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An Evening with Chad Smith

Monday June 16, 2014 7pm – 9:30pm

at the Berman Center for Performing Arts

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BIRMINGHAM, MI, April 24, 2014 – Three community groups have teamed up to bring an unprecedented event to the Birmingham-Bloomfield community. Bloomfield Hills native Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is heading back to his roots with a visit to Birmingham and surrounding areas on Monday, June 16. The Birmingham Historical Museum, Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC) and Axis Music Academy are organizing an afternoon and evening with Chad Smith that will offer the community three different opportunities to enjoy Smith’s company and talent. All proceeds from the events will benefit the non-profit organizations.

Afternoon Backstage with Chad: VIP/Donor Event 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Special Event 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Kicking off the activities will be an Exclusive VIP/Donor Event at the Birmingham Historical Museum (located at 556 West Maple, Birmingham, MI 48009). VIP/Donor Event details are as follows:

-       Monday, June 16 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
–       Intimate setting limited to only 12 people
–       Tour the Sounds of Birmingham exhibit and enjoy conversation, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages with Smith
–       Photo opportunity with Smith; photos will be printed and autographed
–       Ticket price: $100 per person (includes admission to the Special Event from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

A Special Event will follow the VIP/Donor Event at the Birmingham Historical Museum. Details for this portion of the afternoon are as follows:

-       Monday, June 16 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
–       Limited to 75 people
–       General Meet-and-Greet with Smith
–       Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a silent auction featuring Smith’s autographed personal items
–       Ticket price: $50 per person

Proceeds from the Exclusive VIP/Donor Event and Special Event at the Birmingham Historical Museum will support a young singer/songwriter program (to be held at the museum later this summer), and the Hill School Bell Project. For tickets to the museum’s backstage events, attendees must pre-register by calling the museum (open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) at (248) 530-1928. Registrations must be received by Friday, June 6; payment must be received by Thursday, June 12.

An Evening with Chad

Following the backstage events at the museum, Smith will perform at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts (located at 6600 West Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322). Details for the evening are as follows:

-       Monday, June 16 from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
–       Limited to 600 people
–       Smith will perform with the lucky winner of the Band Jam, in addition to student musicians from Axis Music Academy and Foundation. (The Band Jam, also known as Battle of the Bands, is sponsored by the BBCC Youth Action Board and offers local high school teens an opportunity to compete in Shain Park as a kick-off to the City of Birmingham’s In the Park Summer Concert Series. For more information about the Battle of the Bands visit
–       Axis performer ensembles
–       Gary Graff, an award-winning music journalist and author, will interview Smith regarding the importance of music education and how music can positively influence kids’ lives.
–       Ticket pricing: $17 for 17 years and under; $27 for 18 years and older. Seating is reserved; tickets may be purchased at the Berman Center box office from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., online at The Berman Box Office, or at the Berman Center up to two hours prior to the event.

Proceeds from the event will support the creation of the Joan and Curt Smith Scholarship at Axis Music Foundation, anti-drug and pro-music programs at the BBCC, and the Birmingham Historical Museum.

“Our music exhibition, Sounds of Birmingham, runs through February 2015 and includes a large collection of Chad Smith’s personal artifacts,” said Birmingham Historical Museum Director, Leslie Pielack. “We’re pleased to host this event and have visitors not only see the exhibit but also enjoy an opportunity to meet Chad.”

“Chad Smith is such an important and iconic talent and one that all ages and stages of the community listen to and admire,” said Kelly Michaud, Youth Program Coordinator for the BBCC. “It’s wonderful to see our three community organizations come together to work on something so unique; supporting a community rich in history through the Birmingham Historical Museum; the importance of music education and expression for children and teens through Axis Music Academy and Foundation; and the BBCC, with focus on community collaboration, education and awareness to keep our kids safe, healthy and substance-free.”

Axis Music Academy will also hold an instrument drive during the ‘An Evening with Chad’ event. Attendees are encouraged to bring instruments in good or new condition. Percussion, strings, woodwinds, brass, gear, etc. are encouraged. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will be used during Axis Academy’s foundation programs and donated to children with special needs.

“Axis Music is excited to be a part of this great event with Chad Smith, world-class musician and native Detroiter who shares a common interest and goal for inspiring young local musicians in our community,” said John Antone, CEO and founder of Axis Music Academy. “Our students and instructors are thrilled to be able to perform on the same stage as Chad on this special evening.”

Please join us for this great event!!

Griffin’s Coffee House will be a concert benefiting Axis Music Foundation, Project Daydream and JCC Performing Arts Programs at Local Events (upstairs at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale, Michigan). Griffin has invited Sami Lofman, Ava Scott, Jaimie Trepeck and his sister Natalie Siegel to perform in the show as well. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. on June 18th. The show will begin promptly at 8 p.m. and will last about one hour and 15 minutes. Tickets are $10 for kids under 16, $20 for adults and $30 for VIP seating regardless of age. All tickets include a dessert reception after the show.

You can purchase tickets to the show or purchase sponsorship at the following site:

If you are unable to attend the show and even if you are and want to support Griffin’s Fundraising efforts on behalf of Axis Music Foundation, Project Daydream and JCC Performing Arts Programs…follow the link to our Crowdrise Site where you can easily make a donation:

We hope that you can make it!

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