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About the U.S. Veterans Concert

  Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
  Saturday, November 9, 2019
   2pm - 4pm


1419 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Topanga, California 90290

Join us for VNEW’s 2019 U.S. Veterans Concert featuring a talented group of U.S. military veteran singers and musicians performing their own original songs and popular favorites. Country western, rock, folk, bluegrass and pop – sung from the heart!

Guaranteed to be an amazing afternoon filled with music and patriotism honoring those who serve. Our lineup includes Keith Carrington, Richard Desiato, Andy Hill and Renee Safier, Oscar Jordan, Sonny King, Tony Selvage, The Swing Dolls, Jorge Valcárcel and Boxcar, Renée Wahl and more to be announced. Most of their music will be songs they have written themselves as an expression of their lives, loves, challenges and joys.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is an historic outdoor amphitheatre in the woods of Topanga Canyon with a picnic area. Make it an afternoon and bring a picnic lunch! Wheelchair and special assistance accessible.

Tickets

$20 donation - open seating
$40 donation – VIP reserved seats
FREE for current military, veterans and immediate family
$50 donation for special video stream of concert
$5 service charge per order (no service charge for free tickets)

A portion of each ticket is tax deductible. Funds will go to support veterans coping with substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and homelessness.

List of Confirmed Performers

U.S. Military Veterans performing their own songs and popular standards - Rock, Country, Bluegrass and Pop - all sung from the heart!

Scheduled to appear:*
Keith Carrington
Richard Desiato
Andy Hill and Renee Safier
Oscar Jordan
Sonny King
Tony Selvage
The Swing Dolls
Jorge Valcárcel and Boxcar
Renée Wahl

And more to be announced.

*Subject to change

Keith Carrington

Keith was born on a US Air Force base in Montgomery, AL, and served in the USAF in Upper Heyford, England. Growing up in Nashville, Memphis, and Jackson, TN, he got his first guitar for Christmas when he was five. Later in life, working in Lawrence, TN, he had a fortuitous trade: his leather jacket for a client’s guitar. And today he is closer to his dream of music than ever. Through good times and bad, music has been there for Keith.

Richard Desiato

Richard was stationed with the US Army Special Services in West Germany in the 1960s where he toured all the bases, singing, dancing, and acting for the troops, as well as performing in the USO’s “Variety 65”; a weekly Armed Forces Variety Television show, and with the US Army Special Services in the Theater Department. Vocally, Rich covers the greats: Beatles, Dylan, Presley, and Sinatra. Rich believes music has “shaped who I am” and brought him adventure, love, and new friends around the world. For Rich, music is a spiritual adventure.

Andy Hill and Renee Safier

Since a chance meeting at the University of Denver, recording artists Andy Hill and Renee Safier have carved out a unique musical niche for themselves in the Los Angeles music scene and beyond. Their performances, more than two hundred a year, are as much social gathering as musical event. Part fan family reunion, part rock and roll tent revival, their incomparable live shows attract a large, enthusiastic and fiercely loyal group of fans. They will be joined by bandmates of the late John Stewart - the incomparable Bob Hawkins on guitar and consummate professional bassist Dave Batti. LA session drummer Edo “the Tank” Tancredi completes the quintet on drums.

Oscar Jordan

Oscar served in the United States Army from 1978 to 1981 having undergone basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and serving with multiple Military Police units. Jordan later produced the critically acclaimed blues-rock albums Mister Bad Luck and Eclectic Soul. Today he continues to work his artistry in multiple creative platforms. He is honored to perform for the men and women who served our country, and looks back at his military experience with fond memories.

Sonny King

Sonny King is a Navy veteran. Serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier Shangri-LA CVA 38. From 1965 to 1971. Sonny has spent his entire career as an actor and singer. Sonny's love of performing is only equaled by his love of Country.

Tony Selvage

Tony served in the USN Air Attack Squadron 215 on the USS Hancock CVA 19 from 1960-1966 as a ship’s barber and an aviation storekeeper. For Tony music is about healing, as endorsed by the NIMH since 1986 and the World Peace Organization since 2012, to aid the veteran’s families to deal with the stress of war they bring home and to help them sleep. His musical talent was inspired by both parents; his mother, singer/actress Ennid Zamboni, and father, Morris Coffin Selvage, a successful trombone player. Tony is familiar with the Theatricum Botanicum, beginning with his friendship with Will Geer in the 70s, where he will share with his world-renown violin playing accompanying the Andy Hill Band.

The Swing Dolls

The Swing Dolls are a dynamic female vocal trio that has been thrilling audiences nationwide for over 10 years. As America's premier Tribute to The Andrews Sisters, they have garnered appearances on television’s “Gilmore Girls” and “Your Big Break”, The Kennedy Center with The LAPD Concert Band, The USS Missouri, HBO's “Band of Brothers” Gala, and for Bob Hope's 100th Birthday celebration, and numerous patriotic themed shows for townships, military bases, and the USS Midway in San Diego.

Jorge Valcárcel‎ and Boxcar

Jorge Valcárcel is a former Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class in the US Coast Guard. In 2008, after being laid off as a middle school teacher, he joined the military in search of adventure and public service. His travels took him from Shang-Hi to New York City on ship and helicopter duty stations. After the Coast Guard he joined up with Scripps Institution of Oceanography as an Able-Bodied Seaman in the US Merchant Marines. There he devoted years on the RV Sally Ride out of San Diego, CA assisting in oceanographic research. Leaving his life at sea he used the GI Bill to become a nurse and now works as a cardiology nurse at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis Missouri. Through all his travels and years at sea he has maintained his music project, 'Boxcar' going. Indeed, it was the people that he met and the excitement of new and exciting places that have inspired all of Boxcar's songs and that continue to do so after more than a decade of bold uncharted adventures.

Renee Wahl

Renee served as a Captain in the US Air Force with top-secret clearance with the NSA, and her service was in the spirit of her family, and it’s probably what made her strong enough to be drawn to this crazy business of music. Renee is a Nashville-based singer song writer, who is always striving to meet the challenges of recording to the next level with her soon-to-be-released EP.
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