Letters to the Editor: Cove concerts offer great music and more

Letters to the Editor: Cove concerts offer great music and more

Letters to the Editor
Concerts at the Cove

Concerts at the Cove offers music and more. Photo by Jeff Cambra.

One of the sure signs of summer in Alameda is the announcement of the headliners for the free, family friendly Concerts at the Cove music series co-produced by the Rotary Club of Alameda and the East Bay Regional Park District. The Crab Cove Visitors Center hosts the three-concert series, holding shows on the second Friday in June, July, and August.

The 15th season will conclude on August 8 when two KFOG Local Scene bands headline the final concert. Robin Applewood and Friends take the stage beginning at 5:30 p.m. Robin’s songs tell the tale of love and the struggles of everyday living tempered by an “everything’s gonna be alright” attitude delivered through a healthy mixture of rock, funk, and soul. The result is an upbeat sound that has wide appeal.

The Bay Area-based quartet The Orange Peels, an indie-pop and rock band, just finished a nationwide tour and will perform songs from their critically acclaimed album "Sun Moon" beginning at 6:30 p.m. Their single, "Aether Tide," was included on KFOG’s "Local Scene 10" CD and rumor has it The Peels will debut their latest single, “9,” at the concert.

For those who attend any of the performances, the Concerts at the Cove music series is a great community activity that brings neighbors, friends, and families to Crab Cove - one of the park district’s crown jewels - for an evening of music, picnics, and an opportunity to support local restaurants (Calafia and Café Jolie), wineries (R&B, Rosenblum, and Rock Wall), and Alameda’s first brewery – Faction Brewing. And there's more.

For Alameda based non-profit organizations that receive grants from the Alameda Rotary Community Grants Program, Concerts at the Cove is the economic engine that generated over $14,000 in 2013. Through the sales of beer and wine and the contributions of many sponsors like the Regional Parks Foundation and Alameda Landing, community groups including the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc. of the Island City and the Alameda Educational Foundation along with Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Altarena Playhouse have received funds that enable these organizations to deliver benefits to community members - both two- and four-legged.

Concerts at the Cove is also one the most visible demonstrations of the Rotary motto – Service Above Self. The Rotary Club of Alameda is part of Rotary International, a service organization with 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs across 200 countries. Members of the Alameda club come together to produce Concerts and realize a common goal of giving back to the community through leadership, dedication, and commitment. In addition to community grants, the Alameda Rotary Club works on numerous programs like scholarships to local high school students and contributing to world community service projects to provide clean water and sustainable agriculture. Through the efforts of Rotarians around the world, polio no longer exists in India and all of Southeast Asia.

The Rotary Club of Alameda meets every Tuesday at Grand View Pavilion for lunch, fellowship, networking, and to hear an interesting speaker. The one-hour formal meeting and program begins at 12:30 p.m., and club members start gathering at noon. For more information about the Rotary Club of Alameda, check out the website at www.alamedarotary.org. To attend a Rotary meeting, please contact Jerry Nussbaum, director of membership at jerrynussbaum@sbcglobal.net or call the Rotary office at 522-6778 (Magic Jack).

Jeff Cambra, co-chairman
Concerts at the Cove
Rotary Club of Alameda

Comments

Submitted by John Spafford (not verified) on Fri, Aug 1, 2014

Good article, Jeff! Many congrats!