Last Night I had the extreme pleasure of attending Mateo Messina’s benefit event for Children’s Hospital at Benaroya Hall. A couple members of the Symphony Guild are also STIFF volunteers and one of our friends is a childhood friend of Matt’s, so we have actually gone for the last few years. Many symphonies can be a bit on the boring, but these events never are. Aside from the fact that Matt’s music is incredibly cinematic, he always includes unusual guests and I really look forward to these shows.
This year’s was called Symphony of the Superhero and featured some incredible talent. Seeing Cut Chemist standing in front of an orchestra and choir with a couple turntables and mixing in their sounds along with Lili Haydn’s violin and the music of The Malandros, in front of a large video screen was one of the coolest things I have ever seen (the phone pic really can’t even come close to doing it justice). I have never wanted to stand on my seat and dance at Benaroya hall before. The after party at the W Hotel was also pretty fun as Blake Lewis stopped by to jam with Cut Chemist.
I’m sure that the video from last night’s show is going to take a few months to cut together and get online, so in the meantime, check out this clip from a couple years ago featuring Alice in Chains performing Kashmir. When you see the ads for this thing next year, make sure to buy a ticket. Not only will you see something that will blow your mind, you are helping out an incredibly worthy cause