Thursday Thirteen #57 — Musical Hanukkah Celebration 2007

Thirteen things you need to know leading up to this year’s Musical Hanukkah Celebration
1. Our favorite boys in ShapeShifter conceived this idea last year to honor “the religion that was around before Christianity… and [to] celebrate our music scene at the same time,” as ShapeShifter guitarist Eric Wallace said in an interview with Chelle LaFleur. (you can read the whole thing here.)

2. Here are the basics: it’s held on the Monday during Hanukkah, because Monday is traditionally the slowest night in the entertainment business (yes, that explains why restaurants close on Mondays!). Everything from the food to the stage hands to the club itself is donated to the cause.

3. Tickets last year were $10. You could also chip in another $50 and jam onstage with ShapeShifter. Only fifty people were allowed to do that, but 300 tickets were sold.

4. Because it’s a fund-raiser and because of the success, the boys jacked the prices this year. Now, it’s $15 to get in and $75 to jam with the band. Still a bargain considering what a ticket to a ShapeShifter concert costs.

5. If you were here on Monday for the Poetry Train, you are still waiting to find out if our new friend, Springer, raises the money he needs to attend this year. Stay tuned; we’re not done with his story yet. Read the first part of it here.

6. Notice how he’s forgotten to factor in the price of a limited-edition, commemorative t-shirt?

7. I’m still trying to figure out the logistics of having 50 people jam onstage with a rock band. One thing that helps is that this turns into a full two-hour-long ShapeShifter show. I think that means five people on stage for ten songs, and then the band finishes up on their own. Or with surprise friends.

8. Last year, the concert was as fictional as ShapeShifter but the charity that the donations went to wasn’t. Music Lives seems to have … not lived. Thus, the ShapeShifter boys will keep their raised funds closer to home and make sure that the kids of Riverview and the surrounding area have great exposure to music in their schools.

9. Wouldn’t it be great to have real-life t-shirts from this? I think so, too. As soon as that awesome graphic chick comes up with a logo for ShapeShifter, I’ll see what I can do.

10. It ought to go without saying that any net profits from this dream shirt that may or may not happen will go to a charity that supports music in the schools.

11. Last year, Eric had said he and his father were going to work to get more people involved with the event, particularly people within the religious community. This year, a (still fictional!) Chinese auction will be happening at the show, too. At least one of the prizes is tickets to a VIP box at a Riverview Otters game. (that’s the city’s baseball team)

12. Last year, the band managed to talk the club’s chef into making potato pancakes for 300 people. This year, the latkes are being catered.

13. Once again this year, ShapeShifter will match all monies raised from the tickets and the opportunity to jam onstage with the band. They want to see the take before committing to matching the t-shirt sales and the money raised from the Chinese Auction, but they probably will. After all, it’s all for a good cause.

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  1. Tink

    December 5, 2007 6:56 pm

    I’d love to visit the celebration! The t-shirt is a great idea, and so is the good cause for the profits!BR/Thanks for visiting my animation TT. The AristoCats is a wonderful movie; I’d never leave that one out of a favo-list! 🙂

  2. Sandy Carlson

    December 5, 2007 6:56 pm

    Your Hanukkah banner is beautiful. I hope the concert goes well! God bless.

  3. Shesawriter

    December 5, 2007 6:57 pm

    Happy TT!BR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”My Thursday Thirteen #3/A

  4. Sandee (Comedy +)

    December 5, 2007 7:07 pm

    What? I really must be slow. I haven’t a clue what you are talking about. Fictional? I got that part. Have a great TT. 🙂

  5. Milan-zzz

    December 5, 2007 7:10 pm

    What was fictional? It wasn’t fictional at all! I could swear I was on their concert … although next morning I had horrible headache … BR/BR/B

  6. Robin

    December 5, 2007 7:57 pm

    What? Baseball? No hockey tickets?BR/BR/And my vote goes to surprise guests.BR/BR/PS Go Springer Go!

  7. SusieJ

    December 5, 2007 8:29 pm

    This is a beautiful idea.

