Santa Jam 9 at The State Theatre

(from The State Theatre website)

Santa Jam 9

Genre: Varied

On Thursday December 8th, Santa Jam 9 will take place at the State Theatre in Falls Church Virginia. John Perry (bass player for Tom Principato) started The Santa Jam in 1987 when he lived in New Jersey, however this will be the 9th year in this area, so it’ll be “Santa Jam 9”. Santa Jam is a benefit for homeless women and children and victims of domestic violence. Northern Virginia Shelters, Doorways (a temporary shelter) and the Fairfax County Women’s Shelters benefit from Santa Jam every year.

Admission is a minimum donation of $10 at the door or an unwrapped child’s Christmas gift, and there is a team of friends who collect gift certificates from this areas finest restaurants, massage healing centers, golf courses, Best Buy, etc.

The audience then can purchase raffle tickets to win these gift certificates raising thousands of more dollars for Doorways for Women & Families.
Not only are the toys brought to these shelters, but the cash is converted to $10 gift certificates from Target. This way the individual families or the shelters themselves can purchase food, clothing, and toys distributed throughout the entire year as they’re needed.
They receive and use the unwrapped toys throughout the year, for the holidays, birthdays and upon arrival. They say a child feels much more welcome and less afraid when they receive a toy they can call their own upon arrival.

These shelters have become quite dependent on the generous donations of Santa Jam’s attendees. So come on out – have some fun – AND do it for a good cause.
Santa Jam Mission Statement

Santa Jam is a fun holiday season concert event that not only raises donations of cash and toys for needy families of Northern Virginia, but it also brings friends and families together for a night of holiday spirit, raffles, dancing and listening to some of the areas finest bands. We believe that as a community we should join together to celebrate the season of giving by helping those who are in most need.

This years performer lineup:

Members of The Nighthawks
Mary Ann Redmond Band
Tommy Lepson Band
Radio Mosaic
Mary Shaver
Linwood Taylor
Perry, Polman, & Gamble
Let It Be Tribute

Local musicians love playing benefits like Santa Jam, John Perry speaks for most of the musicians when he said “Since we’re usually working on the same nights, we never get to hangout. Now we’re able to hear eachothers’ bands, catch up in the dressing room and know we’re helping a great cause doing what we love. It’s a no brainer. And we get to jam together at the end.” Some musicians really go out of their way like Paul Bell of The Nighthawks who lives in Lurray, Va., and Tim Pruitt of Radio Mosaic comes from the Baltimore area. “So I’m very grateful to them, and most have day jobs, so Friday morning can be a bit tough.

This year there’ll be a “Let It Be” tribute early in the evening, Radio Mosaic with their dancable originals and Dead covers, Tommy Lepson’s very soulful voice and funky band, with blues master Linwood Taylor and members of The Nighthawks turning it up a notch. And then Mary Ann Redmond, whose incredibly powerful voice and seriously tight band will probably play the headlining spot which should be around 11:00pm, making everyone want to stay around after the thousands of dollars in raffle giveaways organized by Gwen Guion who has more than doubled Santa Jam’s take with her stellar managerial skills. Her husband Steve Guion has been a great help organizing promotion and managing the stage with his assistant Guy Pigeon. And with the help of those who hit the street scrounging up raffle donations and all those Santa’s Helpers the night of the event, this is a real joint effort of friends who really want to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Raffle tickets will be sold just inside the main room and throughout the theater up until 10:30.

Thursday December 8
Doors: 7 PM
Showtime 8 PM
Tickets: $10 (or more if you can) donation or one unwrapped christmas gift suitable for a child.

One Comment

  1. My children and I attended the Santa Jam on the evening of Thursday, December 8, 2006. You will never know what an encouragement it was for Joshua, Jennifer, and I. The music was incredible, the musicians were personable and emanating an amazing atmosphere of hope, joy, and genuine enuthiasum. If we did not have the current help of family and friends we would be in a shelter tonight, so to be a part of the evening of the Santa Jam was a night of miracles for us.

    A special thanks to John Perry for all of his hard work and commitment to this very needy cause. John, we stayed until 1:30 AM and left our special goodbies in the hands of Candy, the “birthday lady.” I hope you got our message.

    Thank you State Theatre for hosting the festivities!!!! What a great place to have the Jam. We plan to be there again next year.

    Have a great Christmas and Holiday Time with family and friends.

    Nancy Curry

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