YAPI Performers
January 2008


YAPI Index





January 2008 – 6 Acts ( 5 Performers)

Age 12 and under
Clinton Quinn, 12 – Guitar blues jam with Brenda on piano

Age 13-19
Michael Bolanos, 17 – Played piano solos
Bonnie Sturdivant, 17 – Played piano and sang (originals) and sang duet with Mason
Mason Kothmann, 17 – Played guitar and sang and sang duet with Bonnie a cappella
Elisia Hartin, 17 – Emcee

YAPI January News and Notes
It was great to have 3 newcomers to YAPI this month.   Michael Bolanos was the first of them to perform.   He played a few songs on piano followed by Bonnie Sturdivant who played and sang several of her original songs.   Clinton Quinn, who has been a regular at YAPI for a few years now, played a blues jam with Brenda.   When Elisia, our reliable emcee, was just about ready to call it a night, a young man in the audience asked, “How do you get to play?”   We immediately signed up Mason Kothmann for the first time.   He just happened to have his guitar in his car, so he went out and brought it in and sang us a few songs.   Ecouraged by the audience, Bonnie and Mason then sang a song together a cappella.   We hope all the newcomers will return for the next session on February 7.  

YAPI welcomes the participation of youth age 19 and under.   There are many ways for area youth to participate in YAPI besides performing .    

YAPI is always looking for local youth to help with the following:  

  • taking pictures (Any young photographers out there?),
  • writing YAPI news for the mailing list and website, or perhaps writing an article for the school newspaper or local newspaper (Any young writers out there?),
  • helping to get performers signed up and getting people on the YAPI mailing list (Any young organizers out there?)
  • putting up posters around Wimberley and at all the schools or making a new poster (Any young publicists out there?)
  • emceeing-introducing performers and basically running the show (Any young “hams” out there?)
  • setting up each act and running the sound system (Any young sound engineers out there?)

If any local youth want experience in any of these areas, please contact Brenda at BFreed1@earthlink.net or call 512-847-1022.   Brenda would be happy to apprentice anyone that is interested in any of these areas.   It is so cool to have the youth run YAPI as much as possible.

You can support the YAPI community event by:

  1. Coming out to YAPI to perform the first Thursday of every month (if you are 19 and under)
  2. Encouraging or bringing a young performer to come perform at YAPI
  3. Coming to YAPI to listen to the performers and being a supportive audience member
  4. Helping to get people on the YAPI mailing list

All age 19 and under performers encompassing all levels of experience and talent are welcome to participate in the Young Artist Performance Incubator. YAPI provides a safe and supportive environment for youth to hone their skills, to explore performing and to share their talents.   YAPI is always a FUN time.

If you are reading this and would like to be added to the YAPI email list, or if you know of anyone who would like to be added to this list, please email your/their name and email address to BFreed1@earthlink.net with "Add to YAPI Mailing List" as the subject. Brenda will send only YAPI email reminders and news following each YAPI.

YAPI is sponsored by www.youthtakingcharge.org   and takes place on the first Thursday of every month at Maui Wowi in Wimberley, TX.   The next YAPI is Thursday, January 3 , 6pm-8pm.   See ya there!

Contact Information

Brenda Freed / BFreed Records
Email: bfreed1@earthlink.net
P.O. Box 1856
Blanco, TX 78606

Office Phone: 830-644-2351
Mobile Phone: 512-426-0301

Brenda on Facebook :http://www.facebook.com/brenda.freed1
Brenda on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/theLaserTones

Contact Information

Brenda Freed
P.O. Box 1904
Wimberley, TX 78676

Phone/Fax 512-847-1022
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-373-3361

Email: bfreed1@earthlink.net

Website: www.brendafreed.com/yapi

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Bonnie Sturdivant
(Age 17)


Bonnie Sturdivant (Age 17) &
Mason Kothmann (Age 17)

Michael Balanos
(Age 17)



Elisia Hartin
(Age 17)


Mason Kothmann
(Age 17)

Clinton Quinn
(Age 12)