There are only a few seats left for the benefit concert “Kula Jams 06” with Jackson Browne and David Lindley at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center on Sunday.
Proceeds from the show will be spread out to benefit the Kula School scholarship fund, the public- radio station KKCR, and the nonprofit organization Save Our Seas.
David Mireles, principal of the Kula High & Intermediate School, said proceeds from the show will help with tuition assistance for those who would otherwise not be able to attend the school.
Last year, Mireles said over $110,000 was raised for the fund as a result of the Kula Jams show and two other fund-raisers, “Rock’n Bowl” and “Enchanted Evening.” Previous musicians who have performed at Kula Jams fund-raisers include Donald Fagan, Toni Childs, Todd Rundgren, and local favorite Ken Emerson.
“A dedicated group of parents has been working on this event since October,” Mireles said. “My wife, Lisa Mireles (principal at Kula Elementary School), Tora Smart, Miriam Clark, Denise Kaufman, Mainland promoter Bill Silva and, of course, Michele Rundgren, were all instrumental in bringing everything together.
“In the future, we hope to host Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson, and possibly turn Kula Jams shows into a musical festival lasting a whole weekend, or maybe all day, of big names and local musicians.” Silva, who recently moved to Kaua‘i, served as the promoter for the show, and Rundgren is concert coordinator.
Rundgren said they reserved 20 tickets to be divided between the three area public high schools, for the music directors to hand out to select music students.
Those students have not yet been named.
“High-school students, they’re our future,” Rundgren said. “This gives them a chance to hear two legends that we grew up with that they’re not necessarily familiar with. Growing up on this island, they have little chance to be influenced by the music we grew up with.” There will not be an opening act, but Mireles said there will be surprise special guests.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for rows 1 through 6 are $100 per person. All other seating is $60. To purchase tickets, call 828-0077, extension 6, or visit www.kula.org.
The KCC PAC holds 550 seats.
• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or email@example.com.