The Night Owl in Fullerton is still trying to raise funds in order to save their open mic scene, so Fullerton musicians and artists have put together a free "mini-fest" on Saturday, March 11 at the Night Owl from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. in order to raise funds. The event will feature live music, raffles, and the Night Owl will be selling barbecue and refreshments. Promoter and musician Tre helped put the event together as another option to generate money needed to be created besides the Go Fund Me page.
Owner Joe Rosati says that the event was put together entirely by musicians, artists, and fans of the shop. He also thanked the Weekly for their original article, after donations doubled to $3,500 after the article was published.
Performancs will include Avery Robitaille, Rod Harrison, Taji, Daniel Hack South, Barry Clyde, Charles Fullwood, Tangible, as well as Tre. Together, Tre says they are all "a collection of local and traveling artists that have seen their talents and creative paths carved and sharpened by experiences provided by the Night Owl."
Raffle prizes will include a $150 valued "Dining in Downtown" gift card basket, a certificate to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Hair Salon for 1 coloring session, a styling party for you and 9 of your friends featuring champagne and hors d'oeuvres at a $500 value, and a signature bottle of Jack Daniels hand-selected from the distillery in Tennessee donated by Bourbon Street.
For Fullerton local Clariza Reyes, the Night Owl means community.
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"For me, the Night Owl is a place of beautiful beginnings. When I first moved here, the Night Owl was the place I made my first friends." Reyes says, "I sang songs that I had written for the first time at their open mic, and continued to keep playing music because of it. The Night Owl is a community, and it took me in when I didn't have one!"
Joe Rosati can't believe the response from the community in helping to save his coffee shop.
"I am completely blown away by the community of musicians that got the idea and put it together." Rosati says, "I am so grateful for all the love that surrounds the Night owl. Tre Nesbit was the motivating factor that really pushed this forward. He was always positive that nothing would stop the progress we have made over the last six years. God bless everyone that has been supporting this little shop and what we do."
The Night owl, as well as the promoters, want to give their thanks for all of the support they have received, and all of the businesses who have donated to the raffle. Finally, they encourage attendees to come hungry for some barbecue!