In March 2011, Jonathan Wunderlich, Director of Development at the DREAM Project (http://www.dominicandream.org), contacted Doug via a connection made through a mutual friend, Gordon Segal, to see if Doug might be interested in participating in a fundraiser for the DREAM music program and the only public library in the north of the DR. Doug immediately said, “YES!” – thus beginning a WimBash relationship with the DREAM Project that has continued on through the years. The DREAM’in Live event featured a brunch and silent auction, amazing food, activities for kids and culminated in an evening concert on the beach showcasing headliners Eric Gales (2010 Blues Guitarist of the Year) and Doug Wimbish, sharing the stage with local musicians Van Avakian (drums), J.P. Polsani (guitar) and “Harp Swiss Chris” (harmonica).
Sponsors for the event included the US Embassy, Jet Blue, Velero Beach Resort, Jazz en Dominicana, Joe Pagano, Ted & Monica Foster, Chi Chi’s Restaurant, Bead It!, Encargo PAQ.
Cabarete will show the entire country Saturday June 4th how a united community can support local education and have a lot of fun at the same time. DREAMin Live is one of the year’s most unique musical events, presenting the 2010 “Blues Guitarist of the Year” Eric Gales and Doug Wimbish from the group Living Colour. The show will take place at Nikki Beach Cabarete and is absolutely free, with a portion of Nikki Beach’s proceeds going towards the DREAM Music Program and educational initiatives.
The DREAM Project, with the support of JetBlue, Jazz Dominicana and the US Embassy’s Office of Cultral Affairs, Centro Franklin, will promote the event, attracting thousands of rock and roll fans, both national and international, to the beach of Cabarete. In addition to the show, DREAM will hold a special brunch at 11am, Saturday, June 4th for the entire family to launch a full day of fun. This pre-concert event will include the best of a “chill out” Nikki Beach ambiance, with delicious food, incredible music, a silent auction and children activities that offer something for the entire family. Cabarete is a DREAM community and the weekend’s proceeds will go towards innovative education and music programs that invest in our most valuable natural resource: our children.
DREAM is a US and Dominican registered non-profit organization that promotes quality education for more than 2,500 children annually throughout the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. DREAM believes that quality early childhood education and continuing education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty and change the future of the Dominican Republic. Their mission is to implement community based initiatives and sustainable solutions to alter the face of education in the country.
The recommended hotels for DREAMin Live are Villa Taina, Velero and Magnifico. Please make table reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (809) 571-0459.
- Doug Wimbish
- Eric Gales
- Van Avakian
- J.P. Polsani
- Harp Swiss Chris