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November 10, 2017
OUT TODAY: 'CARRY YOU ON'; 'CARRY YOU ON,' THE BENEFIT 'ALBUM FOR ACTION' TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN VETERANS AND CIVILIANS THROUGH THE POWER OF MUSIC AND DEEPEN THE DISCUSSION BEYOND 'THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!'
Marcus Goldhaber

Noted Recording Artist MARCUS GOLDHABER Opens Window Into Lives of Veterans Through Story-Based Songs

ALBUM ARRIVES TO LAUNCH VETERANS DAY WEEKEND VIA KRIAN MUSIC GROUP/UNIVERSAL RECORDS

GOLDHABER TO PERFORM SATURDAY AT NEW YORK CITY VETERANS DAY PARADE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

MAJOR VETERANS DAY WEEKEND RADIO INTERVIEWS INCLUDE THE JOE PISCOPO MORNING SHOW AND NPR's MILWAUKEE PUBLIC RADIO

NEXT CARRY YOU ON SHOW: SUNDAY, DEC. 3 @ ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, NYC

50% of Proceeds from Physical Album Sales to Support Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

"A big thanks to Marcus Goldhaber for his notable work to help bridge the divide between Service Members, veterans, and families and the broader American public. Marcus' steadfast commitment to this mission is an inspiration. ... Keep it going, Marcus!"
- Major Dan McSweeney (US Marine Corps), President of the United War Veterans Council

"This is important. Sharing your story, and having a real storyteller offer it to the rest of the community in a way that maybe you as a soldier, a sailor or a Marine can't, there's real power in that. This community needs to know that they're not living in isolation, and that there's a broader country that stands behind them. And I think that Marcus's story is empowering as a vehicle to do that."
- Ilario Pantano, Marine Veteran of Desert Storm and Iraq

NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2017) - With notable coverage including Parade Magazine, NPR's Milwaukee Public Radio, and The Joe Piscopo Morning Show, CARRY YOU ON, the unique benefit "Album for Action" from noted recording artist MARCUS GOLDHABER to #BridgeTheGap between civilians and military veterans through the power of music, is OUT TODAY on Krian Music Group/Universal Records.

CARRY YOU ON is a uniquely compelling collection of story-based songs told to Goldhaber-first-hand by veterans. Created to open new windows into the everyday lives of veterans and their families, the songs are the culmination of an ongoing mission by Goldhaber that started five years ago to deepen the discussion beyond "Thank You for Your Service."

Goldhaber began celebrating its arrival earlier this week with an Album Release Event and Talkback Panel with notable veterans officials at the famed Cutting Room in New York City ("informative, moving and ... perfect." -The MAC Wire). The celebration continues this weekend with Goldhaber's third consecutive appearance performing his veterans-inspired songs tomorrow at the New York City Veterans Day parade, and major radio interviews today on Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect, and Monday on The Joe Piscopo Morning Show on 970 AM The Answer in New York. Goldhaber's noble efforts also are featured in a three-page spread in this month's Innovative Health Magazine.

Half of the proceeds from physical sales of CARRY YOU ON directly support Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan, non-profit which similarly seeks to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans, while strengthening the civilian-veteran bond. The album was entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign that the marquee crowdfunding site declared a "Project We Love," in raising nearly $70,000.

Propelled by the swirling B-3 organ of Todd Caldwell (David Crosby, Stephen Stills), and the earthy soulfulness of Marc Cohn, with the effortless bounce of Barry Manilow, "SONG FOR PEACE" lifts Goldhaber's hopeful message of peace and unity through music while deepening the understanding of what many military families endure ("Every soldier needs a shoulder, don't fear them, just hear them").

"'SONG FOR PEACE' is meant to deepen the understanding of what a military family goes through," says Goldhaber, "and bring people together around a hopeful message of peace."

Goldhaber aims to fortify the civilian-veteran dialogue and broaden the national conversation about veterans with CARRY YOU ON. As the album illustrates, the discussion hardly ends with "Thank you for your service." Furthering that conversation between civilians and military veterans is the true challenge.

Known for his vivid songwriting and intimate approach to the American Songbook, Goldhaber makes a bold departure from his jazz roots, and charges beyond stars-and-stripes patriotism to achieve a greater conversation of nuance and individuality. With music as his vehicle to drive the conversation, Goldhaber blends a variety of styles and special narratives that summon the timeless sensibilities of classic singer-songwriters, from James Taylor to the Lumineers. All original lyrics on CARRY YOU ON were inspired by conversations Goldhaber has had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families during a five-year journey that began with one like-minded song, the anthemic "Come Home America," which has been newly arranged for CARRY YOU ON.

Goldhaber has been performing these songs on military and patriotic stages, from Super Bowl and Fleet Week events to the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade and Independence Day celebration. The impact he's witnessed and reactions he's received along the way became the impetus to record the full album with producer Thad DeBrock (Duncan Sheik, Ari Hest) and a stellar group of studio musicians whose credits include David Bowie, Paul Simon, the Black Crowes, Bon Iver, Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, Suzanne Vega, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Among the other Goldhaber originals, "That's My Dad" surveys the generational shift in perspective of the veteran-civilian relationship with a Sgt. Pepper's vibe. "Cassandra Knows," in classic troubadour style, explores a woman's struggle to accept her decision to join the Marines after losing family on 9/11. And "Sometimes I Wish" applies an American folk-rock tapestry to introduce survivor's guilt amid veterans who struggle to move on without those who've served by their sides, wishing sometimes "that it were me instead of them."

"There are themes in all the songs that are much bigger than one subject," says producer DeBrock. "And in times like these, it's good to have anything that brings people together as opposed to taking them apart. Marcus has done a great job in creating songs like that."

Adds Goldhaber: "It's really exciting to see how audiences mixed with civilians and military folks connect through this message at our shows. It's beautiful and inspiring to witness them truly engaging with each other and bonding as they leave the performance. We all have the power to help eliminate the US/THEM culture that unfortunately still plagues our communities."

November 3, 2017
'THE TWIST' MEETS 'LOVE TRAIN' WITH A SIDE OF 'MASHED POTATO'
Kenny Gamble with Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp

From Cameo-Parkway to Philadelphia International Records, Historic Reunion of 'Sound of Philadelphia' Co-Founder Kenny Gamble with Philly Dance Craze Legends Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp Traces Roots of World-Renown 60-Year Philly R&B Legacy at Philadelphia RowHome Blue Sapphire Awards

PHILADELPHIA - In a historic reunion that traced the roots of the Sounds of Philadelphia and 60 years of world-renown Philly Soul, Philadelphia International Records co-founder and R&B pioneer Kenny Gamble arrived last night to honor a pair of Philly "dance craze" legends, Chubby Checker ("The Twist") and Dee Dee Sharp ("Mashed Potato Time"), as each received Lifetime Music Achievement honors at the Philadelphia RowHome Magazine Blue Sapphire Awards.

Gamble has long credited the writers at Cameo-Parkway, where Checker and Sharp became stars, for inspiring him and Leon Huff, in the earliest days of their legendary partnership as songwriters, producers and record company executives. The roots of Gamble & Huff date back to the early 1960s, when they backed Checker and Sharp on tours as members of Kenny Gamble and the Romeos. The Cameo-Parkway office building eventually became the Philadelphia International Records hit factory following its purchase by Gamble & Huff in 1971.

At last night's awards ceremony, Gamble credited Sharp, especially, for introducing Gamble & Huff to Cameo-Parkway Records and become an essential figure in launching their legacy in making Philadelphia the capital of soul music in the Seventies with a catalogue that includes dozens of worldwide hits and multiplatinum records.

"If it wasn't for this young lady," said Gamble, "I don't know if me and Huff would be where we are today."

October 10, 2017
OUT TODAY: 'SONG FOR PEACE': 1ST SINGLE FROM 'CARRY YOU ON,' THE BENEFIT 'ALBUM FOR ACTION' TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN VETERANS AND CIVILIANS THROUGH MUSIC 'IT'S THE START OF A MOVEMENT!'

Noted Recording Artist MARCUS GOLDHABER Opens Window Into Lives of Veterans Through Story-Based Songs to Further Discussion Beyond 'Thank You for Your Service'

ALBUM TO ARRIVE VETERANS DAY WEEKEND VIA KRIAN MUSIC GROUP/UNIVERSAL RECORDS:

Album Release Event to be Live Streamed Nov. 6 from New York City

50% of Proceeds from Physical Album Sales to Support Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

"After talking with Marcus on my show about this project, I realized how passionate and caring he was, and that his intentions came from a true place of Love, Honor and Valor as a Voice for Veterans!"
- Holly Stephey, Red Velvet Media

"Rousing and unifying."
- AXS.com (AEG Live)

"A big thanks to Marcus Goldhaber for his notable work to help bridge the divide between Service Members, veterans, and families and the broader American public. Marcus' steadfast commitment to this mission is an inspiration. ... Keep it going, Marcus!"
- Major Dan McSweeney (US Marine Corps), President of the United War Veterans Council

"This is important. Sharing your story, and having a real storyteller offer it to the rest of the community in a way that maybe you as a soldier, a sailor or a Marine can't, there's real power in that. This community needs to know that they're not living in isolation, and that there's a broader country that stands behind them. And I think that Marcus's story is empowering as a vehicle to do that."
- Ilario Pantano, Marine Veteran of Desert Storm and Iraq

NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2017) - "SONG FOR PEACE," the soulful first single from CARRY YOU ON, the upcoming benefit "Album for Action" from noted recording artist MARCUS GOLDHABER to #BridgeTheGap between civilians and military veterans through the power of music, is OUT TODAY on Krian Music Group/Universal Records.

Set for Veterans Day Weekend release (Nov. 10), CARRY YOU ON is a uniquely compelling collection of story-based songs created to open new windows into the everyday lives of veterans and their families, and the culmination of an ongoing mission by Goldhaber that Joseph Brooks, President & COO of Liberty USO, has declared "the start of a movement!"

The Album Release Concert for civilians and military veterans will be live streamed from the Cutting Room in New York City during Veterans Week on Nov. 6.

Half of the proceeds from physical sales of CARRY YOU ON directly support Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan, non-profit which similarly seeks to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans, while strengthening the civilian-veteran bond. The album was entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign that the marquee crowdfunding site declared a "Project We Love," in raising nearly $70,000.

Propelled by the swirling B-3 organ of Todd Caldwell (David Crosby, Stephen Stills), and the earthy soulfulness of Marc Cohn, with the effortless bounce of Barry Manilow, "SONG FOR PEACE" lifts Goldhaber's hopeful message of peace and unity through music while deepening the understanding of what many military families endure ("Every soldier needs a shoulder, don't fear them, just hear them").

"'SONG FOR PEACE' is meant to deepen the understanding of what a military family goes through," says Goldhaber, "and bring people together around a hopeful message of peace."

Goldhaber aims to fortify the civilian-veteran dialogue and broaden the national conversation about veterans with CARRY YOU ON. As the album illustrates, the discussion hardly ends with "Thank you for your service." Furthering that conversation between civilians and military veterans is the true challenge.

Known for his vivid songwriting and intimate approach to the American Songbook, Goldhaber makes a bold departure from his jazz roots, and charges beyond stars-and-stripes patriotism to achieve a greater conversation of nuance and individuality. With music as his vehicle to drive the conversation, Goldhaber blends a variety of styles and special narratives that summon the timeless sensibilities of classic singer-songwriters, from James Taylor to the Lumineers. All original lyrics on CARRY YOU ON were inspired by conversations Goldhaber has had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families during a five-year journey that began with one like-minded song, the anthemic "Come Home America," which has been newly arranged for CARRY YOU ON.

Goldhaber has been performing these songs on military and patriotic stages, from Super Bowl and Fleet Week events to the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade and Independence Day celebration. The impact he's witnessed and reactions he's received along the way became the impetus to record the full album with producer Thad DeBrock (Duncan Sheik, Ari Hest) and a stellar group of studio musicians whose credits include David Bowie, Paul Simon, the Black Crowes, Bon Iver, Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, Suzanne Vega, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Among the other Goldhaber originals, "That's My Dad" surveys the generational shift in perspective of the veteran-civilian relationship with a Sgt. Pepper's vibe. "Cassandra Knows," in classic troubadour style, explores a woman's struggle to accept her decision to join the Marines after losing family on 9/11. And "Sometimes I Wish" applies an American folk-rock tapestry to introduce survivor's guilt amid veterans who struggle to move on without those who've served by their sides, wishing sometimes "that it were me instead of them."

CARRY YOU ON also features fresh interpretations of Johnny Mercer's "GI Jive," David Friedman's "We Can Be Kind," and "America the Beautiful."

DeBrock was initially drawn to the heart that Goldhaber brings to veterans with this music, but as the recording process unfolded, the producer noticed something much broader going on.

"There are themes in all the songs that are much bigger than one subject," says the producer. "And in times like these, it's good to have anything that brings people together as opposed to taking them apart. Marcus has done a great job in creating songs like that."

Adds Goldhaber: "It's really exciting to see how audiences mixed with civilians and military folks connect through this message at our shows. It's beautiful and inspiring to witness them truly engaging with each other and bonding as they leave the performance.

"We all have the power to help eliminate the US/THEM culture that unfortunately still plagues our communities," he continues. "We can push beyond the barrage of media sound bites and create a new conversation that does more than begin and end with 'Thank you for your service.'"

October 10, 2017
THIS SUNDAY! FROM FOREIGNER REUNION SPECTACULAR TO MARC BOLAN/T REX CELEBRATION, IAN McDONALD BRINGS NEW BAND HONEY WEST BACK HOME TO NEW YORK WITH RARE CLUB EVENT BEHIND 'TRULY PERFECT' DEBUT ALBUM, BAD OLD WORLD
Honey West

NYC Guitar Rockers, led by British Rock Titan McDonald and Shakespearean thespian Ted Zurkowski of The Actors Studio, to play Mercury Lounge THIS SUNDAY (Oct. 15)

Foreigner

Above, left and right, Ian McDonald reunites with Foreigner last weekend in Detroit for a theatrical multi-media live concert spectacular taping. Photos courtesy Rock Fuel Media.

NEW YORK (October 10, 2017) - Direct from his triumphant Foreigner reunion theatrical multi-media live concert spectacular taping in Detroit last weekend, and gearing up for the T Rex All-Star anniversary event later this month, Foreigner & King Crimson co-founder IAN McDONALD brings his acclaimed new band, HONEY WEST, back to New York City for a rare club show THIS SUNDAY (Oct. 15) at the Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. Showtime 6 p.m. Tickets $10 and on sale NOW at www.mercuryloungenyc.com.

Last weekend's Foreigner reunion event, the very first Foreigner concert ever produced for theatrical and television release, brought McDonald back together with his old band mates for "the first time" since the initial reunion show in July at Jones Beach in Wantaugh, NY. On Oct. 22, McDonald will reprise his iconic sax breaks from the T Rex classic rock staple, "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" at City Winery for the sold-out "20th Century Boy" all-star celebration of Marc Bolan's 70th anniversary, and 40th of the glam rock icon's untimely passing.

At the Mercury Lounge this Sunday, McDonald will team up with his "odd couple" songwriting partner, Shakespearean thespian Ted Zurkowski of The Actors Studio, and the other members of HONEY WEST - son Maxwell McDonald on bass and Tom Curiano (Garland Jeffreys) on drums - as acclaim continues to mount for the band's debut album, Bad Old World (Readout Records). This is HONEY WEST's second New York appearance since their triumphant CD Release Event in May, and first show in Manhattan since July.

Billboard.com, in its exclusive premiere of the groundbreaking lyric video for "Dementia," the "infectious" (ABC News Radio) self-deprecating 1st single drawing comparisons to revered British pub rockers Rockpile, said, "It merits some attention when Ian McDonald gets excited about something." Indeed, as a British rock titan who has figured prominently on four of the biggest-selling albums of the 10-year period from 1969 through 1979, encompassing two completely different rock genres, McDonald consistently tells interviewers Bad Old World is "some of the best work I've done in ages, and maybe ever."

Bad Old World also has earned notice from Parade.com, Huffington Post, Modern Drummer, M Music & Musicians, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Digital First Media, Premiere Radio Networks, and Fireworks Magazine (UK), among others. Goldmine is scheduled to publish a spotlight feature/album review package, as well.

Bad Old World is available for download at all major online destinations, also accessible through the band's official website, HoneyWestMusic.com.

October 6, 2017
LEGENDARY 'SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA' CO-FOUNDERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF MOURN THE LOSSES OF 'BUNNY' SIGLER AND JERRY ROSS: TWO VITAL MEMBERS OF THE GAMBLE, HUFF, AND BELL LEGACY
Jerry Ross and Walter Bunny Sigler

Bunny Sigler remembered as "one of the most talented, creative, and great songwriters and music producers."

Jerry Ross recalled as "key to the beginning of the Gamble, Huff and Bell legacy"

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released a pair of statements mourning the passing of two vital members of "The Sound of Philadelphia" family: Walter "Bunny" Sigler and Jerry Ross.

Sigler helped Gamble & Huff create the Philly Sound as a multi-faceted writer, producer, background vocalist and solo artist.

"I am truly and deeply saddened by the passing of my very dear friend Walter "Bunny" Sigler," said Gamble. "He was one of the most talented, creative, and great songwriters and music producers I have worked with. He contributed so many great songs to our PIR artist roster from the beginning. Bunny also was a great singer, and performed superbly on many of our hit song as a background vocalist. More importantly, he was like family to us. And he was the best!"

Added Huff: "Bunny was one of my favorite producers and writers. I was honored early on to introduce Bunny to the Philadelphia music community, and to producer and songwriter legends John Madara and Dave White. I was privileged to write and produce his first and biggest hit, 'Let the Good Times Roll.' I truly loved Bunny Sigler and will dearly miss him."

Sigler began hanging around the hallways of Gamble Huff Productions, singing, strumming guitar and practicing his newly acquired martial arts skills when Kenny Gamble suggested he try to write songs with Eugene Dozier. Sigler got his first break as a songwriter once Philadelphia International Records was formed, with "(You Are My) Sunshine," the followup single to the O'Jays' million selling "Back Stabbers," and one of many contributions to the Philadelphia International Records chapter of the vocal group's career.

Sigler's songs, productions, piano and background vocals are sprinkled throughout the Philadelphia International Records (PIR) catalogue. As a writer and/or producer, Sigler helped create one of Patti LaBelle's signature songs, "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)," as well as her song, "Love, Need and Want You," famously sampled by rap artist Nelly and Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny's Child) on their Grammy-winning hit, "Dilemma." Sigler also wrote and for the Jones Girls, and Instant Funk, and Dexter Wansel. Sigler's background vocals can be heard on hits for numerous Philadelphia International acts, most notably the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, and Archie Bell and the Drells. As a solo artist, PIR released the Sigler albums That's How Long I'll Be Loving You, Keep Smilin' and My Music.

A record producer, songwriter, publisher and record company executive, Jerry Ross is credited with discovering and mentoring Kenny Gamble early in his career, and later collaborating with Gamble & Huff on the Motown smash, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," recorded most famously by Diana Ross & the Supremes together with The Temptations. Ross' relationship with Gamble reaches back to the late 1950s, when he helped Gamble and Thom Bell record "Someday" as Kenny & Tommy for the Heritage label.

"Jerry Ross was instrumental in introducing Thom Bell and me to the music business, including signing me to my first recording artist deal with Columbia Records," said Gamble. "He mentored Thom Bell and me to write songs. He was our good friend and was key to the beginning of the Gamble, Huff and Bell legacy."

Ross also discovered, wrote or produced such million-sellers as "Sunday Will Never be the Same" (Spanky & Our Gang), "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" (Jay & the Techniques), "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb), "Venus" (Shocking Blue) and many more.

October 3, 2017
'CARRY YOU ON,' THE BENEFIT 'ALBUM FOR ACTION' TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN VETERANS AND CIVILIANS THROUGH MUSIC, TO ARRIVE VETERANS DAY WEEKEND VIA KRIAN MUSIC GROUP/UNIVERSAL RECORDS: 'IT'S THE START OF A MOVEMENT!'

Noted Recording Artist MARCUS GOLDHABER Opens Window Into Lives of Veterans Through Story-Based Songs to Further Discussion Beyond 'Thank You for Your Service'

1st SINGLE, 'SONG FOR PEACE,' DUE OCT. 11

Album Release Event to be Live Streamed Nov. 6 from New York City

50% of Proceeds from Physical Album Sales to Support Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

"A big thanks to Marcus Goldhaber for his notable work to help bridge the divide between Service Members, veterans, and families and the broader American public. Marcus' steadfast commitment to this mission is an inspiration. ... Keep it going, Marcus!" - Major Dan McSweeney (US Marine Corps), President of the United War Veterans Council

"This is important. Sharing your story, and having a real storyteller offer it to the rest of the community in a way that maybe you as a soldier, a sailor or a Marine can't, there's real power in that. This community needs to know that they're not living in isolation, and that there's a broader country that stands behind them. And I think that Marcus's story is empowering as a vehicle to do that." - Ilario Pantano, Marine Veteran of Desert Storm and Iraq

NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2017) - The discussion hardly ends with "Thank you for your service." Furthering that conversation between civilians and military veterans is the true challenge.

