The headline reads “Local Music Legend Gives Back to Local Schools.” It refers to David Foster. I am little slow on the Legend part because it makes him seem old. And while he has been on the music scene and been responsible for a lot of its growth in Connecticut, he is definitely of young spirit. So, if he doesn’t mind for now I’ll call him a Giant on the music scene.
He is burned into all our memories for the Shaboo Inn. It has a status few can match. Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal spoke of it at the last concert of theirs that I attended. From there the Shaboo All-Stars and more recently the Mohegan Sun All-Stars.
Today, he is much more than the leader of the band. He has taken his success and helped others. His 40th Shaboo Anniversery was a benefit for a local hospital. And when he was honored by the Board of Directors, you knew it was a cause of his.
Just recently Windham High School announced that David Foster and Shaboo All-Stars will play a Benefit Concert in support of the Windham High School Music Department. The concert will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7p.m. at Windham High School located at 355 High Street, Willimantic, CT.
The evening’s festivities will include a live performance by David Foster, a “meet and greet” open to all attendees after the show, and record sales. Event tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 or in advance by visiting whs.windham.k12.ct.us and mailing in the order form. V.I.P tickets are available for $25 by calling 860-465-2460 x 1524. V.I.P. Ticket packages include reserved seating, priority meet and greet and signed merchandise.
The Windham High School Music Department is known nationally for its award winning ensembles. Last spring, the WHS music department represented the state of Connecticut as Disney’s Featured Performer in Orlando Florida.
Director of Music for Windham High School, Raymond Sinclair, stated, “I am thrilled that David Foster and the Shaboo All-Stars will be performing on the WHS stage. In addition to the benefit concert at 7pm, David and the Shaboo All-Stars will be performing for the WHS students during an in school assembly. The Music Department head hopes that this event will help Windham High School students build a greater appreciation for different musical genres and the performing arts.
The Benefit Concert is being held in conjunction with the release of Foster’s latest record, “The Real Thing.” Foster has been singing professionally since he was 14 years old and has been a fixture on the New England club circuit for decades. He introduced many of today’s biggest luminaries in the Blues and Soul world through the legendary Shaboo Inn.
Everybody has a Shaboo story. The faorite one I have heard deals with Sting giving the crowd a partial refund because was new and didn’t have enough material for the whole night.
Tickets are now on sale. All proceeds will benefit the Windham High School Music Department and future trips to musical competitions. Please visit whs.windham.k12.ct.us for tickets or call 860-465-2460 x 1524 for more information. To learn more about David Foster visit http://www.dafostermusic.com.
Epilogue: Just received an e-mail from Scott who had a different recollection of the night Sting was at The Shaboo. He worked the stage that night and let me know that the Sting storyteller had it wrong. No partial refund that night. I know I liked it as a good story and even more to me it showed me the kind of the class act and character Sting has shown over the years.
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