May 19, 2013

Orlando Napier @ Feed the Funk Benefit, Oreana Winery ~ May 18, 2013

photo by p. dunkley
Get Funky

Santa Barbara is full of things to do. A Saturday night could have endless possibilities. So it seemed a benefit that promotes young adults getting more involved in local music and community causes, while enjoying great blues music and yummy local eats, was a winner!

The Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Jewish Federation created “Feed the Funk,” an outreach event to promote leadership amongst young professionals who also enjoy the local music scene. The foundation supports and provides social service programs to the Santa Barbara community. Tonight they provided a party.

Headlining the event was local R&B golden boy Orlando
photo by p.dunkley
Napier. Born in LA, but musically fashioned in Santa Barbara, Napier performed R&B stylings with his saxophonist father and band. Seated at the keyboards and hiding behind sunglasses, Napier belted original blues from his heart. His music is a mix of classic blues with a touch of hip-hop. The music is danceable and lively, a perfect introduction to blues for those newbies in attendance.    

photo of Rob & Kate by p.dunkley 
The event was definitely a winner. The night was warm and clear, the food was local and delicious, the music was fresh and bluesy. And all this for a good cause. Makes it easy to give back while getting funky.