Noted recording artist MARCUS GOLDHABER aims to fortify the civilian-veteran dialogue and broaden the national conversation about veterans with CARRY YOU ON (Krian Music Group/Universal Records), a uniquely compelling collection of story-based songs created to open new windows into the everyday lives of veterans and their families. Set for Veterans Day Weekend release (Nov. 10), CARRY YOU ON is the culmination of Goldhaber's ongoing mission to #BridgeTheGap between civilians and military veterans through the power of music. The first single, "Song for Peace," is due Oct. 11.

The Album Release Event for civilians and military veterans will be live streamed from the Cutting Room in New York City during Veterans Week on Nov. 6.

Half of the proceeds from physical sales of CARRY YOU ON directly support Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan, non-profit which similarly seeks to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans, while strengthening the civilian-veteran bond. The album was entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign that the marquee crowdfunding site declared a "Project We Love," in raising nearly $70,000. As Joseph Brooks, President & COO of Liberty USO says, "it's the start of a movement!"

Known for his vivid songwriting and intimate approach to the American Songbook, Goldhaber makes a bold departure from his jazz roots, and charges beyond stars-and-stripes patriotism to achieve a greater conversation of nuance and individuality. With music as his vehicle to drive the conversation, Goldhaber blends a variety of styles and special narratives that summon the timeless sensibilities of classic singer-songwriters, from James Taylor to the Lumineers. All original lyrics on CARRY YOU ON were inspired by conversations Goldhaber has had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families during a five-year journey that began with one like-minded song, the anthemic "Come Home America," which has been newly arranged for CARRY YOU ON.

Goldhaber has been performing these songs on military and patriotic stages, from Super Bowl and Fleet Week events to the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade and Independence Day celebration. The impact he's witnessed and reactions he's received along the way became the impetus to record the full album with producer Thad DeBrock (Duncan Sheik, Ari Hest) and a stellar group of studio musicians whose credits include David Bowie, Paul Simon, the Black Crowes, Bon Iver, Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, Suzanne Vega, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Propelled by Todd Caldwell's swirling B-3 organ and the earthy soulfulness of Marc Cohn, "Song for Peace" bounces effortlessly to lift Goldhaber's hopeful message of peace and unity through music while deepening the understanding of what many military families endure. Among the other Goldhaber originals, "That's My Dad" surveys the generational shift in perspective of the veteran-civilian relationship with a Sgt. Pepper's vibe. "Cassandra Knows," in classic troubadour style, explores a woman's struggle to accept her decision to join the Marines after losing family on 9/11. And "Sometimes I Wish" applies an American folk-rock tapestry to introduce survivor's guilt amid veterans who struggle to move on without those who've served by their sides, wishing sometimes "that it were me instead of them."

CARRY YOU ON also features fresh interpretations of Johnny Mercer's "GI Jive," David Friedman's "We Can Be Kind," and "America the Beautiful."

DeBrock was initially drawn to the heart that Goldhaber brings to veterans with this music, but as the recording process unfolded, the producer noticed something much broader going on.

"There are themes in all the songs that are much bigger than one subject," says the producer. "And in times like these, it's good to have anything that brings people together as opposed to taking them apart. Marcus has done a great job in creating songs like that."

Adds Goldhaber: "It's really exciting to see how audiences mixed with civilians and military folks connect through this message at our shows. It's beautiful and inspiring to witness them truly engaging with each other and bonding as they leave the performance.

"We all have the power to help eliminate the US/THEM culture that unfortunately still plagues our communities," he continues. "We can push beyond the barrage of media sound bites and create a new conversation that does more than begin and end with 'Thank you for your service.'"

Donate NOW by pre-ording at www.marcusgoldhaber.com.

CARRY YOU ON is available NOW on iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer.

CARRY YOU ON TRACK LISTING
1. Earn This
2. That's My Dad
3. Carry You On
4. Cassandra Knows
5. A Soldier's Waltz
6. GI Jive
7. Come Home America
8. Sometimes I Wish
9. America The Beautiful
10. Song for Peace
11. The Difference You Make
12. I'm Coming Home
13. We Can Be Kind

September 29, 2017
THE HIT MEN BOLDLY GO WHERE NO OTHER GROUP OF ROCK'S GREAT SIDEMEN HAS GONE BEFORE

Stellar Musicians to the Stars Leap from the Shadows to Release Original Track and Music Video

"You Can't Fight Love," the Single, due for Release Oct. 20; 'Don't Stop,' the Album, to Arrive Nov. 2

NEW YORK (Sept. 28, 2017) - After decades of helping deliver dozens of hits with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and Carly Simon, THE HIT MEN - the music industry's "youngest senior citizens" - have finally taken several large steps toward stardom on their own terms, with original music that bears no other names but theirs.

"You Can't Fight Love," the HIT MEN's first original single and music video, are set for release Oct. 20. The song will be featured on THE HIT MEN's upcoming album, DON'T STOP, slated to follow Nov. 2. No other group of sidemen from rock's golden era - not even the revered Wrecking Crew - can make such a bold claim.

What the Wrecking Crew meant to the pop music revolution of the '60s, THE HIT MEN have meant to the some of the most indelible hits of the '70s and beyond. It's only now that the evolution of THE HIT MEN'S story - fueled, in part, by their countless first-hand experiences as eyewitnesses to rock history - has become a revelation.

From transistor radios, vinyl, 8-track tapes and cassettes to the Sony Walkman, CDs, digital downloads and the Apple iPod, the members of THE HIT MEN - Lee Shapiro (keyboardist/founder), Jimmy Ryan (lead guitarist/vocalist/founding member), Russ Velazquez (vocalist/keyboardist/percussionist), Steve Murphy (drummer/vocalist) and Jeff Ganz (bassist/vocalist) - have seen and heard it all.

And they tell all about it, with lighthearted affection, in their new YouTube video series, "Stories from the Road":

  • Jeff Ganz delivers a classic tale about his first rehearsal with Chuck Berry and how the recently departed rock 'n' roll pioneer prepped his back-up band for that night's show in Buffalo with just 19 words.
  • Jimmy Ryan tells of two insanely memorable days at George Martin's AIR Studios in London, involving Paul McCartney, while recording with Carly Simon for her 1972 No Secrets album.
  • Russ Velazquez recounts his meeting with David Bowie at the St. James Theatre in NYC.
  • Jimmy Ryan offers a poignant tribute to Jim Croce, originally Ryan's college bud at Villanova, on what would've been Croce's 74th birthday.
  • Lee Shapiro shares a comical tale of a show at Radio City Music Hall as one of Frankie Valli's legendary Four Seasons.

THE HIT MEN will be interspersing these stories - and many more - when they hit the road on a fall tour to support DON'T STOP that travels the East and West Coasts, with stretches in the Midwest, South and Southwest. Along the way, they'll be engaging audiences of all ages in light-hearted, self-deprecating fashion, as they continue to sign up new members of THE HIT MEN "faithful" wherever they've played since coming together in pristine harmony seven years and hundreds of shows ago.

"One main reason our singing and playing is so strong is that none of us ever stopped, so we didn't get rusty," says Jimmy Ryan. "Our voices have remained kind of young. We honestly don't sound like we look."

THE HIT MEN bring the hits on stage - and in the studio - with astounding vibrancy, from so many rock greats ... and legends. Aside from the aforementioned Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Carly Simon, THE HIT MEN also count Lou Reed, Foreigner, Sting, Barry Manilow, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Cheap Trick, Chicago, and yes, even LL Cool J, in their collective court. Combined, THE HIT MEN have played on some 85 albums, many of them gold and multi-platinum.

Indeed, the HIT MEN are hardly steeped in the past. But thanks to their illustrious pasts, they sure know good songs when they hear 'em, and are especially attracted to well-written songs with great melody and hooks. No wonder the members share a fondness for contemporary stars like Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, John Legend and Jason Mraz.

As the Associated Press recently noted, "Nostalgia Fades but the 'Hit Men' Play On."

"We're the youngest senior citizens there are," proclaims fellow HIT MEN founder Lee Shapiro. And truth be told, with ages ranging from 52 to 70, most of the HIT MEN are not yet officially seniors.

They might be "old dogs" but, says Shapiro, "All of us are still living our dream."

THE HIT MEN prove you absolutely can teach old dogs new "tracks."

THE HIT MEN "DON'T STOP" FALL 2017 TOUR DATES

Oct. 7: The Franklin PAC, Franklin, IN
Oct. 13: The McAnnich Arts Center, Glen Ellyn, IL
Oct. 14: The Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Oct. 15: The Shea, Wm. Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
Oct. 21: The Strand. Lakewood, NJ
Nov. 5: The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD
Nov. 11: The Harris Center, Folsom, CA
Nov. 12: The Redding Civic Auditorium, Redding, CA
Nov. 17: Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
Dec. 15: The Cerritos PAC, Cerritos, CA
Dec. 31: The Texan Theater, Greenville, TX

September 28, 2017
Stars Come Out To Celebrate Philly Music History As Philadelphia Music Alliance Presents 2017 Walk of Fame Gala & Induction Ceremony
Class of 2017

Jill Scott, Sister Sledge, Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx), McFadden & Whitehead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Soul Survivors, Chris Schwartz & Joe Nicolo (Ruffhouse Records), and WOGL's Bob Pantano to be Honored in Style at Grand Evening Gala Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Fillmore Philadelphia

Hosted by FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia co-host Alex Holley with Special Guest Appearances by CeCe Peniston, Schooly D, Melanie Fiona, Malina Moye, Kindred the Family Soul, Kenny Gamble, WDAS's Patty Jackson, "The Geator" Jerry Blavat, and More!

Additional Live Performances by the National Touring Cast of Calling All Divas, Rock to the Future, and the Urban Guerrilla Orchestra

Charity Auction to Include Billboard Music Awards Tickets, 'Soul Train' Cruise, and More High Profile Items

PHILADELPHIA (September 28, 2017) - For the first time in two years, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) will be hosting a stellar evening gala to celebrate its newest group of inductees on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame.

The PMA proudly presents the 2017 WALK OF FAME GALA on Wednesday, Oct. 4, honoring Jill Scott, Sister Sledge, Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx), McFadden & Whitehead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Soul Survivors, Chris Schwartz & Joe Nicolo (Ruffhouse Records), and 98.1 WOGL "Saturday Night Dance Party" host Bob Pantano, returning to the glorious Fillmore Philadelphia, site of the momentous 2015 affair. The gala is set to begin at 6 p.m. A limited number of gala tables are still available at www.pmawalk.org.

Afternoon ceremonies inducting the Walk of Fame's Class of 2017 and unveiling its plaques will be held the same day, at Noon, along the Avenue of the Arts in front of the Kimmel Center, with live music by the School District of Philadelphia's All City Show Band.

FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia co-host Alex Holley will be hosting the grand evening gala, with special guest appearances by CeCe Peniston ("Finally"), Schooly D ("the first gangsta rapper" - Ice-T), two-time Grammy-winner Melanie Fiona ("Fool for You"), Malina Moye ("The Female Jimi Hendrix" - Guitar World), Kindred the Family Soul, Sound of Philadelphia legendary co-creator Kenny Gamble, WDAS air personality Patty Jackson, "The Geator" Jerry Blavat, Senator Anthony Williams, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and more surprises to be announced. The array of live performers and presenters also will include the National Touring Cast of Calling All Divas, Rock to the Future, and returning as the evening's house band, the world-renowned Urban Guerilla Orchestra. All proceeds from the gala go toward the new PMA Music Education Fund.

"The 2017 honorees represent powerhouse vocals, signature anthems, soulful vibes, and production firsts within the R&B, pop and rock genres, with an emphasis on powerful and decorated women in music," said PMA vice chair Mia Tinari, in making the announcement.

"This year, we are fortunate to be able to illustrate, through our honorees, the soul of the city, and why Philadelphia continues to be the number one city in the nation for extraordinary and award-winning talent," added PMA executive Board member Randy Alexander.

"Our inductees, this year, span the decades, through the power of soul, from the 1930s to the present," added PMA Board Chairman Alan Rubens.

In addition, the PMA is honoring Anne Ewers with the Platinum Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Philadelphia Music Community. The Platinum Award is given to an individual, organization or company that has been a leader and champion in supporting the music making community in a significant way. As president & CEO of Kimmel Center, Ms. Ewers oversees operations of the Kimmel Center and the Merriam Theatre and manages the Academy of Music and launched the city-wide Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, drawing over 1 million attendees and driving $100 million into the region's economy.

The exclusive event, with catering by Wolfgang Puck, will include a charity auction with high profile items including:

  • Two (2) tickets to the Billboard Music Awards 2018
  • A veranda cabin for two (2) on StarVista Live's "Soul Train Cruise" starring Eddie Levert of The O'Jays, the Pointer Sisters, Jeffrey Osborne, the Spinners, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., and much more
  • A veranda cabin for two (2) on StarVista Live's "Rock and Romance Cruise" starring Styx, Michael McDonald, War, Atlanta Rhythm Section, America, The Guess Who and many more

Major sponsors include Live Nation, FOX 29, Independence Visitor Center, Philadelphia Distilling, The Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, All Nite Limo Service, and Vinedrea Wines.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame, recently proclaimed an official landmark by Philadelphia City Council, is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts, with a renewed commitment to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction. This agenda to recognize more local music greats in all genres is part of the community based, non-profit organization's overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music, and the foundation of a renewed commitment to schedule induction ceremonies each year.

For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org.

September 7, 2017
North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival Links Classic and Modern Eras with Addition of Pink Floyd vocalist Durga McBroom in Genesis Tribute and Dave Kerzner Band Headline Performance

3-Day Gathering of World's Most Masterful Prog Acts Draws Fans from Around the Globe to Rejoice in Rahway, NJ

Tickets on sale NOW!

RAHWAY, NJ (Sept. 7, 2017) - Enhancing its vow to "remember what brought us here," PROGSTOCK 2017, "North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival," is adding significant new connections between the modern and classic progressive rock eras as the three-day gathering prepares to land on the East Coast next month (Oct. 13-15) in Rahway, NJ.

Those connections arrive primarily through the addition of Dave Kerzner, who will double as the new Saturday night headliner with the Dave Kerzner Band, and the Sunday afternoon leader of the newly expanded Kevin Gilbert & Genesis Tribute to a festival lineup comprised of artists who began impacting the prog scene in the 1990s, as the next wave of progressive rockers was bubbling up from the underground.

Tickets on sale NOW for ProgStock 2017, a three-day gathering of some of the world's most masterful "prog" acts, Oct. 13-15 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. Glass Hammer (Chattanooga, TN); Karmakanic and The Tangent (Sweden), and Francis Dunnery (England), are among the 18 artists rejoicing in the global passion for a special brand of rock as it regains its North American popularity. Three-day tickets are $135 (Mezzanine) and $195 (Orchestra), starting Aug. 23. Single-day tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. EST ($45 to $85). All tickets are available at www.progstock.com and www.ucpac.org.

The Dave Kerzner Band replaces Echolyn, which was forced to bow out of the festival due to medical reasons. A favorite return performer on Yes's "Cruise To The Edge" who counts original Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett among his collaborators, Kerzner will be celebrating the same day release that Saturday of his new album, Static, with a very special ProgStock appearance by longtime Pink Floyd vocalist Durga McBroom. Together, they'll perform several tracks from Pink Floyd's epic Dark Side of the Moon, as well as songs by his other band, Sound of Contact (SOC), featuring Simon Collins, son of Phil Collins, plus material from Static and his New World album.

McBroom will rejoin Kerzner as part of his Kevin Gilbert & Genesis Tribute to sing songs from Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, as well as Gilbert band Toy Matinee, and solo work Thud, with special guest Francis Dunnery, and more to be announced.

"This year's festival is about showcasing prog that's been around since the supposed 'end' of prog," says PROGSTOCK 2017 promoter Thomas Palmieri. "There's no clearer way to show the connection between modern prog and classic prog than to show some of classic prog's most influential elements."

PROGSTOCK 2017 preceded its public ticket sales with a massively successful crowdfunding ticket drive that easily met its PledgeMusic goal for the festival to be underwritten, in part, by "Boarding Groups" on both sides of the Atlantic who purchased three-day passes at three different group levels. Donations are still being accepted at www.fracturedatlas.org.

PROGSTOCK 2017 is capturing a diverse international fanbase that includes teachers, physicians, engineers and other professionals who share an affinity for complex rock music. The genre is also attracting a growing number of young people who, largely through internet radio, are getting introduced to progressive rock's musicianship and complexity.

PROGSTOCK 2017's Main Stage will feature music that most rock radio programmers consider too long and intricate to add to their playlists. Terrestrial radio has not collectively embraced a wave of new progressive rock bands since the second British Invasion in the early 1970s made legends of Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and their peers during the ensuing decade for elevating the genre to a higher commercial art form. Response to PROGSTOCK 2017 already is proving there's more room than ever in today's musical landscape for a resurgence in a genre of music that began migrating underground in the 1980s.

Based on a strong foundation of international appreciation and respect for music and its heritage, PROGSTOCK 2017 is an international music festival that strives to create, build and sustain a solvent and vibrant music scene.

As Palmieri sees it, the decade that has passed since the demise of the record industry created more opportunity for independent artists to be heard, opening new portals for progressive rockers to rise and flourish.

"The only thing we're up against is the corporate machine, much of which is excessive in terms of production rather than musicianship," he says. "If there was any time to bring prog back to the attention of the mainstream listening public, now is the time."

For more information, visit www.progstock.com. Union County PAC information is available at www.ucpac.org.

ProgStock 2017 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ProgStock 2017 must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

PROGSTOCK 2017 SCHEDULE:

Friday 10/13/2017
5:30pm-7:30pm - Rachel Flowers / Peter Jones / Francis Dunnery
7:30pm-9:00pm - break and meet & greet with Rachel, Peter, Francis
9:00pm-11:00pm - Glass Hammer 25th Anniversary Show
11:00pm - meet & greet with Glass Hammer
12mid - ProgStock Late Night Event featuring EchoTest

Saturday 10/14/2017
11:00am-12:00pm - The Tea Club
12:00pm-1:00pm - break and meet & greet with Tea Club
1:00pm-2:15pm - Resistor
2:15pm-3:30pm - break and meet & greet with Resistor
3:30pm-4:45pm - Circuline
4:45pm-6:00pm - break and meet & greet with Circuline
6:00pm-7:30pm - Aisles
7:30pm-9:00pm - break and meet & greet with Aisles
9:00pm-11:00pm - Dave Kerzner Band & Special Guests
11:00pm - meet & greet with Dave Kerzner Band & Special Guests
12mid - ProgStock Late Night Event featuring House of Prog's Progressive Coffeehouse, with Jason Rubenstein, Rani Chatoorgoon, and Simon Godfrey

Sunday 10/15/2017
11:00am-12:00pm - Cell15
12:00pm-1:00pm - break and meet & greet with Cell15
1:00pm-2:15pm - 3RDegree
2:15pm-3:30pm - break and meet & greet with 3RDegree
3:30pm-5:00pm - Dave Kerzner and Friends: Kevin Gilbert & Genesis Tribute
5:00pm-6:30pm - break and meet & greet with KG & Genesis Tribute artists
6:30pm-8:00pm - Karmakanic
8:00pm-8:30pm - brief break for equipment changeover
8:30pm-10:00pm - The Tangent
10:00pm - meet & greet with Karmakanic / The Tangent

August 22, 2017
North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival Celebrates Resurgence of Musical Movement Empowering Artist Wizardry Over Studio Technique

3-Day Gathering of World's Most Masterful Prog Acts Draws Fans from Around the Globe to Rejoice in Rahway, NJ

Tickets on sale TOMORROW, Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. EST!

RAHWAY, NJ (Aug. 22, 2017) - PROGSTOCK 2017, "North America's Newest International Progressive Rock Festival," lands on the East Coast this fall amid encouraging signs of renewed appetite for a musical movement that continues to celebrate the technical wizardry of musicians over the studio prowess of producers.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW, Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. EST for ProgStock 2017, a three-day gathering of some of the world's most masterful "prog" acts, Oct. 13-15 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. Glass Hammer (Chattanooga, TN); Echolyn (Philadelphia); Karmakanic and The Tangent (Sweden), and Francis Dunnery (England), are among the 18 artists rejoicing together in the global passion for a brand of rock as it regains its North American popularity. Three-day tickets are $135 (Mezzanine) and $195 (Orchestra), starting Aug. 23. Single-day tickets ($45 to $85) go on sale Friday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. EST. All tickets will be available at www.progstock.com and www.ucpac.org.

