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Ryan Paul and Kate Kunkel 12/17/2008

Ryan Paul and Kate Kunkel 12/17/2008 by elli rader.

On Wednesday, THE ARDENT and I played a show for/with our good friend Kate Kunkel and Light Of Hope. This evening is certainly going to go down as one of the more memorable evenings of my life. There are a whole variety of reasons for it’s significance, but I’ll lay out a couple of them here.

I was pleased to see Dean Magraw. He is such a beast on the guitar. He is one of those guys that makes what he does look so simple and I imagine myself replicating what he is capable of… until I go and pick up my guitar and realize that it ‘ain’t as easy as it looks’.

Brandon Sampson of Six Mile Grove was a pleasant surprise. I have had a few opportunities to listen to SMG’s records, but must have been distracted – – This guy is adroit, ingenious, and skillful in all that he does on stage. His songs were brilliant, his voice was piercing (in a good way), and his presence was pronounced. I hope to have the opportunity to do more with Brandon and Six Mile Grove in the future.

The moment arrived when THE ARDENT and I were to take the stage. Things seemed rushed, but that isn’t a new thing. It is possible that I was inattentive because I knew what we had up our sleeve for the set. For the first two songs, we pulled up Kate Kunkel as a guest vocalist. Kate and I had gone over a few songs the week prior, but even I was not sure how she was going to take to the stage; the audience; the lights. Kate was about as chic and graceful as they come as she lightly layered beautiful harmony lines under mine. I was partially blown away as I was hearing it all happen.

Kate has become a very dear friend to me and this was a really great moment. Rest assured, from this point on, if she is at a show, I will be dragging her up on stage. It was too much fun!

To top the whole thing off, a lot of money was raised for Karati Kenya. Old friends showed their faces. new friends were made. I hope everyone rested well that evening. I was agreeably spent…

.rp

official site http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

Ryan Paul and Kate Kunkel 12/17/2008 by elli rader.

Ryan Paul and Kate Kunkel 12/17/2008 by elli rader.

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Dean MagrawI am looking forward to our show next week at The Hollow. I have already gone on and on to explain my interest in the cause. I may go a little further…

Last week we played two shows to raise money for an organization called Urban Ventures. This organization is one that directly contributes to South Minneapolis residents only. I live in South Minneapolis and am able to see the devastating effects of drugs and violence in the neighborhood. It was quite rewarding to know that the work that everyone contributed will go to change the lives of some of the people I see every single day.

We were approached to do the benefit for Light Of Hope a few months ago and I had been dropping hints with Kate Kunkle since before the concert’s inception. I will admit that I do not know what the poverty level in Kenya is like on a personal level. No matter what economic bracket that any of we Americans may fall in, we are still rich by comparison.

A few weeks ago, Mumbai India was attacked and I was quite affected by it. A friend had just returned from India and the gift that she had purchased for me was sitting on my desk as I watched the story unfold on CNN.com. Another friend had a terrifying dream about a city in India the night before the attacks. She and I had spoke about the nightmare hours before the attack happened. Both of these things made the attack on Mumbai very real to me.

It became very evident to me that I am not nearly as concerned about what is going on around the world as I should be. I have become terribly numb. In a song by Derek Webb, he says “I join the oppressors of those I choose to ignore.” and I think that statement is true for me as well.

I am excited to raise some money for some people who I will never meet who live in a country that I will most likely never visit.

DEAN MAGRAW will also be playing this benefit. In 2001, one of my earlier bands played a festival called “The Big Wu Family Reunion”. This festival was the first time I ever had the opportunity to have my face melted off by Mr, Dean Magraw. Since that time I have tried to follow his busy career. I have always hoped for a day when I would get the chance to play a show with Dean. This is one of my dreams coming into reality. I feel quite fortunate.

.rp

http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

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Lee's December 4thThis week on December 4th, we will be playing two shows. The first is a private show for the release of “Reciprocity” and the second will be a late night show at Lee’s where we will bring a handful of copies of the disc to share. These shows are a big deal to me because of the disc.

“Reciprocity” is a project that elli rader and I worked very hard on. It is a collection of songs by local artists who contributed all of their time (not to mention the songs) to this cause. “Reciprocity” will directly contribute to youth programs at Urban Ventures. 100%!!! It will work specifically with the killer recording studio that is built there. I really can’t stress how cool this cause is.

Two weeks from now on December 17th, we will be playing The Hollow to help raise money for our friend Kate Kunkle, who is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a clinic in rural Kenya. elli rader has worked hard to put this show together and the line up is great. 100% of your cover charge will go toward the construction!! How cool is that?!?

Here is why I am excited about these shows: WE (all of us) have the opportunity to do something very simple to offer aide to those very close to us (Urban Ventures) and those very far away (Karati, Kenya). And here is why I am personally investing my time: I took a step back and looked at my life and I have been given so much and I want to give back – To level the playing field. Give someone else a shot.

When I was approached with these opportunities and they asked me to just show up and play some tunes, I dove in. THE ARDENT has also been very cool about giving their time and effort to these projects… and elli rader – was instrumental both. You’ll probably never see her. She’ll never ask for credit for the work she does. It is tough to give her credit for her contributions because the list is 10 miles long… but I thought I would throw her name out here. She probably won’t blush too much over it.

.rp

http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

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