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Thirsty Thursday Virtual Concert

Thursday | July 02, 2020 | 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm

Online Event

You’re invited to join the Ecology Center for a virtual concert benefit highlighting many of the performers and musicians who would have joined with us in the community at North Berkeley Farmers’ Market Thirsty Thursdays, Earth Day 2020, and at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market Salsa Festival.

The Ecology Center located in Berkeley, CA is celebrating 50 years of Inspiring and building a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. Join us on Thursday, July 2, 2020, for a virtual concert on Facebook Live. This is a free live stream community event co-hosted by North Shattuck Association filled with music and entertainment with keynote presenters from the Ecology Centers’ programs and local community leaders. Any donations will go to support the costs to host the event and to support Ecology Center Programs. 

Suggested Donation: $5-$25. RSVP SUGGESTED.

Enter into our RAFFLE for a chance to win:

Wine, A Virtual Wine Tasting Experience, virtual dance lessons, virtual drumming lessons, Bamboo Houseware packages and more!

The event will be streamed on the Ecology Center Facebook page:

Martin Bourque, Ecology Center Executive Director
Nina Scoville, Ecology Center Farmers Market Program Manager
Sandra Kozma-Kennedy, Ecology Center Store Program Manager
Giuliana Blasi, Ecology Center Youth Development Program Manager
Ecology Center Youth Environmental Academy Interns
Helga Allessio, Professional Chef, and StopWaste Educator
Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Council, District 3
Sophie Hahn, Vice Mayor, Berkeley City Council, District 5
Nancy Judd, Recycle Runway
Heather Hensley, North Shattuck Association
Matthew Jervis, Downtown Berkeley Association
Kirsten MacDonald, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

With performances by:
Grammy Award-Winning Christian Pepin y Su Orquesta Bembe
Fog Holler
Fenix Dance
Filmore Slim
Rusty Strings Express
Patch Notes
Rebirth Canal
San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers
Pitch Please
Bob Athayde
Sin Silver

North Shattuck Association

Partner Organizations: Berkeley Community Media, Downtown Berkeley Association, Visit Berkeley, & Wachira Wines


Martin Bourque
Ecology Center Executive Director

Since 2000, Martin has led the Ecology Center, a community-based organization incorporated on Earth Day in 1970. Under Martin’s leadership, the Ecology Center is leveraging local direct community service programs to have state and national impact. Martin has spearheaded innovative efforts such as creating a farmers’ market industry group, pioneering electronic food stamp access and incentives at farmers’ markets, and passing the nation’s first Soda Tax. By linking local grassroots grit with highly competent program implementation, and increasingly effective policy advocacy, Martin has led the Ecology Center to become a high impact engine for change.

Nina Scoville
Farmers’ Market Manager

Nina joined the Ecology Center in 2017. She is excited to bring together her passions for healthy foods, sustainable agriculture, education, and community outreach in her role as Market Manager. Nina attended culinary school and has worked in professional kitchens as a chef for over a decade. She also has experience teaching outdoor education, including homesteading and wilderness survival skills, to youth. Growing up a free range kid behind the redwood curtain, Nina now passes that same love for mother nature and getting dirty on to her daughter.

Sandra Kozma-Kennedy
Ecology Center Store Program Manager

Sandra joined the Ecology Center in April of 2018, and brings with her an immense passion for the environment, sustainability and conservation. With a strong background in operations and management, she is an ambassador of change, constantly promoting growth and awareness of the dynamic role sustainability plays in our present and our future. As a Bay Area native, she has seen the community shift around her, and is inspired to continue to be an integral part of work being done locally to cultivate environmental stewardship. Sandra is an active volunteer for multiple organizations on her free time, and enjoys spending weekends at her community garden.

Giuliana Blasi
Ecology Center Youth Development Program Manager

Staff since 2016, Giuliana leads the Youth Environmental Academy (YEA) and youth engagement strategies for the Ecology Center. She brings nearly a decade of experience working with teens and young adults through her previous roles in creative youth development programs at Destiny Arts in Oakland and Loco Bloco in San Francisco, where she served as director of programs. Giuliana is an alumnus of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and participated in the CORO Youth Development Fellows Program in 2017. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Education from UC Berkeley and is a certified instructor of the Roots of Success Environmental Literacy curriculum.

