Voter registration and awareness non-profit HeadCount will present a very special, very silly Spelling Bee Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, May 8th following the first day of the Relix Live Music Conference. According to their website, We Bee Spelling is “an interactive spelling game show. We combined a concert, comedy show and spelling bee, added a bit of variety, and created a one-of-a-kind experience that will have you dancing and laughing all night long.” As a bonus, there will be a special opening set from Leftover Salmon performing songs from their new album Something Higher.
The “We Bee Spelling” show will feature a Andy Frasco and the UN as the live house band, comedian judges Kyle Ayers and Ahri Findling, and host Alex Greer. And as for the contestants? We Bee Spelling will be testing the language arts chops of musicians and live music industry stalwarts like Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Hannah Gold (City Winery), Lee Anderson (Paradigm), Dan Berkowitz (CID Entertainment), Annabel Lukins (Cloud 9), Will Scott (CAA), Ted Kartzman (YouTube), Jay Curley (Ben & Jerry’s), Aaron Stein (Freak’s List), and Kunj Shah (Live For Live Music).
The event, billed as We Bee Spelling, is part of an ongoing series that join the spelling bee concept with live music and comedy to benefit worthwhile charitable causes. According to the We Bee Spelling website, “We’ve raised over $450,000 for causes with a unique event that’s accessible to any level donor… and a fundraising platform that creates a lasting impact and great memories for everyone involved.”
We Bee Spelling contestants fundraise like a host committee or marathon runners, promoting the event and raising sponsorship donations from their extended networks, friends, family, and fans. Even the audience is part of the show as members of the crowd can donate to “sabotage” spellers, forcing them to spell words backwards, take a mystery shot from the bar, or deal with other distracting challenges.
Instead of purchasing a ticket, We Bee Spelling asks attendees to make a $10 donation to HeadCount in one of the contestants’ behalf. [Note: Might we suggest backing our wonderful founder/president/master speller, Kunj Shah].
To donate to the cause and secure your ticket, head here. You can get a taste of the party in the preview video below:
[Video: We Bee Spelling]