  8. Maddy

    December 5, 2007 8:32 pm

    Maybe I’ll try this next week. 13 always seems so humungeous!BR/CheersBR/This is my calling card or linkA HREF=”” REL=”nofollow””Whittereronautism”/Auntil blogger comments get themselves sorted out.BR/p.s. glad you’re up and running again

  9. Chelle Y.

    December 5, 2007 9:14 pm

    I remember when I was in school singing “Santa Claus” and “The Dradle Song” in the same program! 🙂

  10. Dont make me get out my flying Monkeys!

    December 5, 2007 9:41 pm

    Great Thursday post! Come visit mine before everyone drinks it!

  11. No Nonsense Girl

    December 5, 2007 11:10 pm

    Have a great TT Susan!!! 🙂 Happy Hanukkah! 🙂

  12. Janet

    December 5, 2007 11:17 pm

    What’s a chinese auction?BR/BR/Thanks for visiting!

  13. Open Grove Claudia

    December 5, 2007 11:34 pm

    Gosh, I don’t think I realized how popular they are! I should download their CD! ;)BR/BR/Happy TT Susan!

  14. Susan Helene Gottfried

    December 5, 2007 11:35 pm

    Good thing that link is there, Claudia. People really DO stop by and think that ShapeShifter is real!

  15. Jenny McB

    December 6, 2007 12:07 am

    You are just way to creative to be just writing about a rock band, with such a creative fundraiser planned, a real band would do well.BR/BR/I just love how you run with it. Can’t wait to see what the band has planned for New Year’s eve!

  16. Christine d'Abo

    December 6, 2007 12:14 am

    I’d so buy one of those t-shirts! And this is an awesome idea. 🙂 Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate.

  17. Christine d'Abo

    December 6, 2007 12:14 am

    I’d so buy one of those t-shirts! And this is an awesome idea. 🙂 Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate.

  18. Christine d'Abo

    December 6, 2007 12:14 am

    I’d so buy one of those t-shirts! And this is an awesome idea. 🙂 Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate.

  19. Lori

    December 6, 2007 12:26 am

    Happy TT…its always nice to see you. Thanks for stopping by:)

  20. pussreboots

    December 6, 2007 12:35 am

    I’m making latkes tomorrow. Happy TT.

  21. Natalie

    December 6, 2007 12:59 am

    I think I’m slow too…I realize they’re fictional too, but I’m lost. LOL!BR/BR/My A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Thursday Thirteen/A is up too! 🙂

  22. cajunvegan

    December 6, 2007 1:45 am

    The fictional can be real in the hearts of some. BR/BR/Happy Hanukkah!BR/BR/Please stop by my 13+1 Cajun superstitions. BR/BR/Which one of our favorite boys is the most superstitious?

  23. Tempest Knight

    December 6, 2007 9:14 am

    Happy Hannukah to those who celebrate it! 🙂

  24. Joely Sue Burkhart

    December 6, 2007 9:58 am

    Amen to #9 — I can’t wait to see what the Shapeshifter graphic is!!

  25. Red Garnier

    December 6, 2007 10:51 am

    Love it, Susan, great idea! 😉 And Happy Hannukah!! 😉

  26. Darla

    December 6, 2007 10:55 am

    A T-shirt! Ooooh. I want one. :)BR/BR/I started thinking I must have stopped by here already, since I’d already read about the Musical Hanukkah Celebration–thank goodness you mentioned the scene with Springer, or I’d have thought I was losing my mind. (which doesn’t mean I’m Bnot/B losing my mind, of course.)

  27. Lesley

    December 6, 2007 11:04 am

    Awww those Shapeshifters! Hearts of gold!BR/BR/”Good thing that link is there, Claudia. People really DO stop by and think that ShapeShifter is real!”BR/BR/What? They’re not real? 😉 *sniffles* And what did you say about Santa?????????

  28. jayedee

    December 6, 2007 11:15 am

    happy tt! hope your holiday is full of blessings, light and miracles!

  29. Head Gaggler

    December 6, 2007 12:02 pm

    Good luck at the concert. Love the header.

  30. Shelly Kneupper Tucker

    December 6, 2007 12:17 pm

    Catering is the way to go with those potato latkes! Who are the surprise friends?BR/Happy Holidays to you my friend.BR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”This Eclectic Life/ABR/I hate the new Blogger feature that makes me have to type all this code! It’s inhospitable.

  31. Susan Helene Gottfried

    December 6, 2007 12:26 pm

    Leslie, I’m JEWISH. What do you THINK I say about Santa????

  32. Tilly Greene

    December 6, 2007 12:27 pm

    Those boys are so clever! I like how they support their local community – home, is where the heart is :-)BR/BR/Happy Hanukkah darlin’!

