On June 2, JAM will be throwing the first annual Rowayton Porch Jam. Twelve Rowayton homes have generously donated their porches for 12 bands to play on between 12-4pm. Bands will be staggered over the course of the afternoon. The organizers encourage all participants to walk, bike and scoot to multiple homes throughout the day and soak up the music to benefit a great cause. A kick-off party will be held at Pinkney Park for VIP contributors and sponsors. VIPs will also receive Porch Jam Swag and transport from one porch to another as needed. All proceeds from The Jam will go to providing art and music enrichment for inner city youth and the underserved in the greater Norwalk area.
The Porch Jam will be the studio’s first big fundraising initiative. Participating bands include, Alpaca Gnomes, Barnstorm!, Bobby Paultauf, Free Flow, 2/3 Goat, G Rockwell & the Still River Ramblers, Summerfeet, Symphonic Bodega, The Well as well as solo artists Bill Nollman, Christian Rottner, Jasmin Roberson, Mary Shaw, PJ Pacifico, Zac Ely & Deegan Reeves.
Dre Towey said, “We’ve had such a great response from the town and are looking forward to it becoming an annual tradition. Community + music + altruism is a win-win. We hope our neighboring towns will join us and help spread The Jam.”
The organizer’s also encourage all young entrepreneurs to host lemonade stands the day of the event. There will be prizes for “most creative”, “best lemonade” and “most lemonade sales.” Tickets are currently for sale online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rowayton-porch-jam-tickets-45517634470
JAM, Junior Art & Music Inc, is founded by Rowayton resident, Dre Towey who is locally known for her award-winning children’s music. She’s played with her band Sugar On Top, at Waveny Park, Stepping Stones and The Levitt Pavilion. She is the the recipient of four Parents’ Choice Awards and a finalist in The John Lennon Songwriting Competition as well as the Independent Music Awards. Dre graduated from New Canaan High School and attended Lafayette College then continued to study art education at Parsons School of Design and Bank Street College. JAM is the marriage of her three loves: art, children and music.
JAM opened its doors as a nonprofit last Thanksgiving and since then children have benefited from the hands-on, process oriented art and music which is JAM’s signature. JAM partners with local organizations such as Family and Children’s Agency, Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, The Boys and Girls Club, The Open Door Shelter and Goodwill to invite children and adults to the studio. Whether painting, singing, splatting, spinning, strumming or drumming– artists discover that there is no limit to their creativity when their creativity is not limited.