We here at Crafty Mart are looking forward to hosting our first ever Preview Gala on Friday, April 24th. This ticketed event is a fundraiser for Crafty Mart but it is also an opportunity for the makers and the community to socialize. We hope you'll join us--and take full advantage of the food, drinks, and chinese raffle during the party.
Please let me introduce one of the hard working individuals that is helping with this fantastic event. Ben Fulkman is bringing the music (and the funk!) to the party. He has graciously responded to a 5 QUESTIONS profile:
1) What's your name, what do you do, and what's your role in the Preview Gala?
My name is Ben Fulkman, AKA DJ Ben Crazy, and I am one-third of a collective of DJs who run the monthly all vinyl Mighty Soul Night at Uncorked Wine Bar and galleries. I will be playing funk, soul, and jazz records for both the preview gala and the main event Saturday. Don't believe I've missed an event since it started.
2) How did you acquire the skills to do what it is you do?
I have been a DJ for nine years now. For eight of those years I have been spinning funk records twice a month at the Matinee in Highland Square. People aren't lying when they say the only way to become good at anything, whether music, art, sports, comedy, film, etc, is to actually go out and do it. The Matinee gave me the freedom to take chances, make mistakes, and eventually learn how to become the DJ I am now. I also spend a lot of time spinning at my house, where I currently have around 2500 records. When looking to buy a new house we had to treat my vinyl almost like another child, discussing it having its own room!
3) What motivates you to be creative?
Knowing there is an almost endless amount of music out there keeps me going at all times. Music is euphoric to me. It has touched me all the way to the bone and my need to share it with people is never ending.
4) What would you like people to get from your contribution to the event?
There is no greater feeling than seeing someone enjoy the music I'm playing. And I'm not shy in sharing band and song names, as many DJs from the past would never reveal the titles. I want people to go out and buy the records, so the bands can put out more records!!
5) The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
Stones for sure. They have way more soul than the Beatles.
Thanks for answering our questions, Ben! We're so excited that Might Soul Night will be spinning records at all three venues during Crafty Mart's Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25th as well.
Advanced tickets to the Preview Gala are $15 each--tickets purchased on the day of event are $20. All ticket holders are welcome to enjoy appetizers, two drink vouchers, and two chinese auction raffle tickets. Additional drink vouchers and chinese raffle tickets are available for purchase at the event. Each vendor accepted into The Mom & Pop Shoppe will receive one free ticket to the Preview Gala. Guests of vendors can purchase a limited number of discounted tickets.
Tickets are on sale NOW. We'll see everyone at the party!