While most celebrated Labor Day weekend with a barbecue, a former Saddleback College student, Dana Jo Thorton, organized and hosted the third annual Morning Breeze Schmooze benefit concert on a cruise boat in Dana Point. Held n Sunday, the event raised around $4,000 to fund KSBR- the radio station broadcasted on campus.
At $100 per person, roughly 100 people attended and were drawn to this event through an expectation of live musical performances comparable to the contemporary jazz music they hear on KSBR’s “Morning Breeze.”
Highly recognized artists such as Kori Linae, John Luttrell, Jeff Oster, Scarlet Rivera and Denise Young contributed to the Schmooze’s instrumental musical atmosphere.
Although similar to the Morning Breeze Cruise, the Morning Breeze Schmooze actually differs through some distinctive characteristics. For example, the Ocean Institute at Dana Point specifically collaborates with KSBR and the Schmooze to provide enjoyable musical performances in addition to the two-and-a-half hour-long cruise.
While the cruise boat, Spirit of Dana Point, was intended to set sail at 4 p.m., the captain believed that there were too many boats to safely depart from Dana Point Harbor. As a result, all participants were issued passes to go on the cruise in search for seals, porpoises and other sea life at another time.
The second half of the event remained uninflected, and all of the people dined in bliss while listening to acoustic, electro acoustic, ambient, Celtic, classical and folk music. The concert was held at 6:15 p.m. at Dana Marina Plaza located in the harbor.
All participants were endowed with exceptional food dishes provided by What a Dish Catering, Mahé, Two Guys Grilling, and It’s All About the Cake.
Jordan Richey, from What a Dish Catering and It’s All About the Cake said, “[The Morning Breeze Schmooze] was a great concert. It was sold out, [with] great appetizers, food and great wine tasting. All around it was a beautiful event.”
KSBR first began broadcasting at a power of ten watts in 1975, and only covered a few miles past the campus. By May 1979, KSBR was able to cover areas as far the remaining parts of Orange County, and north San Diego County. KSBR’s award-winning broadcast includes Orange County news, traffic, weather, entertainment and the recent Orange County Rock Radio (OCRR).