YAPI Performers
December 2007


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December 2007 – 6 Acts ( 6 Performers)

Age 12 and under
Clinton Quinn, 12 – Guitar blues jam with Brenda on piano
Natalie Shanklin, 11 – Piano solos
Eliza Van Overschelde, 11 – Sang accompanied by Brenda

Age 13-19
Lara Claire, 18 – Sang and played guitar (mostly originals)
Krista Mesenbrink, 16 – Sang solos with CD accompaniment
Elisia Hartin, 17 – Emcee

YAPI December News and Notes
It was a great evening of entertainment by youth ranging in age from 11 to 18 performing for a full house of listeners at Maui Wowi.   This December YAPI was just the way we like it!   We welcomed back Natalie Shanklin .   We had not heard from her in a while and she played several piano solos, including some Christmas music.   Krista Mesenbrink   sang and one of her selections was a juicy Christmas song with lots of personality which really pleased the crowd .   Clinton Quinn played some blues guitar and he was more impressive than ever.   We are enjoying hearing our regular photographer, Eliza Van Overschelde , sing at YAPI.   We love the fact that she has moved from YAPI photographer to performing as well.   It was also great to have Lara Claire return.   At age 18, she has moved on to actual gigs so it was nice of her to return to the YAPI open mic with her original songs.   Elisia Hartin was our emcee and she always does a good job of encouraging everyone .

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

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

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Krista Mesenbrink
(Age 16)


Eliza Van Overschelde
(Age 11)

Natalie Shanklin
(Age 11)



Lara Claire
(Age 18)



Clinton Quinn
(Age 12)