More About The Sunday Bump & The W.O.W. Hall & Community Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA)

The Sun­day Bump is an eight-piece neo-soul fusion band from Eugene ded­i­cat­ed to push­ing the bound­aries of funk, jazz and pop to the absolute lim­it.
Band mem­bers are Lee Burlingame, Luke Broad­bent, “The” Sam Dale, Charles DeMon­nin, Ian Michael Lind­say, Ken Mas­tro­gio­van­ni, Max Pin­der, Sou­vagi­ni Paul, Keenan Dorn and Justin Kiatvongcharoen.

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The cor­ner of 8th and Lin­coln, the loca­tion of W.O.W. Hall, has been a com­mu­ni­ty gath­er­ing place since the days the city was found­ed Eugene Skin­ner.  When Joseph Cullen Root found­ed Wood­men of The World fra­ter­nal orga­ni­za­tion in 1880 , he envi­sioned an orga­ni­za­tion who’s pur­pose was “to min­is­ter to the afflict­ed to relieve dis­tress; to cast a shel­ter­ing arm about the defense­less liv­ing ;… to encour­age broad char­i­ta­ble views…”  The Eugene chap­ter pro­vid­ed health ben­e­fits, life insur­ance and bur­ial costs while under­tak­ing char­i­ta­ble and recre­ation­al activ­i­ties for chil­dren and adults.  Women par­tic­i­pat­ed through a sis­ter orga­ni­za­tion, the Women of Wood­craft.

In 1975 it was learned that the Hall would soon be sold and pos­si­bly demol­ished. To keep the build­ing avail­able to the com­mu­ni­ty, a group of con­cerned users, per­form­ers, neigh­bors and his­tor­i­cal preser­va­tion enthu­si­asts orga­nized the Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts (CCPA), a non­prof­it (501c3) cor­po­ra­tion.

In 1996 the W.O.W. Hall was offi­cial­ly des­ig­nat­ed a his­toric land­mark by the Nation­al Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places. “No build­ing has stronger con­nec­tions to Eugene’s yeasty cul­ture,” not­ed the Reg­is­ter-Guard.

The CCPA is ded­i­cat­ed to pro­vid­ing a safe and friend­ly meet­ing place for the com­mu­ni­ty, a place for appre­ci­a­tion of the arts for all ages and income lev­els, and a train­ing ground for new gen­er­a­tions. The orga­ni­za­tion prides itself on the diver­si­ty of local, region­al, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al per­form­ing artists. The Hall is also used for class­es, work­shops, work­outs, meet­ings, rehearsals and record­ing ses­sions. The Lob­by Art Gallery dis­plays the work of a dif­fer­ent region­al artist each month.  The CCPA runs on vol­un­teer ener­gy and vol­un­teer train­ing is pro­vid­ed month­ly. Vol­un­teers devel­op job skills while demon­strat­ing depend­abil­i­ty, punc­tu­al­i­ty and the abil­i­ty to work as part of a team. The CCPA has involved thou­sands of vol­un­teers, about half area teenagers.  The CCPA is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing arts for all ages. In a com­mu­ni­ty that needs more recre­ation­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for youth, the CCPA not only pro­vides a space for young adults, teenagers and kids to enjoy live con­certs, it active­ly involves youth in plan­ning, pro­mot­ing, per­form­ing at and staffing shows.