During seven days last December, volunteer musicians organized by the Silver Lake Musicians Co-op raced across town to convalescent homes and other institutions to spread holiday cheer in the form of a dozen, free musical performances. After that rewarding but exhausting experiment, music co-op director Gary Gamponia has tweaked and expanded the mobile music program, which now plans to stage 100 concerts at Los Angeles area convalescent and nursing homes throughout the year. For Easter weekend, members of the “Pay it Forward Band” will perform at convalescent homes in Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock and East Hollywood.
“We watch these elderly people literally dancing in their wheelchairs, smiling from ear to ear and we can see that they are literally starving for good entertainment,” Gamponia said in a press release. “So many of the patients are lonely and forgotten. We hope to get other musicians involved in a year round effort.”
Photo from Silver Lake Musicians Co-op website