Supporting acts include A Kevin Gilbert Retrospective, with Nick D'Virgilio, Don Carr and Lloyd Landesman, Aisles, Rachel Flowers, Peter Jones (of Tiger Moth Tales), 3RDegree, Circuline, The Tea Club, Cell15, and Resistor. After-hours acts include EchoTest, Rani Chatoorgoon, Jason Rubenstein, and Simon Godfrey.

The public on-sale date for PROGSTOCK 2017 follows a massively successful crowdfunding ticket drive that easily met its PledgeMusic goal for the festival to be underwritten, in part, by "Boarding Groups" on both sides of the Atlantic who purchased three-day passes at three different group levels. Donations are still being accepted at www.fracturedatlas.org.

PROGSTOCK 2017 is capturing a diverse international fanbase that includes teachers, physicians, engineers and other professionals who share an affinity for complex rock music. The genre is also attracting a growing number of young people who, largely through internet radio, are getting introduced to progressive rock's musicianship and complexity.

PROGSTOCK 2017's Main Stage will feature music that most rock radio programmers consider too long and intricate to add to their playlists. Terrestrial radio has not collectively embraced a wave of new progressive rock bands since the second British Invasion in the early 1970s made legends of Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and their peers during the ensuing decade for elevating the genre to a higher commercial art form. Response to PROGSTOCK 2017 already is proving there's more room than ever in today's musical landscape for a resurgence in a genre of music that began migrating underground in the 1980s.

All the artists at PROGSTOCK 2017 arose in the 1990s or later, setting the stage for a new wave of acts starting to bubble up from the underground.

"Prog never went away, it just went underground," says PROGSTOCK 2017 promoter Thomas Palmieri. "There are thousands of wonderful bands out there. Popular tastes change, but the authenticity and originality of progressive continues to flourish. The passion for this music is alive and well around the world."

Based on a strong foundation of international appreciation and respect for music and its heritage, PROGSTOCK 2017 is an international music festival that strives to create, build and sustain a solvent and vibrant music scene.

As Palmieri sees it, the decade that has passed since the demise of the record industry created more opportunity for independent artists to be heard, opening new portals for progressive rockers to rise and flourish.

"The only thing we're up against is the corporate machine, much of which is excessive in terms of production rather than musicianship," he says. "If there was any time to bring prog back to the attention of the mainstream listening public, now is the time."

For more information, visit www.progstock.com. Union County PAC information is available at www.ucpac.org.

ProgStock 2017 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ProgStock 2017 must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

PROGSTOCK 2017 INTERNATIONAL LINE-UP:

Echolyn (US)
http://www.echolyn.com/

Glass Hammer (US)
http://glasshammer.com/

The Tangent (Sweden/UK)
http://www.thetangent.org/

Karmakanic (Sweden)
http://reingoldrecords.se/index2.html

A Kevin Gilbert Retrospective (US)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/4402193846/permalink/10155360336763847/

Aisles (Chile)
http://www.aislesproject.com/

3RDegree (US)
http://www.3rdegreeonline.com

Circuline (US)
http://circulinemusic.com/

Rachel Flowers (US)
http://rachelflowersmusic.com/

Resistor (US)
http://www.steveunruh.com/resistor.html

Cell15 (US)
https://www.cell15.com/

Peter Jones (of Tiger Moth Tales)
http://www.tigermothtales.com/pete-jones

The Tea Club (US)
https://www.theteaclub.net/

Francis Dunnery (US, originally UK)
https://www.francisdunnery.com/

After Hours:

EchoTest (featuring Julie Slick and Marco Machera)
http://echotestmusic.com/

Rani Chatoorgoon
http://ranichatoorgoon.com

Jason Rubenstein
http://www.jasonrubenstein.com/

Simon Godfrey
http://simon-godfrey.com/

August 16, 2017
JOHNNY CLEGG TO EMBARK UPON 'THE FINAL JOURNEY' NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES OCT.-NOV.

With Cancer in Remission, South African Superstar to Bid Farewell and Thank Fans in U.S. and Canada for Remarkable 35 Years Together

Nearly 40 years after he began one of music's most remarkable careers, iconic South African musician JOHNNY CLEGG is returning for one last round of concerts throughout North America this fall to thank his fans on "Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey," as he copes with the realities of his cancer.

Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy treatment. He continued a busy worldwide touring schedule while coping with treatment. Currently, he is finishing an autobiography of his incredible life story and groundbreaking career, a multi-generational journey combining near matchless music success with sustained - and significant - social, political and cultural impact.

The limited 12-city North American leg of the "The Final Journey World Tour" is supported by Clegg's world-class live band and features an audiovisual element with highlights of Johnny's extraordinary career. His North American farewell follows a string of sold-out overseas performances in London, Dubai, and his native South Africa. The fall leg launches Oct. 14 in Boston and then heads to Canada for three dates before returning to the U.S. for just four East Coast stops (New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Concord, NH), one Midwest performance (Chicago), and two West Coast dates (San Diego and Seattle) before concluding Nov. 2 in Boulder, CO. Clegg's New York visit will be a special two-nighter at B.B. King's in Times Square (Oct. 23-24), the only multi-night run on the tour.

A live album recorded during the overseas portion of "The Final Journey" will be released during the North America trek.

A singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, Clegg exploded onto the international music scene while breaking barriers in his South African homeland by defying apartheid with two highly successful inter-racial bands, Juluka and Savuka. In the late 1970s, Clegg and Sipho Mchunu formed Juluka, South Africa's first mixed-race band, resulting in two platinum and five gold albums. In 1986, Clegg formed Savuka, whose debut album, Third World Child, went double platinum with sales of over two million. The second album, Shadow Man, was Grammy nominated for Best World Music Album in 1993, shortly before Savuka disbanded.

Clegg and Mchunu temporarily rebooted Juluka three years later, recording Ya Vuka Inkunzi (also released as Crocodile Love). Since then, Clegg has recorded several solo projects including One Life (2007), New Survivor (2002) and A South African Story (2003). In 2010, Human, his first North American release in 17 years, he celebrated 30 years as a performer. Clegg performed 45 shows in 67 days across North America in 2014, supporting his second Appleseed Records release, Best, Live & Unplugged at the Baxter Theatre.

Through Juluka and Savuka, Clegg pioneered a uniquely South African music hybrid during a time of cultural and racial segregation. His music always has offered a vision of how South Africans could find each other, and the possibilities of a non-racial future. "The Final Journey" is built around Clegg's unparalleled repertoire, beginning with the 1979 release of Juluka's Universal Man and continuing through the Savuka years and his solo work.

"I am immensely excited," says Clegg, "to be able to bring to my fans around the world an autobiographical, audiovisual and intimate account of my life through my music and The Dance."

Clegg's recorded output as part of Juluka, Savuka and as a solo artist has earned him millions of record sales, countless awards and nominations and multiple international releases, all eagerly consumed by a truly global audience.

He was the first to combine Western and African musical styles, sparking a revolution in South African music that still can be heard today through a number of artists.

Most potently, Clegg's ability to illuminate the connectedness of all human beings through his music makes him a pioneer of social cohesion in South Africa. He also provided a portal for international audiences to gain a deeper understanding of the anti-apartheid movement and the journey toward, and ultimately into, freedom. For this, Clegg has received many different honors including an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), the South African Order of Ikhamanga, and the French Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters), as well as several honorary doctorates.

"Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey World Tour" presents the most powerfully emotional live shows of a truly singular South African - a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, and activist like no other.

Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey North America 2017
10.14 Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA
10.16 Palais Montcalm (Raoul-John Hall), Quebec QC
10.18 Koerner Hall at TELUS Centre, Toronto ON
10.19 Salle Wilfred Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montreal, QC
10.21 Capitol Center for the Arts - Chubb Theatre, Concord NH
10.23 & 24 B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill, New York, NY
10.26 Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA (Philadelphia)
10.27 Warner Theatre, Washington DC
10.29 Park West, Chicago IL
10.30 Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA
11.01 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
11.02 Boulder Theater, Boulder CO

August 3, 2017
Philadelphia Music Alliance Welcomes Jill Scott, Sister Sledge, LaBelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx), McFadden & Whitehead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Soul Survivors, Chris Schwattz & Joe Nicolo (Ruffhouse Records), and WOGL's Bob Pantano As Inductees To The Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, Class of 2017
Class of 2017

Clockwise from Top Left: Jill Scott, Sister Sledge, Labelle, McFadden & Whitehead, DJ Bob Pantano, The Soul Survivors, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Chris Schwartz & Joe Nicolo.

Honorees to be Inducted and Celebrated Oct. 4, 2017 With Afternoon Ceremony and Evening Grand Gala

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 3, 2017) - The Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) today announced that Jill Scott, Sister Sledge, Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx), McFadden & Whitehead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Soul Survivors, Chris Schwartz (Ruffhouse Records), and WOGL air personality Bob Pantano will be added to the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame as members of its Class of 2017. They will be formally inducted together October 4, 2017 during afternoon ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts, and celebrated that evening with a special grand gala event at the Fillmore Philadelphia.

Tickets for the 2017 Philadelphia Music Alliance Gala Dinner at the Fillmore are on sale NOW through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-philadelphia-music-alliance-gala-dinner-tickets-35947866035.

"The 2017 honorees represent powerhouse vocals, signature anthems, soulful vibes, and production firsts within the R&B, pop and rock genres, with an emphasis on powerful and decorated women in music," said PMA vice chair Mia Tinari, in making the announcement.

"This year, we are fortunate to be able to illustrate, through our honorees, the soul of the city, and why Philadelphia has been and continues to be the number one city for extraordinary and award-winning talent," added PMA executive Board member Randy Alexander.

"Our inductees, this year, span the decades, through the power of soul, from the 1930s to the present." added PMA Board Chairman Alan Rubens.

The Class of 2017 is:

  • Jill Scott is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress. The platinum-selling triple threat began her career collaborating in the late '90s with Philly musical icons The Roots and Will Smith, as well as Common, and has garnered #1 albums that include The Light In The Sun and her most recent release, WOMAN.
  • Sister Sledge formed in 1971 as a Philadelphia vocal group among siblings Kathy, Kim, Debbie, and Joni Sledge as symbols of strong family values, and achieved international superstardom at the height of the disco era with their 1979 breakthrough album, "We Are Family," and its No. 1 smash title track, the Grammy-nominated anthem of togetherness written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of the disco group Chic. Though the group scored several other hits into the next decade, the prevailing strength of We Are Family has enabled the sisters to perform for President Clinton to Pope Francis, while continuing to flourish on top stages around the world.
  • Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx) formed as a funk-rock female vocal group in 1971 following the departure of Cindy Birdsong from the original group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, to join the Supremes. Adding glam-rock to their unique mix in the mid-'70s, Labelle's enduring proto-disco anthem "Lady Marmalade" propelled them to become the first contemporary pop group and first black group to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House and the first black vocal group on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • McFadden & Whitehead (Gene McFadden & John Whitehead) was a songwriting, production, and recording duo, best known for their signature anthem, the No. 1 Grammy-nominated smash "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now." They also wrote and produced some of the most popular R&B hits of the 1970s for Philadelphia International Records, including "Backstabbers," "Bad Luck," "Wake Up Everybody," and "I'll Always Love My Mama."
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is considered "The Godmother of Rock and Roll," for her highly significant role in the creation of rock as a guitar-playing gospel star from the 1930s to the '60s, with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Little Richard and Chuck Berry citing her as an inspiration.
  • The Soul Survivors (Richie Ingui, Charlie Ingui and Kenny Jeremiah) were formed as a vocal group in New York, but they adopted Philadelphia as their home in 1967, when "Expressway to Your Heart," currently marking its 50th anniversary, became the first "Sound of Philadelphia" hit for its legendary architects, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.
  • Chris Schwartz & Joe Nicolo made their hip-hop bones in the mid-1980s, as the manager and recording engineer respectively for pioneer (and future Walk of Famer) Schoolly D. But it was their label partnership, Ruffhouse Records, that brought them to hip-hop dominance in the 1990s, with a string of impressive signings and hits from Cypress Hill, Tim Dog, Kriss Kross, and The Fugees, which included the solo careers of Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean.
  • Bob Pantano is the host of the Saturday Night Dance Party on 98.1 WOGL, the first and longest running radio dance party in the nation, now celebrating 40 years. Its top-rated, generation-spanning success has earned the South Philly native the moniker, "Mr. Saturday Night," as he continues to enthrall and entertain Delaware Valley audiences every weekend on his pioneering live broadcast.

In addition, the PMA is honoring Anne Ewers with the Platinum Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Philadelphia Music Community. The Platinum Award is given to an individual, organization or company that has been a leader and champion in supporting the music making community in a significant way. As president & CEO of Kimmel Center, Ms. Ewers oversees operations of the Kimmel Center and the Merriam Theatre and manages the Academy of Music and launched the city-wide Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, drawing over 1 million attendees and driving $100 million into the region's economy.

The announcements were made during a press reception hosted by the Independence Visitor Center and Live Nation - two of this year's major sponsors.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame, recently proclaimed an official landmark by Philadelphia City Council, is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts, with a renewed commitment to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction. This agenda to recognize more local music greats in all genres is part of the community based, non-profit organization's overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music, and the foundation of a renewed commitment to schedule induction ceremonies each year. For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org.

July 21, 2017
IAN McDONALD OF HONEY WEST REUNITES WITH FOREIGNER AND FELLOW FOUNDING MEMBERS FOR IMPROMPTU SPECIAL NEW YORK APPEARANCE AT JONES BEACH
Ian McDonald of Honey West with Foreigner

NEW YORK (July 21, 2017) - Last night, one of rock's most desired reunions made history last night when IAN McDONALD of HONEY WEST joined fellow original Foreigner members Lou Gramm and Al Greenwood for an impromptu appearance with Foreigner on stage - for the first time since 1980 - at the Northwell Health Jones Beach Theatre for a memorable rendition of some of the band's biggest hits as part of its 40th anniversary tour.

McDonald, who co-wrote the Foreigner anthem "Long, Long Way From Home," is currently enjoying renewed acclaim in his own right, 38 years since leaving the group, with his new band, Honey West, and their debut album, Bad Old World. "Long, Long Way From Home" kicked off the reunion portion of last night's show, featuring McDonald recreating his indelible sax solo.

Says Mick Jones, "It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations."

Since the 1977 release of their first hit "Feels Like the First Time" and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world's most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million.

McDonald was on board for the first three Foreigner albums, Foreigner (1977), Double Vision (1978) and Head Games (1979), as a multi-instrumentalist proficient on reeds, winds, keyboards, and guitar, his primary instrument on stage. Combined with his significant contribution to the landmark King Crimson album, In the Court of the Crimson King, also as a founding member, McDonald has figured prominently on four of the biggest-selling albums of the 10-year period from 1969 through 1979, encompassing two completely different rock genres (pop rock and progressive rock).

In HONEY WEST, McDonald co-wrote, produced and played several instruments on their acclaimed new debut album, Bad Old World (Readout Records), which impacted at Triple A radio this week, and which McDonald says is "some of the best work I've done in ages, and maybe ever."

"Dementia," the "infectious" (ABC News Radio) self-deprecating 1st single drawing comparisons to revered British pub rockers Rockpile, is the focus track with commercial Triple A stations, while the full album, called "truly perfect" by Short & Sweet LA & NYC, heads to Non-Comm radio.

Billboard.com, in its exclusive premiere of the groundbreaking lyric video for "Dementia," said, "It merits some attention when Ian McDonald gets excited about something."

Bad Old World also has earned notice from Parade.com, Huffington Post, Modern Drummer, M Music & Musicians, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Digital First Media, Premiere Radio Networks, and Fireworks Magazine (UK), among others. Goldmine is scheduled to publish a spotlight feature/album review package, as well.

Vintage Rock called Bad Old World "a 12-song gem of wry lyrics, live sounding rollicking, and right-in-the-pocket production" and "a lively record from artists who sure know how to bring fun and smarts to rock and roll." Sea of Tranquility, in its four-star review, declared the album "unashamedly good fun [and] classy."

Honey West's next live appearance is Tuesday, July 25 at Rockwood Music Hall 2 in New York City. More dates to come!

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
LEFT: Ian McDonald recreates his indelible sax solo on the Foreigner anthem "Long, Long Way From Home," which he co-wrote, on stage with his old bandmates last night at Jones Beach. Credit: Karsten Staiger (MeinFotoland)

RIGHT: (L-R): Bruce Watson, Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Kelly Hansen, Michael Bluestein, Chris Frazier, Al Greenwood, Jeff Pilson, Ian McDonald, Tom Gimbel, on stage at Jones Beach. Karsten Staiger (MeinFotoland)

July 20, 2017
Light of Day Sets Dates for 18th Annual WinterFest In Global Battle to Defeat Parkinson's Disease Through Awesome Power of Music
Bob Benjamin and Joe D'Urso

Fundraising Music Festival Spreads to 4 Cities in 3 States, Jan. 5-15, 2018

ASBURY PARK, NJ (July 20, 2017) - LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, the annual marquee event in the Light of Day Foundation's global battle to defeat Parkinson's Disease and the Parkinsonisms - ALS and PSP - through the awesome power of music, today announced that the 18th edition of the 10-day fundraising festival will be held in four cities across three states, Jan. 5-15, 2018.

Over 150 acts will be performing at more than 50 shows in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Light of Day WinterFest is primarily based in Asbury Park, where the action will occur Jan. 7 and Jan. 11-15. The festival will kick off Jan. 5 in Montclair, NJ, followed Jan. 6 by Philadelphia. WinterFest returns to New York City Jan. 10. Additional locations are expected to be announced.

In 2017, Light of Day WinterFest raised over a half million dollars for the third straight year, catapulting its 17-year cumulative total past the $4.5 million mark. Light of Day WinterFest 2018 is expected to push the 18-year total past $5 million. The festival has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of its 17 years, including his most recent appearance, in 2015.

Light of Day WinterFest is the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day affair in Asbury Park.

The Light of Day Foundation regrants money to organizations which fund specific research initiatives, including, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, CurePSP, the Parkinson's Foundation (formerly the Parkinson's Disease Foundation), and the Parkinson's Unity Walk. The Light of Day Foundation also supports "boots on the ground" programs designed to help people with these diseases live better lives on a daily basis, including Joan Dancy & PALS, with a mission to help New Jersey residents in nearby Monmouth and Ocean Counties afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families.

The next scheduled fundraising event is Happy Together 2017, starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Cowsills, and The Archies starring Ron Dante, Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Foundation. Tickets are on sale now at www.countbasietheatre.org.

Also on tap is the Light of Day Foundation 3RD Annual Golf Outing, being held Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 9) at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune.

Complete information on all Light of Day activity can be found at www.lightofday.org. Donations to the Light of Day Foundation can be made through the website as well.

PHOTO CAPTION: Light of Day co-founder Bob Benjamin, who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, thanks the sold-out audience during Bob's Birthday Bash at WinterFest 2017. Holding the microphone is singer-songwriter Joe D'Urso. Credit: John Posada.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

July 18, 2017
ONE RIVER SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN TO LAUNCH AMBITIOUS TEEN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING CLASS IN FALL WITH WORLD-RENOWN FILMMAKER RAUL BARCELONA
World-renown award-winning filmmaker Raul Barcelona, shown here working with students at One River School's filmmaking camp.

Nine-month, three-course series at both New Jersey locations to culminate in One River School regional film festival

Enrollment is open now!

ENGLEWOOD, NJ (July 18, 2017) - One River School of Art + Design moves its mission to transform art education into the fall by introducing one of the most ambitious curriculum additions in its innovative five-year history - an extensive Teen Documentary Filmmaking class that will culminate in One River School's very own New Jersey film festival next summer.

Enrollment is now open at One River School's Bergen County NJ locations, in Englewood and Allendale, for this unique nine-month, three-course series, which provides teen students with an immersive experience into the fundamentals of filmmaking and storytelling. The young filmmakers ultimately will screen their individual short documentary films in both a local movie theater, and globally in a branded online environment. The first session, "Pre-Production," starts in October.

