The Music of Healing

Hashbrown gives up the funk for all the little kids

Aventura-based businessman Andy Rothman, who boasts a large and impressively diverse CD collection, had an idea. In an effort to alleviate the mind-numbing ennui of hospital stays and promote healing, he thought, why not equip hospitals, especially children's hospitals, with a CD library? After all, music heals the soul, and musical therapy has gained a good amount of credibility in recent years. Miami Children's Hospital accepted Rothman's donation of hundreds of CDs and a handful of portable CD players, and the Share the Music charity organization was born.

The charity has proven popular, but now that Rothman and his cohorts have donated about all the CDs they can, they need some cash to buy more, along with portable CD players (and possibly musical instruments, for extended hospital stays). And for this particular foundation, what better way to raise money than to hold a benefit concert?

The Share the Music Benefit at the Culture Room this Thursday features a bill of talented local bands whose varied fan base should make for a good crowd. The Danny Burger Quartet features, naturally, drummer Danny Burger, whose undeniable talent has allowed him to forge a career contributing to a variety of jazz artists, primarily in the hard-bop scene. He's played with Turk Mauro, Jesse Jones, Jr., and Eddie Higgins; Burger was part of Higgins's trio (along with bassist Phil Flannigan) for 1994's Zoot's Hymns, arguably the finest album released by one of the leading pianists of hard bop.


Share the Music Benefit

Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale

8 p.m. Thursday, December 13. Admission is free, though donations of cash, CDs, and portable CD players are suggested. Call 954-564-1074.

Two other bands set to perform don't yet have such flowery credentials, but both could go a long way given half a chance. Outdance (see "Chop-Chop!"), a jam band known for vaguely Latin rhythms and bizarre time signatures, and Hashbrown, Fort Lauderdale's beloved funksters, will both do their part to ensure that the audience, and ailing children across South Florida, will share the groove. Starting the night off will be Rhythmflow, billed as "a spontaneous live percussion improvisation."

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