Brighter Sun - A Benefit Concert for the Michael Bonanomi Foundation feat. Fruition and Simon Petty & the Thieves
16 & over
VIP reception is sold out.
Tickets to the performance only at 9:00 are on sale until 6:00pm. More tickets will be sold when doors open at 7:00.
Over 21: $15
Over 16: $20
THIS SHOW IS AGES 16+
Anyone under age 21 is required to pay an additional $5 cash surcharge when checking in at the box office.
~Doors open at 7:30 for VIP Reception ticket holders.
~Doors open at 9:00 for show only ticket holders.
VIP Reception includes special acoustic set by Fruition, performance by HOLA Jazz Ensemble,
Brighter Sun is The Michael Bonanomi Foundation’s first annual benefit concert. The Michael Bonanomi Foundation was established in memory of Michael Spencer Bonanomi, who was tragically taken from us by a hit and run driver on August 17, 2013. He was only 35 years old. Michael loved all music and believed in the profound positive effect music has on society. The Foundation aims to encourage children and adults to pursue their musical talent, through donations, scholarships and financial assistance to those programs or individuals who demonstrate both a financial need and a commitment to music. In 2015, the Foundation’s goals are to provide financial assistance to the Heart of Los Angeles’ (HOLA) youth jazz program and to endow a music scholarship at Michael’s alma mater, the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Michael Bonanomi Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
complimentary food and more ~
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Sharing a common love of music and life on the road, Fruition were originally brought together by the lure of adventure. For the last six years, the Portland, Ore. string infused quintet has racked up the miles playing sold out shows in their adopted hometown and garnering new fans across the country. Fruition released Just One of Them Nights in 2013 and it’s an album that finds the band tackling the many struggles and successes that come along with living a vagabond lifestyle and the search for artistic clarity.
Fruition have become arduous road warriors traveling the country and showcasing their adventures and experiences through song. In 2011, Fruition recorded the EP It Won't Be Long. Soon after, the group's three prominent songwriters, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek and Mimi Naja, discovered they had penned over forty tunes. The band knew it was time for the next level of their journey - to create a top-notch album recorded in a professional recording studio and capturing their foot-stomping, high-energy string-infused songs. The only hitch... where was a nomadic group of independent musicians going to find the funds to create this high caliber album? The answer came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign in which Fruition surpassed their goal of $20,000 through the help of diehard fans, friends, and family.
Though Just One of Them Nights captures a breadth of musical styles, it debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The album was recorded at Old School Studios in Casper, CA on Highway 1 and features eleven original songs. The first single from the album, “Mountain Annie,” has become an Americana classic and garnered steady airplay at SiriusXM’s JamOn. The song’s steady gait and memorable melody hook audiences on first listen while Jay Cobb’s lyrics address longing for a lover who is no longer present. On Kellen’s “Blue Light,” the band ventures into electric Rock 'n Roll territory and quickly transitions into a traditional country rhythm without missing a beat. “Blue Light” features exuberant solos from Jay on guitar and Mimi on mandolin offering fans a taste of what’s in store for fans at the band’s live shows. “The Wanter,” penned by Mimi, the band erupts into a classic bluegrass inferno of fast and furious string picking showcasing their skill as well as some of their influences. And on “Get In” the band slow it down a notch capture the mood of swimming in a languid ocean. The track sounds both fresh and familiar peppered with three-part harmonies and Mimi on mandolin.
Over the years, Fruition have toured with or collaborated with members of Railroad Earth, ALO, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. They've thrilled audiences at festivals including Jamcruise, High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit and All Good Music Festival, and played for packed rooms at Portland, OR’s Crystal Ballroom, Boulder, CO’s Fox Theater, San Francisco’s Fillmore as well as the Great American Music Hall, Boston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall and more. With no signs of slowing down, the band takes each day as it comes. From broken down vans and whiskey shots, to the lovers and loved-ones who check-in through the miles, at the end of the day it's Just One of Them Nights for this talented bunch who are experiencing a radiant present and looking towards an even brighter future. The band released an EP recorded with their friends in Colorado’s Grant Farm in August and are wrapping up a new full length for 2015.
Simon Petty is an English singer/songwriter who is currently recording his debut LP in Joshua Tree, to be released in the New Year. He has toured with Pete Yorn for many years with his band Minibar, and released a solo project under the name Solomon's Seal in 2009.