World-renown award-winning filmmaker Raul Barcelona will lead a team of fellow documentary filmmakers in teaching students aged 12-18 the entire step-by-step process, from discovering how to identify a compelling subject for their documentary, through production and editing. Teen Documentary Filmmaking is an extension of the documentary film class Barcelona launched with One River School at its first summer camp in 2012. Barcelona is recognized for a vigorous and entertaining filmmaking style that exhibits his keen appreciation for political, cultural and social diversity.

"Documentary filmmaking is about observing the world, about looking at reality and sharing our experience of it. In this way, it is very much rooted in what is like to be human," says Barcelona. "Our Teen Documentary Filmmaking program is designed to sharpen students' perceptions of their surrounding world and I am incredibly excited to work with them as they discover their voice and express their unique worldview through the medium of film."

One River School's Teen Documentary Filmmaking is a deeply engaging experience across production, editing and screening. By the time the first session ends, students already will have created their own movie trailers for the films they plan to produce during the following production course. The second session, "Production," begins in January, 2018 and the third and final installment, "Post Production," starts the following April. The first annual One River School film festival premieres in July 2018.

Enrollment is open now at OneRiverSchool.com or by directly contacting the Englewood (201-266-5244) and Allendale locations (201-466-1372).

One River School of Art + Design, a company designed to transform art education across America while building the first national network of contemporary art schools. With franchise locations in New Jersey and Texas and more expansion scheduled across the country for 2018, One River School is developing what the New York Times recently called "the next generation of Basquiats and Warhols" through a new direction in art education for kids, teens and adults, providing exceptional, creative learning experiences accessible to all ages and abilities. Using proprietary teaching methods, world-class instructors and interactive processes, the schools deliver an experience that "changes people's lives," according to One River School founder and CEO Matt Ross.

As part of its commitment to being the voice of contemporary art in its communities, each One River School celebrates contemporary artists through exhibits, while providing great jobs for working artists and educating the next generation of artists.

For all info about One River School of Art + Design, visit www.OneRiverSchool.com, or at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OneRiverSchoolofArtandDesign/.

PHOTO CAPTION: World-renown award-winning filmmaker Raul Barcelona, shown here working with students at One River School's filmmaking camp, will be leading a team of fellow documentary filmmakers in teaching "Teen Documentary Filmmaking." The ambitious, three-part series will culminate in One River School's very own NJ film festival next summer. Photo credit: One River School.

July 13, 2017
PHILADELPHIA MUSIC WALK OF FAME PROCLAIMED A PHILADELPHIA LANDMARK BY CITY COUNCIL

Resolution Recognizes Philadelphia Music Alliance For Promotion of City's 'Unique and Outstanding' Music Legacy

PHILADELPHIA (July 13, 2017) - The Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, the most impressive public monument to the people who have made Philadelphia an important music city, has been officially proclaimed a Philadelphia landmark by Philadelphia City Council.

With more than 130 commemorative bronze plaques embedded along the Avenue of the Arts Street, the Walk of Fame is one of the defining features of the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA), the non-profit organization which was simultaneously recognized by City Council "for its promotion of the city's unique and outstanding musical legacy."

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson of the 2nd District introduced the bill. Councilman Johnson has been a longtime champion of the Walk of Fame and has been a key figure at the Walk of Fame induction ceremonies and galas.

"This is a fantastic honor," shared Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. "Not only for the Philadelphia Music Alliance, but for all of the region's outstanding artists, writers, producers and music industry professionals whose accomplished bodies of work have been embraced by music fans around the world."

"Proclaiming the Walk of Fame a Philadelphia landmark firmly positions it as the tourist destination it was always intended to be. The Walk has been steadily expanding for 31 years, and there 'ain't no stoppin' us now!' added Alan Rubens, Chairman of the PMA.

The timing couldn't be better. Philadelphia City Council is recognizing the Walk of Fame just as the Philadelphia Music Alliance has begun accepting proposals to implement technology advancements that would bring the Walk to life as a tourist destination. This summer, the PMA will be announcing the next group of inductees to be honored as the Class of 2017 and celebrated at a star-studded Gala. Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Marian Anderson, and Dick Clark were among the first inductees in 1987 who contributed to the early significance of this Philadelphia landmark. And this month the PMA has expanded its Board by welcoming the additions of James J. Cuorato, president and CEO of the Independence Visitor Center Corp., and Joel Gibbs of Love the Arts in Philadelphia.

Last fall, the Philadelphia Music Alliance expanded its presence to Nashville as it oversaw the inductions of "Sound of Philadelphia" co-creator Thom Bell, the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section, and Sigma Sound founder Joe Tarsia - all Walk of Fame honorees - into The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™ in a ceremony and all-star concert at the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium featuring Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby and Russell Thompkins JR & the New Stylistics.

The Resolution also notes that the Philadelphia Music Alliance was founded in 1986 as a joint venture between music executives and devoted citizens to promote Philadelphia's "rich musical history" and preserve the city's status as "one of the oldest and most distinguished musical capitals" in America, while simultaneously supporting its current music scene. The PMA shows its support through its dedication to the maintenance of music programs in schools and communities, through musical instrument donations, piano competitions, music education scholarships and grants, and more.

The Resolution quotes Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots, whose acceptance speech at the 2015 induction Gala, as reported by Rolling Stone, underscored the significance of the Walk of Fame by saying: "What better place to be immortalized in that way than on Broad Street, Philadelphia's main artery. Our equator. Our Mason-Dixon Line, so to speak. It's from these streets that we came, and now back to these streets that we return."

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
Established in 1986, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Philadelphia's rich musical legacy by increasing awareness of the city's great musical tradition and supporting the current music scene. For more information, visit www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org.

July 11, 2017
AMID SURGING ACCLAIM, HONEY WEST, FEATURING FOREIGNER/KING CRIMSON CO-FOUNDER IAN McDONALD, SENDS 'TRULY PERFECT' DEBUT 'BAD OLD WORLD,' TO RADIO

FOLLOWING BILLBOARD.COM PREMIERE OF GROUNDBREAKING LYRIC VIDEO, 'DEMENTIA' IS FOCUS TRACK AT COMMERCIAL TRIPLE A

NYC Guitar Rockers, led by British Rock Titan McDonald and Shakespearean thespian Ted Zurkowski of The Actors Studio, set July 17 as Radio Impact Date

NEW YORK (July 11, 2017) - As acclaim mounts for their debut album, Bad Old World (Readout Records), Triple A Radio is getting a full taste of HONEY WEST, the New York guitar-rock band featuring "odd couple" songwriter team of Foreigner and King Crimson co-founder Ian McDonald and Shakespearean thespian Ted Zurkowski of The Actors Studio. Impact date is Monday, July 17.

"Dementia," the "infectious" (ABC News Radio) self-deprecating 1st single drawing comparisons to revered British pub rockers Rockpile, is the focus track being serviced to commercial Triple A stations, while the full album, called "truly perfect" by Short & Sweet LA & NYC, heads to Non-Comm radio. "Dementia" is a tightly wound, foot-stomping, Saturday-night rocker highlighted by multi-instrumentalist McDonald's baritone sax - which originally left a memorable imprint on T. Rex's iconic "Get It On (Bang A Gong)" - and a perfect portal into the off-kilter world of HONEY WEST, so named after the groundbreaking 1960s TV series about a sexy female secret agent.

Watch the video for "Dementia"

Billboard.com, in its exclusive premiere of the groundbreaking lyric video for "Dementia," said, "It merits some attention when Ian McDonald gets excited about something." Indeed, as a British rock titan who has figured prominently on four of the biggest-selling albums of the 10-year period from 1969 through 1979, encompassing two completely different rock genres, McDonald consistently tells interviewers Bad Old World is "some of the best work I've done in ages, and maybe ever."

Bad Old World also has earned notice from Parade.com, Huffington Post, Modern Drummer, M Music & Musicians, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Digital First Media, Premiere Radio Networks, and Fireworks Magazine (UK), among others. Goldmine is scheduled to publish a spotlight feature/album review package, as well.

Vintage Rock called Bad Old World "a 12-song gem of wry lyrics, live sounding rollicking, and right-in-the-pocket production" and "a lively record from artists who sure know how to bring fun and smarts to rock and roll." Sea of Tranquility, in its four-star review, declared the album "unashamedly good fun [and] classy."

The high concept lyric video was conceived and directed by Ian's son, Maxwell McDonald, already his father's first-time bandmate as Honey West's bass player.

Aiding and abetting McDonald and Zurkowski on Bad Old World is a troupe of top-shelf musicians including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include, among other notables, Paul McCartney & Wings. The album also boasts a special guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), who plays bass on several tracks. HONEY WEST's full-time bassist is McDonald's son, Maxwell McDonald, and on drums, Tom Curiano (Garland Jeffreys).

Bad Old World is available for download at all major online destinations, also accessible through the band's official website, HoneyWestMusic.com.

July 5, 2017
Philanthropy of Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation Affords Top South Jersey High School Students Unique Opportunity To RAISE Medical School Pursuits Through New Summer Program At Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Expansion into NJ Establishes Delaware Valley Regional Network For Foundation's Mission to Cultivate Tomorrow's Doctors

STRATFORD, NJ (July 5, 2017) - Thanks to the generous support of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, 25 high achieving South Jersey high school students will have a unique opportunity to raise their academic game this summer at one of the region's premier medical schools. This expansion into New Jersey establishes a Delaware Valley regional network for the Foundation's longstanding mission to cultivate tomorrow's doctors in the Philadelphia area.

The newly established RAISE (Recognizing Achievement and Inspiring Student Excellence) at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) is a tuition-free, six-week science enrichment program that will give 11th and 12th grade students from nine South Jersey high schools a chance to get hands-on experience under the guidance of physicians, faculty and research scientists at the acclaimed medical school, which was recently named as one of America's best by U.S. News & World Report. The program begins Monday, July 10.

"We can only begin to express our gratitude to Kal and Lucille Rudman for providing us with the resources that enable us to offer this program," said Paula Watkins, assistant dean for Admissions at RowanSOM. "Only high-achieving, highly qualified students will be accepted into this program, which will give them a real taste of what it's like to pursue a career in medicine or advanced research in the biomedical sciences."

"We're extremely fortunate that Rowan has enabled us to expand our reach to New Jersey and create a truly regional network for our longstanding mission," says Kal Rudman. "Having found tremendous success jump-starting the medical education of tomorrow's doctors in Philadelphia for over 20 years, the RAISE program we've created with Rowan elevates our work to an entirely new level. Lucille and I have been based in South Jersey for decades, and thanks to Rowan, we're finally able to boost the futures of the best and brightest high school students in our back yard ... in style!"

The Rudman Foundation is a longtime sponsor of medical summer programs for deserving Philadelphia high school students at Drexel University College of Medicine in conjunction with Hahnemann Medical College, and more recently, Einstein Medical Center. The Foundation also provides annual university scholarships to graduating high school students through a mentorship program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the United States totally dedicated to the care of children.

Representing a wide range of South Jersey area schools, the 25 students participating in the RAISE program at RowanSOM are current students at Cherry Hill East; Eastern Regional; Haddonfield Memorial; Kingsway Regional; Overbrook; Paul VI; Sterling; Timber Creek Regional; or Washington Township High School.

The RAISE program allows selected high school students to gain valuable understanding of medical research and health care delivery through:

  • Shadowing of RowanSOM physicians in both the hospital and clinical office settings
  • Instructions on advanced medical research techniques from the medical school's librarians
  • Classroom lectures on anatomy, genetics and current research into chronic diseases
  • Laboratory experiences that teach anatomical pathways through dissection.

Throughout the program, the high school students will be mentored by current Rowan medical students and graduate assistants. The mentors will assist the high school students in developing individual research projects that the RAISE students will present at the end of the program. The mentoring students will also chaperone field trips to science- and medicine related destinations.

To enhance team building, problem solving and leadership skills the high school students will also collectively participate in a group community service project. The project will involve a community organization and give the students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the value of giving, empathy and compassion, all of which are essential skills for medical professionals.

Students and their parents will attend an orientation program on Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m., in the RowanSOM Academic Center, One Medical Center Drive, in Stratford.

About the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation
Kal Rudman is a music industry legend, former Today Show music expert, and noted philanthropist. His industry trade, The Friday Morning Quarterback, is invaluable reading for thousands of top music and industry professionals. Many artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Dolly Parton, have come to him for advice with their careers, and hoping to be featured in his magazine. Through the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, the Rudmans have offered full scholarships for many city fire fighters and police, built and funded the Emmy winning TUTV (Temple University Television), and sponsored medical summer programs for deserving Philadelphia high school students at Drexel University College of Medicine in conjunction with Hahnemann Medical College, as well as Einstein Medical Center. The Rudman Foundation also provides annual university scholarships to graduating high school students through a mentorship program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the United States totally dedicated to the care of children.

About Rowan University
Rowan University offers bachelor's through doctoral programs to 17,360 students through its campuses in Glassboro, Camden and Stratford, New Jersey. In the past four years, Rowan opened the Camden-based Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and incorporated the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, making Rowan only the second university in the nation to grant both M.D. and D.O. medical degrees. Rowan is collaborating with Rutgers-Camden to create degree programs in a College of Health Sciences in the City of Camden to meet the growing need for health professionals and contribute to the well-being and economic development of the region. One of only three state-designated public research institutions in New Jersey, Rowan comprises the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the colleges of Communication & Creative Arts; Education; Humanities & Social Sciences; Performing Arts; and Science & Mathematics; the School of Health Professions; the School of Earth & Environment; and the Division of Global Learning & Partnerships, as well as the medical schools.

June 21, 2017
22-YEAR-OLD 'BUDDING MASTER' JASON HARTLESS TO JOIN TED NUGENT ON DRUMS FOR SUMMER U.S. TOUR

DETROIT (June 21, 2017) - When Ted Nugent takes his rock 'n' roll to the masses on his annual summer tour, he'll be looking once again to his 22-year-old "budding master" to keep the indispensable beat that helps propel the guitar legend's Motor City Madness across the USA.

JASON HARTLESS already is a Ted Nugent Band veteran as he prepares to embark on his second straight summer tour with The Nuge. But the Detroit-born, Berklee-schooled phenom began drumming at six months old (!) and has been a road warrior of high-pedigree for a decade, since he started touring at age 12. Along the way, Hartless has toured as the support act for the likes of Motley Crue, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Mountain and Warrior Soul, and he's been mentored by some of classic rock's hardest hitting drummers, including Corky Laing (Mountain), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie), Eric Singer (Kiss, Alice Cooper), and Todd Sucherman (Styx). It was through Laing that the industry first took notice of the young drummer - very young, in fact. Jason was just 9 years old when his Laing-produced solo album, First Division, was released with a band that included Richie Scarlet (Ace Frehley) and Jim McCarty (Cactus, The Rockets, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels).

Jason's influences range from Buddy Rich to Keith Moon, from Jeff Porcaro to Zak Starkey, from Stewart Copeland to Steve Smith.

"Playing with Ted has been such an incredible experience," says Jason. "Being a fellow Detroit native, it's really neat because Ted has always been a hometown folk hero. He's really embraced me, and he's been almost like a mentor. We always talk about how to really capture the full essence of a groove and how to hone that while playing his music. Sharing the stage with Ted every night is such an amazing experience. Being able to play all the legendary rock songs with the man who wrote them is a dream come true."

Nugent has nothing but a heap of praise for his young drummer. "He works like a dog and learns," says Nugent. "He's real. I have worked with some of the best drummers on the planet, and man, he's right up there." He adds that Jason locks in with Nugent Band bass player Greg Smith to become "the greatest, most throttling driving force in music today. We kill every song, every gig, every lick, every night."

Jason got right up there as Nugent's drummer after touring as his opening act in the Detroit band Pistol Day Parade while still a teenager. When Jason was looking for a new touring gig in early 2016, he contacted with Nugent's management and was invited to audition.

Away from the Nugent band, Jason is pursuing his bachelor's degree in Music Business at the Berklee College of Music. Since the fall, Jason has been managing partner of Prudential Music Group, where he oversees day-to-day operations of two record labels and a publishing company. Pistol Day Parade, who Jason toured with from 2012 to 2015, was a Prudential artist that hit #19 on the mainstream charts with their song "Rockstars Girlfriend." When not on tour, Jason teaches kids from ages 7-18 music at a School of Rock in Detroit, where as part of his drum lesson curriculum, he teaches Music Business 101. Jason released his first instructional DVD, Learn to Rock Drums with Jason Hartless & Friends, when he was only 16.

And the beat goes on.

See Jason Hartless on tour with Ted Nugent:
June 23 - Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, NV
June 24 - Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV, United States
June 25 - Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, CA
June 27 - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
June 28 - The Canyon, Agoura Hills, CA
Jun 29-30 - The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
July 1 - Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater, Henderson, NV
July 2 - The Rose, Pasadena, CA
July 3 - The Cave Big Bear, Big Bear Lake, CA
July 6 - Redneck Country Club, Stafford, TX
July 7 - The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
July 8 - Billy Bob's Texas, Ft. Worth, TX
July 11-12 - SanJan Theater, Bonita Springs, FL
July 13 - Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
July 14 - The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
July 15 - Iron City, Birmingham, AL
July 16 - Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, Montgomery, AL
July 19 - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
July 20 - Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN
July 21 - Jefferson County Fair, Hillsboro, MO
July 22 - Fond du Lac County Fair, Fond du Lac, WI
July 23 - Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, MI
July 24 - Lexington Village Theatre, Lexington, MI
July 27 - Effingham Performance Center, Effingham, IL
July 28 - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
July 29 - Ozarks Amphitheater, Camdenton, MO
July 30-31 - Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
Aug. 3 - Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, IA
Aug. 4 - Wisconsin Valley Fair, Wausau, WI
Aug. 5 - Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN
Aug. 8 - B.B. King Live Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY
Aug. 9 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH
Aug. 10 - Aura, Portland, ME
Aug. 15 - Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
Aug. 16 - The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Aug. 18 - 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 19 - Triple S Harley Davidson, Morgantown, WV
Aug. 20 - The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug. 23 - Packard Music Hall, Warren, OH
Aug. 24 - Foellinger Theatre, Ft. Wayne, IN
Aug. 25 - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, MI
Aug. 26 - Fortress Obetz, Obetz, OH

June 20, 2017
FROM ATLANTIC CITY TO WILDWOOD, BOB PANTANO TURNS UP THE HEAT AT THE JERSEY SHORE THIS WEEKEND AS SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION REACHES 'FEVER' PITCH FOR SUMMER SEASON

Join 'Mr. Saturday Night,' the Delaware Valley's #1 Rated Saturday Night Radio Host of the First and Longest-Running Dance Party in the Nation:

Grand Marshal of North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and host of a Tribute to The Trammps, THIS FRIDAY!

Saturday Night Dance Party Summer Simulcast LIVE from the VÜE on the Claridge Rooftop in Atlantic City, EVERY SATURDAY!

FREE Sunday Concert Series at Fox Park in Wildwood EVERY SUNDAY!

Sunday Night Dance Party at 2nd Street Annie's in Wildwood EVERY SUNDAY!

... And the Best Dancers at the Jersey Shore!

LIVE Radio Simulcast at the Jersey Shore on 96.1 WTTH and 93.1 WEZW
Continues Every Saturday Night from the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ

From Atlantic City to Wildwood, "Mr. Saturday Night," BOB PANTANO, ushers his year-long 40th Anniversary Saturday Night Dance Party Celebration into the summer season by reaching the beaches at a 'Fever' pitch.

Starting this weekend, the Delaware Valley's #1 rated Saturday night radio host will have shore-goers dancing on rooftops, in the park, and as always, the hottest nightspots with his unique blend of Motown, '60s Soul, and the Dance Club Classics of the '70s and '80s - custom tailored for every audience he welcomes.

Already packing them in at the NEW 2nd Street Annie's in Wildwood this summer with his Sunday Night Dance Party, Pantano kicks off his expanded Jersey Shore presence this Friday (June 23) at 6 p.m. as Grand Marshal of the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, leading the official Opening Ceremonies of the three-day gathering of great food, family fun, and Italian-American heritage along Olde New Jersey Avenue. But that's not enough for Pantano. He wants festival goers to dance, too, so he'll follow his Grand Marshal duties by hosting a tribute to The Trammps with Night Fever featuring Jimmy Lee at 7 p.m.

On Saturday (June 24), the Saturday Night Dance Party adds a second South Jersey location in Atlantic City for the summer, simulcasting live from the VÜE Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the Claridge over 96.1 WTTH Atlantic City and 93.1 WEZW Wildwood, while the pioneering live broadcast originates, as always, LIVE from the Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub in Deptford over Pantano's flagship station, CBS-owned 98.1 WOGL-FM. Hosting the Atlantic City portion of the live broadcast will be fellow WOGL personality Nicky G, the station's weeknight host. Pantano will make a personal appearance at the VÜE on Monday, July 3 for a special Holiday Weekend Edition of the Dance Party.

