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Jim Ward’s annual ‘El Paso Forever’ concert set to rock Saturday

In authentic Jim Ward retrospect, a sold-out theater venue and pile of ticket stubs translates to a multitude of philanthropic acts contributing to the local music and arts community.

“Come to the show, and we’re going to take as much of your ticket money as we can and give it to charity,” Ward explained. “Because of you, we raised so much money for our fund.”

The fundraising efforts are a win-win for the concertgoer while supporting local musicians in exposing them to a shared stage with internationally touring artists.

On Saturday, October 12, American indie rock band Cold War Kids will headline the 2nd annual El Paso Forever concert in partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation.

Emily Davis and the Murder Police and Sleepsent, two longtime El Paso favorites, will be the opening acts.

Ticket sales will benefit the foundation Because of You, founded by Ward, who doubles as the frontman for Sparta and board member liaison for EPCF alongside his wife Kristina Ward.

Because of You aims to raise philanthropic awareness amongst a mass audience by leaning on the simple act of purchasing a concert ticket.

Beyond bringing an exhibition boost for resident artists, proceeds from the event will also seed the ongoing development of the Wards’ “You Rock” girls rock camp. The initiative, currently under development by various coordinators from El Paso and Austin, targets local youth for an inclusive Summer 2020 music program focused on equality, mental health, nutrition and creativity.

“The reason we say inclusive is because we are open and aware to LGBTW,” Ward said. “I want it to be somewhere that you fit in and feel welcome. Part of it is counseling, part of it is nutrition, part of it is education under the guise of having fun, learning an instrument.”

The You Rock vision consists of a 5-day retreat involving mental and physical self-care while tending to music-creating desire and potential. Residents can contribute to the Because of You fund by purchasing a ticket for the upcoming Cold War Kids concert on October 12 or visiting the El Paso Forever website.

Sponsors that make the event possible include Rudolph Auto Group, El Paso Electric, TFCU, Karbach Brewing, KISS FM and Barracuda Public Relations.

Video+Story: Musician Jim Ward creates ‘Because of You Fund’ for El Paso

Musician Jim Ward’s commitment to his hometown of El Paso is no secret. No matter how big his bands At the Drive-in, Sparta or Sleepercar became, he never left. In fact, he invested in his community with businesses like Eloise and Tricky Falls.

Now he wants to give back in a bigger way, and wants fellow El Pasoans to help. Ward has created the Because of You Fund in the El Paso Community Fund.

It is a donor-advised fund that will support various endeavors, including the creation of a rock music camp for girls. Jim is hoping his audience will embrace philanthropy in their own ways.

“Our foundation is set in life, music and art. We have created a fund in the El Paso Community Foundation that will use live music events, like last November’s El Paso Forever concert, to raise money for a multitude of community needs,” Jim says.

“As members of the El Paso philanthropic community, we noticed a disconnect between generations of givers — younger people were either unaware or unable to participate in higher dollar donation situations, such as formal galas. We thought if we could introduce giving in circumstances these folks were already used to, such as concerts, we could begin to build their relationship with charitable giving.”

Jim announced the new fund in a TV interview, watch it above, courtesy KFOX-TV; to contribute now, visit the EPCF website.

Sparta Headlines ‘El Paso Forever’ with Frontera Bugalu, Nalgadas Tuesday Night

It’s not everyday that a board member of a major community foundation headlines a big outdoor benefit concert. Then again, Jim Ward is not your average board member.

Jim will lead his internationally known band Sparta in the much-anticipated El Paso Forever concert — a benefit for the El Paso Community Foundation — at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 20 outside on Oregon Street, between the Mills Building and San Jacinto Plaza.

Frequent Sparta tour mates Frontera Bugalu and Nalgadas, both highly regarded El Paso bands, will open the show.

Jim, in case you didn’t know, is on the board of the El Paso Community Foundation, whose motto is “For Good. For El Paso. Forever.”

When Sparta reconvened last year after a four-year break, it kicked off nearly a year’s worth of touring with a benefit for EPCF. Tuesday’s show bookends those 11 months of shows by the band, which includes bassist Matt Miller, guitarist Gabriel Gonzalez and drummer Cully Symington.

Admission is a $10 donation at the door, or you may donate in advance online (just print out your receipt).

All proceeds go to the El Paso Community Foundation, which will use the funds to update classrooms in the Borderplex region with computer labs. Additional donations also will be accepted during the show.

The El Paso Forever concert is generously sponsored by Microsoft TechSpark, a national civic program designed to expand economic opportunity and job creation through digital initiatives, including computer science education programs.

Sparta to Headline ‘El Paso Forever’ Benefit Concert November 20

Sparta fans will have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week when the El Paso band headlines the El Paso Forever benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 20 on Oregon Street.

The concert is a fundraiser for the El Paso Community Foundation, whose motto is “For Good. For El Paso. Forever.”

Tickets are a $10 donation at the door, or in advance online (just print out your tickets). All proceeds go to the El Paso Community Foundation, which will use the funds to update classrooms in the Borderplex region with computer labs.

Donations also will be accepted during the show.

The benefit concert will take place next to San Jacinto Plaza, between Mills and Main streets, where the Plaza Classic Film Festival outdoor movies are shown.

The El Paso Forever benefit for the El Paso Community Foundation is the finale of a seven-city, eight-day Southern tour for Sparta, which reunited to play a benefit for EPCF last December and has toured throughout 2018.

