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Superior Olive to appear on KPIG Sun, Nov 23
 
Superior Olive will be appearing this Sunday, Nov 23 at 10:30am on KPIG's “Please Stand By” live music show in the studio with Sleepy John . . . more

Decemberchild 2013 TV Commercial!
Aired on Comcast cable in Santa Cruz and Monterey areas in Nov and Dec 2013

This ad will be airing around Santa Cruz County on popular cable channels including History, Comedy, Truth, Spike, Hallmark, CNN, and others from Nov 25 up to Dec 7! . . . more

Decemberchild 2013 Tickets are available at the door tonight!


Decemberchild 2013 Poster

 


Latest Updates: 11/30/2013

  • We are happy to be sending proceeds to the Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition again!
  • Ukulele Dick and Jayme Kelly Curtis have joined the bill!

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Decemberchild 2013 Date and location Set!

 This Year, Decemberchild will be at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013. World Famous musicians, including It's a Beautiful Day and Aynsley Dunbar will be performing along with Superior Olive. Stay tuned for more details!

 


Archive Video

 Check out the video section, which includes footage from the 2007 Decemberchild Benefit Concert, as well as clips from the Band Madness December birthday Show on Oct 17, 2009!

Click Here to purchase Decemberchild Tickets.

 

Tickets also available at Offshore Music
located at 926 Soquel Ave in Santa Cruz
(Across the street from Whole Foods)

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Decemberchild Concert Benefiting
Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition Slated for Saturday, December 10th
At Kuumbwa Jazz Center


Featuring Musical Talents of Superior Olive and
David and Linda LaFlamme of It’s a Beautiful Day

 

The 9th annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert returns to Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Saturday December 10th at 7 pm. Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC). The lineup features pop rock from Superior Olive plus special guests David and Linda LaFlamme of classic bay area rockers It’s A Beautiful Day. Doors open at 7pm to a birthday party atmosphere with complementary finger foods; birthday cake will be served; and a silent auction will be held for the chance to bid and win great prizes. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $20.00 and are available at Offshore Music, located at 926 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz; also on-line at www.stillfumin.com.

The inspiration for the Decemberchild celebration began with Tom Savell’s own experience as a child. His birthday within a week of Christmas, Tom recalls, "I remember one year getting no birthday party/cake, and "combination" Christmas/birthday gifts. I wanted my birthday to be as far away from Christmas as possible." After discovering how many others share his experience, Tom and his brothers created Decemberchild as a birthday party for all whose special days are overshadowed by the holidays. But for Tom and his brothers, the true reward is giving to others even less fortunate. "We want to do something for kids who have more worries than having a birthday near Christmas."

Founded in 2001, Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition is leading the way to bring about lasting, fundamental change in California’s treatment of seriously ill children and their families by addressing gaps in services at the state and local levels. Statewide, CHPCC’s efforts are improving children’s access to compassionate, family-centered care at home. Locally, CHPCC is providing children in the tri-county area with safe, reliable transportation to medical treatment; last year alone CHPCC clocked more than 60,000 miles and over 400 roundtrips. The Decemberchild Benefit Concert together with Superior Olive hopes to provide support for CHPCC to continue this caring work of love and compassion.

The crowd pleasing pop rock band Superior Olive has been wowing audiences up and down the West Coast, building a following that reaches from the Pacific Northwest down to San Diego, and selling CDs around the world from Japan to Austria. Combining danceable pop and progressive rock, Superior Olive draws in audiences of all ages with their unique blend of modern and classical influences reminiscent of The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis, and Tchaikovsky. The band is fronted by nationally acclaimed New Artist of the Year 2008 Tom Savell, known for his emotional vocals and mid-song changes from rocking guitar to soaring violin solos.

Virtuoso violinist and front man David LaFlamme along with his wife Linda LaFlamme form the core of It’s A Beautiful Day, best known for their classic hit single "White Bird." It's A Beautiful Day, whose self-titled debut album was laced with favorites like "Hot Summer Day," "Girl With No Eyes," and "White Bird," was one of the earliest and most important San Francisco bands to emerge from the 1967 Summer of Love, headlining at the Fillmore West before recording their first album.

