Jammin’4Water to kick off WEFTEC with all-night jam session in Chicago

If you plan on being in Chicago early for this year’s WEFTEC show (Sept. 30 – Oct. 4), make your way over to Park West on Saturday, Sept. 30, for the fifth annual Jammin’4Water benefit concert where water professionals will kick off the week in rock star style.

Organized by Water Charities Fundraising and volunteers, this open mic event first launched in 2013 and draws hundreds of musicians, friends, families, sponsors and WEFTEC attendees to literally jam for water each year on the Saturday before WEFTEC. Musicians and sponsoring companies donate to water charities to secure a stage spot and perform in front of a great crowd, which has grown larger every year since the event began. Jammin’4Water features two stages – one devoted to solo and acoustic performances and another featuring full band performances complete with a professional horn section.

About 100 musicians will take part in this year’s show that will feature an 84-song set list consisting of music ranging from Stevie Wonder, The Commodores and The Black Eyed Peas to The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Clash.

“The plan isn’t to grow this into a big production,” said Jammin’4Water founder and organizer Dave Kinnear, process engineer with Kinnear Process Solutions. “It’s really all focused on the music.”

In fact, Kinnear never envisioned Jammin’4Water would grow to the size it is now. He says it all started in 2013 with a group of about 120 water industry professionals who just wanted to get together to put on some live music.

“There were maybe 20 musicians who wanted to play and then there were 100 of their friends who came,” he says. “It was really like a garage band party. Now since it’s grown, more musicians want to do the music, their friends want to come and see them and it’s a great night to kick off WEFTEC.”

This year, Jammin’4Water raised approximately $75,000, bringing the five-year total to more than $205,000. The money raised goes to Water Charities Fundraising, which provides grants and supports initiatives for safe drinking water and global water sustainability. The 2017 event is expected to draw more than 800 people to Park West (the 2015 event – the last one in Chicago – drew close to 750).

Jammin’4Water 2017 will be held at Park West (322 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60614) on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to around 1 a.m.

For more info on Jammin’4Water, sponsorship opportunities, tickets and other ways you can get involved, visit jammin4water.org.

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