CL Holiday Auction 2014, week 4: Vinyl shopping spree, VIP tickets to Gasparilla Music Festival & more

We have reached our fourth and final week of the 2014 CL Holiday Auction to benefit The Children's Home, which has been serving Bay area children and families via prevention and outreach programs for more than a century. All of the active auction items are listed on eBay and each set of items (from gifts to services to full-scale experiences) has gone to the highest bidder at the end of a 10-day auction.

I've been posting details about all music related stuff here on Ear Buds each week so you can keep track of what's going on and pick out that perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season. So far in music, we've auctioned off two days of studio recording time. Currently, there's a little less than three days left on Interview Your Favorite Musical Artist and You Too Can Ukulele (which includes uke lessons along with ukulele, gig bag and a few other goodies).

This week, we launch the last set of music items, which includes an old favorite and historically, our most popular music-related item...

click to enlarge Gasparilla Music Fest 2013 - Nicole Abbett
Nicole Abbett
Gasparilla Music Fest 2013

Two 2-day VIP passes to Gasparilla Music Festival
Last year’s GMF lineup included the Flaming Lips, Trombone Shorty, Benjamin Booker and Los Amigos Invisibles. Early Bird VIP passes have already sold out, and last year advance VIP passes sold out several weeks before the event. So get yours now and ensure premium viewing at both the main Curtis Hixon and Kiley Garden stages, access to the VIP tents with private bars and lounge areas, air-conditioned restrooms, and three complimentary drinks plus snacks and other goodies throughout the day. Value: $300.

A country music cornucopia
The perfect gift for the CMA fan: a collection of autographed CDs by more than 20 of country’s hottest artists. In addition to solo albums by the likes of Luke Bryan, Jennifer Nettles, Dierks Bentley, and Darius Rucker, you also get the star-studded Alabama & Friends CD, featuring (among others) Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Trisha Yearwood, and (of course) Alabama. Value: Priceless.

Listening Room Festival VIP Package
The Best of the Bay-winning Listening Room Festival has perfected the art of the house concert. With this package you get four VIP tickets to the Listening Room Festival Finale, April 26, 2015, at The Palladium; two copies of the Listening Room Festival compilation CD; and maybe the biggest prize of all, a TenTen living room concert (10 songs for 10 guests) by the founder of the festival himself, singer/songwriter Fran Snyder. Value: $800+ (Finale: $300; TenTen Concert: $500).

click to enlarge Leilani and last year's winner, Chris Littell, on the vinyl shopping spree... - Phil Bardi
Phil Bardi
Leilani and last year's winner, Chris Littell, on the vinyl shopping spree...
Vinyl shopping spree with CL Music Editor Leilani Polk
For this much-bid-upon vinyl lovers’ auction item, the CL Music Editor takes you to five indie music shops around the Bay area — Microgroove and Mojo Books & Records in Tampa, Daddy Kool, Bananas, and Planet Retro in St. Petersburg. The winning bid includes two LPs from each for a grand total of 10 records, and Leilani tags along to offer sage advice. Value: $240.

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