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Get Funky
updated: May 25, 2013, 12:00 PM

By Jenny Schlax

Orlando Napier @ Feed the Funk Benefit, Oreana Winery ~ May 18, 2013

Santa Barbara is full of things to do. A Saturday night could have endless possibilities. So it seemed a benefit that promotes young adults getting more involved in local music and community causes, while enjoying great blues music and yummy local eats, was a winner!

The Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Jewish Federation created "Feed the Funk," an outreach event to promote leadership amongst young professionals who also enjoy the local music scene. The foundation supports and provides social service programs to the Santa Barbara community. Tonight they provided a party.

(Photo by Paul Dunkley)

Headlining the event was local R&B golden boy Orlando Napier. Born in LA, but musically fashioned in Santa Barbara, Napier performed R&B stylings with his saxophonist father and band. Seated at the keyboards and hiding behind sunglasses, Napier belted original blues from his heart. His music is a mix of classic blues with a touch of hip-hop. The music is danceable and lively, a perfect introduction to blues for those newbies in attendance.

The event was definitely a winner. The night was warm and clear, the food was local and delicious, the music was fresh and bluesy. And all this for a good cause. Makes it easy to give back while getting funky.

California Wood Fired Pizza, Kate & Rob
(Photo by Paul Dunkley)


Things you should be seeing:

May 26 Sunday - The Rainbow Girls @ SOhO [Folk]
Local folk rock girl band hits the stage with locals St. Anne's Place. For artist information, go to www.rainbowgirls.com
For tickets, go to SOhOsb.com

May 31 Friday - Tommy and The high Pilots - Album Release Party @ SOhO [Rock]
Local Santa Barbara boys come home to rock the house and get down to their new album.
For artist information, go to www.thehighpilots.com ; for tickets, go to SOhOsb.com

June 3 Monday - Sting @ The Santa Barbara Bowl [Rock]
STING! Performing his most celebrated hits, stripped down with a 5-piece band.
For tickets, go to SBbowl.com

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Jenny Schlax is a non-musician in love with music and live entertainment. For more Jenny, read her blog JennySchlax.com


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