And so Wavy Gravy, a cultural icon of the 1960s and ever after, returns to the Bay Area and the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley on May 22 for a benefit concert to fund his Camp Winnarainbow in Mendocino County.
Gravy sums up his camp in his classic style: "At Camp Winnairainbow we are not trying to create little stars (although it does happen). What we are trying to create are universal human beings that can deal with anything that comes down the pike with timing, balance, humor, and compassion which i call surviving in the 21st century or how to duck with a sense of humor." Headlining the show will be Jonathan Richman, the Barry Melton band and special guest Nick Gravenites. Lee Houskeeper reports:
TOWARD THE FUN
A BENEFIT FOR CAMP WINNARAINBOW
TUESDAY MAY 22ND FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEE HOUSE
Media Note: Please call Wavy Gravy directly for interviews at (510) 325-5829 or (510) 525-1407
Cultural icon Wavy Gravy will host a benefit concert on Tuesday May 22nd at Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley to raise funds for his Camp Winnarainbow. Headlining the show will be Jonathan Richman, Barry Melton Band and special guest Nick Gravenites.
For 35 years Camp Winnarainbow has been well renowned circus and performing arts camp directed by Wavy Gravy and his wife Jahanara Romney. Located at Black Oak Ranch in Mendocino County, Camp Winnarainbow provides an opportunity for children and adults to discover new realms of personal achievement, communion with nature and group spirit.
In addition to the basic circus skills that include juggling, unicycle, trapeze, tall stilts, and gymnastics, Camp Winnarainbow even has a theatre department that teaches Shakespeare to Improv and a dance department where kids learn everything from Hip Hop to West African and Swing.
Through its Grace & Joy scholarship program, Camp Winnarinbow is able to impact the lives of thousands of economically disadvantaged children by offering them the opportunity to experience the richness of what camp has to offer.
Camp Winnarainbow graduates over the years have included the children of the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, Country Joe McDonald, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, the Gravy kids and John Madden's grandchildren.
At Camp Winnarainbow we are not trying to create little stars (although it does happen) what we are trying to create is universal human beings that can deal with anything that comes down the pike with timing, balance, humor and compassion which I call surviving in the 21st century or how to duck with a sense of humor.
May 7th, 2012
WHAT: Toward The Fun-A Benefit for Camp Winnarainbow
WHO: Wavy Gravy, Jonathan Richman, Barry Melton Band and special guest Nick Gravenites.
WHEN: 8:00 pm-Tuesday, May 22nd
6:00 -7:30 pm-VIP Tickets and Reception
WHERE: The Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets for the benefit are $30 and are available at the Freight & Salvage box office - www.thefreight.org  510-644-2020.
VIP Tickets are $75 and are available at Camp Winnarainbow - www.campwinnarainbow.org  510-525-4304.
For more information about the benefit and Camp Winnarainbow, please visit www.campwinnarainbow.org