Performing together on stage, audiences have always been delighted with dual violin solos by Tom Savell and David LaFlamme. With the planned lineup this year, there will be even more opportunity for interesting and spontaneous violin interplay to thrill the party-goers.

For more information, call 831-460-9837 or go to www.decemberchild.org and www.childrenshospice.org on the Internet.

To order tickets, please visit the Still Fumin' online store at http://www.stillfumin.com/stillfuminstore.html  or go to Offshore Music at 926 Soquel Ave in Santa Cruz.

 


Decemberchild 2010 Is a Success!
 

Thanks to Everyone who came out and helped make the 2010 Decemberchild Benefit Concert a great success! The concert went off Dec 3rd at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.  The proceeds from the concert and raffle went to Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition.  Bay area psychedelic rockers It’s A Beautiful Day and progressive pop rockers Superior Olive provided solid entertainment for the packed house. 

Founded in 2001, Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition is leading the way to bring about lasting, fundamental change in California’s treatment of seriously ill children and their families by addressing gaps in services at the state and local levels. Statewide, CHPCC’s efforts are improving children’s access to compassionate, family-centered care at home. Locally, CHPCC is providing children in the tri-county area with safe, reliable transportation to medical treatment; last year alone CHPCC clocked more than 40,000 miles and over 200 roundtrips.  The Decemberchild Benefit Concert together with It’s A Beautiful Day and Superior Olive hope to provide support for Children’s Hospice to continue this caring work of love and compassion.

 


 

Contact: Tom Savell 831-460-9837                                                                     For Immediate Release

November 2, 2010

 

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Benefiting Children’s Hospice
 with

It's A Beautiful Day and Superior Olive
Fri. Dec. 3rd at 7pm $20 adv./$25 door

 

Kuumbwa Jazz Center:

320 Cedar St.  Santa Cruz, CA

 

Tickets are available at Offshore Music, located at

 926 Soquel Ave in Santa Cruz (Phone: 831-462-2567)

The 8th annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert returns to Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Friday December 3rd at 7PM.  Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition.  The lineup features bay area psychedelic rockers It’s A Beautiful Day and progressive pop rock from Superior Olive.  A birthday party-themed event, free appetizers and birthday cake will be served; and a raffle will be held for the chance to win great prizes.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The inspiration for the Decemberchild celebration began with Tom Savell’s own experience as a child.  His birthday within a week of Christmas, Tom recalls, "I remember one year getting no birthday party/cake, and "combination" Christmas/birthday gifts.  I wanted my birthday to be as far away from Christmas as possible."  After discovering how many others share his experience, Tom and his brothers created Decemberchild as a birthday party for all whose special days are overshadowed by the holidays.  But for Tom and his brothers, the true reward is giving to others even less fortunate.  “We want to do something for kids with more worries than having a birthday near Christmas.”

Founded in 2001, Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition is leading the way to bring about lasting, fundamental change in California’s treatment of seriously ill children and their families by addressing gaps in services at the state and local levels. Statewide, CHPCC’s efforts are improving children’s access to compassionate, family-centered care at home. Locally, CHPCC is providing children in the tri-county area with safe, reliable transportation to medical treatment; last year alone CHPCC clocked more than 40,000 miles and over 200 roundtrips.  The Decemberchild Benefit Concert together with It’s A Beautiful Day and Superior Olive hope to provide support for Children’s Hospice to continue this caring work of love and compassion.

Best known for their classic hit single “White Bird,” It's A Beautiful Day was one of the earliest and most important San Francisco bands to emerge from the 1967 Summer of Love, headlining at the Fillmore West before recording their first album.  Virtuoso violinist and front man David LaFlamme provides the unique signature sound on their self-titled 1968 debut LP “It's A Beautiful Day,” which was laced with favorites like “Bombay Calling,” “Girl With No Eyes,” and the aforementioned “White Bird.”

The crowd pleasing progressive pop rock band Superior Olive has been wowing audiences up and down the West Coast, building a following that reaches from the Pacific Northwest down to San Diego, and selling CDs around the world from Japan to Austria.  Featuring nationally acclaimed New Artist of the Year 2008 Tom Savell, Superior Olive plays a spectrum of music that combines danceable pop rock with progressive influences, blending melodic arrangements with raw primal rock energy.  An accomplished violinist since age 10, Tom is known for emotional vocals and mid-song changes from rocking guitar to soaring violin solos.  Based on prior years’ performances, audiences can expect dual electric violin solos with both Tom Savell and David LaFlamme at the show.

