Jeff and I started the Guitar Parlor over three years ago.Â It began as one of Jeff’s crazy, spontaneous ideas.Â We were planning a party and it went sort of like this…
Steph:Â Let’s have a cocktail party and invite all our Hudson Valley wedding peeps.
Jeff:Â If we’re having a party, we should have some live music.Â Wouldn’t it be cool to have musicians jamming out in our living room?
Steph:Â Uh, sure.Â But where are we going to put them?
Jeff:Â There’s plenty of room.Â Hey, I’ve got an idea.Â Since we’re gonna have live music, why don’t we make it a fundraiser?Â Like, music for a cause…
And the Guitar Parlor was born.
It’s a cocktail party/fundraiser to raise money for a local charity.Â Jeff invites his talented local musician buddies to perform in our living room, and while guests munch on hors d’ouevres and sip good wine, we collect donations for charity.Â Over the years we’ve collected hundreds of dollars for Adopt-a-Family, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, and the Community Foundation of Dutchess County.
It’s all about supporting local music and charities serving our Hudson Valley community.
Up until now, we’ve kept it small, usually only 30-50 guests invited to our home.Â But our vision has been slowly growing…
Next month, Jeff is collaborating with Vivian Lanzarone to host our best Guitar Parlor yet at Space in Highland.Â We’ll be taking donations to support the music program of a local hospice that’s desperately in need of funds.
Jeff will perform his original songs (I know I’m biased, but he’s really good!)Â Stay tuned to learn more about our chosen charity and the musical acts who’ll be performing.
It’s one of the most exciting and rewarding things we do every year.Â We get to hang out with all our friends while we are entertained by some of the best local musicians, and we get to make a difference.Â What could be cooler than that?
Thursday February 19th is the date.Â Interested in attending or helping out?Â Leave a comment or shoot me an email.
Let’s use MUSIC to make a difference!