The Veterans Concert was held on November 9, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day Weekend at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, an historic outdoor amphitheatre in Topanga Canyon, California.
The concert was presented by The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop, a nonprofit 501c3 organization that helps veterans cope with PTSD, substance abuse, homelessness and other challenges through music. BJ Lange (U.S. Air Force) was the Master of Ceremonies. California State Senator Bob Archuleta, Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, 32nd Senate District welcomed the crowd of close to 200 guests. And performers came from as far away as St. Louis, Nashville and Texas and as close as down the road in Topanga Canyon.
The concert was free to veterans, active military and family members. The backstage crew and front of house team included many veterans and members of American Legion Post 283 and Post 43 in both hired and volunteer positions.
It was a terrific, rousing afternoon of song in keeping with VNEW’s mission to help veterans cope with stress and find community through music.
The 46 minute video features highlights of the concert and will remain online after the first presentation for future viewing.
PERFORMERS Keith Carrington (U.S. Air Force), Richard Desiato (U.S. Army), Andy Hill, Oscar Jordan (U.S. Army), Renee Safier, Tony Selvage (U.S. Navy), The Swing Dolls, Gleni Tai, Renée Wahl (U.S. Air Force), Jorge Valcárcel and Boxcar (U.S. Coast Guard). Hosted by BJ Lange (U.S. Air Force).
VNEW thanks Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District; American Legion Ronald Reagan Palisades Post 283; and Beyond O2 Premium Alkaline Oxygen Water for their generous support of The U.S. Veterans Concert. VNEW also thanks California State Senator, Bob Archuleta, 32nd Senate District and Mark Villaseñor, Vice President, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians for their support.
The free Online Broadcast of the Veterans National Entertainment Workshop U.S. Veterans Concert featuring U.S. Military Veteran singers and musicians performing rock, country and pop favorites. will air on Saturday, May 23, 2020 beginning at 12 noon PDT.
ABOUT THE VETERANS NATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT WORKSHOP:
VNEW is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that helps U.S. Veterans cope with PTSD, substance abuse, homelessness and other challenges through music. The organization was founded by the late film and television Director and U.S. Veteran, Ted Post (Hang ‘Em High; Magnum Force); Filmmaker Dennis Passaggio and Community Activist, Kandi Reyes to help veterans re-enter civilian life. VNEW also helps veterans network with other musicians and music professionals to develop their craft. And VNEW provides opportunities for non-performing veterans to work behind the scenes in music production.
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