For more information, go to www.decemberchild.org and www.childrenshospice.org on the Internet.


 

 

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Superior Olive will be performing live on KPIG radio this sunday, Nov 21, 2010 at 10:30am: streaming live on the web at www.kpig.com, 107.5fm in Freedom, CA, and 94.9 fm in Cayucas, San Luis Obisbo area. This is the "Please Stand By" live music show hosted by Sleepy John Sandidge, which runs from 10am to 12pm. Superior Olive will play from 10:30-11:00am.

 

Superior Olive on TV & Web

 

Superior Olive returns to the Band Madness TV Show on Sat, Nov 21 at 3pm PST on the web at: http://communitytv.org/ctv3-live-streaming-video-public-access-programming It will also be aired at the same time on Santa Cruz area cable TV channels 27 and 73. 

 

This program will be re-run every Sat Night at 11pm for the next few weeks on the web link and TV channels listed above.

Also, to see some sample clips of the show, go to http://www.youtube.com/bandmadness


Decemberchild Benefit Concert 2009:

 

Featuring:   
It's A Beautiful Day
plus Superior Olive plus Sweet Jam
Sun. Dec. 13 at 7pm $15 adv./$15 door                                      DANCE<21 W/PARENT
Benefiting The Valley Christmas Project of Valley Churches United Missions

The annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert is coming to Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton on Sunday December 13th at 7PM.  Proceeds benefit the Valley Christmas Project of Valley Churches United Missions, which provides a better holiday for thousands of people each year throughout Santa Cruz County.  Raffle prizes include a Creative Vado Pocket Video Camera and an Epiphone G-400 Electric Guitar with hard case (MSRP $738).  Children under 21 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent.

It's A Beautiful Day along with Santana are considered to be "2nd wave" bands that emerged from the San Francisco bay area in the late sixties. Moreover, like Santana, IABD headlined at the Fillmore West prior to recording an album. Their debut 1968 LP the self titled "It's A Beautiful Day" was laced with classic cuts such as "White Bird", "Bombay Calling", "Wasted Union Blues" and "Time Is" The single off the LP..."White Bird" quickly became part of the FM play lists and is considered a classic of rock music.

Superior Olive featuring nationally acclaimed New Artist of the Year 2008 Tom Savell once again plays the Annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert. This award winning group of international touring musicians and recording artists has been wowing audiences throughout the West Coast.  With 3 previously released CDs combining danceable pop rock with progressive influences, Superior Olive plays a spectrum of music influenced by Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Frank Zappa.   An accomplished violinist as well, Tom Savell is set to perform electrifying dual violin solos along with It’s A Beautiful Day front man David LaFlamme at the show.

Also, the band Sweet Jam showcases an acoustic blend of soft rock, jazz, and Celtic-styled original music on their 2009 debut CD “We Are One”.  The group builds on an acoustic guitar / electric bass foundation, adds the soft flowing vocals and earthy flute / recorder sounds of Catherine Lewis, and features renowned multi-instrumentalist Keith Graves (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jerry Miller, Jefferson Starship) on drums and percussion.

The inspiration for the Decemberchild celebration began with Tom Savell’s own experience as a child.  His birthday within a week of Christmas, Tom recalls, "I remember one year getting no birthday party/cake, and "combination" Christmas/birthday gifts.  I wanted my birthday to be as far away from Christmas as possible."  After discovering how many others share his experience, Tom and his brothers created Decemberchild as a birthday party for all whose special days are overshadowed by the holidays.  But for Tom, the true reward is giving to others even less fortunate.  “I want to do something for kids that don’t get anything for Christmas or birthday.”

The Valley Churches United Missions is not a church, nor is it affiliated with any single church.  It is a coalition of community and church volunteers coming together to perform humanitarian acts by providing direct aid assistance in the form of food and shelter to San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley residents in their time of crisis.   Last year’s Valley Christmas Project reached out to 5,210 people countywide, providing the spirit of Christmas through this "Mission of Love" in the form of Christmas presents and healthy meals to those in need.

