May 01, 2016 at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.
A fine collection of commited musicians shares the Ashkenaz stage in this fundraiser for Davis-based all-volunteer organization Koom International. Koom is involved in a number of projects, but tonight’s concert raises money specifically to drill a drinking water well in the central African country Burkina Faso.
Oakland’s highly eclectic quartet Bear Lincoln has its origins in house parties and dive bars in the East Bay and beyond. Over the last two years, the group’s sound has evolved into a tight mix of funk, klezmer, Motown, surf, punk, soul, swing, rock ’n’ roll, and dance music. According to the Bay Bridged, “Maybe it’s a case of genre attention-deficit-disorder or maybe these guys are so good one mere style can’t contain them…” Bear Lincoln is drummer-singer Taylor Moxon, bassist-singer Derek Burle, keyboardist-singer Ben Einstein, and guitarist-clarinetist-lead vocalist Aidan Ward.
Sweet Plot is a quintet boasting a uniquely funkified musical gumbo: equal parts Bay Area funk, California soul, and vintage rock ’n’ roll. The group’s timeless tunes cultivate the best of tradition with an organic twist, driven by infectiously danceable rhythms. Sweet Plot is guitarists Cole Kromer and Tommy Ferdon, bassist Daniel Beckerman, drummer Daniel Plautz, and keyboardists/synth players Evan Cuellar and Don Nguyen.
Singer-guitarist Jeremy Lyon provides a set of his own songs. Lyon is best-known as a founding member of the Bay Area’s Tumbleweed Wanderers.
Based in Davis, Koom International remains all volunteer-run so that 100% of fundraising goes directly to the projects the group supports: improving quality of life by providing clean drinking water sources, increasing food security through improved access to groundwater supply coupled with smart water storage and irrigation systems, and providing community involvement through sustainable solutions. With continuing climate change causing the Sahara Desert to expand south into Burkina Faso, Koom International is helping find and use water for drinking and irrigation.