Come Sunday (June 25), Pantano starts bringing free concerts to Wildwood with the Fox Park Amphitheater Concert series, at Burk & Ocean Avenues. The series kicks off with The Business, and will continue with The Jersey Pops Patriotic Show, A Salute to the Stars and Stripes by Linda Gentile (July 2), The Infernos (July 9), The Blue Notes and Richie Rosato (July 16), The Sensational Soul Cruisers (July 23), Chicago 9 (July 30), Jeremiah Hunter (Aug. 6), Jimmy Lee & Night Fever's tribute to the Sound of Philadelphia, and Rainere Martin's tribute to Donna Summer (Aug. 13), Reign (Aug. 20), and the First Ladies of Rock & Soul (Aug. 27). All Fox Park concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and FREE. Bring a blanket or beach chair. More info at 609.522.2444 or www.WildwoodNJ.org.

The SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY starts at 8 p.m. each week all summer at the NEW 2nd Street Annie's, 3601 Pacific Ave. (at Schellenger), in Wildwood. More info at (856) 582-5006 or www.2ndstreetannies.us.

The Jersey Shore is the birthplace of the Bob Pantano Dance Party, beginning in Wildwood in 1973 at Phil and Eddie's Surf Club. It moved to the Oasis Club, and the Fairview and in 1976, launched the first discotheque in Wildwood at the Mansion on Garfield Avenue. Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. used to work the door at the Surf Club while Pantano was spinning there in the '70s. And going back to 1974, one of the regulars was Walter "Bruce" Willis, who would also hang with Pantano at his Wildwood dance parties at the Fairview and the Mansion. They played softball together in the bar league, as well, and remain friends to this day.

Pantano's celebrated role in Wildwood's music history was memorialized in 2007, when he was added to the Avenue of the Stars along Pacific Avenue, where inductees who have helped build the Wildwoods as an "Entertainment Capital" of the East Coast are permanently honored.

He's now #1 in his time slot "across the board" in the overall ratings as well and every age demographic - including the all-important 25-54 - in the latest Neilsen ratings book. Mr. Saturday Night is now the King of Saturday Night among Delaware Valley radio listeners.

The Saturday Night Dance Party is an award-winning Philadelphia tradition broadcast LIVE that originates on 98.1 WOGL and is hosted by the man who pioneered the Live Radio Dance Party in Philadelphia ... Bob Pantano.

Pantano started spinning at record hops in the late '60s and then nightclubs in the '70s, before taking the show to the airwaves in 1977 on 98.1 WCAU FM "Fascinatin' Rhythm." Over the decades, well over a million Delaware Valley residents remember dancing, meeting, and even falling in love to that special mix for which The Saturday Night Dance Party is so well known.

Complete schedule of all Bob Pantano events at the all-new www.bobpantano.com.

June 12, 2017
KATIE ENNA JOINS ONE RIVER SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN AS VP OF STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT

Oversees expansion of first nationwide network of contemporary art schools

Katie Enna

ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY: Katie Enna has joined One River School of Art + Design, a company built to transform art education, as Vice President of Strategy and Development. She is based at the school's headquarters in Englewood and reports to Founder and CEO Matt Ross.

In this new position, Enna leads development and strategy promoting One River School's unique franchise concept that provides an innovative business ownership opportunity in the arts to professionals across America. Launched in 2012, One River School of Art + Design opened its second company-owned school in Allendale, NJ and its first franchised school in Frisco, Texas earlier this year. The company plans to open 100 schools nationwide within the next five years.

Enna brings extensive experience driving fast-paced growth in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. As Executive Director of Gallim Dance in Brooklyn 2014-2016, Enna enabled the young dance company to double its educational revenue and grants income, and expanded its Board of Directors. She also developed the company's first interdisciplinary arts partnerships by collaborating with visual arts titans such as the Frieze Art Fair and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she oversaw strategic investments for the entertainment and restaurant industries at American Express in New York City.

After receiving a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University in 2005, Enna joined Christie's Old Master Paintings department, where she managed global client relations, logistics, and legal affairs, and optimized operations to enable a record-breaking $75 million sale. She then earned her MBA at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where she was also an adjunct faculty member in the school's Strategic Leadership course.

Enna, a native of Kansas City, Missouri who currently lives in Manhattan, said her interest in the intersection of the arts, business and entrepreneurship has culminated at One River School, where she returns to her roots in the visual arts.

"Katie has the perfect blend of art and business sensibility, and she is well-positioned to advise our partners on how to open and scale a One River School in their communities," said Ross.

"I'm excited to partner with Matt Ross on our growth strategy because I'm inspired by his leadership and genuine commitment to the arts and artists," she says. "With the model and culture he has developed for One River School, we are building a network that is sustainable - and most importantly, a creative home for hundreds of thousands of students to develop their own artistic voices."

Since 2012, One River School of Art + Design has offered a new direction in art education for suburban kids, teens and adults, providing the kind of exceptional, creative learning experiences previously only available in major cities. Using proprietary teaching methods, world-class instructors and interactive processes, the schools deliver experiences that "change people's lives," according to Ross. Each school also presents exhibitions from emerging artists as part of its commitment to be the voice of contemporary art in its community.

More about One River School can be found at www.OneRiverSchool.com.

May 19, 2017
HONEY WEST, FEATURING FOREIGNER & KING CRIMSON CO-FOUNDER IAN McDONALD AND "ODD COUPLE" SONGWRITING PARTNER, SHAKESPEARE THESPIAN TED ZURKOWSKI, RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM, "BAD OLD WORLD," OUT TODAY!

NYC Guitar Rockers to Host New York Album Launch Event May 24

Kanye West, T. Rex, Ozzy Osbourne, April Wine, Angela Bofill, Herbie Mann, Jerry Jeff Walker, Many Others, Add to McDonald's Legacy as 'Secret Sauce' Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer

"It merits some attention when Ian McDonald gets excited about something." BILLBOARD.COM (Exclusive Video Premiere)

"Infectious." ABC NEWS RADIO

"A strong rock 'n' roll album." M MUSIC & MUSICIANS

"A 12-song gem of wry lyrics, live sounding rollicking, and right-in-the-pocket production." VINTAGE ROCK

"A great moment in music history." Arroe Collins/iHEART RADIO

"Solid grooves, tight musicianship, and great songs that tell great stories. That rare kind of new music that got me into rock 'n' roll in the first place." Jacky Bam Bam/WMMR Philadelphia

"Pure musical bliss. All of the tracks have something new to offer." Brett Maybee/WGWE Buffalo

"Reminiscent of Harrison and Lennon at their best. ... A truly perfect album. ... Lively and Fresh. ... Wonderful listening indeed." SHORT AND SWEET (NYC & LA)

"Unashamedly good fun [and] classy. 4 STARS" SEA OF TRANQUILITY

NEW YORK (May 19, 2017) - This bad, old world gets exponentially better today, as HONEY WEST releases Bad Old World (Readout Records), an explosive collection introducing a remarkable and unusual songwriting collaboration between unassuming British rock titan Ian McDonald, founding member of both Foreigner and King Crimson, and noted Shakespearean actor Ted Zurkowski, a pillar of New York's theater community by way of world-renowned method acting haven The Actors Studio.

Though constructed on the fundamental foundation of two guitars, bass and drums, the mirthful music on Bad Old World - which multi-instrumentalist McDonald also produced - is sophisticated and multi-textured, thanks to the indispensable instrumental and compositional talents of McDonald, and the sly, knowing word craft of lead singer-guitarist and co-composer Zurkowski.

McDonald maintains that his songwriting partner's cunning way with words was his raison d'etre for joining HONEY WEST in the first place.

"Ted's lyrics are very smart," says McDonald. "I like smart lyrics, I like smart music. This ended up being a really good partnership."

Aiding and abetting McDonald and Zurkowski in HONEY WEST is a troupe of top-shelf musicians including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include, among other notable artists, Paul McCartney & Wings, and McDonald's son Maxwell on bass. Bad Old World also boasts a special guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), who plays bass on several tracks.

The Album Launch Event is set for Wednesday, May 24 at Bowery Electric in New York City.

Premiering exclusively on Billboard.com, the self-deprecating first single, "Dementia," is a perfect portal into the off-kilter world of HONEY WEST, so named after the groundbreaking 1960s TV series about a sexy female secret agent. "Dementia," the album's closing track, is a tightly wound, foot-stomping, Saturday-night rocker highlighted by McDonald's baritone sax - which originally left a memorable imprint on T. Rex's iconic "Get It On (Bang A Gong)." But Zurkowski's typically droll, self-deprecating lyrics elevate the song far beyond the typical party-hearty blueprint, and identify its creators as a rock 'n' force.

The high concept "Dementia" lyric video was conceived and directed by Maxwell McDonald, adding to his duties as the band's bass player. Calling the lyric video "inventive," Billboard.com said it "merits some attention when Ian McDonald gets excited about something."

While McDonald's formidable gifts as an instrumentalist, arranger and producer are front-and-center with HONEY WEST on Bad Old World, they represent a new role for the artist who for decades has been revered as a musician's musician - the one everyone else would check out ... and envy! His sterling rock legacy has been primarily forged in the background as the "secret sauce" if you will, for a wide range of recordings which further extends to the likes of Kanye West, Ozzy Osbourne, April Wine, Angela Bofill, Herbie Mann, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nash the Slash, and beyond.

When Zurkowski's intelligent and playful lyrics are blended with the musical aptitude of HONEY WEST's co-composers, sonic sparks can't help but fly. Not only is his background as a Shakespearean actor entrenched at The Actors Studio (unorthodox by music-world standards), it also indicates McDonald's propensity for driving a bulldozer through convention.

As such, Bad Old World by HONEY WEST has given rise to a new name in 2017 for peerless musicianship, a substantial, yet fun, lyrical point of view, and the kind of jump-from-the-speakers excitement which has always marked the best in rock music.

Bad Old World is available today on all major digital services, including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify. Here's the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-old-world/id1223188582?ls=1&app=itunes.

HONEY WEST ON THE WEB:
www.honeywestmusic.com
www.facebook.com/honeywestmusic

Honey West: Bad Old World
Track Listing:

1. The September Issue
2. Brand New Car
3. Bad Old World
4. She's Not Your Life
5. Sylvia Strange
6. Generationless Man
7. California
8. Sailing
9. A Girl Called Life
10. Old Man
11. Terry & Julie
12. Dementia

May 9, 2017
HONEY WEST PREMIERES 'DEMENTIA' VIDEO WITH BILLBOARD.COM

1st SINGLE FROM NYC GUITAR ROCKERS FEATURING 'ODD COUPLE' SONGWRITING DUO IAN McDONALD OF FOREIGNER & KING CRIMSON AND SHAKESPEARE THESPIAN TED ZURKOWSKI OF THE ACTORS STUDIO

Groundbreaking Lyric Video Conceived and Directed by Maxwell McDonald, Son of British Rock Titan and Honey West Bass Player

Bad Old World Debut Album Due for May 19 Release via Readout Records

NEW YORK (May 9, 2017) - Following an exclusive premiere with Billboard.com, HONEY WEST, the New York guitar-rock band featuring the new "odd couple" songwriter team of Foreigner and King Crimson co-founder Ian McDonald and Shakespearean thespian Ted Zurkowski of The Actors Studio, today released the groundbreaking lyric video for DEMENTIA, the "infectious" (ABC News Radio), self-deprecating 1st single from the group's explosive debut album, Bad Old World, due May 19 on Readout Records.

Watch the video for "Dementia"

DEMENTIA, the album's closing track, is a tightly wound, foot-stomping, Saturday-night rocker highlighted by multi-instrumentalist McDonald's baritone sax - which originally left a memorable imprint on T. Rex's iconic "Get It On (Bang A Gong)." Zurkowski's typically droll, self-deprecating lyrics elevate the song far beyond the typical party-hearty blueprint, and identify its creators as a rock 'n' force. Calling the lyric video "inventive," Billboard.com said it "merits some attention when Ian McDonald gets excited about something."

DEMENTIA is a perfect portal into the off-kilter world of HONEY WEST, so named after the groundbreaking 1960s TV series about a sexy female secret agent.

The high concept lyric video was conceived and directed by Ian's son, Maxwell McDonald, already his father's first-time bandmate as Honey West's bass player. Furthering the band's cockeyed spirit as a first-time director as well, Maxwell used tarot cards to display the song's lyrics while a seemingly endless array of items from his father's apartment emerges, Lazy Susan style, on a rotating round table. Shot in just one take, the video's live prop-styling was choreographed by Maxwell's wife, production designer Lauren Bahr, a New York set designer and art director in the fashion arena.

"Coming up with the video was my way of contributing creatively to the band," says Maxwell. "It's a small art film that interprets and builds off the subject of the song. Honey West isn't your average rock band, so even something as simple as a lyric video was an opportunity to create something novel and evocative."

ABC News Radio called DEMENTIA "infectious," citing - you guessed it - McDonald's "rocking" sax solo. The track is available now as a single on all major digital services, including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify. Bad Old World, earned a 4-star review in Sea of Tranquility ("unashamedly good fun [and] classy"), and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Album pre-orders on iTunes come with "instant gratification" track of DEMENTIA included in purchase. Here's the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-old-world/id1223188582?ls=1&app=itunes.

Aiding and abetting McDonald and Zurkowski in HONEY WEST is a troupe of top-shelf musicians including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include, among other notables, Paul McCartney & Wings. BAD OLD WORLD also boasts a special guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), who plays bass on several tracks.

April 25, 2017
Light of Day WinterFest Raises Over Half Million Dollars for Third Straight Year in Global Battle to Defeat Parkinson's Disease Through Awesome Power of Music

Boxing and Voice Therapy Programs Top Light of Day's 2017 'Boots on the Ground' Agenda

ASBURY PARK, NJ (April 25, 2017) - For the third year in a row, the Light of Day Foundation has raised over a half a million dollars through its annual WinterFest fund raiser, catapulting its 17-year cumulative total past the $4.5 million mark in the global battle to defeat Parkinson's Disease and the Parkinsonisms, ALS and PSP, through the awesome power of music.

Though Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of its 17 years, fundraising momentum continues to flourish despite his absence at the two most recent festivals. Light of Day WinterFest 2017: The Beat Goes On, attracted 12,000 patrons from around the world to witness over 150 acts at more than 50 shows over a 10-day stretch in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Light of Day WinterFest is the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day affair in Asbury Park, where it still is primarily based. Among the artists who performed in 2017 were Peter Asher, Albert Lee, Jake Clemons, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jesse Malin, Jeffrey Gaines, James Maddock, Joey Molland of Badfinger, and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan.

The Light of Day Foundation regrants money to organizations which fund specific research initiatives, including, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, CurePSP, the Parkinson's Foundation (formerly the Parkinson's Disease Foundation), and the Parkinson's Unity Walk. The Light of Day Foundation also supports "boots on the ground" programs designed to help people with these diseases live better lives on a daily basis, including Joan Dancy & PALS, with a mission to help New Jersey residents in nearby Monmouth and Ocean Counties afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families.

"As Maya Angelou once said, 'People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.' I've always believed that at its essence Light of Day was a feeling," said Tony Pallagrosi, executive director of the Light of Day Foundation. "Every year that we produce Light of Day WinterFest, we hope folks come away with a feeling of community, joy, participation in something bigger than themselves, and the anticipation of and hope for what is to come. We utilize the awesome power of music to that end, to help us feel better and bring us together in the way that only music can as we battle to defeat Parkinson's, ALS and PSP in our lifetime."

Leading the Light of Day Foundation's 2017 agenda is the launch of a pair of new Parkinson's therapy programs, Boxing for Bob and the Parkinson Voice Project. Boxing for Bob, already underway in Forked River, NJ, is named for Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

The Light of Day Foundation subsidizes Boxing for Bob, modeled after the Rock Steady program founded in Indiana a decade ago, to enable Parkinson's and PSP patients at the Jersey Shore to participate at no charge. The Foundation is looking to open at least two more locations by the fall.

The Parkinson Voice Project, based outside of Dallas, TX, preserves the voices of individuals with Parkinson's and related neurological disorders through intensive speech therapy, follow-up support, research, education, and community awareness. Its use of music as one therapy to increase the volume and clarity of patients' voices, which deteriorate as Parkinson's progresses, is a natural fit for the Light of Day Foundation. As such, the Foundation is working toward bringing the Parkinson Voice Project to the Jersey Shore by the end of the 2017.

Also in the Light of Foundation's sights is the establishment of a Light of Day storefront location as a resource center "to host seminars, boxing, lectures, films - all having to do with Parkinson's and PSP," says Pallagrosi. "We hope to have programs for caregivers, too, because they're the unsung heroes. In their own way, they've suffered a great deal." Additionally, the Light of Day Foundation is planning a "Park on the Beach," modeled after JT's Grommet Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA, an accessible beach playground and park for children and adults with disabilities that allows everyone to "have their day at the beach."

The next scheduled fundraising event is the Light of Day Mini Golf Classic, Saturday, June 10 from 1pm-8pm at Barnacle Bill's Amusements, Route 35 North, Ortley Beach, NJ (Rain Date: June 11).

The Light of Day Foundation also is presenting Happy Together 2017, starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Cowsills, and The Archies starring Ron Dante, Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Foundation. Tickets are on sale now at www.countbasietheatre.org.

More fundraising events for 2017 will be announced.

Complete information on all Light of Day activity can be found at www.lightofday.org. Donations to the Light of Day Foundation can be made through the website as well.

"Even though my heart breaks for every year that goes by without a cure, I am humbled by the fact that we have been doing what we do for almost 20 years and that Light of Day keeps growing, raising more awareness and money for research and support programs every year," adds Pallagrosi. "I want to thank our sponsors, the venues, the production teams, the great City of Asbury Park, the Light of Day Foundation Board, the wonderful musicians who 'bring it on' year after year after year, all of the amazing folks who attend and support our mission and I want to especially thank Bob Benjamin, our founder and guiding light, who when diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 38 had a feeling to try to do something about it, a feeling that I believe enriches us, energizes us and resides in all of us who participate."

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

April 12, 2017
OUT FRIDAY: DEMENTIA, 1st SINGLE FROM NYC GUITAR ROCKERS HONEY WEST, FEATURING 'ODD COUPLE' SONGWRITING DUO IAN McDONALD OF FOREIGNER & KING CRIMSON AND SHAKESPEAREAN MEMBER OF THE ACTORS STUDIO

'Bad Old World' Debut Album Due for May 19 Release via Readout Records

"Infectious" - ABC News Radio

NEW YORK (April 12, 2017) HONEY WEST, the New York guitar-rock band featuring the new "odd couple" songwriter pairing of Foreigner and King Crimson founding member Ian McDonald, and Shakespearean thespian Ted Zurkowski of The Actors Studio, will be releasing DEMENTIA, the self-deprecating 1st single from its explosive debut album, Bad Old World (Readout Records), this Friday (April 14).

DEMENTIA, the album's closing track, is a tightly wound, foot-stomping, Saturday-night rocker highlighted by multi-instrumentalist McDonald's baritone sax - which originally left a memorable imprint on T. Rex's iconic "Get It On (Bang A Gong)." But Zurkowski's typically droll, self-deprecating lyrics elevate the song far beyond the typical party-hearty blueprint, and identify its creators as a rock 'n' force. DEMENTIA is a perfect portal into the off-kilter world of HONEY WEST, so named after the groundbreaking 1960s TV series about a sexy female secret agent.

ABC News Radio called DEMENTIA "infectious," citing - you guessed it - McDonald's "rocking" sax solo. The track will be available as a single on all major digital services, including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify. Bad Old World, due May 19, will be simultaneously available for pre-order this Friday on iTunes and Amazon. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an "instant gratification" track of DEMENTIA included in the purchase. Here's the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-old-world/id1223188582?ls=1&app=itunes.

Aiding and abetting McDonald and Zurkowski in HONEY WEST is a troupe of top-shelf musicians including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include, among other notable artists, Paul McCartney & Wings, and McDonald's son Maxwell on bass. BAD OLD WORLD also boasts a special guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), who plays bass on several tracks.

March 30, 2017
ROCK ROYALTY MEETS 'METHOD' MADNESS, AS HONEY WEST INTRODUCES IMPROBABLE NEW SONGWRITING DUO ON MISCHIEVOUS, GUITAR-FUELED DEBUT, BAD OLD WORLD

Foreigner and King Crimson Founding Member Ian McDonald Relishes Fresh Chemistry with Shakespeare Centric Member of The Actors Studio

'Bad Old World' Due for May 19 Release via Readout Records

First single, 'Dementia,' available April 14

NEW YORK (March 30, 2017) - This bad, old world will get exponentially better May 19 when HONEY WEST releases Bad Old World (Readout Records), an explosive new collection that introduces a remarkable songwriting collaboration between unassuming British rock titan Ian McDonald, founding member of both Foreigner and King Crimson, and noted Shakespearean actor Ted Zurkowski, a pillar of New York's theater community by way of world-renowned method acting haven The Actors Studio.