 

Superior Olive on TV & Web

 

The Band Madness TV Show from Oct 17, 2009 with Tom Savell and Superior Olive will be aired again tonight (Saturday, Oct 24, 2009) at 11pm PST on the web at: http://communitytv.org/ctv3-live-streaming-video-public-access-programming It will also be aired at the same time on Santa Cruz area cable TV channels 27 and 73. 

 

This program will be re-run every Sat Night at 11pm for the next few weeks on the web link and TV channels listed above.

Also, to see some sample clips of the show, go to http://www.youtube.com/bandmadness


 

Click Here to purchase Decemberchild 2008 Tickets.

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Decemberchild Benefit Concert 2008:

 

Superior Olive

Tom Savell

Aynsley Dunbar of Journey

David LaFlamme of It's A Beautiful Day

Jackie Rocks Band

 

Coming Saturday, Nov 15, 2008 7pm

Felton Community Hall
6191 Highway 9, Felton, CA

 

Click Here to purchase Decemberchild 2008 Tickets.

 


The annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert is coming to the Felton Community Hall once again on Saturday November 15th at 7PM. The hall is transformed into a big birthday party environment with free food and cake, plus a raffle for the chance to win great prizes like an Epiphone Les Paul guitar and a Creative Zen MP3 player. Live music is from 7:30PM till 11PM and features Superior Olive with New Music Award Nominated front man Tom Savell, drummer Aynsley Dunbar from Journey, violinist extraordinaire David LaFlamme of It’s A Beautiful Day, and Seventeen Magazine Award Winning teen rockers Jackie Rocks Band. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Donation is $10-$20, and all proceeds go to Valley Churches United Missions to benefit the Valley Christmas Project. The Felton Community Hall is located at 6191 Highway 9, in Felton.


      The crowd-pleasing rock group Superior Olive plays a spectrum of music including danceable classic rock and progressive rock influenced by Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Frank Zappa, and has released three original CDs. Santa Cruz Metro Goldie Award Winning front man Tom Savell, whose debut solo CD has produced two #1 radio hits in the past year, is nominated for 3 awards at the prestigious 2008 New Music Awards to be held November 22nd in Hollywood, CA.


Aynsley Dunbar has recorded with Frank Zappa, Journey, Jefferson Starship, and Whitesnake, to name a few. He has over 30 gold and platinum albums to his credit, and continues today as one of the most respected drummers in the world.


      It’s A Beautiful Day front man David LaFlamme, whose violin work on the Billboard Hot 100 hit "White Bird" cemented his style in the hearts of a generation, is set to perform electrifying dual violin solos along with Tom Savell at the Decemberchild concert. David’s wife Linda LaFlamme will offer her sultry vocals on stage as well, ensuring that fans will hear the hits of It’s A Beautiful Day the way they’re meant to be.


      Jackie, DéAndre, and Joanna, the talented teens of Jackie Rocks Band, play catchy pop-rock original songs reminiscent of a young Avril Lavigne. These 14 year-old high-school students, who recently won the national “She’s a Star” contest from Seventeen Magazine, are performing several times a month all over the Greater Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Redwood City.


      For most children in Santa Cruz, Christmas is a day they can look forward to, knowing they will open up some really nice gifts left for them under the tree. But not everyone has that experience. Many families simply can’t afford the luxury of holiday gift-giving. When it’s a struggle to keep the lights on and food on the table, holiday gifts can be the last thing on the shopping list, and too often the money runs out.


The annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert raises thousands of dollars each year to bring some happiness into these children’s lives. Superior Olive, The Tom Savell Band and Still Fumin’ Records together donate our time and money to book talent, rent the hall, advertise, and promote the event.


Each year, we take the proceeds of the event and donate it to a charity that we know will make children happy. Fortunately there are organizations like Valley Churches United Missions, whose annual Christmas Project provides gifts and holiday meals for underprivileged children in Santa Cruz County. It’s a perfect fit, so we have donated to them for the past 5 years.


We do our best to make it happen. But really, it all depends on you. We hope that you share our desire to ensure all children have a Merry Christmas and will come out to the Decemberchild Benefit Concert on November 15th at the Felton Community Hall. Give generously and have fun at the same time!.
 

