Photo credit: Jeff Raspe
We did it! StrummerJam 2017 was another resounding success – so many awesome events and with the funds raised combined from 2016 means we have smashed through the $20,000 USD barrier in total funds raised!!
This year we had 28 events, featuring 80+ bands, in 25 cities, in 10 countries.
Ranging from a full-on showcase organised by Jeff Raspe featuring the talented Jesse Marlin (raising funds for Music & Memory), to Jeffrey Glover and everyone at The Breakwall, Ohio (raising funds for Rock School Studios), a club gig in Lima, Peru organised by Natalia Vajda Viacava (raising funds for Warmi Rock Camp for Girls) to Matt Hulse who dedicated an afternoon to do some busking in Qingdao, China!
The music non-profits who were beneficiaries this year were New Hampton Arts Centre, Music for Everyone, Music & Memory, Warmi Rock Camp for Girls, Música en Los Barios, Rock School Studios, The Joe Strummer Foundation & more.
This year we got to see so much variety in the types and sizes of events, and which we think really sums up the essence of StrummerJam. It’s not about putting on a huge concert (great if you can :)) but the point is just to go ahead get involved.
Quotes from some of this years amazing StrummerJam organisers:
“So many people made yesterday the success that it was. I am proud to have been a part of such a wonderful event. An event that would not have been possible without the contributions of these wonderful people I am proud to call my friends and family. Michael Morgan & Gabe Cellini, owners & operators of the finest Bbq joint around and two of the kindest men I’ve ever known who donated an amazing 50% of their gross sales yesterday. As well as their dedicated, hard-working staff.” – Jeffrey Glover, Ohio, USA.
“I was honoured to be a part of StrummerJam and host the debut Detroit show this year! We are already planning a bigger event for next year. Being able to help the next generation of strummers around the globe and spreading Joe’s message and music is what it is all about for me!” – Sue Static, Detroit, USA.
“One of the greatest things though has been the communication with fellow Strummerjammers globally. I’m planning to head to Mexico next August to join the guys out there, and maybe even head down to Peru. I feel like I have a new family.” – Matt Hulse, China
“It’s been great to connect that time in our city, 1987, when we had Joe here working on the film and soundtrack to “Walker”, and bringing that energy to the emerging bands, and at the same time raising some funds for the kids music program, to spark that lifelong interest in music, and all the benefits that come from that. We’re just delighted that we discovered STRUMMERJAM and The Joe Strummer Foundation in time to be a part of it this year.” – Rob Keddy, Música en Los Barrios, Nicaragua
“The StrummerJam was our first fundraising event, we are amazed by all the support and love we have received not only from fellow musicians, volunteers and friends but all the people that gathered that night, we felt embraced by our community and proud of waving the Peruvian flag at this global celebration.” – Natalia Vajda Viacava, Warmi Rock Camp For Girls, Peru
“We were very proud to be part of this awesome event, to raise funds for the Hillbrow Community Music Centre run by NGO, the Outreach Foundation and bring attention to good work the Strummer Foundation is doing and celebrate the legacy of Joe Strummer. Already looking forward to the next one!” – Jonathan Mostert, Johannesburg, South Africa
We extend a huge thanks to all the amazing organisers, bands, donators, venues for giving up their spaces for a few hours and to everyone who attended a StrummerJam, shared an event listing or just enjoyed the music.
So we now close the doors to StrummerJam for this year, but we’re already looking forward to StrummerJam 3.0 🙂
Until then, thank you.
The Joe Strummer Foundation