Though constructed on the fundamental foundation of two guitars, bass and drums, the mirthful music on Bad Old World - which multi-instrumentalist McDonald also produced - is sophisticated and multi-textured, thanks to the indispensable instrumental and compositional talents of McDonald, and the sly, knowing word craft of lead singer-guitarist and co-composer Zurkowski.

McDonald maintains that his songwriting partner's cunning way with words was his raison d'etre for joining HONEY WEST in the first place.

"Ted's lyrics are very smart," says McDonald. "I like smart lyrics, I like smart music. This ended up being a really good partnership."

Aiding and abetting McDonald and Zurkowski in HONEY WEST is a troupe of top-shelf musicians including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include, among other notable artists, Paul McCartney & Wings, and McDonald's son Maxwell on bass. Bad Old World also boasts a special guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), who plays bass on several tracks.

The self-deprecating first single, "Dementia," due April 14, is a perfect portal into the off-kilter world of HONEY WEST, so named after the groundbreaking 1960s TV series about a sexy female secret agent. "Dementia," the album's closing track, is a tightly wound, foot-stomping, Saturday-night rocker highlighted by McDonald's baritone sax - which originally left a memorable imprint on T. Rex's iconic "Get It On (Bang A Gong)." But Zurkowski's typically droll, self-deprecating lyrics elevate the song far beyond the typical party-hearty blueprint, and identify its creators as a rock 'n' force.

While McDonald's formidable gifts as an instrumentalist, arranger and producer are front-and-center with HONEY WEST on Bad Old World, they represent a new role for the artist who has for decades been revered in the music industry as a musician's musician - the one everyone else would check out ... and envy! His sterling rock legacy has been primarily forged in the background as the "secret sauce" if you will, for a wide range of recordings which further extends to the likes of Kanye West, Ozzy Osbourne, April Wine, Angela Bofill, Herbie Mann, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nash the Slash, and beyond.

When Zurkowski's intelligent and playful lyrics are blended with the musical aptitude of HONEY WEST's co-composers, sonic sparks can't help but fly. Not only is his background as a Shakespearean actor entrenched at The Actors Studio (unorthodox by music-world standards), it also indicates McDonald's propensity for driving a bulldozer through convention.

As such, Bad Old World by HONEY WEST has given rise to a new name in 2017 for peerless musicianship, a substantial, yet fun, lyrical point of view, and the kind of jump-from-the-speakers excitement which has always marked the best in rock music.

Honey West: Bad Old World
Track Listing:

1. The September issue
2. Brand New Car
3. Bad Old World
4. She's Not Your Life
5. Sylvia Strange
6. Generationless Man
7. California
8. Sailing
9. A Girl Called Life
10. Old Man
11. Terry & Julie
12. Dementia

Honey West | Bad Old World
Readout Records
Release Date: May 19, 2017

March 23, 2017
MUSICIAN JOE ZAHM ON SPIRITED MISSION TO 'CRUSH CANCER' THROUGH LOVE OF COLLEGE HOOPS

PSA featuring "Big 5" Coaches and 'What U Do' fundraising campaign theme song by Joe Zahm Band makes March Madness debut at Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff Breakfast

Concert Fundraiser set for April 7 at 'What U Do' Bandstand

"It's a great message to everyone, that you can be and do what you put your mind to."
- Heidi Hamels, The Hamels Foundation (and wife of Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels)

PHILADELPHIA (March 23, 2017): A Philadelphia musician has emerged in the midst of March Madness to ignite his spirited mission to "crush cancer" through his favorite charity, Coaches vs. Cancer, with his own "What U Do" fundraising campaign.

Joe Zahm funds and produces inspiring videos based on his memorable song about overcoming obstacles, "What U Do With What U Got," to promote the charity, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Coaches vs. Cancer works to empower college basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Though Zahm has been working with the Philadelphia arm of Coaches vs. Cancer for the past couple of years, his ultimate aim is to start a "What U Do" movement by taking it national.

One such video, a public service announcement featuring Philadelphia Big 5 Coaches Jay Wright (Villanova), Phil Martelli (St. Joseph's), and Fran Dunphy (Temple), just made its March Madness debut during the Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff Breakfast at the Palestra, the city's legendary college basketball shrine. The video features the "What U Do" campaign's anthem, "What U Do With What You Got."

Up next for Zahm is his annual "What U Do" concert fundraising event, which he'll host April 7 at the "What U Do Bandstand" in his suburban Philadelphia home, headlined by the Joe Zahm Band, featuring acclaimed musicians Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin, Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, NRBQ) and Matt Muir.

(Donnelly was just featured this month in an episode of HGTV's Caribbean Life purchasing an island property in Turks & Caicos through the real estate company that Zahm owns there.)

Zahm's work with Coaches vs. Cancer has made quite an impact in the short time they've been aligned.

"Joe Zahm has generously supported the Coaches vs. Cancer program in a variety of impactful ways," says Lauren McShea, the American Cancer Society's Senior Director, Distinguished Events, East Central Division. "He opened up his home and hosted two beautiful and fun events benefiting the American Cancer Society. He has generously donated $10,000 after each fundraising event, in addition to spreading awareness about our mission and the Coaches vs. Cancer program. He generously funded, produced and performed in the 'WhatUDoWithWhatUGot' video, perfectly highlighting the work of our coaches and community in the fight against cancer. His video debuted at our annual Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Gala, inspiring the room. He also donated an amazing Turks & Caicos vacation package to our Live Auction, which was auctioned off for $10,500. We are incredibly grateful for his personal commitment and passionate dedication to his art, to the mission of the American Cancer Society, to the Coaches vs. Cancer program, and to our community."

Zahm's passion to "crush" cancer stems from the deaths in consecutive years of his father and sister to cancer amid some financial challenges. Inspired by life success coach Tony Robbins, Zahm wrote "What U Do With What U Got," and through his friendships with Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi, as well as former Comcast Sportsnet GM Stephanie Smith, was encouraged to connect the song to Coaches vs. Cancer.

"I know first-hand what it takes to support and watch a professional athlete, day in and day out, perfect their craft," says Heidi Hamels, co-founder of the Hamels Foundation. "'What U Do' brings awareness about athletes, kids, teens, and adults who are impaired in some ways, and have not only made the best out of their situations, but prove that even with a disability, pure courage and hard work, do persevere. It's a great message to everyone, that you can be and do what you put your mind to."

Those connections resulted in the premiere of Zahm's first music video for "What U Do With What You Got" at the Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer annual gala in April 2016, just after Villanova won its second national championship.

To date, Zahm has raised $30,000. And he's just getting started.

"We want to crush cancer, not just beat it (to quote Coach Martelli)," says Zahm. "I'd love to see anyone adopt the song as their personal anthem when they are facing obstacles, and for it to give them a sense of hope, support and perseverance. And of course, I'd love to have it connected to NCAA basketball (March Madness!), and any other appropriate venue!"

More about Joe Zahm, song lyrics, the fundraising campaign and all of the "What U Do" videos can be found at the campaign's new website: www.WhatUDoWithWhatYouGot.com.

February 23, 2017
THE BOB PANTANO SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Join Your Host, "Mr. Saturday Night" BOB PANTANO
The Delaware Valley's #1 Rated Saturday Night Radio Host
on the First and Longest-Running Dance Party in the Nation!

Special Guest Performances by TAVARES, THE BLUE NOTES, KENNY JEREMIAH, CECIL PARKER, JIMMY PHILLIPS, TRAMMPS TRIBUTE with Jimmy Lee, DONNA SUMMER TRIBUTE by Rainere Martin, and Many Other Legendary Radio and TV Personalities, Public Officials, and More Surprises

... And the Best Dancers in the Delaware Valley!

LIVE ON 98.1 WOGL from the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ
and Simulcast at the Jersey Shore on 96.1 WTTH and 93.1 WEZW

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 23, 2017) - "Mr. Saturday Night," BOB PANTANO - the Delaware Valley's #1 Rated Saturday Night Radio Host - celebrates his milestone 40th Anniversary on FM radio as host of THE SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY during his LIVE weekly broadcast Saturday evening, March 4, with special guest live performances by Tavares ("Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"), The Blue Notes ("The Love I Lost"), Kenny Jeremiah (Soul Survivors original lead singer), Cecil Parker ("I Think I'll Tell Her"), Jimmy Phillips ("Got to Get You Back"), A Tribute to the Trammps by Night Fever with Jimmy Lee, A Tribute to Donna Summer by Rainere Martin, and a host of other surprises. As always, Pantano will be broadcasting LIVE direct from the Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub, 1750 Clements Bridge Road, in Deptford, NJ. The party starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door, and available online at www.adelphiarestaurant.com. For more info, call (856) 845-8200 or go to www.bobpantano.com.

And the timing couldn't be sweeter.

Making the 40th anniversary celebration especially sweet, Pantano is now #1 in his time slot "across the board" in the overall ratings as well and every age demographic, including the all-important 25-54 - for the first time ever, in the latest Neilsen ratings book. Mr. Saturday Night is now the King of Saturday Night among Delaware Valley radio listeners.

In 2015, Pantano was presented the Person of the Year Award by the Broadcast Pioneers Hall, and inducted into its Hall of Fame.

The Saturday Night Dance Party is an award-winning Philadelphia tradition broadcast LIVE on 98.1 WOGL and simulcast at the Jersey Shore on 96.1 WTTH and 93.1 WEZW from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. And it's hosted by the man who pioneered the Live Radio Dance Party in Philadelphia ... Bob Pantano.

Also on hand to help Bob celebrate will be numerous legendary radio and TV personalities, public officials, and of course, the best dancers from all over the greater Philadelphia region.

Pantano, a South Philadelphia native started spinning at record hops in the late '60s and then the nightclubs in the '70, before taking the show to the airwaves in 1977 on 98.1 WCAU FM "Fascinatin' Rhythm." Over the decades, well over a million Delaware Valley residents remember dancing, meeting, and even falling in love to that special mix for which The Saturday Night Dance Party is so well known. Pantano plays great uplifting dance music - a unique blend of Motown, '60s Soul, and the Dance Club Classics of the '70s and '80s - custom tailored for Philadelphians. "The Rhythm of Your Life," every Saturday night from 7 p.m. till 2 a.m., originates exclusively on 98.1 WOGL and is simulcast on 96.1 WTTH Atlantic City and 93.1 WEZW Wildwood, NJ.

Live from Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub in Deptford! Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary with all those who have made the Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party the No. 1 Show and still the best on Philadelphia radio.

WHAT:
The Bob Pantano Dance Party 40th Anniversary Celebration & LIVE Broadcast

WHO:
Bob Pantano - Host
With Special Guest Performances by:
Tavares ("Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel")
The Blue Notes ("The Love I Lost")
Kenny Jeremiah (Soul Survivors original lead singer)
Cecil Parker ("I Think I'll Tell Her")
Jimmy Phillips ("Got to Get You Back")
A Tribute to the Trammps by Night Fever with Jimmy Lee
A Tribute to Donna Summer by Rainere Martin

WHEN:
Saturday, March 4, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

WHERE:
Adelphia Restaurant & Nightclub
1750 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford, NJ

TICKETS:
$25 in advance; $30 at the door, and available online at www.adelphiarestaurant.com. For more info, call (856) 845-8200 or go to www.bobpantano.com.

January 14, 2017
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF MOURN THE LOSS OF RICHIE INGUI OF THE SOUL SURVIVORS
The Soul Survivors

Group's Biggest Hit, 'Expressway to Your Heart,' Launched The Sound of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released the following joint statement today as they mourned the passing this weekend of Richie Ingui of The Soul Survivors, whose 1967 crossover classic, "Expressway to Your Heart," launched The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) as the first of dozens of hits for Gamble & Huff as songwriters and producers. Richie and his brother Charlie continued to perform and record together as the Soul Survivors, and were preparing to mark the song's 50th anniversary this year:

"We send our very sincere condolences to Charlie and Richie's families. Not only did they bring our Philly Sound and Gamble & Huff to the national spotlight first with the hit song "Expressway to Your Heart," but they were truly like Brothers to us. Richie was a true soul singer who sang from the heart. We will truly miss him, and the unique and mellow voice he brought to of this amazing group, the Soul Survivors."

"Expressway to Your Heart" became the first "crossover" hit for The Soul Survivors, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. It also was ranked #18 on Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1967. Kenny Gamble has been frequently quoted saying he wrote the lyrics while he was driving on the Schuylkill Expressway, en route to visit his girlfriend at the time, teen pop sensation Dee Dee Sharp ("Mashed Potato Time"). Gamble & Huff loaded "Expressway to Your Heart" with honking horns and other automotive sound effects, but the record's principal strength lay in its soulful vocals and pounding beat.

The Ingui brothers last performed together in November at the Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Charlie and Richie captivated the crowd with an extended Gamble & Huff medley, closing their set with a scording rendition of "Expressway."

The Soul Survivors first played together in New York as The Dedications before relocating to Philadelphia, where Gamble & Huff started working with them. "Expressway to Your Heart" was a #1 hit regionally in Philadelphia and New York in the fall of 1967, and wound up spending 15 weeks on the Billboard charts and selling over one million copies.

Once "Expressway" became a huge hit, the group toured extensively, appearing on the same bills with such diverse acts as Jackie Wilson, The Miracles, Sam and Dave, Janis Joplin, the Beach Boys and Sly and the Family Stone, among many others.

Subsequent hits for the Soul Survivors included, "Explosion In My Soul," "Mission Impossible (Impossible Mission)," and "City of Brotherly Love."

For the past few years, the Ingui brothers have supplemented their touring as The Soul Survivors as part of David Uosikkinen's "In the Pocket" project, an all-star collective of musicians who have contributed to the musical history of Philadelphia. Charlie and Richie also sang on In the Pocket's recent remake of "Expressway to Your Heart."

In 2013, The Soul Survivors were honored by Philadelphia International Records with the annual Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award at Citizens Bank Park.

PHOTO CAPTION: Charlie Ingui, left, and his late brother, Richie, in a recent performance as The Soul Survivors. Credit: Courtesy Gamble Huff Entertainment.

January 11, 2017
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: JAKE CLEMONS BAND TO MAKE 2ND 'BIRTHDAY' APPEARANCE, ADDING 'BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH' IN ASBURY PARK TO FOLLOW TONIGHT'S CLARENCE CLEMONS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN NYC

Final 'Birthday Bash' Lineup Also to Include Joe Grushecky, Chuck Prophet, Willie Nile, Jeffrey Gaines, James Maddock, Bobby Bandiera, Jesse Malin, Ed Manion, at Sold-Out Paramount Theater as Worldwide Foundation's 17th Anniversary Festival Continues Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease 'Through the Awesome Power of Music'

SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEW CLARENCE CLEMONS DOCUMENTARY ADDED IN ASBURY PARK TO INCLUDE Q&A WITH PRODUCER & DIRECTOR; OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGING ON NJ, NYC AND PHILADELPHIA FOR OVER 50 SHOWS, JAN. 6-16, 2017

"What started as a private party on the Jersey Shore for Bob Benjamin has ballooned into one of rock music's most celebrated charity events." - New York Times

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 11, 2016) - With special appearances scheduled for tonight in New York City and Saturday here in Asbury Park, the Jake Clemons Band is officially on the Birthday Beat as a participant in LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, as the 17th anniversary kicks into high gear this week in the global battle to defeat Parkinson's Disease and related illnesses through the awesome power of music.

Already committed to a special guest performance at the birthday celebration for his late uncle, Clarence Clemons, tonight at the Cutting Room in New York, the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and his band have added Bob's Birthday Bash, three days later (Jan. 14) at the sold-out Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, to their Light of Day Winterfest itinerary. Limited tickets remain for tonight's show at the Cutting Room. Doors open 6 p.m. Show is 6:45 p.m. Tickets $40-$75 at www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

As Clemons told Billboard this week: "Considering how Clarence always loved performing on his birthday, and my aunt (his sister) recently passed away with ALS, I think this is exactly how he'd be celebrating his 75th, and I'm thrilled to be paying tribute to his incredible legacy while also honoring the loss in my family with this show."

On both days, that Clemons appears, Light of Day Winterfest will be hosting exclusive sneak previews of the upcoming Clarence Clemons documentary, Who Do You Think I Am, with never before seen clips. The first will be held tonight in New York as part of the Big Man's birthday celebration at the Cutting Room. The other, in conjunction with the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, will be held Saturday morning in Asbury Park at McLoone's Supper Club and will be followed by a Q&A with producer Joe Amodei and director Nick Mead, hosted by SiriusXM E Street Radio personality Jim Rotolo. For the Asbury screening, doors are at 9:30am; show is 10:30am. All seats are $10 with tickets and further info at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling (732) 774-1155. The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival will be held April 20-23 in Asbury Park.

Between the two birthday events, Clemons, who's been splitting his time since his uncle's passing by touring the world as a solo artist and performing on tenor and baritone saxophone for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, will see the release of his highly anticipated new album Fear & Love.

Also confirmed to perform as Main Stage artists at Bob's Birthday Bash are Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile & Band, Jesse Malin & Band, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, James Maddock & Band, Remember Jones, Bobby Bandiera, and Battery Electric. Those acts will be interspersed with acoustic performances by Jeffrey Gaines, Chuck Prophet, Ed Manion, Porter & Sayles, Emily Grove, Peter Elkas & Terry Lightfoot, Miss Emily, and Rob Dye, with entrance music by The Fireplaces. All are subject to change.

Bob's Birthday Bash, always held the final Saturday night of the 10-day festival, sold out in record time this year - less than a half hour. Springsteen has made surprise performances at Bob's Birthday Bash for 11 of the past 16 years. The Birthday Bash honors Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

In other LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST news:

"The Art Of The Protest Song" has been added for Saturday (Jan. 14) with a performance at McLoone's Supper Club at 2 p.m., headlined by Shannon McNally, along with Arlan Feiles, Joseph Alton Millerand series originator Bill Valenti. "The Art of the Protest Song" celebrates this important and influential role of music in our culture, combining classic anthems/covers with original songs on contemporary topics. During the past two and a half years, there have been a dozen "AOTPS" productions of around the country, all with overwhelmingly positive audience response. Doors are at 1 pm; show is 2 pm. All seats are $10 with tickets and further info at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling (732) 774-1155.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years. In his new autobiography, Born to Run, which recently topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

Last year's Winterfest raised $525,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $500,000, with the 16-year total approaching $4 million.