Ecology Center Youth Environmental Academy Interns

Alishba Shabir
Youth Intern
Alishba took part in the Youth Environmental Academy throughout 2019. She contributed to spreading the word about the “For Thirst Water First” campaign, a movement that encourages folks to stay healthy and hydrated. Alishba has a passion for health and creating a thriving community, and she takes pleasure in baking and cooking.
She currently attends Berkeley High School and plans to attend university and med school in the future.
Cydney Devine-Jones
Youth Intern
Cydney joined the Ecology Center in early January of 2019. As a youth environmental academy scholar, Cydney got to participate in community outreach, farmer markets, multicultural cooking, and workshops at the Ecology Center. Now Cydney is a year-long intern who is truly dedicated to educating the public about environmental and global health issues in our community.

Helga Allessio
Professional Chef and StopWaste Educator

In her highly acclaimed “Simple Culinary Delights from Food Scraps” class last year, Stop Waste Environmental Educator, Chef Helga Alessio, taught students the many ways that the Food Waste cycle can be intercepted in the kitchen. Later this year she will be leading a series of workshops that will teach attendees how to create a Zero Waste Kitchen by reducing their food waste while preparing and cooking dishes that use ingredients otherwise tossed in the garbage.


Ben Bartlett
Berkeley City Council, District 3

A Berkeley native, Councilmember Bartlett is humbled by the opportunity to serve his community. He is inspired by the people of Berkeley who have worked hard to create this progressive community and his dedication to public service is an act of gratitude to pay it back and pay it forward – to them and to the future generations. Ben hopes to work with the community to make smart policies to bridge the gap between Opportunity and Affordability and supporting Prosperity and Sustainability that inspires the country.

Sophie Hahn
Vice Mayor, Berkeley City Council, District 5

Vice Mayor Sophie Hahn represents the 5th District on the Berkeley City Council. She is the author of Berkeley’s recently adopted Single Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance that has been cited as a model approach to reducing throw-away foodware and transitioning to reusables. Deeply committed to environmental work, Vice Mayor Hahn has authored legislation to legalize and facilitate urban agriculture and implement high green building standards, and worked to bring100% renewable energy to Alameda County through the establishment of East BayCommunity Energy. She co-sponsored Berkeley’s Climate Emergency Declaration and Electrification Ordinance, which requires all new buildings to be electric-only, is Chair of the Sierra Club, Northern Alameda County Group and runs an urban farm and CSA from her own backyard in North Berkeley. Vice Mayor Hahn received her BA in History from UC Berkeley and a JD from Stanford Law School. Prior to being elected to the Berkeley City Council, she practiced law; worked for a major international women’s health organization; started, ran and sold a small business; raised three children; and served on many civic boards and commissions.

Nancy Judd
Recycle Runway

Artist and environmental advocate and educator Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway creates couture fashion from trash as an innovative way to provide stimulating conversation, action and education about sustainable living. Her Couture fashions from trash are displayed in museums including the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Nancy, a trained teaching artist is now offering arts-based interactive virtual workshops at the Ecology Center. These workshops encourage commitments to environmental actions including upcycling, recycling, plastic-free living and sustainability.

Dr. Chris Wachira
Wachira Wines

Wachira Wines is a woman-owned winery and the culmination of the extraordinary vision and effort of Dr. Chris Wachira, the first Kenyan-born, Californian winemaker, distributor, importer, and exporter. Her story is about the love of her home country and the ability to succeed through adversity. Wachira has created an international wine that celebrates Kenyan culture, Kenyan values, and her dual Kenyan-American adventure. They are about building diversity in the wine community by creating unique, memorable experiences through #winesafari. As wine sponsors and scheduled wine pourers at the Ecology Center 50th Anniversary/Earth Day Festival and at the Farmers Market Salsa Festival, postponed because of Covid-19, they are thrilled to create a “Virtual Wine Tasting” at the Thirsty Thursday Virtual Concert.

