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January 15, 2016
Influential pop and roots musicians gather for worthy cause in L.A . . .


Benefit for the Autism Think Tank & Children's Music Fund to take place 
February 13th at the Alex Theatre
Al Jardine (photo by Randy Straka)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Benefit-concert producers the Wild Honey Foundation will present a deep playlist of Beach Boys' songs from 1967-1977 by a star-studded house band and guest singers. The event, which will benefit the Autism Think Tank & The Children's Music Fund, will take place Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8 p.m., at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. in downtown Glendale, Calif.

Having taken its name from the classic Beach Boys record of 1967, Wild Honey is returning to its Beach Boy roots (including a 1994 Brian Wilson tribute with Brian performing, and a 1996 celebration of the Pet Sounds and Friends LPs) with an exploration of the band’s post-Pet Sounds work — from 1967’s Smiley Smile through the underappreciated Love You from 1977.  After three sold-out Beatles-tribute benefit events in as many years, the Wild Honey Orchestra and guest vocalists will explore the brilliance of Beach Boys classics like “Good Vibrations,” “Heroes and Villains,” “Sail On Sailor,” and “Surf’s Up” alongside underdog gems from Smiley Smile, Wild Honey, Friends, 20/20, Sunflower, Surf’s Up, Holland, Carl and the Passions So Tough, Love You, and more. More than 30 songs from this amazing era will be brought to life with full orchestration by the Wild Honey Orchestra and special guests.
Guest performers include: Beach Boy Al Jardine, David Marks (Beach Boys), Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Debbi Peterson (The Bangles), Rumer, Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Susan Cowsill, The Muffs, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Bill Mumy, Jason Brewer (Explorer’s Club), Stephen Kalinich (longtime Beach Boy collaborator), Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy, Beach Boys), Bobby Figueroa (Dennis Wilson collaborator/former Beach Boys touring drummer) and Cosmo Topper (Just Imagine show), Syd Straw, Anna Waronker & Rachel Haden (That Dog), Mike Randle (Baby Lemonade and Love), Nick Guzman,  Danny Henry, Thomas Walsh (Pugwash), Skylar Gudasz & Brett Harris (Big Star Third) John Wicks (The Records), Steve Stanley (The Now People), All Day Sucker, and the always-possible Very Special Guests. 
Current members of the Wild Honey Orchestra include a who’s who of respected L.A. recording artists: musical director Rob Laufer, guitar, vocals; vocal director Chris Price (Emitt Rhodes); Jim Laspesa (Dave Davies/Susanna Hoffs), drums; Derrick Anderson (The Bangles), bass; Mike Randle and Rusty Squeezebox (Baby Lemonade, Love), guitar; Willie Aron, keyboards, vocals; Jordan Summers, keyboards; Darian Sahanaja (Wondermints, Brian Wilson Band), vocals; Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band), percussion; vocals; multi-instrumentalist Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson Band); Sarah Kramer, horns; Kaitlin Wolfberg (L.A. String Explosion) strings; Andrew Sandoval, guitar; David Goodstein drums; X drummer DJ Bonebrake, percussion; Debbie Shair and Gary Griffin, keyboards; Robby Scharf, bass; Perry Ostrin, percussion; David Nolte, bass; and Dave Pearlman, pedal steel.
Micky Dolenz
As with last year’s sold-out show at the Alex, the concert will benefit the Autism Think Tank. This non-profit organization brings together a team of top autism specialists, via an Internet medical conference, to tackle the medical and psychological problems faced by children and young adults with autism. The event will also benefit the Children’s Music Fund (CMF), a national charity that provides music therapy and instruments to children and young adults with chronic or life-altering illnesses, and supports research on the effects of music therapy on children like Wild Honey co-organizer Paul Rock’s eleven-year-old son Jake, whose own issues have improved since his involvement with both organizations.   

Dating back to 1994, the 501(3)(c), non-profit Wild Honey’s numerous grassroots benefit events have featured appearances by Brian Wilson, Dave Davies from the Kinks, the late Alex Chilton, The Bangles, Al Stewart, Denny Laine, Tony Asher, Dave Gregory of XTC, Danny Hutton from Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron, Matthew Sweet, Colin Hay, Dan Wilson, Jody Stephens of Big Star, The Continental Drifters, Mike Mills of R.E.M., the late P.F. Sloan, Jon Brion, Peter Case, The Plimsouls, Victoria Williams, The Williams Brothers, Dave Alvin, The Blue Shadows, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Scott Miller from the Loud FamilyAnn Magnuson, and so many more. The shows have been produced at various Los Angeles-area locations including the Morgan-Wixson Theater, the Roxy, the Knitting Factory (Hollywood) and the El Rey Theatre.

Over the years, Wild Honey shows have raised funds and awareness for the Sweet Relief Musicians FundHabitat for Humanity, the Liberty Hill Foundation, USC Norris Cancer Center, and the Coalition to End Gun Violence while paying tribute to musical idols such as Brian Wilson, The Beatles, The Kinks, Big Star, The Byrds, The Everly BrothersThe Hollies, Harry Nilsson, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, and Elvis Costello.  

For more information about the Autism Think Tank and the Children’s Music Fund please go to 
For more information on the Wild Honey Foundation, please go to: 

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For more information regarding the Wild Honey Benefit at the Alex Theatre, please contact:
Paul Rock • Wild Honey • (323) 255-8839 •
Cary Baker • Conqueroo • (323) 656-1600 • (media queries)
11271 Ventura Blvd. #522 Studio City, California 91604
11271 Ventura Blvd. #522 Studio City, California 91604
Tel: (323) 656-1600

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