Virginia native Keller Williams today launches an online auction at www.mimifishman.org/auctions to benefit his southern neighbors who were impacted by the recent tornados that tore through the region. Hosted by the Mimi Fishman Foundation, the public can bid on a Godin Guitar cherished by Keller, a Golf Cart Ride and VIP Ticket upgrade at the upcoming Summer Camp Festival, and a Keller Williams “Season Pass.” 100% of the money raised will go directly to tornado victims, with Keller and each winner deciding together the specific recipient organization. For additional details and to bid, visit www.mimifishman.org.
A word from Keller about the auction (April 20, 2011):
As I watched the dreamy royal wedding, I couldn’t help thinking of the nightmare that was happening in the southeast. The devastation from the tornados left me wanting to help in any way possible. So, in addition to a couple other items, I’m auctioning off my Godin Multiac fretless guitar with synthe access. Her name is “lil’ sexy.” Please check out “Lil’ Sexy Blues” from the Dream record featuring Sanjay Mishra on guitar, Samir Chatterjee on tablas, and me playing this guitar. It has nylon strings and sounds like a warm classical that’s being played with a slide except your fingers are doing the sliding as there are no frets. The fret lines are in place so it plays easily. With a fretless, you simply press the string on the fretline for the proper note to be in tune. It’s a guitar player’s guitar. It’s not a cowboy chord guitar you sit back and strum tunes around the campfire. It’s a thin body guitar, but slightly thicker than an electric. It’s super sexy. The pick up system is very elaborate with many options. Each string sits in its own cradle. The signal is split two ways and has two separate out puts. One is a regular quarter inch guitar cable that controls the acoustic sounds with volume, treble, mid, and bass control faders. The other is a 13 pin gk cable that goes to the Roland guitar synthesizer. This unit is not included. But it’s bad ass. Hours of entertainment can be had with a plethora of different sounds. My favorites were the trumpet and fiddle. I would tune the guitar to chord and slide around the low notes on the trumpet patch and would sound like a sexy trombone with no spit. The fiddle is way more realistic sounding with the fretless aspect. Although it’s a thin body, there is a small acoustic port up by the controls that allows you to play and hear her in all her sexiness with out any amplification. I’m letting her go because she was a one song a show guitar. Then when I started flying so much and had to choose who goes and who stays, I obviously chose the guitars I play the most. She is a luxury, specialty that deserves to be played.
For more from Keller and to bid in the auction, visit www.mimifishman.org.
KELLER ON TOUR
One-man-band Keller Williams is back on the tour circuit this spring/summer, including at festival stops such as The Hangout Festival (Gulf Shores, AL), All Good Music Festival (Masontown, WV), Summer Camp (Chillicothe, IL) and many others. Williams also debuts his new Show For Kids at festivals this summer – performing afternoon sets on the children’s stage The Hangout Music Festival, the Kidzapalooza Stage at Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL) and others still to be announced.
Keller Williams’ new foray into children’s music is changing the face of the field. His matinee kids shows have been a huge hit with fans small and big, while KIDS – his first album release for children and families – has been warmly embraced by fans and by tastemakers. All Music Guide says of the release, “[Keller’s] big-hearted wit is perfectly suited to the songs on Kids, a record that will entertain children of all ages without talking down to them.”
No matter what the age of the audience, Keller Williams’ shows always display his musicianship, creativity, and humor.
The complete list of Keller’s currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:
Friday, May 13 Revolution Music Room Little Rock AR
Saturday, May 14 Love Fest in the Midwest Papillion NE
Friday, May 20 Churchill Downs – Paddock Concert Series Louisville KY
Sunday, May 22 The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores AL
Friday, May 27 Bella Madre Music Festival Geneva MN
Saturday, May 28 Summer Camp Chillicothe IL
Thursday, June 2 The Bear Tooth Theatre Pub-Indoors Anchorage AK
Friday, June 3 49th State Brewing Company Healy AK
Saturday, June 4 The Blue Loon Fairbanks AK
Monday, June 6 The Chilkat Center for the Arts Haines AK
Thursday, June 23 Bottle & Cork Dewey Beach DE
Friday, June 24 The Stephen Talkhouse Amagansett NY
Friday, July 1 Nectar’s Edgartown MA
Sunday, July 3 Gratefulfest – Nelson Ledges Garrettsville OH
Sunday, July 10 Crested Butte Music Festival “Bluegrass in Paradise” Crested Butte CO
Friday, July 15 All Good Music Festival Masontown WV
Saturday, July 16 Summer Music Festival @ Roseberry McCall ID
Friday, July 22 Northwest String Summit North Plains OR
Sunday, July 24 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT
Thursday, July 28 Simon Estes Amphitheater Des Moines IA
Saturday, July 30 Collegiate Peaks Music Festival Buena Vista CO
Sunday, August 7 Kidzapalooza Stage at Lollapalooza Chicago IL
Friday, August 26 – Saturday, August 27 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue CO
Friday, September 2 Head Jamz Festival Adams TN
Saturday, September 3 Steeljam Festival Bethlehem PA
Monday, January 9 – Friday, January 14 2012 Jam Cruise 10 Fort Lauderdale FL
Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17 2012 Jam in the ‘Dam, The Melkweg Amsterdam NL
Additional dates to be announced. Visit www.kellerwilliams.net.