October 31, 2010
St. I SMASH, our first annual street dance, rocked St. Ignatius Saturday night, October 30. Under a starry sky (and a canopy of oaks beautifully decorated with holiday lights), guests enjoyed delicious food and spirits while dancing to the soul stirring Deltablues of The Cognacs, followed by the high powered rock & roll of the Bravados.
SMASH hosts Kippi Griffith and Sarita Richmond greeted SMASH goers, as did some performances by members of our school community. Former music teacher Jon Nelson of the Cognacs lent his guitar, harmonica, and vocal talents, while John Vondrak provided lead vocals for the Bravados. Music teacher Monique Dacheff, kindergarten teacher Julie Vondrak, and former St Ignatius parent Rae Ann Carrizales lent their exquisite voices to the Bravados scorching version of the Ray Charles’ classic What I’d Say. Other musical guests included guitarist David Franco and St. I grads and guitarists Zack Fryer and Matt Vondrak.
As 11 p.m. approached and noise ordinances went into effect, SMASH fans were treated to an intimate and impromptu unplugged session. Described by one attendee as “magical,” the acoustic set was a special treat at the close of the event. Thanks to all who organized, volunteered and attended the event. SMASH was sponsored by St. Ignatius, Martyr, Catholic Church, with all proceeds benefitting our school’s annual fund. See you at next year’s SMASH!