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Singer-Songwriter Community Gives Back to Wheelchair-Bound Videographer

Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2013 --( Ron Sarfaty ("the guy in the wheel chair" who video tapes the singer-songwriters all over Los Angeles without ever charging a dime) totaled his accessible van a couple of weeks ago. He’s physically okay, but has lost his independence, therefore, a large portion of the singer-songwriter community, mobilized by Sandy Ross of SLR Productions, is putting on a benefit to raise the money he needs to buy a “new” used van, and the adaptive equipment he needs in order to drive it.

Ron has been a major asset to the singer-songwriter community for 11 years, video-taping performers at their gigs and editing the videos for them, all for free. He has insurance for the van but it’s for current value only (its 18 years old with 250,000 miles), and not replacement value.

The benefit will be held on Sunday, May 5th, from 7-11 pm at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge in Venice, Ca. Aside from the roster of talent performing at the benefit, community involvement includes various house concert and small venue promoters: Russell & Julie Paris (Oak Park), Jaynee Thorne (North Hills), Jeff Gold - West Valley Music Center (West Hills), John & Julie Zipperer (Northridge), Lauri Reimer - The Talking Stick (Venice), Steve Brogden - Thousand Oaks Library, Lauren Adams - Genghis Cohen (Los Angeles), and Bob Stane – Coffee Gallery Backstage (Altadena). Other prominent singer-songwriter advocates pitching in are Roz Larman (KPFK Folkscene radio show), Paul Zollo (editor of American Songwriter and Blue Railroad magazine) and Steve and Leda Shapiro (Folkworks magazine).

Ron first starting video taping singer-songwriters in 2001, before the stroke he suffered in 2004 that left him wheelchair dependent. Being an ardent fan of the music, he began doing it because it enabled him to give back to the artist’s whose music he loved. Unable to fully recover from the stroke he just continued on dedicating his time and expertise to the artists. His donated work, to date, includes taping 100+ performers, and editing at least 500 separate videos from their performances. He has also produced multiple music videos and DVDs, all out of pocket.

A list of the better known songwriters that he’s produced videos for includes: jazz great Mike Garson, virtuoso violinist Drew Tretick, Grammy award winner Wendy Waldman, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, and National treasures - Berkley Hart, Dan Navarro, Nathan Rogers, Severin Browne, John Batdorf, and James Lee Stanley. A list of the better known venues where he’s shot videos includes: McCabes Guitar Shop, The Broad Theater (Santa Monica), SOKA University, Coffee Galley Backstage, Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest, Tucson Folk Festival, The Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks, and the Simi Valley Cultural Center.

Videos are the singer-songwriter's most valuable tool in the digital age. They're used to pitch promoters for gigs and are uploaded to YouTube to promote the artist to both local and global audiences. Singer-songwriters websites are used as press kits with the video as the make-or-break aspect of the success of the performer's impression. The cost of these videos, to the singer-songwriters who are often independent artists, with little or no backing, can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Ron’s generosity has been immense, which is why the response to give back to this very kind and generous man has been immense.

The benefit, with Emcees Tara Sitser and Tom Hubbard, will feature a songwriter-in-the-round with Wendy Waldman, John Batdorf, James Lee Stanley, and Dave Tucker, and upstairs song circles for open participation hosted by John Mollenhauer. It will also include stage performances by many well-loved LA-based artists including: Lauren Adams, Severin Browne, Fur Dixon, Susie Glaze, Jeff Gold, Earl Grey & Lisa Johnson, Tom Hubbard & Ken Holme (H2), Michael Wesley Hughes, Arlene Kole, John Mollenhauer, Dave Morrison, Lisa Nemzo, Tracy Newman, Tara Sitser, Gary Stockdale, Ric Taylor, Tim Tedrow & Terry Vreeland, Jaynee Thorne, Ed Tree, Chad Watson & Pam Loe, Joyce Woodson, and John Zipperer.

Benefit for Ron Sarfaty
May 5th 7-11 pm
The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge
1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, California 90291
(310) 450-6052

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Paypal and tax deductible options are provided, along with information for making donations by personal check.

Ron Sarfaty is available for interview.

Contact: Sandy Ross
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