Jamnesty concert benefits college student’s service trip to Rwanda
May 5, 2011
Steamboat Springs — If Jasmine Marchman ever hears a negative response to her efforts to aid orphaned children in Africa, it's usually the same argument. Why isn't she helping children in America?
But Marchman, a Colorado Mountain College student who is active in the Alpine Campus' Amnesty International Club and Amahoro Project 1919, feels no farther away from children in Rwanda than her own neighbors.
"I don't really believe that I'm more tied to one group of people because we have the same citizenship," she said. "I believe all human beings are all related, and we're all one people."
A week from Friday, Marchman, 27, will realize her lifelong dream of traveling to northern Rwanda to work with orphaned children.
During the first student service trip through the local humanitarian nonprofit Amahoro Project, Marchman will act as the guinea pig for future trips to help the children with health care and educationed needs in a country rattled by civil war and genocide.
On Saturday, Marchman is throwing Jamnesty, an electronic music concert that will act as a fundraiser for her trip and a final send-off for the soon-to-be graduate.
The show starts at 9 p.m. at the Ghost Ranch Saloon, and a $5 donation is requested at the door.
"People always like to go out," Marchman said about throwing her second concert fundraiser this year. "Just getting money from people that way is pretty easy. And maybe it can make people more widely aware of (the Amahoro Project). Maybe it will reach out to an audience that wouldn't otherwise know about it."
In February, she helped plan a fundraiser featuring electronic music producer Emancipator that had the Ghost Ranch rocking on a Tuesday night. The proceeds from that show went to the Amnesty International local chapter.
Two DJs who opened the Emancipator show, former Steamboat Springs residents Iain Edgar, aka DJ Julius Cheeser, and Kristoffer Edland, aka DJ Kill Smith, will return to headline Jamnesty. They'll bring with them fellow Front Range producer David Holsapple, aka Atomic Reactor.
The three play a mix of glitch-hop, dubstep and laser crunk, which Marchman said would get the electronic music fans of Steamboat dancing for a good cause.
Leslie Gumbrecht, CMC associate professor of English and Amahoro Club adviser, said Marchman has raised thousands of dollars on her own for humanitarian aid.
"Every fundraiser she's done has been hugely successful," Gumbrecht said. "I expect this to be no different."
Gumbrecht said Marchman always has seemed to know what she's wanted to do with her life and always has been driven, unwaveringly, toward her goals of working with former child soldiers from Africa.
She said when Marchman moves on after her trip, it will be a great loss to the Amahoro Club.
"It's her leadership, her motivation, her dedication," Gumbrecht said. "I think she's going to be a great inspiration to future club members."
Marchman grew up in Steamboat but plans to move away to finish school. She said she's nervous and excited as the monumental changes in her life approach.
"It's a little bit exciting and a good closure to leave Steamboat," Marchman said. "I've finished my experience here, and it's time to move on to bigger things."
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com
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