Press Release: Kate and the Crocodiles concert to benefit The Health Center – Sept. 15
Kate & The Crocodiles will perform a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit The Health Center.
Portland-based quartet Kate & The Crocodiles perform a wide range of music, from indie rock originals and covers, to early jazz and jazz standards, to reinventions of ’70s and ’80s rock as ballads, to classical art songs mixed with rock, and more. They cover a broad spectrum held together by a signature sound informed by classical training and a blending of many genres.
Lead singer Kate Morrison has longstanding ties to Eastern Washington and is happy to lend her support to The Health Center.
“Living in Walla Walla for 23 years, I worked with several nonprofit organizations,” says Morrison. “During that time, I helped build the Trilogy Recovery Community programs with the support of The Health Center when both programs were in their early stages. Naturally, the mission of The Health Center and the people who support it have a special place in my heart.”
Other members of the band include Craig Bidondo, a colorful, energetic, and soulful keyboardist; Gavin Bondy, the intuitive trumpeter of Pink Martini; and Brent Follis a world-class drummer.
The Health Center clinics started operations in Walla Walla Public Schools in 2009 at Lincoln High School and expanded to Blue Ridge Elementary in 2012. The Health Center expanded to Pioneer Middle School in 2016 and, most recently, added a clinic at Walla Walla High School in the fall of 2017. With such rapid expansion to meet the needs of the students in Walla Walla schools, the board and executive director created this event as a way to help fund access to both mental and physical care to even more of the community.
“The Health Center is a true demonstration of collaboration for the better good of the community, and this collaboration with Kate and the Crocodiles is another example of that,” says Executive Director Lindsay Engh. “I am excited to see the community response that will allow us to move into the school year confident that we have the resources to meet the many needs of our students.”
Sponsors for the concert include Baker Boyer Bank, Whitman College, Key Technologies, Hernandez Immigration Law, Andy’s Market, Jim and Jayne McCarthy, Preferred Properties, Sotheby’s, and Walla Walla University School of Sociology.
Reserved seating tickets ($35) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. A small number of VIP tables (for four people) are also available for $175 (includes a bottle of wine and stage-side seating).
About The Health Center:
Since 2009, The Health Center has improved the academic and life success of thousands of students across campuses in the Walla Walla School District by providing on-site, no-cost, physical and mental health care services. The Health Center was the first school-based health center to open in Eastern Washington and remains the only facility that operates as a non-profit. The Health Center’s innovative model combines accessible physical and mental health care as part of resilience-based, wrap-around services offered in partner schools. This strategy is producing documented improvements in the academic and life success of participating students.
About the Gesa Power House Theatre
The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a 300-seat performing arts venue, located in downtown Walla Walla. The 120-year-old building was once the Walla Walla Gas Plant, built to produce coal gas used to light the streets, businesses, and homes of Walla Walla. In 2011 the Gesa Power House Theatre building was transformed into a state-of-the-art playhouse for live performance. The interior design of the theatre was inspired by Shakespeare’s own intimate Blackfriars Theatre in London, England.
The Gesa Power House Theatre is on the Washington State Building Preservation Commission list of State historic buildings and on the National Register of Historic Places. The venue also hosts a variety of other cultural events, musical concerts, and private events (including weddings).
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Gesa Power House Theatre
111 North Sixth Ave.
Walla Walla, Washington 99362