LOVEBITE and JP3 step up for Maslow Project

Left to right: Jeff Pevar, Jacob Ackerman, Jaese Lecuyer, Inger Jorgensen, Matthew Kriemelman and Paul Turnipseed are LOVEBITE.Photo illustration by Bob Pennel

Local musicians head once more into the fray — this time to assist the Maslow Project with its mission to offer homeless children and youths chances to succeed and opportunities for better lives.

Musician and artist Inger Jorgensen spearheaded a benefit concert to include LOVEBITE and the Jeff Pevar Trio that will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Silver Spring Farm, 1313 E. Nevada St., Ashland.

If you go

What: LOVEBITE and The Jeff Pevar Trio

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15

Where: Silver Spring Farm, 1313 E. Nevada St., Ashland

Tickets: $20; available at Music Coop or at the door. Kids 12 and younger get in free.

Call: 541-821-4861

It's the third such concert set to aid homeless kids in Jackson County.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at Music Coop in Ashland or at the door. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Call 541-821-4861.

Jorgensen, along with Jaese Lecuyer, sings lead and backup vocals for LOVEBITE, a band that plays R&B, rock, funk and original songs with four-part harmonies. Guitarists Jeff Pevar and Paul Turnipseed, drummer Matthew Kriemelman and bassist Jacob Ackerman round out the band's lineup.

Turnipseed is the newest addition to the band and puts his polished jazz spin on much of the group's music.

"He and Jeff complement each other well with their respective styles of music," Jorgensen says. "There's Jeff's R&B style mixed with Paul's jazz feel. It's really nice."

Jorgensen and Lecuyer, a songwriter originally from Canada, met in Northern California many years ago while singing in a choir together. Now based in Ashland, Lecuyer works as a choreographer for Teen Musical Theater of Oregon. He had a hand in TMTO's recent production of "Tarzan." Drummer Kriemelman worked for 10 years with Blue Man Group.

"LOVEBITE has been playing together for two years this October," Jorgensen says. "We've made it to that place where we're comfortable with our music. We have a great time on stage because we're good friends, and it shows. It's all about keeping things fun for us and the audience.."

The Jeff Pevar Trio features Ackerman on bass and drummer Noa Braga, who recently moved to Ashland from Las Vegas.

"He's a multitalented musician who can sing, play bass and drums," Jorgensen says. "He was a student at Berklee College of Music (Boston). He can play anything. He's really something."

The concert at Silver Spring Farm, an equestrian center, will be presented in front of the pond near the main house. To get there, follow North Mountain Avenue across the I-5 overpass and turn right on East Nevada Street. Silver Springs Farm is on the left.

The event will include presentations by representatives from Maslow Project. See www.maslowproject.org.

Gourmet cuisine from Figgy's Food Truck will be available at the concert, along with wine from Grizzly Peak Winery, beer and other refreshments.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Smoking is prohibited at Silver Spring Farm.


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