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WesFest 11 – Press Release

03/01/16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Peter Gordon
818-380-3041
pgordon@berklee.edu

 ABRAHAM LABORIEL AND OPEN HANDS TO HEADLINE WESFEST 11 BENEFIT CONCERT
AT THE BAKED POTATO IN L.A. ON MARCH 6, 2016

Eleventh annual benefit concert continues tradition of paying tribute to Berklee College of Music alum and accomplished bassist, athlete and photographer Wes Wehmiller

BOSTON (March 1, 2016) – Four world-renowned musicians—ABRAHAM LABORIEL, JUSTO ALMARIO, BILL MAXWELL, and TIM CARMON will come together to headline WesFest 11: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 6, 2016.  This event, featuring a rare performance with the four musicians, is sponsored by Mike Lull Custom Guitars and D’Addario Strings.

The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate (’92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series is the centerpiece of an annual fundraising drive for the scholarship fund, and has raised over $220,000 since its inception in 2006.

This performance by some of the world’s most respected musicians offers a rare opportunity for fans in the venue that was voted Best Jazz Club in LA by Los Angeles magazine in 2010.

ABRAHAM LABORIEL is a bassist who has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player magazine described him as “the most widely used session bassist of our time.”  He has worked with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Andrae’ Crouch, Quincy Jones, and Michael Jackson. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Berklee College of Music.

He will be joined by JUSTO ALMARIO (Chaka Kahn, Herb Alpert, many Oscar-winning soundtracks), a master of the soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet and flute;  BILL MAXWELL (Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Anita Baker) who has produced 8 Grammy winning recordings and has been the musical director for many television shows; and TIM CARMON (Paul McCartney, Earth Wind and Fire), an in-demand keyboardist who has provided arrangements for film scores, toured with Eric Clapton and continues to play with and produce for a host of big-name artists.

The event will feature two additional acts: DEREK FRANK (Shania Twain, Mindi Abair), returning again after a show-stopping set from 2013; and Danny Mo and the Exciters, featuring Wehmiller’s Berklee bass professor and close friend DANNY MORRIS, KIRA SMALL, legendary drummer JOHN “JR” ROBINSON, as well as 2015 Wehmiller Scholarship award winner MADDIE JAY.

From 1997 through 2001, Wes Wehmiller toured worldwide with the multi-platinum pop band Duran Duran, and appeared on many TV shows with them as well, including The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Today Show, VH-1’s Storytellers, and Hard Rock Live. He performed with Missing Persons and several other L.A. based bands, and his work appears on numerous recordings produced in the L.A. area and in Vancouver.

WesFest 11 advance tickets are available through March 5 for $30. Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via credit card. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at http://weswehmiller.net/wesfest/wesfest-11/.

For any questions about ordering tickets or donating to the fundraising drive, please contact Peter Gordon at 818.380.3041 or pgordon@berklee.edu. For additional biographical information on Wes Wehmiller, and more information on the WesFest concert series, as well as new details about WesFest 11 as they become available, please visit the official Wes Wehmiller Tribute Website at www.wesfest.com.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry “who’s who” of alumni, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

 

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