  33. Carrie Lofty

    December 6, 2007 1:34 pm

    I hope you have a great Hanukkah!

  34. Kaige

    December 6, 2007 1:51 pm

    Happy TT, and Hanukkah, Susan! BR/BR/Sounds like the boys have a great celebration lined up. The t-shirt is awesome!BR/BR/Mine’s up at:

  35. FRIGGA

    December 6, 2007 3:34 pm

    I’d buy the T-Shirt! Happy TT 😛

  36. L^2

    December 6, 2007 3:54 pm

    Real t-shirts – cool! You really are creating a whole ShapeShifter empire, aren’t you?! BR/BR/Happy TT and Happy Hanukkah!

  37. Yuriko

    December 6, 2007 3:56 pm

    Very cool! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  38. Leslie Dicken

    December 6, 2007 4:32 pm

    I stole your T13 Hanukkah banner, hope you don’t mind! Good luck with the concert and thanks for commenting on my T13 Hanukkah Quiz! LOL!BR/BR/Happy Hanukkah! 🙂

  39. Kate

    December 6, 2007 5:09 pm

    Your boys seem really busy and full of ideas!!!

  40. Aline de Chevigny

    December 6, 2007 5:36 pm

    It’s always funt o read your TT’s.BR/BR/Aline

  41. Marie-Nicole Ryan

    December 6, 2007 6:24 pm

    Now if I could make the Mr. Linky widget work, I’d be a happy person. Happy TT!

  42. Sue

    December 6, 2007 6:48 pm

    Happy Hanukkah, and TT 🙂 Fun idea!

  43. Xakara

    December 6, 2007 7:13 pm

    Just point me in the direction of the tshirt. I’d love to support music and Shapeshifter at the same time!BR/BR/I’m up finally!BR/BR/Happy Thursday, Susan. :)BR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”~Xakara/A

  44. Tia Nevitt

    December 6, 2007 8:05 pm

    I was wondering about that awesome graphics chick . . . you always have a new graphic for TT.BR/BR/Check out Blogger in Draft for info on how to make your blog more friendly to non-Blogger bloggers. Fantasy Debut also has the info on Tuesday’s post.

  45. damozel

    December 6, 2007 8:40 pm

    These guys really are sweet…if only rock bands were really this way. Like someone else said, it’s a bit like Santa. Sort of a vision of how the world SHOULD be and seldom ever is. BR/BR/thanks for visiting ours: A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”BN-Politics /A

  46. Julia

    December 7, 2007 12:23 am

    Hey, if you ever managed to do a shapeshifter T-shirt…I want one! *grin*…BR/BR/Interesting thing about musical Hanukkah celebration. A toast to you and shapeshifter this season 🙂

  47. julia

    December 7, 2007 10:37 am

    Great idea, Shapeshifter. The strange thing about musicians is, they’d play every day if they could. Even on their day off, they pick up their instruments and noodle around. They can’t help it. So doing a Hanukkah fundraiser makes them happy, makes the audience happy and the fund-raiser recipients happy!BR/BR/I agree with Jenny McB – ‘With such a creative fundraiser planned, a real band would do well.’

  48. Denise Patrick

    December 7, 2007 12:45 pm

    Awesome project. The t-shirts sound like they would be wonderful, too.BR/BR/Thanks for visiting my TT!

  49. karen!

    December 7, 2007 2:21 pm

    I’ve been craving latkes…

  50. Susan Helene Gottfried

    December 7, 2007 3:15 pm

    Come on over tomorrow; we’re making them.

  51. Linda R. Moore

    December 7, 2007 3:46 pm

    * chuckle * You always have the most fun on your TTs. :)BR/BR/I have three TTs this week:BR/BR/ emotions we could do withoutBR/BR/ things about Lodi, CaliforniaBR/BR/ sayings from the biker community

  52. Jill

    December 8, 2007 9:10 pm

    You know you are late for TT when the post is no longer on your main page!!BR/Is that just another reason to celebrate and play for the guys? At least they doing it for a great reason!

  53. Malcolm:

    December 9, 2007 5:12 am

    The T-shirts are a really good idea. Donating the monies to charities that support music in the schools is an even better one. BR/BR/By the way, your Hanukkah-themed TT header is pretty cool.

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