4th Annual Ben Tufts & Friends Benefit Show at Jammin Java on 8/16


By Punch Preview Correspondent Lindsey Clark 

Just in case you weren’t totally sold on the local music scene (seriously??), this weekend offers up one of the most solid reasons you’ll encounter all year to get out and hear the sound DC is making, when the 4th annual Ben Tufts & Friends show hits Jammin Java for seven hours of music to benefit the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund.  This Saturday (August 16th) starting at 1 PM, you can treat your ears to over 20 bands  – most of whom call the District home – for only $12 dollars (no, that is NOT a typo) with all profits going towards a scholarship set up in memory of Craig Tufts, who served as chief naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation for over 30 years before he passed away in 2009 after battling brain cancer.

Hosted by Craig’s son Ben Tufts, who himself is a fixture on stages at most of the music venues around town, the festival brings together some of the most talented artists in our nation’s capital to raise funds for the scholarship, which sends one youth each year to a week long family nature summit where they study wildlife and the natural world.  So, here’s your chance to immerse yourself in the local music culture and catch bands like Dr. Robinson’s Fiasco, Kid Claws, The Lauren Calve Band, Ryan Walker, lowercase letters, Derek Every & His Band of Misanthropes, Rebekah Todd, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, and The Cowards Choir, and support a great cause at the same time.  Tufts and some of the friends helping him put on the benefit recently sat down with music blog Chunky Glasses to talk in depth about the show and the scholarship, which, thanks to the magic of the internets, you can listen to before heading out to Jammin Java on Saturday – tickets are still available and you can get them in advance here (but they’ll also be sold at the door).  Can’t make it to Vienna but still want to contribute?  There’s a link for that, too.  It’s right here.

It’s a testament to both Tufts and the scholarship fund that so many DC area bands continue to come together to honor his legacy and ensure that future generations are able to follow his example and pursue their passion for environmental study.  Since its inception in 2010, the event has grown from a 3 hour show to a multi-stage, all-day music festival, which speaks volumes about the camaraderie of the local music community and the amount of artists who want to get involved.  Come out and get an earful this weekend and be a part of celebrating a life dedicated to bettering the lives of everyone around him – listening local never sounded so good.

Jammin Java is located at 227 Maple Ave E. in Vienna VA

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