, WGL provided more than 6,000 lunches to 125 Winchester students. Each week, volunteers met and packed lunch bags, which provided healthy food items needed to prepare lunches for five days (Monday-Friday) for a child. Lunch bags were delivered directly to each participant’s home.
WGL financial support comes from many in the Winchester community and WGL could not provide healthy lunches without the help of its partner, Whole Foods Market, the many Winchester Public School students who contribute to the spring food drive, and the churches, foundations, and individuals who donate money to support WGL’s programs. Just as donors and volunteers step in to fill a need in the community over the summer, local organizations and volunteers have committed their resources to present the concert at the Griffin Museum and to raise money and awareness for WGL. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of An Elegant Affair, The Energized Body, Wine Country, and Wright-Locke Farm, 100% of the ticket sales will benefit WGL. “Winchester Got Lunch is a collaboration of churches, town and school employees, community organizers, businesses, and individuals. It is a true testament that when there is a need, people come together to help,” says Sharon Johnson, co-president of WGL.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about our relationship with the immediate community. Everyone should have access to real food, and it’s amazing to see such a strong outpouring of support,”says Armerding. “I’m thrilled my music can be part of the fundraising effort for WGL." For information on Armerding, please visit www.jakearmerding.com. For tickets, donations, and more information on Winchester Got Lunch, please visit www.winchestergotlunch.org.