Tickets on sale now for WAVS benefit concert!

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Fresno rock violinist Patrick Contreras – fresh off a tour with musical legend Johnny Mathis – perform with special guest Wadaba, a West African drummer from Guinea. Patrick and Wadaba are teaming up for a special one-time concert incorporating Patrick’s electrifying violin riffs with Wadaba’s world-class percussionist beats. It’s Patrick like you’ve never heard him before!

The concert will also feature Kemaya, the Valley’s premiere eight-piece salsa band. Kemaya will be joined by Carlos Rodriguez from the Visalia Latin rock band Mezcal.

This show for a good cause – to help out a vocational training school in the tiny West African country of Guinea-Bissau. All profits will go toward funding teacher John Klit’s position for a year (he’s the guy in the event photo). 

The show will be at the Fulton 55 on Friday, Oct. 14. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Come out for a great show and great cause!

To order tickets or for more information, email

Listen to Patrick’s music

Listen to Wadaba’s music

Listen to Kemaya’s music



West African Vocational Schools is a nonprofit that has established a vocational school in Guinea-Bissau, one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world. The school is focused on giving students skills that translate into jobs.

Watch the WAVS video here

WAVS has a growing presence in the Seattle and Fresno areas. In the last year, many people in the Central Valley have come together to make WAVS a success. They’re volunteering their time and resources to help high school and post-high school students in Guinea-Bissau work their way out of poverty and better provide for their families. This concert is our way of celebrating those accomplishments and inviting others to join us!

The goal of this benefit concert is to raise $3,000 – enough to fully fund the WAVS school’s computer teacher, John Klit, for a full year (find out more about John here: If it’s a success, that means John will be able to continue to teach his students important computer basics skills that will allow them to get jobs.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help make this show a success, feel free to email us at We’re also looking for $500 business sponsors.

Please tell your friends about this show and invite them to this Facebook event page!


Chris Collins
WAVS Executive Director