WimBash to the WimBash Music Festival Series
Synonymous with Doug Wimbish, Doug’s personal venture, WimBash, continues to be both a vision and a mission. WimBash, as a community and family based, musical and educational festival has redefined how we look at pro-active involvement in making change. The event has established its name by leveraging the passion and talents of professional musicians by connecting them with groundbreaking programs in music, culture and quality education. WimBash features Doug playing with a number of world-class collaborators, as well as select local bands, providing the opportunity to see musicians, who more often play large venues around the world, in a much more intimate setting. WimBash is unique in that it brings together an eclectic group of music genres under one roof, utilizing the local talent alongside well-known artists while working together with a local foundation or organization in giving back directly to the community.
WimBash, founded by legendary Grammy award winning rock band Living Colour's bassist, initially started as a welcome home/ birthday party held at Sully’s Pub in Hartford, CT for his close friend and fellow Sugar Hill Rhythm Section bandmate Skip McDonald. The name "WimBash", as it the event became to be known, came one year later. During his many travels abroad, Doug became quite used to misspellings of his last name...often “Wimbush”. At one point, his name was misspelled "Wimbash". Perfect name for a Doug Wimbish hosted party thought Doug...WimBash! Hence, the birth of the "WimBash" name.
Over the years, WimBash has developed from the initial get together with family, friends and musicians to a highly anticipated event and music festival series, anchoring itself in the communities it visits. The impact and community involvement that WimBash fosters resonates with life-long friendships and partnerships established. While maintaining the grass roots, organic and community based nature of the event, WimBash has been fortunate to work with organizations including The DREAM Project, The School of Rock, The Miami Design Preservation League and the Backbeat Foundation. Highly memorable WimBash events were presented at Industry trade shows such as NAMM and Frankfurt's Musikmesse.
Since the inaugural WimBash in Hartford, CT in 2004, featured WimBash Music Festival artists have included Ms. Lauryn Hill, Living Colour, TM Stevens, Dave Eleffson (Megadeth), Skip McDonald (Little Axe), Tack>>Head, Jungle>>Funk, Head>>Fake, Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic), Desiree Bassett (Cirque du Soleil), Big Sam Williams (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Eric Gales, The Help, Dr. Madd Vibe, Doug Pinnick (King’s X), The Chops Horns (Sugar Hill Gang), Stevie Salas, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Freakbass, Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Black Stone Cherry and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob). The historic WimBash at the 2009 NAMM show featured performances by Alex Skolnick, Gary Hoey, Kiko Loureiro, Devin Townsend, Rob Balducci, John Mc Carthy, Rusty Cooley and Will Calhoun.
2012 and Beyond - WimBash on the Road
In the first half of 2012, Doug Wimbish and NovaSound Studio have already presented four WimBash events this year alone:
• Miami (January) presented by Miami Design Preservation League and Art Deco Weekend
• Philadelphia (April) presented by the School of Rock
• New Orleans Jazzfest Week (May) presented by Backbeat Foundation.org and BackBeat Jazzfest Series
• Cabarete, Dominican Republic (May) presented by The DREAM Project and DREAMin’ Live.
WimBash returns for the ninth year to Hartford, CT on August 18, 2012. Wimbash>>Hartford 2012 will host over 20 artists/ bands on two stages featuring performances by Grammy Award winning Living Colour’s Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun, The School of Rock House Band from Fort Washington, PA and a special surprise musical guest. Artist clinics from 2 pm to 5 pm hosted by Doug Wimbish, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun and many WimBash musicians will feature programs in music production, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, vocals, keyboards, effects and tone and programming. Stuart Spector from Spector Bass, David Koltai from Pigtronix and Andy Graham from Slaperoo Percussion will be in attendance for product demo/ discussion and to offer up a hello!
It is the goal of Doug Wimbish and NovaSound Studio to continue to bring WimBash into the global market, creating a musical collaboration of artists that join together to have fun yet raise awareness and much needed funds to benefit organizations that directly serve to educate our youth. Ms Lauryn Hill has been a tremendous supporter of WimBash. DREAMin' Live and WimBash>>Cabarete 2012 Special surprise guest Ms. Lauryn Hill at WimBash>>Cabarete 2012 in May, 2012:
Looking forward into 2013, WimBash events are planned for April in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, May in New Orleans and the annual Hartford WimBash. WimBash in NY , Miami Beach, Orlando and Memphis are distinct opportunities at his time. Doug is looking forward to the 2013 Winter NAMM show and the possibility of returning the WimBash to NAMM. Much interest has been generated in presenting WimBash>>London and Doug and NovaSound are hoping to make that a reality in 2013.
Importantly, 2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of WimBash. Preparation for the Gala Celebration of the 10 year WimBash anniversary is already underway. Doug and NovaSound Studio, along with the support of Ms. Lauryn Hill and many WimBash "alumni", are presently curating a gallery of the history of WimBash and Doug Wimbish...The Living Legend, to be presented at WimBash>>Hartford 2013.