Holiday Sweater Good Vibe Drive

Third Annual Holiday Sweater Good Vibe Drive

Matt Butler
On Sunday December 21, Falcor and Friends Presents will be hosting the third annual Holiday Sweater Good Vibe Drive at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA. The night's festivities will include sets of music from Chris Haugen's SeaHorse Rodeo featuring members of Jambay and the evening will be headlined by the Everyone Orchestra. The night's lineup will be conducted by EO founder Matt Butler and will also feature members of the String Cheese Incident, ALO, Hot Buttered Rum, Big Light, and more.

In addition, the event itself will serve as a toy drive where guests are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys ranging from $10-$20 to donate to needy families staying at the Henry Robinson Multi Service Center in Oakland. As in years past, attendees are also encouraged to sport a cheesy holiday sweater to help push the holiday vibe.

The Holiday Sweater Good Vibe Drive begun three years ago when Matt Butler and Matt Layton wanted to build an event during the holiday season that would give back to the Bay Area community. The event spawned out of a typical Everyone Orchestra show, in which the lineup is always changing and features members of nationally touring acts improvising in a live music setting that finds Butler conducting both the musicians on stage as well as attendees in the crowd, but also focusing on creating an event that took steps to raise awareness and consciousness to families in the bay who are underprivileged and unable to give the gift of giving. In another attempt to ensure the festivities felt more like a special event, attendees are encouraged to wear cheesy holiday sweaters to help encompass the holiday season and bring together a sense of fun and unison, hence the "Holiday Sweater Good Vibe Drive" Since its inception in 2006, F&F and the Good Vibe Drive have raised and distributed over 800 toys to local families in need.

The Henry Robinson Multi Service Center is a transitional housing program that serves 54 homeless families for up to two years. While families live in on-site apartments, they have access to three meals a day, a comprehensive Children's Services Program, and a variety of support services. They also provide a day-time Drop In Center for homeless individuals.

Ryan Kerrigan has created an amazing full size silk screen poster to commemorate the night's festivities and this incredible cause. The posters will be for sale at the show. In addition, F&F will be having a set break raffle that will offer a wide variety of signed CDs, posters, ticket packages and more from the associated acts participating in the event to anyone who donates a toy.

Everyone Orchestra Line up for 12-21-08
Matt Butler- Jambay, EO Conductor
Steve Adams- ALO, Big Light
Dan Lebowitz- ALO
Inkx Herman- Hamsa Lila
Colin Hoops- Big Light
Audio Angel
Michael Kang- String Cheese Incident
Aaron Redner- Hot Buttered Rum String Band
Chris Haugen- Jambay
Mike Sugar- Jambay
Tickets are on sale now at

[Published on: 12/12/08]

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BGA1 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/12/2008 12:54PM
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Yeah, Falcor always puts on one hellova good time. Going to try to make it. I would love to see the Mother Hips this weekend too. Shit money so tight though.

Wilson75 starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/15/2008 07:57AM
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Cannot wait to make it up there this weekend and get down with my hommies...Matt thanks for always providing some good entertainment!

Falcor Mon 12/15/2008 09:14AM
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I am pretty pumped about this always makes me feel all warm and gooey inside when it is over...hope to see ya'll there...its a great cause...and if you can't make it or you live on the other side of the country can still go out and get some toys, even a bunch of smaller toys and put them in a stocking and go give them to a family or child that can't do it on their own. It will change your life.