NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 19, 2014

Surfing for support

Fundraiser to boost 'Save the Stage' efforts in Amesbury

By Jim Sullivan
Staff writer

---- — Waves of music and waves of art will crash into downtown Amesbury tomorrow evening, when Pat Hall and Friends will give a much-needed assist to Stage Two Cinema Pub’s “Save the Stage” campaign.

“It’s going to be a great night,” Stage Two owner Donna Turbity said. “We are still lagging a little bit behind here, and I am hopeful it is going to take off. But we are running out of time, unfortunately.”

With 188 backers and 14 days to go, the Kickstarter campaign has secured $17,150 worth of pledges toward the $60,000 goal to bring digital projection to Stage Two.

Because it looks like the online campaign will fall short, Turbity decided to plan a surfing-themed fundraiser.

“We would like to draw in that crowd,” Turbity said. “There are a lot of people who follow (Hall’s) band, and they are all into surfing and whatever. He brings in a lot of people that way, and that opens up a whole new level of people.”

The event will also feature live surf paintings by Shane Taylor and an auction, with Monumental Films’ “Sounds of Waves” shown on a loop in the background. Guest musicians Jarrod Tyler and Jonny Deuplisea will play in between sets for wall-to-wall music.

“We are going to have a great band and watch a great movie,” Turbity said. “All of the proceeds are going to go to the Kickstarter fund, so the more, the merrier. Every little bit is hopefully going to help get us where we need to be.”

“The Turbitys have been good friends of mine for a long time,” Hall said. “I played Pop Warner football in Amesbury, and it is very cool to help the Stage Two. The last time we played there, the show was sold out and there was great energy.”

The owner of NorthEast Board Culture surf shop in Salisbury, Hall fronts a four-piece jam band that features him on guitar and vocals, Matt Hendrick on lead guitar and vocals, Mike Miksis on bass and vocals, and drummer Adam Sideri.

“The whole atmosphere is relaxed,” Hall said of the cinema pub. “You can go out to eat and watch a movie. Instead of being in your regular cinema, you can relax, kick back in the chairs, and it’s unique. We need to have unique venues like that.

“It’s a place where artists can have movie premieres and stuff like that,” he said. “There are a bunch of filmmakers out of New Hampshire and Newburyport right now. These guys are all starting to film, and this would be a great place to premiere their movies.”

The Save the Stage campaign ends on the Fourth of July.

If you go

What: “Save the Stage” fundraiser with Pat Hall and Friends

When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

Where: Stage Two Cinema Pub, 109 Main St., Amesbury

How much: $10 at the door

Fundraiser to boost ‘Save the Stage’ efforts in Amesbury