Joey Damico knew he wanted to give back.
After touring a children’s hospital, Damico was inspired by the art therapy and healing power of music used to help young children overcome terrible illnesses, diseases and disabilities. Damico founded Little Tribe Children’s Foundation early in 2013, committed to helping fund therapy programs through grassroots movements and benefit events.
In the last year, the charitable organization, which recently received its official nonprofit certification, has supported music and art therapy programs, programs that receive no federal or state funding, at medical centers like UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. In addition to its partnership with Whole Foods in Sebastopol and the store’s Nickels for Non-Profits, the foundation is holding a fall benefit festival and concert event, “Childhood Dreams.”
Taking place at Aubergine Vintage Emporium in Sebastopol, the family-friendly festivities kick off at 2pm with artists, music featuring local teen songwriters, and an abundance of activities—from pony rides and face painting, to massage healers and henna classes. Once the sun goes down, Little Tribe goes After Dark, with popular Canadian world music group Delhi 2 Dublin headlining. The band’s reputation for lively shows has made them a mainstay of festivals around the world. DJ Zack Darling, melodic duo Horse Heaven and others will also perform, with plenty of surprises in store.
“Childhood Dreams” festival and concert happens on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Aubergine After Dark, 775 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 2pm. $10–$20. 707.829.2722.