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Word is that the Barefoot Drs Academy along with other experienced Rainbow crews are getting ready to set up in Washington Park in New Orleans. Still awaiting details, but the New Waveland Cafe will do everything it can to support this effort. More as this breaking REMA news develops.
Here at the New Waveland Cafe, we've been blessed by Eli Jones and his magical PA gear, which has come in very handy now that curfew has been moved back to 11pm. There's been music in the cafe at night and revolution in the air. This past evening, Jason--who comes to us courtesy of the Virginia Commonweatlth Highway Patrol--played a smokin set on acoustic guitar backed up up by Dr. David on drums, a guy with the word "Herb" displayed largely on the back of his shirt on percussion, Eli Jones on bass, and his father Jimmie Jones on lead guitar. I opened tonight's festivities and a local man named Wes played a set as well. Tonight was the second night Jason spent on the New Waveland Cafe Stage and we will miss him. Today was his last shift in Waveland. Bon Voyage, Jason.
Come back soon.
Alas, Eli and his PA system have to return to medical school on Friday morning. Both will be missed. The atmosphere is electric and it was a joy to see folks in Waveland enjoying themselves at the show. They're starting to come down just for the show.
So the New Waveland Cafe is now putting out the APB:
WE NEED A PA SYSTEM AND SOMEONE TO RUN IT.
Also helpful: At least one guitar that plugs into a PA system,
SM 57 and 58 microphones, chords, stands.
A decent electric keyboard would also be a good thing.
Drums and other percussion instruments will also help.
There's nothing like a drum circle to bring a
community together. Lots of folks just get up
andjoin into the jam session. If they had
instruments before, they doin't have them now. This can be
nothing but a good thing for Waveland.
Let us know if you can help.
Eli is one of many difficult goings this week.
We learned recently that Leviticus, Theodora,
Daniel, and Amber all have pressing committments elsewhere.
We've been through a serious chapter in one anothers'
lives here. Friends you make here are friends for
life. I know how difficult it is to leave here. Many who
have left have returned. It's a joyful reunion.
Hopefully their absence will be temporary.
Organic Valley/CROPP in Wisconsin is sending
several volunteers to the the New Waveland Cafe next
week. Clovis's hometown in Wisconsin has also recently
sent us its second wave of High School students
volunteering at The New Waveland Cafe as part of
the YIHS program. Two of the students from the first
wave snuck into the second. One of them facilitated
our 8pm meeting two nights ago. Good kids. Hard
We anticipate a third wave next week.
Our medical unit has grown so large--now sporting
two MDs, several various types of nurses, a handful
of third year med students--they are now going out
into the communities seeking folks in need and
re-distributing supplies. Anyone without an MD
attached to their name heading this way should be
ready to help out in the Cafe as well. The ones
with MD better know an instrument.
We still need a trailer or other mobile building
to house our ever growing medical unit.
We've decided to expand our staff, so please call
if you wish to volunteer. It's starting to cool off
outside and things are getting a little more
But please, no children.
Beautiful Things are Happening in Waveland. I
wish I had time to tell more stories right now, but
it'll have to wait. Look for a long blog post about
how everyone bugged out during Rita--except
us--within the next day or so.
So for tonight's List:
1. PA System (with operator preferably)
2. Guitar(s) with internal pickup
3. Electronic keyboard
4. Mics, cables, stands, etc.
5. Drums & percussion instruments
6. Trailer for the medical team
Thanks for your Conitinuing Support
Phone: (828) 280-6338