 


Decemberchild Benefit Concert 2007:

Recap

 

The 13th Annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert returned to the Felton Community Hall on Saturday, November 17th, and was the biggest and best yet, with music by Tom Savell with Superior Olive, Archer, and Blueprint. Scotts Valley teenager Christian Michalak won the grand prize Epiphone Les Paul guitar! All proceeds went to the Valley Churches United Missions, to benefit their many programs for the needy, including the Valley Christmas Project.
 



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Decemberchild Benefit Concert:

Coming November 17, 2007

 

DecemberchildThe 13th Annual Decemberchild Benefit Concert returns to the Felton Community Hall on Saturday, November 17th, and promises to be the biggest and best yet. Headlining the show is Tom Savell with Superior Olive featuring Aynsley Dunbar of Journey, Zappa, Starship, and many more. Local favorites Archer will be taking a break from their European tour to throw down a kicking set of hard rock. And opening the show is 2007 Metro Goldies award winning band, Blueprint, with their fun, pop-rock style featuring Tom Savell on violin. Doors open at 7PM.

The Felton Community Hall will be transformed with a birthday party theme featuring a taco bar, refreshing beverages, birthday cake, and ice cream. And you can win great raffle prizes like an Epiphone Les Paul guitar and a Creative Zen MP3 Player! One ticket is included with admission, and you can buy as many more raffle tickets as you like to increase your chances of winning.

All proceeds are donated to the Valley Churches United Missions, to benefit their many programs for the needy, including the Valley Christmas Project, which last year reached out to 11,075 people with Christmas presents and healthy meals. This is a true labor of love the volunteers work tirelessly tDecemberchildo wrap the presents and package up the meals to deliver in time for Christmas.

The Decemberchild Concerts began when Jacob John Save decided to rent the stage at Felicita Park in Escondido, CA to throw a birthday party for Tom Savell. They invited all of their friends that were born in December, had a keg of beer, and more food and sodas than they could possibly consume. When the band started to play and people from other picnic areas started coming and enjoying the music and the beer, they discovered that all the families in the park were celebrating somebody's December birthday. And so it was the beginning of the Decemberchild Concert series.

After a few years, the Decemberchild Concert became the Decemberchild Benefit Concert, and has continued to grow each year to provide larger and larger donations to charities such as Valley Churches United Missions and Toys For Tots.

 

 


 

 

Decemberchild 2006 Recap:

 

Thanks to everybody for making this year's Decemberchild Benefit Concert the most successful one yet! On November 18th, 2006, over $1000 was raised for the Valley Churches United Missions!  The Carl Wakeland Duo, Blueprint, and Superior Olive kept the audience entertained until the very end, when a special guest from the North Pole came out with his board to boogie down on the dance floor.  Yeah, he knows it's not a Christmas Show, but he just wanted to pay his respects!

 


This year’s Decemberchild Benefit Concert on Nov. 18th promises to be the best yet! To be held at Felton Community Hall on Hwy 9, free food will be served, so come hungry. But leave room for the birthday cake, and for the first time, ice cream! And as always, 100% of the donations collected go to Valley Churches United Missions to benefit their many programs for the needy. Your generosity will go far to help this wonderful organization that helps so many thousands of people in Santa Cruz County.
The party starts at 7PM on Saturday, Nov. 18th, and food will be available from the start. Beer and wine will also be available for those over 21 years of age, and soft drinks for the kids. Live music provided by Superior Olive, Blueprint, and the Carl Wakeland Duo (Featuring Bryan Lanser on Drums) will start at 8:30PM and go on until 11:00PM.

 

Click here to order Decemberchild Benefit Concert Tickets!

 

Read the Press Release

Also visit www.superiorolive.com

 

News Update, 11/14/06:  A late addition to the Concert Lineup will be the Jazz Fusion musings of  The Carl Wakeland Duo, Featuring Bryan Lanser on Drums.  These are two virtuoso musicians in their element.  Just try to keep up with them!  Seriously, you won't want to miss this.

 

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The genesis for the Decemberchild celebration began with Superior Olive lead . . . more

Decemberchild Mission:

Jacob Save handing out raffle prize to a young audience member

Fellowship with others that share the experience of a birthday overwhelmed by the holiday season, and helping . . . more