In 2015, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 already has presented sold-out shows in Montclair, NJ and Philadelphia - the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park, where it still is primarily based, and has grown to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Here's the complete list of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 shows to date:

Wednesday, JAN 11

LOD "NYC", Celebrating the Life and Birthday of Clarence Clemons - Willie Nile, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Soul Cruisers feat. JT Bowen (Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers),

The Weeklings, Hollis Brown, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan - The Cutting Room, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $75 upfront VIP

Thursday, JAN 12

LOD "FIRST NOTE" - The Mercury Bros, Phoebe Nix, Baron Praxis, M.A. Tappan & The Dirty Shine, Geena & Dragster - The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM DELUXE" - Waiting on Mongo, Jimmy Farkus, Turtle Soup, Chris Rockwell, Members of Shady St. Show Band with Deseree Spinks, Joshua Mark, Mack & Friends, Strumberry Pie, Moroccan Sheepherders, Russell Arcara & Mark Sleifer - Wonder Bar, Thurs., 21+, 7pm, $10 adv/$12 dos

LOD "WINTERFEST 2017 KICK-OFF" - Dramarama, Willie Nile, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Remember Jones, Hollis Brown. Sponsored by Badlands, Hosted by WRAT/WDHA anything, anything's Rich Russo - House of Independents, Thurs., 18+, 7:30 pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS" - All Star Jam, Bobby Mahoney & Zack Sandler, Sentimental Gentlemen, Nicole Govel, The Carousers, Subway Babes, The Emily Youth Project, Francesca Rose - Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 8pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 13

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION" - Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Miss Emily, Glenn Alexander & Shadowland, RAZ Band with Joey Molland from Badfinger, Boccigalupe & The Badboys, Laura Crisci, Bob Polding Band, Pat Toner, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, Johnny Duk, Bitter Crush, Anthony Basso, Mike Rocket, Frank Get, Antonio Zirilli - Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 7:25 p.m., $25 adv/$30dos

LOD "KASHMIR - THE LIVE LED ZEPPELIN SHOW", with special guest the Matt O'Ree Band - House of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20-$25

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 7pm, $15

LOD "ALBERT LEE & BAND: Up Close and Intimate" with Tangiers Blues Band - McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/Show 8pm, $20-$35

LOD "AT THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Ian Bamberger Trio, Sam Sims Band, Ashley McKinley, with a Late Night Acoustic "Couch Concert" hosted by Bobby Mahoney - Asbury Hotel, 9:30 p.m., FREE

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY: PETER SCHERER'S ACOUSTIC CAROUSEL" - Peter Scherer, Renee Maskin, The May Darlings, Arlan Feiles, Andy Bernstein, Keith Roth, Ray Andersen, Cranston Dean, Stringbean, Keith McCarthy, Leo Sawikin, Russell Arcara, Marc Nuzzi, The Gray Vines, Gregory Schwartz, Karen Mansfield, Steve Delopoulos, SOF, Paul Whistler, Eryn Shewell, David Vargo - Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "REMEMBER JONES IN MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN" The Entire 1970 Joe Cocker Experience Tribute, Performed Live with a Band of 20 - Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 7pm, $29-$49

Saturday, JAN 14

LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH" - Jake Clemons, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Chuck Prophet, Willie Nile & Band, Ed Manion, Jesse Malin & Band, Porter & Sayles, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Emily Grove, James Maddock & Band, Peter Elkas/Terra Lightfoot, Remember Jones, Miss Emily, Bobby Bandiera, Rob Dye, Battery Electric, the Fireplaces - Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205 (SOLD OUT)

LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA

LOD "PETER ASHER: A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE '60S AND BEYOND" FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PETER AND GORDON. Special Guest: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt starring Broadway Singer and Actress Rita Harvey - McLoone's Supper Club, Doors/Dinner 6 p.m./Show 7:30 p.m., $31.50-$45

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY" - Taylor Tote Band, Brielle Von Hugel Band, more - Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "IN CONCERT" - James Maddock & Band, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Kiyomi Valentine with Lisa Bianco - House of Independents, Sat, 1 p.m., $25 adv/$30 dos

LOD "ASBURY UNDERGROUND AFTER-PARTY" - American Trappist, Jesse of Accidental Seabirds, Milly, Dentist, Porter & Sayles, The Sunday Blues - House of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $5 adv/$7 dos

LOD "WOMEN OF SONG" - The Saint, Sat, Noon, $10

LOD "ASBURY BLUES" - Billy Walton Band (Record Premiere), Cigar Box Stompers, Joe Bonanno and the Godsons, Mary McCrink, Mad Kings, Pam McCoy, Stormin' Norman Seldin, J Pat and Sandy Mack, Chuck Lambert, Poppa John, HP & His HOT Take-Out Band - Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH" - Billy Hector Band, Christine Martucci, Colossal Street Jam, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, Harry Filkin Band, Dawg Whistle - Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN - ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM. Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

LOD "IN THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Stringbean & the Stalkers, DJ Music - Asbury Hotel, 8 p.m., FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TRANSPARENT: DANNY CLINCH PHOTO EXHIBIT" - Tangiers Blues Band - Asbury Hotel Gallery, 1 p.m.

LOD "THE ART OF THE PROTEST SONG" - Shannon McNally, Arlan Feiles, Joseph Alton Miller, Bill Valenti - McLoone's Supper Club at 2 p.m., $10

Sunday, JAN 15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #1" - Isabella Englert, Adam Masterson, Kent Nicholson, Mary McCrink, Hans Ludviggson, Arlon Bennett, Jesse Terry - Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #2" - Dean Friedman, Karen Mansfield, Bruce Tunkel, Sam Sims & Kyle Ward, Don Dilego, Pat Guadagno, Stella Mrowicki, Addie Wuensch - Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 2:45 pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #3" - James Maddock, Emily Grove, Ben Arnold, Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Willie Nile, Joe Gruschecky, Jeffrey Gaines, Jesse Malin, Peter Elkas. Hosted by Joe D'Urso and Joe Rapolla - McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, Dinner/Doors 5 p.m.; Show 6 pm, $20 adv/$25dos

LOD "KID'S ROCK" - Avery Rose and the Thorns, RadioActive, Stone Bullets, Double A, Sound of Fury, Baelfire, Allie and Tristan, School of Rock, Olivia Howell, Blume, Kat Phunk, Victoria Quartararo, Rock'n Music, Amanda Conti, Rockit - Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15 adv/$20 dos

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION" - Penque-Diomede Band, Downstream, Citizens Band Radio, Nick Ryan Band - The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "SUNDAY, FUNKY SUNDAY" - Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why, Dez and the Swagmatics - Asbury Hotel, Sun, 2 p.m., FREE.

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "BRUCE BRUNCH WITH TOM CUNNINGHAM" - LIVE! on 105.7 The Hawk from The Anchors Bends in Convention Hall, Asbury Park, 9am - 11am with many surprise musical guests and performances. FREE

Monday, JAN 16

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH," McLoone's Grille, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

December 28, 2016
Just Around the Corner ... LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The British Are Coming! British legends Albert Lee, Peter Asher and Joey Molland of Badfinger, join Dramarama, Bobby Bandiera, Remember Jones, and Glenn Alexander of Southside Johnny & the Jukes Among Dozens of Acts Added to Worldwide Foundation's 17th Anniversary Festival in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease 'Through the Awesome Power of Music'

LINEUPS FOR 10-DAY FESTIVAL'S MULTI-ACT THEMED EVENTS, SUCH AS MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN, ASBURY ANGELS, ANNOUNCED AS OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGE ON NJ, NYC AND PHILADELPHIA, JAN. 6-16, 2017

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 28, 2016) - A British Invasion is headed for the Jersey Shore to help LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, fight the global battle against Parkinson's Disease with special concerts headlined by guitar god Albert Lee and legendary producer-performer-executive Peter Asher; a special guest appearance by Badfinger original Joey Molland; the nation's #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, and a fully orchestrated "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" recreation saluting the late vocal great Joe Cocker.

Those are among the dozens of new acts added to the 10-day festival for its 17th anniversary edition, to either headline or partake in multi-artist concert events from Jan. 6-16, 2017.

Albert Lee, a.k.a. "Mr. Telecaster," makes his second Winterfest appearance when he returns with his band for an "Up Close and Intimate" performance Friday, Jan. 13 at McLoone's Supper Club. Tangier Blues Band, with renowned rock photographer Danny Clinch on harmonica and vocals, opens the show. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m.; show time 8 p.m. Tickets to see the Grammy-winning "ultimate virtuoso" (so dubbed by Eric Clapton) range from $20-$35 at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling 732-774-1155.

The following night at McLoone's (Saturday, Jan. 14), Peter Asher makes his second Winterfest visit with "Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond" featuring the music of Peter and Gordon. Asher first came to be known through the global smash "World Without Love" as one half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon. The two-time Producer of the Year Grammy winner brings a multimedia experience to the Light of Day stage, reflecting on his multi-faceted career and the era that spawned it. As former Asher protègè and paramour Linda Ronstadt is among the cast of characters, the evening begins with "A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt" starring Broadway Singer and Actress Rita Harvey. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m.; show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $31.50-$45 and Tickets are on sale at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling 732-774-1155.

Badfinger founding member Joey Molland, with his RAZ Band, will be part of the annual Asbury Angels Induction Show, to be held Friday, Jan. 13, at the legendary Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., which honors and memorialize the lives and history of members of the Asbury Park musical community, "including but not limited to, musicians, tech support persons, DJs, journalists, club owners, record company personnel, managers and promoters. The show will feature Main Stage acts topped by Molland, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, and former Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes member Glenn Alexander & Shadowland. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tickets $24 advance/$30 day of show at www.stoneponyonline.com, Ticketmaster, and at (732) 502-0600.

Kashmir, the nation's #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, takes over the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., on Friday, Jan. 13. The most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the modern national touring scene, Kashmir possesses the live stage show, sound and likeness to bring audiences and fans back to the days when the mighty Led Zeppelin ruled the musical landscape. Show. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets $20 advance; $25 day of show.

And at the Paramount Theater, 1200 Ocean Ave., on Friday, Jan. 13, Remember Jones recreates the entire 1970 Joe Cocker Experience Tribute, starring in Mad Dogs & Englishmen with a live band of 20 musicians. Jones, originally from Asbury Park, is a one-of-a-kind soul/pop singer with a throwback vibe and authentic energy known for bringing audiences to another time and place. Jones turned in one of the biggest buzzworthy performances at last year's Winterfest with his Amy Winehouse tribute revue, and he'll no doubt turn it up louder this year with "Mad Dogs." Doors are at 6 p.m.; show time is 7 p.m. Tickets $29-$49 through www.lightofday.org, www.ticketmaster.com, phone charge at 800.745.3000, the Stone Pony Box Office (732.502.0600) or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years. In his new autobiography, Born to Run, which recently topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

Last year's Winterfest raised $525,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $500,000, with the 16-year total approaching $4 million.

In 2015, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 also will include shows in Montclair, NJ (Jan. 6 @ Outpost in the Burbs), Philadelphia (Jan. 7 @ World Cafè Live), and New York City (Jan. 11 @ The Cutting Room). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park, where it still is primarily based, while growing to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Here's the complete list of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 shows to date:

Friday, JAN 6
LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Artists Up Close and Personal - Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D'Urso, Ben Arnold, Christine Martucci, Rick Winow - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, 7pm, $35-$40

Saturday, JAN 7
LOD "PHILADELPHIA" Songwriters Up Close and Personal - Eric Bazilian, Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D'Urso, Ben Arnold, Soraia, Sharon Little - The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., 7pm, $20-$25

Sunday, JAN 8
LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF NEW JERSEY'S BAR BANDS" - Bobby Bandiera & Friends, The Soul Cruisers, The British Invasion Years, Best of the Eagles, Pat Guadagno and Tired Horses performing the music of Bob Dylan, Rockinon, the B Street Band, and Guilty Pleasure - Stone Pony, All Ages, 1pm, $18

Wednesday, JAN 11
LOD "NYC", Celebrating the Life and Birthday of Clarence Clemons - Willie Nile, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Soul Cruisers feat. JT Bowen (Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers), The Weeklings, Hollis Brown, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan - The Cutting Room, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $75 upfront VIP

Thursday, JAN 12
LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs., 18+, 6:30pm, $8 adv/$12 dos
LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM DELUXE" - Waiting on Mongo, Jimmy Farkus, Turtle Soup, Chris Rockwell, Members of Shady St. Show Band with Deseree Spinks, Joshua Mark, Mack & Friends, Moroccan Sheepherders, Russell Arcara & Mark Sleifer - Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10 adv/$12 dos
LOD "WINTERFEST 2017 KICK-OFF" - Dramarama, Willie Nile, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Remember Jones, Hollis Brown, Hosted by WRAT's Rich Russo - House of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7:30 pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS" - All Star Jam, Bobby Mahoney & Zack Sandler, Sentimental Gentlemen, Nicole Govel, The Carousers, Subway Babes, The Emily Youth Project, Francesca Rose - Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 8pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 13
LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION" - Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Miss Emily, Glenn Alexander & Shadowland, RAZ Band with Joey Molland from Badfinger, Boccigalupe & The Badboys, Laura Crisci, Bob Polding Band, Pat Toner, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, Johnny Duk, Bitter Crush, Anthony Basso, Mike Rocket, Frank Get, Antonio Zirilli - Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 7:25 p.m. $25 adv/$30dos
LOD "KASHMIR - THE LIVE LED ZEPPELIN SHOW", House of Independents, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $20-$25
LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8 adv/$12 dos
LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 7pm, $15
LOD "ALBERT LEE & BAND: Up Close and Intimate" with Tangiers Blues Band - McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $20-$35
LOD "AT THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Ian Bamberger Trio, Sam Sims Band, Ashley McKinley, with a Late Night Acoustic "Couch Concert" hosted by Bobby Mahoney - Asbury Hotel, 9:30 p.m. FREE
LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY: PETER SCHERER'S ACOUSTIC CAROUSEL" - Peter Scherer, Renee Maskin, The May Darlings, Arlan Feiles, Andy Bernstein, Keith Roth, Ray Andersen, Cranston Dean, Stringbean, Keith McCarthy, Leo Sawikin, Russell Arcara, Marc Nuzzi, The Gray Vines, Gregory Schwartz, Karen Mansfield, Steve Delopoulos, SOF, Paul Whistler, Eryn Shewell, David Vargo - Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "REMEMBER JONES IN MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN" The Entire 1970 Joe Cocker Experience Tribute, Performed Live with a Band of 20 - Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 7pm, $29-$49

Saturday, JAN 14
LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205
LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8 adv/ $12 dos
LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA
LOD "PETER ASHER: A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE '60S AND BEYOND" FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PETER AND GORDON. Special Guest: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt starring Broadway Singer and Actress Rita Harvey - McLoone's Supper Club, Doors/Dinner 6 p.m./Show 7:30 p.m., $31.50-$45
LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY" - Taylor Tote Band, Brielle Von Hugel Band, more - Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "IN CONCERT" - James Maddock & Band, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Kiyomi Valentine with Lisa Bianco - House of Independents, Sat, 1 p.m., $25 adv/$30 dos
LOD "ASBURY UNDERGROUND AFTER-PARTY" - American Trappist, Jesse of Accidental Seabirds, Milly, Dentist, Porter & Sayles, The Sunday Blues - House of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $5 adv/$7 dos
LOD "WOMEN OF SONG" - The Saint, Sat, Noon, $10
LOD "ASBURY BLUES" - Billy Walton Band (Record Premiere), Cigar Box Stompers, Joe Bonanno and the Godsons, Mary McCrink, Mad Kings, Pam McCoy, Stormin' Norman Seldin, J Pat and Sandy Mack, Chuck Lambert, Poppa John, GP and the Hot Takeout - Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15
LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH" - Billy Hector Band, Christine Martucci, Colossal Street Jam, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, Harry Filkin Band, Dawg Whistle - Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15
LOD "DOWNTOWN - ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION
LOD "IN THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Stringbean & the Stalkers, DJ Music - Asbury Hotel, 8 p.m., FREE ADMISSION
LOD "TRANSPARENT: DANNY CLINCH PHOTO EXHIBIT" - Tangiers Blues Band - Asbury Hotel Gallery, 1 p.m.

Sunday, JAN 15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #1" - Isabella Englert, Adam Masterson, Kent Nicholson, Mary McCrink, Hans Ludviggson, Arlon Bennett, Jesse Terry - Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #2" - Karen Mansfield, Bruce Tunkel, Sam Sims & Kyle Ward, Don Dilego, Pat Guadagno, Francis Lombardi - Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 2:45 pm, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #3" - Emily Grove, Ben Arnold, Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Willie Nile, Joe Gruschecky, Jeffrey Gaines, Jesse Malin, Peter Elkas. Hosted by Joe D'Urso and Joe Rapolla - McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, Dinner/Doors 5 p.m.; Show 6 pm, $20 adv/$25 dos
LOD "KID'S ROCK" - Avery Rose and the Thorns, RadioActive, Stone Bullets, Double A, Sound of Fury, Baelfire, Allie and Tristan, School of Rock, Olivia Howell, Blume, Kat Phunk, Victoria Quartararo, Rock'n Music, Amanda Conti, Rockit - Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15 adv/$20 dos
LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION" - Penque-Diomede Band, Downstream, Citizens Band Radio, Nick Ryan Band - The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10
LOD "SUNDAY, FUNKY SUNDAY" - Quincy Mumford & he Reason Why, Dez and the Swagmatics - Asbury Hotel, Sun, 2 p.m. $10
LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8 adv/$12 dos

Monday, JAN 16
LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH," McLoone's Grille, Mon., All Ages, 10:30am-1:30pm.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

December 21, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF CONGRATULATE THEIR 'MIGHTY THREE' PARTNER, THOM BELL, ON RECEIVING THE RECORDING ACADEMY® TRUSTEES AWARD
The Mighty Three

PHOTO CAPTION: L-R: Legendary pioneering producers and friends Kenny Gamble, left, Leon Huff, center, and Thom Bell, right, comprise the iconic "Mighty Three" of the Sound of Philadelphia. Bell now joins Gamble & Huff as a recipient of the Recording Academy® Trustees Award. Credit: David Ickes.

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff released the following statements, individually, today to formally congratulate producer/arranger/songwriter Thom Bell, their "Mighty Three" co-creator in the Sound of Philadelphia, on being named to receive the Recording Academy® 2017 Trustees Award:

Said Huff: "I am extremely happy for our longtime friend and writing partner Tommy Bell for receiving this award. I personally consider him to be one of the greatest writers, arrangers and producers of all time."

Added Gamble: "I too am so excited for and congratulate my longtime friend Tommy for this great honor. We have been friends and writers together for over 55 years -- even as recording artists and co-band members prior to the creation of Philadelphia International Records. We were further honored to have him be a part of our Mighty Three Music family, creating and producing American Pop and R&B Music standards of our time. And now things have come full circle with all three of us having received a GRAMMY Trustee Award".

The Trustees Award is a Special Merit Award presented by vote of The Recording Academy's National Trustees to individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording. Gamble & Huff also received The Trustees Award, in 1999. By contrast, Special Merit Award performers are honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also honored with the Trustees Award were record executives Mo Ostin and Ralph S. Peer. Special Merit Awards for performers receiving Lifetime Achievement honors were Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground.

Much of Soul music history over the last half century has revolved around great producer/artist combinations, and none was more pleasing than the work of "Mighty Three" partners Gamble, Huff and Bell. Together, they created the Sound of Philadelphia, the most important and dominant sound of the '70s, and the heir to the Motown sound of the '60s. As songwriters, musicians, producers and arrangers, Gamble, Huff and Bell established themselves among the most important R&B/Soul music figures of all time. Their Mighty Three Music catalog and publishing company, currently owned by Warner/Chappell Music, is one of the deepest and most enduring catalogs in the history of popular music.

Bell teamed with the Philadelphia-born songwriter Linda Creed to become one of the era's dominant soul songwriting teams, penning hits together such as "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", "You Are Everything", "Betcha by Golly, Wow", "Break Up to Make Up", "You Make Me Feel Brand New," and "I'm Stone in Love with You" (the latter with Anthony Bell) - all for the Stylistics - as well as the 1976 blockbuster "The Rubberband Man" for the Spinners.

Bell's work with the Stylistics, the Spinners (also "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "One of a Kind [Love Affair]," "Mighty Love," "Then Came You," "They Just Can't Stop It the [Games People Play]"), and the Delfonics ("La-La Means I Love You," "Didn't I Blow Your Mind") became immediately recognizable for its shimmering beauty and exquisite sweetness.

When he initially united with the visionary production team Gamble & Huff at their newly formed Philadelphia International Records, the classic Philly Soul sound quickly began to take shape. Over the course of seminal releases like Jerry Butler's 1969 smash "Only the Strong Survive," Billy Paul's 1972 smash "Me and Mrs. Jones," and the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic "If You Don't Know Me by Now," the Gamble & Huff production aesthetic -- an intoxicating combination of sweeping strings, smoky horns, and insistent rhythms -- emerged as the definitive soul sound of the early '70s, its success due in large part to Bell's impeccable arrangements. Bell also contributed a pair of No. 1 Elton John hits to the Philly Sound - "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Mama Can't Buy You Love," and arranged the Teddy Pendergrass hit, "Close the Door." The "Mighty Three" team reached its pinnacle with the O'Jays, scoring a series of classic hits like "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," and "For the Love of Money" while drafting the blueprint for the rise of disco during the latter half of the decade.

Bell won the GRAMMY award in 1975 in the category of "Best Producer of the Year." In 2006, he was and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and honored along with Berry Gordy, Jr. by the R&B Pioneer Foundation. Bell has also been twice honored by Billboard with their Number One Producer award.

December 21, 2016
PAIR OF SOUL GIANTS ON PHILADELPHIA MUSIC WALK OF FAME RECEIVE MUSIC'S HIGHEST HONOR: THE RECORDING ACADEMY® 2017 SPECIAL MERIT AWARD
Nina Simone and Thom Bell

Nina Simone honored with Lifetime Achievement; Thom Bell honored with Trustees Award

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 21, 2016) - Two giants of soul enshrined with bronze plaques on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame have been awarded the music industry's highest honor, with the announcement by the Recording Academy® this week that Nina Simone and Thom Bell are among the 2017 Special Merit Award recipients.

Simone, known as the High Priestess of Soul, is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bell, a cornerstone of the Philadelphia Soul legacy in creating the Sound of Philadelphia with his "Mighty Three" partners Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff as a producer/arranger/songwriter, is receiving the Trustees Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award honors contributions in areas other than performance. The recipients are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.

