The heavy rains did not dampen the spirits of the nearly 3,000 people who attended the “Rainn Wilson & Friends” benefit for the Mona Foundation at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on October 23, 2010.
Rainn was a fantastic host, introducing every band, telling jokes between acts, bringing out Mona Foundation founder Mahnaz Javid, and raffling off cool Office memorabilia to lucky raffle ticket winners.
Here’s an audio clip of Rainn:
The bands not only played great lively music, they were really funny. Many talked about how they met Rainn, and Rainn would occasionally stride back on stage to confirm (or deny) a detail or two. :)
My favorite act, of course, was Craig Robinson, who absolutely killed. He was not only hilarious, but he talked to the audience and got them singing and shouting! Rainn sang Happy Birthday to Craig by way of introduction.
My boyfriend was most taken with the band Blitzen Trapper, and likened lead singer Eric Earley to a young Bob Dylan. When we chatted with Rainn afterwards, he said that if Blitzen Trapper been around in the 1970s, they would have opened for a band like The Eagles.
The show ended with all the evening’s performers coming back on stage to sing a tribute to “Mona” (sung to the tune of “Lola”).
At the afterparty, I got to meet the auction winners of the Rainn Wilson & Friends VIP package, and chat a little with Rainn and Craig, who of course, were mobbed by adoring fans!
All in all, it was an evening full of great music and high energy.
If Rainn plans another “Rainn Wilson & Friends” next year, I highly recommend you attend!
Proceed to the next page for some photos.