By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday, December 17, Chase Kerby + The Villains will perform a benefit Pajama Party Concert for Positive Tomorrows in an effort to help children in need of warmth and comfort this holiday season. The event will take place at Powerhouse, 1228 SW 2nd Street, in Oklahoma City’s Farmers Public Market district starting at 9 p.m.
For admission to the concert, each guest is asked to provide one pair of children’s pajamas, ranging from size 4T to child’s large.
“When I think about Christmas morning when I was little, it’s always me and my brother opening presents in our pajamas. But too many children in Oklahoma City lack even a pair of soft, warm pajamas, let alone presents or even a home,” Kerby said.
“This year, I really wanted to do something special for those kids, because there shouldn’t be a single child who has to be cold on Christmas morning.”
Pajamas collected for the event will be donated to Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only private elementary school specifically for homeless children.
A nonprofit, Positive Tomorrows provides early childhood education, nutrition, health care services, clothing and transportation for more than 100 students in pre-k through 5th Grade. In addition, the families receive much needed support to help them create a better life.
Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas to the concert, which will also feature performances by the “bedroom pop” duo Husbands and the psychedelic rock group Space4Lease. The event will also include food trucks and an after-show DJ.
Early donations will be accepted at Powerhouse and 42nd Street Candy Co., 4200 N Western, Suite A.
Chase Kerby + The Villains, featuring bassist Ryan Magnani, lead guitarist Chavez Soliz and percussionist Alberto Roubert, is expected to release their as-yet-untitled in Spring 2017. The album is produced by Kerby and mixed by Michael Trepagnier (Horse Thief, Coldplay).
Kerby said he hopes for a large crowd at the event, saying, “ the bigger the crowd, the warmer the holidays will be for Oklahoma City children in need.
“At this time of year, the best thing I can do with my talents and my performances is to try to make people’s lives a little better,” Kerby added. “A lot of us can’t even fathom how hard it is for some of these children, but the people at Positive Tomorrows see it every day. This was a hard year for a lot of kids, but I think we can all make the holidays a lot warmer for them.”
Kerby is an acclaimed Oklahoma City singer-songwriter whose previous bands include Chasing Paris, The City Lives, and Defining Times. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/chasekerbymusic or follow on Twitter at @ChaseKerby.
For more information about Positive Tomorrows, visit www.positivetomorrows.org.