Kirsten MacDonald
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

Kirsten MacDonald is the CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce which exists to support its business members and the economy of Berkeley by providing education, advocacy, and connection. Kirsten holds a Bachelors in Political Science as well as ranking in the Phi Beta Kappa political science honor society. Before joining the Chamber, Kirsten worked in a policy think tank that fostered track II diplomacy between countries on issues like climate change and water security. Founding a small business in her native New York, Kirsten is especially passionate about supporting women in business and has just launched a new Chamber membership program in January of 2018, Women Entrepreneurs of Berkeley. Women Entrepreneurs of Berkeley (WEB) strives to connect innovative women with the resources and networks they need to accelerate their businesses. Under Kirsten’s leadership, the Chamber has been committed to maintaining a relevant value proposition for its business members.

Heather Hensley, North Shattuck Association

Matthew Jervis
Downtown Berkeley Association

From punk rock to art direction to teaching to author-hood. Matthew Jervis has been working in creative circles his entire life.
For over to 20 years Matthew has led creative teams in the music industry, education and program development, graphic design and brand direction.
Matthew has also taken this experience into the classroom where he has designed and led creative courses for BUSD, the Boys and Girls Club, the Peace Corp, and courses that have been implemented here in Berkeley, across the Bay Area and the country.
Most recently, Matthew spent the past 5 years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in branding and creative strategy at the Academy of Art University. Matthew is the author of How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids.
Matthew graduated from The California College of the Arts with a degree in design. Matthew has called Berkeley home for 20 years where he is also raising 2 kids.


Christian Pepin y Su Orquesta Bembe

A musical multi-linguist, multi-award-winning, 2X Grammy Award Winner, and 2016 Grammy-nominated Percussionist, Christian Pepin, and his band, Orquesta Bembe, is a versatile musician that embodies the soul of a percussionist that inherently stirs the human spirit. From his supersonic slaps to the thunderous open tones and heavy-hitting bass notes, the young Christian Pepin shows perceptiveness and adoration for Latin, Pop, Jazz, and World music. His keen sense, gifted interpretation of music, and the influence of the New York streets have allowed Christian to translate his bliss. Whether it be on the stage or set to Avant-garde Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz, he can make his drums speak fluently to any listener. 

2 Fog HollerFog Holler

A Farmers Market favorite, Fog Holler has been a mainstay and favorite at the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market Thirsty Thursday event over the last few years. Having just returned from Europe at the beginning of 2020, bringing their tunes and voices to brand new stages and crowds across the continent, these troubadours traverse tradition, time and tact, delivering uniquely inspired original music blended into a musical tapestry of bluegrass, old time, and country.

Fenix Dance
A crowd pleaser at last year’s Salsa Festival, Fenix Dance owners Michael and Rebecca Galindo performed traditional Latin dances and taught salsa steps to the crowds of dancers, old and new, that filled Martin Luther Jr. Park. The Galindo’s, as a dancing duo, bring both fluidity and passion to their performance. Fenix Dance is changing the way dancers experience social dance with their perfect blend of expert dance instruction and high-quality dance events. Fenix Dance empowers and enables dancers of all levels, all ages and from every walk of life to be their best on and off the dance floor.


Rusty Strings Express
Celebrating string band traditions of the past, Rusty String Express stretches into the future of bluegrass with their fun, energetic music. These four magnetic musicians run the gamut with their playing, and their music ranges from sensitive and soulful interpretations, to wild and unexpected music you’ve never heard before. Creating original music with unique and familiar flavors, The Rusty String Express delivers swanky string band music at its finest. A favorite of the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market Thirsty Thursdays, fans at market love their original music infused with their unique and familiar flavors.

Rebirth Canal

Camille Mai, pianist, vocalist, composer, and leader of the band Rebirth Canal, has created a “protean body of songs infused with Latin American rhythms and a rhythmic foundation of sound that encompasses traditional Vietnamese modes, jazz improvisation, harmonies, French chanson and beyond…Berkeleyside, Andrew Gilbert” Born in Mountain View and raised as a child in Palo Alto, Mai studied piano and taught herself to improvise on a keyboard and create her own orchestrations. In high school Mai started leading a jazz trio to study at the California College of the Arts and earned a degree in illustration. In recent years she’s been absorbing an array of rhythms from South America and the Caribbean, particularly Brazil and Cuba.

