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Spin Cycle Presents is a music and events promotional company that focuses on building the Southern California jam band community.

Deriving its sound from The Grateful Dead and Phish cultures, but also branching out to other distinct genres such as psychedelic rock, reggae, funk, folk, blues, electronica, bluegrass, jazz, fusion and world music.

Spin Cycle Presents has been involved in other high profile events around the LA area such as promoting nationally recognized bands at the Wiltern, the House of Blues Anaheim and The Teragram Ballroom, just to name a few.

More info about Spin Cycle Presents here, https://www.spincyclepresents.com

Veterans Independence Foundation was founded by Neil Blitstein and Clay Mathis to help struggling Veterans.

Neil met Clay after Clay's wife Melissa and Neil returned from a deployment. Neil was injured and waiting for his VA benefits to kick-in. Clay's wife Melissa, was in the same boat.

Having realized that the benefits can and in our case did take years to settle. In the meantime, the bills still needed to be paid. They started the foundation to offer assistance to those Veterans that find themselves requiring short term assistance.

You can learn more about the foundation here. https://heretohelpvets.org

How The Two Met

VIF had just finished a fundraiser in Pasadena at the Rose. Knowing VIF was based in Washington State and had limited resources in California. The venue Rep had suggested to Neil that he and Keith partner to do an event.

After the two talked several times (the dating phase), a partnership was formed to host a fundraiser for struggling Veterans. Keith had always wanted to do something to honor our Veterans and Neil needed someone that could handle an "Out-of-State" event and be a partner in the venture.

After hashing out several thousand ideas (okay, maybe 5 ideas). Everything from where to host it to the type of fundraiser. They decided that given Keith's music background, he would handle the music end and since Neil is a Stand-Up comedian, he would handle the comedy end. They both would handle the rest.

The first real contender for a site was on the island of Catalina in California. But that's a whole different story and logistics would have been a nightmare. Keith suggested to Neil that he take a look at Ojai, CA. After looking into Ojai, Neil agreed with Keith that Ojai was the place and Ojai was chosen. Well, they chose Ojai but still needed Ojai to agree.

When the team approached the city, it was fantastic. The city is on board full throttle. They are excited about having a Veterans event in their city.

Now the real work begins.