Coffee Oasis will get a boost from classic rockers

Goldy McJohn, a founding member of Steppenwolf, joins the Steppenwolf Experience for a performance to benefit Coffee Oasis.                    -
Goldy McJohn, a founding member of Steppenwolf, joins the Steppenwolf Experience for a performance to benefit Coffee Oasis.
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POULSBO — There will be some surprises in store when the Steppenwolf Experience takes the stage at One Ten Lounge on Front Street in Poulsbo New Year’s Eve.

You’ll remember the group’s performance at Americana Music Festival if you attended that event in September at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park. They were Magic Carpet Ride then.

The group, comprised of former members of Steppenwolf, is now known for copyright purposes as Steppenwolf Experience Magic Carpet Ride Featuring Former Members of Steppenwolf.


They’ll be joined Dec. 31 by keyboardist Goldy McJohn, a founding member of Steppenwolf whose early career included stints with the Mynah Birds (which also included Rick James, Bruce Palmer and, after McJohn left, Neil Young), The Diplomats, and The Sparrows. McJohn, who lives in West Seattle, was a pioneer in the early use of the electronic organ in heavy metal.

Glen Bui, guitarist and band manager, said they’ll be joined by harpist Amanda Grazadzielewski, who he met during a post-Americana Music Festival jam session at the One Ten Lounge. She’ll join the group on “Stairway to Heaven” on her upright harp.

The group will also perform a set of originals. That’s big news. But the bigger news: This is a benefit for Coffee Oasis. Tickets are $15; a portion of proceeds from ticket sales and proceeds from a raffle will go to the outreach for homeless and at-risk children. The raffle will include items from local merchants and Steppenwolf memorabilia.

Only 100 advance tickets will be sold. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. A ticket gets you a discount on a room at the Poulsbo Inn. One Ten Lounge owner Don Ryan will provide free shuttle service to and from the inn.

Bui talked to Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson and Coffee Oasis director Dave Frederick after learning about the new outreach center in Poulsbo.

The Poulsbo site opens Saturday at 780 NE Iverson St., at the corner of 8th Avenue, thanks to a lot of volunteer labor and $87,000 in grants and donations.

Coffee Oasis is a ministry of Hope in Christ Ministries. It provides  safe haven, employment training and other services for homeless and at-risk children. Coffee Oasis has coffee houses in Bremerton and Port Orchard, and this week opened a teen shelter.

“We saw what they were doing and decided to see if we could raise some money for them also,” Bui said. “After our costs are covered, for sound and everything, the rest of ticket sales and raffle proceeds will go to them. We’ll see if we can get some donations for them too.”

Bui and the rest of the group devote most of their performances to charitable causes. In 2009, Magic Carpet Ride ( played a special concert for the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club at the Great Wolf Lodge; the event raised more than $400,000.

Magic Carpet Ride drew an audience of 500 to a 2010 concert in Saratoga, N.Y. to benefit an organization that serves individuals with disabilities and their families. More than $70,000 was raised.

Magic Carpet Ride helped sell out Full Moon Fest 2011, a benefit for The American Cancer Society, in Quilcene.

Bui also likes to showcase local talent. Molly Walmsley, an aspiring vocalist and student at Kingston High School, joined the band at Americana Music Festival for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” (She can’t perform with the group at the One Ten because she’s a minor). In addition to Grazadzielewski, the group will be joined New Year’s Eve by guitarist Nick Klein of Poulsbo.


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