Members are singer-guitarist Jim Ward, a member of the El Paso Community Foundation board of directors; multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Gonzalez; bassist Matt Miller; and drummer Cully Symington. Sparta recently released the single, Cat Scream.

“It brings me absolute joy to bookend this year of Sparta shows around the US, not only at home, but to benefit the El Paso Community Foundation,” Ward said. “Pitching in a little and having a good night, outside in downtown, is perfect. It’s home.”

It is generously sponsored by Microsoft TechSpark, a national civic program designed to expand economic opportunity and job creation through digital initiatives, including computer science education programs.

“We’re proud to partner with the El Paso Community Foundation on this event to bring everyone together for some fun, and to help ensure that our region’s students have the technology and opportunity to study computer science, one of the fastest- growing job fields today,” said J.J. Childress, manager of Microsoft TechSpark Texas.

El Paso nueva cumbia band Frontera Bugalu and garage rockers Nalgadas also will perform.

‘Sparta’ Set for Benefit Concert for El Paso Community Foundation

It’s been approximately five years since Sparta has played a live show in El Paso. The band is marking its return by playing a concert to benefit the El Paso Community Foundation at Tricky Falls on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

“I’m excited to continue working with The El Paso Community Foundation to use live music, which I love dearly, to raise money for our community. Our hope is to continue developing a program that balances music and charity to benefit multiple areas of need in the El Paso/Juarez area,” said Jim Ward of Sparta and board member of the El Paso Community Foundation.

Tickets for this benefit show will be free and must be reserved at www.trickyfalls.com beginning on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12p MST.

Donations will be accepted at the door. Local band Emily Davis and The Murder Police will be opening the show.

New Sparta merchandise is now available at www.jimwardofficial.com. Sparta’s new single, “Graveyard Luck,” is now available on iTunes and other streaming services.

Rolling Rock Presents: Sparta Live at Tricky Falls:

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tickets: FREE, Available for reservation at www.trickyfalls.com at 12p MST on Wednesday, November 15, 2017  Donations accepted at the door.

Students Lead EPCC Partnership with VIVA! El Paso

For almost 50 years, El Paso Community College (EPCC) has played a significant role in the culture and lifestyle of El Paso. Since 2016 this has not been truer than the partnership forged with the El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) to produce VIVA! El Paso.

Now celebrating its 40th year in production, VIVA! has become a summertime theatrical staple for visitors to the southwest and residents alike. Through theater, song and dance, VIVA! shares the complex history and makeup of the area.

“El Paso is the multi-cultural capital of the world,” said Keith Townsend, EPCC Instructor and VIVA! El Paso Artistic Director, “VIVA! shows that we do not divide.”

The most important aspect of EPCC’s involvement in VIVA! is the participation of its students.

The EPCC Theater program has a long history in educating young actors in all areas of bringing a theater production to life. A great example is Erick Canales. He is the lead male role in this year’s production, coming back as different characters through El Paso’s history.

An EPCC Theater major, Canales said it’s fun being someone else. Theater is in his blood; he plans to become a professional actor and then proceed into directing and teaching.

Canales knew VIVA! was for him when he heard Keith Townsend was directing. “Keith is always there for the students,” said Canales. “He is there when they have doubts, telling them that they can do it.”

The EPCC Theater program impacts all students who have attended EPCC. The want to come back always exists. EPCC and Western Kentucky University graduate, Camille Acosta returns to VIVA! for a second year.

In this year’s production she narrates segments of the play as the Spirit of Earth. Acosta enjoys working on VIVA! “it has created a new pipeline for El Paso actors,” she said. Acosta plans to try her acting skills in New York and Los Angeles. She sees herself as a teacher someday.

Acosta has fond memories of her days at EPCC.

“Since the age of 15, I performed in Keith Townsend’s productions at EPCC. All the teachers care so much for you; they want you to succeed.”

When you mention theater in El Paso, the name of Keith Townsend is sure to follow. Through VIVA! and all his productions, Townsend encourages his students to give back to the audience, to the community. He chose to make El Paso his home and has spread theater throughout local high schools and EPCC.

He jumped at the chance to lead VIVA! El Paso when the opportunity arose from the EPCC and El Paso Community Foundation partnership. “The Foundation understands the performing arts,” Townsend said. “The promotion team at El Paso Live put students into a learning opportunity at every aspect of the theater production.”

VIVA! El Paso, now in its 40 th year, will light up McKelligon Canyon Fridays and Saturdays through July 29th. Remembering its multi-cultural heritage, two performances on July 21 st and 22 nd will be presented in Spanish.

The strength of the production can be seen in its makeup; many are former El Pasoans who have returned after reaching fame in the world of entertainment. Playwright Marty Martin went on to Broadway with much success, but now finds joy in the work he has done with the new VIVA! El Paso.

Cody Ritchie, Musical Director, has worked in El Paso theater for decades. He has partnered with Keith Townsend on many EPCC productions.

Famed Rock musician, Jim Ward has lent his hand in the musical score of the play. Ward is nationally known through his work with the bands Sparta and At The Drive In.

Dance is a very important part of this year’s VIVA! because of the work of Choreographer, Jaime Carrasco.

Through 400 years, 390 costumes and more than 100 participants, VIVA! El Paso shows the Borderland at its best. EPCC creates a college-going culture by engaging students inside and outside of the classroom. VIVA! El Paso is just one example of EPCC’s commitment to strengthen its partnership with the community.

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