Familylinks Social Media Jazz Contest

Familylinks serves nearly 8,000 people annually through its service locations throughout Southwestern PA.  It plays a unique role in keeping troubled families whole, strong, independent and productive while providing  services that benefit children, youth and families.  It provides each of its clients with a compassionate response designed specifically to deal with their own distinct problems.  They provide critical services in three broad areas:  behavioral health, education/community services and youth/family services.  Last year they assisted a total of 7, 737 people who turned to them for help.

They are having a fabulous fundraiser on March 21, 2014 at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland called Just Jazz II that they are combining with a YouTube video contest.  I just love people who think outside the box! Applicants need to be students in high school or college. They can perform individually or in dance combos, trios, quartets and quintets.  To apply just upload a video to Familylinks’ Dropbox account by 11:59 p.m. on February 1 (log-in information is available at Judges that include vocalist Lisa Ferraro and jazz trumpeter Benny Benack III will choose five finalists for the public to vote on.

Finalists will be announced on February 8 and those videos will be posted to Familylinks’ YouTube page. Voting will run from February 8-28 and will be calculated by each like the video receives. The video with the most likes will be declared the winner on March 1 and the video will be marketed through social media and e-blasts prior to the event. The winners will then perform during Just Jazz II’s cocktail hour!

Benny Benack, III and Elevations are scheduled to open the show and you can cap off the night at an after party at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy on the Northside.   One of my favorite jazz artists, Houston Person, is performing along with Lisa Ferraro, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin and Max Leake.  VIP tickets are $150 while general admission tickets are $75.  Click here to purchase tickets!