SF Scottish Fiddlers

The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers formed in 1986, play traditional Scottish fiddle music and perform throughout the Bay Area. They create a strong sense of community and delight by sharing the music they love including contemporary tunes. Inviting young and old, professional and new students, they attract a community of many backgrounds. 27 Fiddlers entertained the crowds at last year’s Winter Crafts Festival with their traditional music and engaging sound. This year they have taken on the challenge of performing in 27 different locations guided by an audio of their conductor setting down the time and rhythm in order to share their music at this virtual event.

Fillmore Slim

A legendary Blues musician, at 84 years old, continues to perform throughout the United States and in Europe where he has a huge fan base. He has performed locally at Freight & Salvage, Yoshi’s, many of Berkeley Outdoor Festivals and at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

He has been awarded the Black Music Hall of Fame Icon by the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, he has been inducted into the Bay Area’s West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and received the Lowell Fulson “Jus’ Blues” Award in Memphis, Tennessee. Has been awarded a plaque on the Blues Walk of Fame, honoring the legendary musicians and artists who performed on Oakland’s 7th street. He is also a friend to the environment and lives in a solar powered house!

Pitch Perfect

Based in San Francisco Bay Area, “Pitch Please!” a Cappella consists of diverse individuals who love to sing. Formed in 2017, their group of singers, vocal percussionists, and arrangers believe in the power of vocal music to connect with people. Pitch Perfect had hoped to perform at the Winter Crafts Fair last year, but due to scheduling conflicts were unable to do so. They have been looking forward to performing at Ecology Center Events in 2020 and are excited to be a part of the Virtual Thirsty Thursday Concert.

Bob Athayde

A product of the Oakland Unified School District, Bob Athayde went on to study jazz piano and conducting at Cal State Hayward where he co-directed the school’s Jazz Band and received is teaching credential in music. Athayde, is renowned for his musicianship as a professional jazz pianist and trumpet player. Recognized for his outstanding teaching, he has received a number of awards including the Diablo Symphony Association’s Distinguished Music Educator Award and the first ever CMEA Bay Section Jazz Educator of the Year.

Patch Notes
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The Patch Notes are a Bay Area a cappella quartet who sing a “not-quite-barbershop” style of doo-wop and pop music. Singing without music and instruments across all genres, each of their voices, from bass to tenor, create intricate harmonies that delight the ear. With members hailing from throughout the East Bay, members have included vocalists who have worked with the East Bay Harmony Community Chorus, Salesforce’s Cloudy with a Chance of Beatbox a cappella group and Yale University’s Pitches and Tones

Sin Silver

Sin Silver is an Irish singer-songwriter based in the Bay Area, With a unique style, her “Irish piano” and angelic voice is delighting audiences all over Northern California. She brings a unique flavor to her craft, whether playing her expertly crafted originals, covers with her own twist or traditional celtic music from her homeland, she has grown a large swath of fans in the Bay Area. “A voice with beautiful heartfelt lyrics coming from the depths of soul…chills with each song…Bay Area Rocks”. With a debut album recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, mixed by Grammy-nominated Adam Munoz, Sin is a performer that touches her audience’s heart.

Donate or Sponsor:

If you would like to be a Sponsor, please contact Erika, our development director, at or 510-548-2220 x 230. View Sponsorship Levels, benefits, and payment form here.


Can’t make it but want to support? Donate here and type “Thirsty Thursday” in the “leave us a note” field.

Raffle Prizes:

Wachira Wine
*Virtual wine tasting
De Novo



Fenix Dance
*Virtual individual Salsa/Bachata class
*Virtual couples Salsa/Bachata class




Grammy Award winning percussionist Christian Pepin
*30 minute virtual drum class
*60 minute virtual drum class




Sin Silver 
*Virtual meet and greet with a private performance




Ecology Center
*Pint glass packages
*Bamboo housewares packages

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