Music Aid Northwest and JamDawgs "Play It Forward" for Music Education

6:00 PM-10:00 PM, Sunday, October 18, at Big Daddy's Place, Woodinville

WOODINVILLE, WA — Music Aid Northwest in partnership with JamDawgs will present “Play it Forward” at Big Daddy’s Place, 13420 NE 177 Place, Woodinville, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sun., October 18, 2009.

The event will benefit the Washington Music Educators Association.

The evening will be hosted by Billy Stoops and Junkyard Jane. Also sharing their talents will be a host of local musicians including such notables as Billy Mac, Heart alumni Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Mike deRosier, and legendary Yes drummer Alan White. White also serves on the Music Aid Northwest Board of Directors. Donations will be collected at the event and will benefit the Washington Music Educators Association.

According to Alan White, “Music plays an integral part in our society and is proven to be invaluable in the lives of our children and the education of our youth. Music Aid Northwest is working to raise awareness of this fact and this event is part of that effort. Join us in supporting the Washington Music Educators Association in helping to make this opportunity available to all students in Washington State.”

"Music plays an integral part in our society and is proven to be invaluable in the lives of our children..."
—Alan White

The event will display a mix of regional talent, up and coming talent, as well as world class professionals designed to encourage and promote musical fellowship and fun for everyone. In the tradition of previous Music Aid Northwest events, guest musicians may participate in the evening’s events by pre-registering at

Music Aid Northwest Board President Bob Tomberg, also manager of Shelly and the Curves, relates that “We are bringing together all levels of musicians to benefit music education in the region. There will be international rock stars and some you may not know performing for a common cause. I encourage everyone to come out and see Play it Forward as I am sure this will be a once in a lifetime musical experience.”

Music Aid Northwest Board Vice President Reek Havok pointed out that: “Support for Music education is at the heart of what Music Aid Northwest is all about. Many of us and other musicians throughout the area got our start with exposure to music in school. Unfortunately, funding for music education and appreciation has been severely cut over the years and this is our way to help support to continuation and reintroduction of these programs. This is the first event for us in partnering with the JamDawgs. We both have similar missions and the promise of this and future partnerships with them is exciting.”

Music Aid Northwest has been involved in advancing music education since 2006, as well as assisting in fund raising for disaster relief and other benevolence projects. Likewise, JamDawgs, established 2004, is dedicated to fostering strategic alliances that support music in our local communities. Play it Forward is the result of a shared vision to use music as a medium to give back to the community.

Big Daddy’s is in Woodinville and on the web at For more information about Music Aid Northwest and JamDawgs, please visit their websites at and


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