"The Philadelphia Music Alliance has been honoring the city's music legends for 30 years on our Walk of Fame," said Alan Rubens, the PMA's Chairman of the Board. "And to see two of our inductees recognized together with music's highest honor on such an esteemed national stage is incredible validation to the caliber of talent which continues to emanate from the City of Brotherly Love. Congratulations to two of our city's finest."

Nina Simone, inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in 1994, was a child prodigy whose dreams of becoming a classical musician were deferred by the color of her skin. Her fearlessness and deep commitment to the civil rights movement gave birth to such classics as "Mississippi Goddam," "Four Women," and "To Be Young, Gifted, And Black." Her approach to music was so versatile she labeled her style black classical. From R&B and rock to jazz, gospel, blues, folk, and Broadway, Simone brought her unique style to each genre. Her interpretations of "Feeling Good" and "Sinnerman" are classics that fans around the world still enjoy. Her version of "I Loves You, Porgy" became a Top 20 single in 1959. Her rendition was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2000. She died in 2003.

Thom Bell, inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame a year earlier than Simone, partnered with Gamble & Huff to help create the quintessential Sound of Philadelphia. Gamble & Huff, also inducted into Philadelphia Walk of Fame, received the Trustees Award from the Recording Academy in 1999.

Bell was a prime architect in the development of a '70s soul sound that moved beyond the grit of Southern soul and the effervescence of Motown by building complex and sophisticated arrangements around smooth strings, elegant horns and a driving rhythm that anticipated the rise of disco. With the Delfonics, the Stylistics, the Spinners and others, Bell established his trademark sound with sweet strings and muted brass led by the French horn. Hits such as "I'll Be Around" and "Betcha By Golly, Wow" cemented his stature as one of the all-time great songwriter/producers. In October, with significant help from the Philadelphia Music Alliance, Bell was inducted into The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™ in Nashville with the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section and Sigma Sound founder Joe Tarsia, all of whom are on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
Established in 1986, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Philadelphia's rich musical legacy by increasing awareness of the city's great musical tradition and supporting the current music scene. For more information, visit www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org.

December 11, 2016
FULLY FUNDED! $30K-PLUS SURGE OF PLEDGES IN FINAL HOURS OF CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN THRUSTS VETERAN AWARENESS RECORDING PROJECT BEYOND GOAL MORE THAN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO DEADLINE

'CARRY YOU ON,' THE BENEFIT 'ALBUM FOR ACTION' TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN VETERANS AND CIVILIANS THROUGH MUSIC, IS FULLY FUNDED BY SURPASSING $66K KICKSTARTER GOAL

"Marcus Goldhaber's passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. ... His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes." - Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2016) - More than $30,000 in crowdfunding pledges poured in yesterday to surpass the Kickstarter campaign goal a full day ahead of deadline and successfully fund CARRY YOU ON, the benefit "Album for Action" to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music from 2016 MAC Award nominee MARCUS GOLDHABER.

Yesterday's tidal wave of crowdfunding pledges rolled toward midnight with over $67,000, to exceed the $66,000 Kickstarter goal with a full day left until the official deadline of midnight EST tonight (Sunday).

Now that it's fullly funded, the project will help Goldhaber make sure the needs of veterans are constantly a part of the national conversation.

Goldhaber, the acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter, has himself pledged a whopping 50% of all album sale proceeds to IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

With yesterrday's incredible surge - half of the entire Kickstarter goal - Goldhaber's faith in the public to complete this phase of his mission on behalf of America's veterans has been handilly rewarded. The average pledge to back the campaign - officially declard by Kickstarter as a "Project We Love" - has jumped to over $400.

After four years of bringing his veterans awareness project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veteran-related events from New York to Philadelphia, Goldhaber will now be bringing his 10 new original songs to the recording studio. CARRY YOU ON will include "Come Home America," the original Goldhaber anthem released on Veterans Day 2013.

The reaction Goldhaber has been receiving along the way became the impetus to write and record enough songs for a full album. All lyrics are inspired by conversations he's had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families. They are the driving force behind his movement to #bridgethegap.

"I'm humbled that my friends, family and fans have rallied to crowd-fund the production and distribution of this album," says Goldhaber, "so this message can reach as many people as possible."

December 5, 2016
NATION'S 1ST CONTEMPORARY ART SCHOOL FRANCHISE ONE RIVER SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN LAUNCHES WITH OPENINGS IN NEW JERSEY AND TEXAS

100 New Locations Targeted in Next Five Years

ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY: One River School of Art + Design, the nation's first national network of contemporary art schools, has officially launched with new locations in Allendale, New Jersey and Frisco, Texas. These schools, scheduled to open in early 2017, join the flagship operation, established here in 2012, with the mission to develop what the New York Times called "the next generation of Basquiats and Warhols."

One River School of Art + Design signals a new direction in art education for suburban kids, teens and adults, providing the kind of exceptional, creative learning experiences previously only available in major cities. Using proprietary teaching methods, world-class instructors and interactive processes, the schools deliver an experience that "changes people's lives," according to One River School founder and CEO Matt Ross. Each school also presents exhibitions from emerging artists as part of its commitment to be the voice of contemporary art in its community.

One River School also offers such one-of-a-kind opportunities as the pop-up Art Effect exhibit, which this fall has brought artwork by 11 of its teen students to Boston and Philadelphia and will arrive at BravinLee programs gallery in New York City (526 W. 26th St.) on Saturday, December 10.

Ross, recently called a "creative visionary" by Parade Magazine, brings a deep background in creative education and the national franchise business model to One River School as the former founding CEO of School of Rock. Ross has signed agreements for more franchised schools to open in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, with a goal of opening 100 new locations over the next five years.

"Art education is broken in America," says Ross. "We want to provide the coolest place near home to learn to be creative, stretch one's pure potential and have fun. We believe people are desperately looking for new ways to grow, and we have found that art making is a rewarding and personal way to improve quality of life. When people have art in their lives, they simply become better people. It's my goal to achieve that coast to coast."

"I love the challenge of inspiring people through compelling art education while making it fun at the same time," he said. "This is my calling, my mission and the purpose of One River."

For more information about One River School of Art + Design, visit www.oneriverschool.com. For available franchise opportunities, visit www.oneriverschool.com/franchise.

November 28, 2016
PHILANTHROPY OF KAL & LUCILLE RUDMAN FOUNDATION TO BE FEATURED ON 'THE DOCTORS' 9th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW

Legendary Music Industry Publisher Kal Rudman Aids 9-Year-Old 'Hero's' Wishes for a College Education to Become a Scientist in Episode Themed to Giving Back to Deserving Heroes in the Community

'Holiday Extravaganza' to Air in National Syndication Tomorrow (Dec. 1) and Dec. 23 via CS Television Distribution (Check Local Listings)

The Doctors
Dr. Travis Stork, host of "The Doctors," delivers surprise check from the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, along with a personal message from the Rudmans, to young hero "Francisco," on the 9th annual holiday episode, premiering Thursday, Dec. 1 and re-airing on Dec. 23 (check local listings).

HOLLYWOOD (November 28, 2016) - In the true spirit of the holiday season, the philanthropy of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation hits the national TV spotlight this week when the Philadelphia -based non-profit, helmed by legendary music industry publisher Kal Rudman, is prominently featured on The Doctors 9th annual holiday episode.

The episode, premiering tomorrow (Thursday, December 1) and airing again Friday, Dec. 23 (check local listings) showcases the Rudman Foundation delivering an oversized check for $5,000 to surprised 9-year-old "Francisco" (last name withheld) of Los Angeles to help boost his educational wishes toward becoming a scientist.

Francisco is one of the young "hope ambassadors" - children in need who still volunteer to help others - of the Los Angeles based Kimberly Moore Foundation. The Doctors "flipped the script" for Francisco, paving the way for the Rudman Foundation to make the donation, according to a spokesperson for the show.

"The generosity of the many donors that we have, Kal being the prime example, is what makes our annual holiday show so fulfilling and rewarding," the spokesperson said.

Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors, delivered this statement from the Rudmans on the show to young Francisco:

"When we heard your beautiful story, it truly touched us! Therefore, Francisco, the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, through the Kimberly Moore Foundation, has proudly made it possible to award you a $5,000 scholarship for college."

Kal Rudman is a music industry legend, former Today show music expert, and noted philanthropist. His six industry trades (led by The Friday Morning Quarterback) are invaluable reading for thousands of top music and industry professionals. Many artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Dolly Parton, would come to him for advice with their careers and in hopes to be featured in his magazine.

Through the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, Rudman has offered full scholarships for many city fire fighters and police, built and continues to fund the Emmy winning TUTV (Temple University Television), and sponsors medical summer camps for deserving Philadelphia high school students at Drexel University College of Medicine in conjunction with Hahnemann Medical College, as well as Einstein Medical Center. The Rudman Foundation also provides annual university scholarships to graduating high school students through a mentorship program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the United States totally dedicated to the care of children.

Taped in front of a live studio audience in Hollywood, The Doctors is produced by Stage 29 Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano, and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers.

CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in worldwide television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 10 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.

For additional information on The Doctors, please visit thedoctorstv.com.

The Doctors
Kimberly Moore, of the Kimberly Moore Foundation, delivers a surprise scholarship check from the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation to her young hero, "Francisco," during the taping of "The Doctors" 9th annual holiday episode, airing Dec. 1 and Dec. 23 (check local listings).
November 16, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF RECEIVE 2016 MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD DURING STAR-STUDDED PHILADELPHIA AWARD GALA
Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 16, 2016) - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff received the 2016 Marian Anderson Award during a much-anticipated gala last night at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Their co-honoree was lifelong friend and fellow Philadelphia R&B legend Patti LaBelle, whose heralded solo career as "The Godmother of Soul" was launched at Gamble & Huff's historic label, Philadelphia International Records, as one of the Sound of Philadelphia's foremost recording artists.

This was the first year since 2008 that the Marian Anderson Award has been awarded to multiple recipients and the first year the Marian Anderson Award has partnered with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia's world-class performing arts campus. The Marian Anderson Award was created to celebrate critically acclaimed artists who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose bodies of work have contributed to our society in a singular manner. It is named in memory of the legendary singer and distinguished Philadelphian, Marian Anderson.

Gamble & Huff launched Philadelphia International Records in 1970 and exemplify R&B music in Philadelphia. They went on to write pop and R&B #1 hits, numerous gold and platinum records, as well as Grammy Award-winning songs and are BMI songwriters award honorees. In addition to their musical successes, Gamble & Huff have led the charge on various charitable efforts. Mr. Gamble has been dedicated to humanitarian efforts as an ardent supporter of and contributor to the T.J. Martell Leukemia Foundation and the AMC Cancer Research Center and Hospital, which honored him with the Humanitarian Award in 1980. He also has been highly committed to the renovation and restoration of South Philadelphia.

The bulk of the gala's featured performances saluted the monumental Gamble & Huff catalogue, with a jukebox full of live contributions from The Soul Survivors, who recorded the duo's first major hit as writers and producers, "Express Way to Your Heart"; Ledisi, the R&B singer who has frequently been invited to perform at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; The Three Degrees, whose Gamble & Huff hits were led by "When Will I See You Again," and also marked by vocals on the iconic Soul Train theme, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia"); Kathy Sledge, original lead vocalist of Sister Sledge; and rising Philadelphia R&B singer-songwriter Carol Riddick.

ABOUT KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF
Gamble & Huff have been writing music together for more than 50 years. Their collaborative chemistry has generated a series of massive hits numbering more than 3,500 songs, including 30 chart pop and R&B hit singles and 50 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications. Their catalog includes hits such as The Supremes' "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Don't Leave Me This Way," recorded by both Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Thelma Houston, Jerry Butler's "Only The Strong Survive," which was later recorded by Elvis Presley, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" earned the songwriting duo its first Grammy® for Simply Red's rendition, the O'Jay's "For The Love Of Money," and countless others, including "Me and Mrs. Jones," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," and the theme song for Soul Train, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)," just to name few. The pair has won five Grammy's® for their songwriting and collected 86 BMI Pop and R&B Awards. Gamble and Huff founded Philadelphia International Records (PIR) as the outlet for their creative vision in 1971. By 1973, PIR was second only to Motown as the largest African-American owned company in America and became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound, a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

ABOUT THE MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD
The Marian Anderson Award was created in 1998 to celebrate critically acclaimed artists - individuals who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose body of work has contributed to our society in a singular manner. It is named in memory of the legendary singer and distinguished Philadelphian, Marian Anderson. Previous honorees include Harry Belafonte, Gregory Peck, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou and Norman Lear, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi and Wynton Marsalis.

Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff with Patti LaBelle

PHOTO CAPTION (TOP): Pioneering "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenneth Gamble, left, and Leon Huff, congratulate each other as honorees at last night's 2016 Marian Anderson Awards. Photo credit: David Ickes.

PHOTO CAPTION (BOTTOM): Pioneering "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenneth Gamble, left, and Leon Huff, right, are joined by fellow honoree and former TSOP recording artist Patti LaBelle at last night's 2016 Marian Anderson Awards. Photo credit: David Ickes.

November 11, 2016
11.11 @ 11: BOLD NEW CHAPTER IN HERALDED MUSIC PROJECT HONORING AMERICA'S MILITARY HEROES TO LAUNCH THROUGH KICKSTARTER DURING ARTIST PERFORMANCE AT NEW YORK VETERANS DAY PARADE

"Marcus Goldhaber's passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. ... His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes. ... I am so pleased he will be singing in the Big Apple for the NYC Veterans Parade!"
- Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation,
Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2016) - Today at 11 a.m. EST, while America's largest traditional celebration of our veterans overtook the streets of New York City, a bold new chapter in a heralded music project honoring our military heroes was officially launched through Kickstarter.

After four years of bringing this project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veterans related events from New York to Philadelphia, CARRY YOU ON is finally ready for the recording studio. The "Album for Action" of 10 new original songs was written by acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music.

Goldhaber, a 2016 MAC Award nominee, made the announcement today (11.11 @ 11 a.m.) during his second consecutive performance in New York's Veterans Day Parade, officially known as "America's Parade 2016."

"I've taken this project as far as I can on my own," said Goldhaber. "Now graciously and humbly, I'm turning to Kickstarter and my friends and family and fans to help fund the production and distribution of this album, so this message can reach as many people as possible.

"I wrote this music to give civilians and veterans the confidence to begin and continue the CARRY YOU ON will include "Come Home America," the original Goldhaber anthem he released on Veterans Day 2013. The reaction to "Come Home America," and the live concert outreach it has since sparked, ultimately became the impetus to write and record enough songs for this upcoming album. I've seen the impact of these songs first-hand. I've performed for veterans and civilians in the same room."

At one performance, a Marine came up to Goldhaber and said that after being thanked for his service so many times, and not knowing how to respond, "he now felt he had a starting point." At another, a sailor approached Goldhaber and said that, after hearing one of his songs, she felt more comfortable knowing "part of her story was now on stage."

Says Joseph P. Brooks, president and COO of Liberty USO: "Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It's the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country."

This project is proud to support Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber "finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach" (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan's top clubs and throughout the East Coast, he's performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and most recently toured the U.S. in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen. For over a year, he has been in monthly residence at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space on the Upper East Side, "stripping the Great American Songbook to the bone" hosting "Mostly Marcus."

"COME HOME AMERICA" is available NOW on iTunes.

October 27, 2016
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 'THE BEAT GOES ON' FOR MUSIC'S AWESOME POWER IN GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Light of Day

Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival Returns Jan. 6-16, 2017

Tickets go on Sale SATURDAY, Oct. 29 @ NOON EST

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. 27, 2016) - With a goal of topping last year's record-breaking $5.25 million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 17th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 29 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 6-16, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, House of Independents and the new Asbury Hotel, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages - as well as single tickets to each show - will be available.

Albert Lee and Band, Peter Asher, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band, Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock and Band, Milly, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Remember Jones, Billy Hector Band, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance and The Gamblers, Sandy Mack Allstars, Sonny Kenn, the Vansaders, Battery Electric, Kyle Ward, Colossal Street Jam, Tara Tote, and the Billy Walton Band are among the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY 2017: The Beat Goes On. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis, including BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 14, 2017. Tickets for Bob's Birthday Bash range from $43 to $209.50, and tickets for the other club shows range from Free to $45. Concert goers can purchase a LIGHT OF DAY COMBO TICKET PACKAGE to gain admission to all Asbury Park events (Approximately 50 EVENTS) at five different levels, starting at $159.50. The packages GUARANTEE a reserved seat for BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, capacity permitting, first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years. In his new autobiography, Born to Run, which just topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

Last year's event raised $525,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $500,000, with the 16-year total approaching $4 million.

Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bryan of Bon Jovi, David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, The Smithereens, Peter Himmelman, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, LaBamba's Big Band, John Eddie. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. This year, the Foundation was able to proudly establish a $150,000 grant to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, as well as host an incredibly successful matching grant drive with Cure PSP which raised an additional $200,000. CurePSP is the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP.

In 2015, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 11 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 6 in Montclair), and Philadelphia (Jan. 7 @ World Cafè Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

On the radio side, longtime LOD concert host Tom Cunningham will host his Sunday morning "Bruce Brunch" program on 105.7 "The Hawk," live from the Anchor's Bend restaurant, in the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex, with very special guests, on Jan. 15, starting at 9 a.m.

More significantly, Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour, through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows now take place around the world on three continents, this year including a four-city 10th Anniversary Canadian tour (Nov. 16-19) headlined by Steve Earle & the Dukes, in Toronto, Niagara, London and Kingston; d a 10th anniversary European tour - a 17-day holiday run in 10 countries (Nov. 25-Dec. 11). And for the third consecutive year, a Light of Day event was held over the summer in Australia. The two-day festival always takes place in the Australian city of Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson's organizations.

Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $235,000, which has helped the Walk earn over $4 million for Parkinson's research.

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Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):

Platinum "All Access" Combo package: $325 - "very best" orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2016 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2017 T-shirt, and a L'Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Platinum "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $209.50 - same as Platinum "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Gold combo package: $249.50 - includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 16 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2017 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Gold "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $159.50 - same as Gold "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Silver combo package: $199.50 - includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Silver "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $119.50 - same as Silver "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Bronze combo package: $159.50 - includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events. The best seats for the dollar!
Bronze "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $89.50 - same as Silver "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Super Savers - $53 and $43 - Rear upper balcony seating for "Bob's Birthday Bash" only.
***Ticket prices do not reflect Ticketmaster and venue service/facility/convenience charges.
****Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venue.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 6

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 7

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 8

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, All Ages, 1pm, $TBA

Monday, JAN 9

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 11

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, with a special birthday tribute to Clarence Clemons, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 12

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs., 21+, 7pm, $12

LOD "WINTERFEST 2017 KICK-OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 13

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD TBA, House Of Independents, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 14

LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205

LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat.c, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN - ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 16

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH," Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ross

October 19, 2016
FROM WALK OF FAME TO HALL OF FAME, PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE EXTENDS OCTOBER INDUCTIONS PRESENCE TO NASHVILLE
Clockwise from Top Left: Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Golson, Bob Perkins, Jaco Pastorius, and Christian McBride

Left to right: Thom Bell, Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section, Joe Tarsia

Thom Bell, Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section, Joe Tarsia, to be Inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™ with Garth Brooks & the G-Men, Don Felder, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Reed, and More During Induction Ceremony and Concert, Oct. 27 at Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Concert to feature Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section with Brooks, Skaggs, Felder, Bruce Hornsby, Peter Frampton, plus Salute to 'Sound of Philadelphia' Co-Creator Thom Bell by Russell Thompkins JR & the New Stylistics

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 19, 2016) - One week from today's induction ceremony on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, the Philadelphia Music Alliance will have a major induction presence of a difference sort in Nashville, as it oversees the inductions of "Sound of Philadelphia" co-creator Thom Bell, the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section, and Sigma Sound founder Joe Tarsia, into The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™.

Thom Bell, the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section, and Joe Tarsia, will be inducted Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. CST in Nashville with Garth Brooks & the G-Men, Don Felder, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Reed, producer Allen Reynolds, and engineers Lou Bradley, Mark Miller, and Ron "Snake" Reynolds in a Ceremony and Concert at the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium, home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and GRAMMY Museum Gallery™ at Musicians Hall of Fame.

The Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section will be featured in the concert with Brooks, Skaggs, Felder, Bruce Hornsby, Peter Frampton, and Russell Thompkins JR & the New Stylistics. Thompkins and his group will be performing a three-song Stylistics medley with the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section in honor of Thom Bell for his heralded career as a musician and pioneering producer of numerous "Sound of Philadelphia" classics with TSOP co-creators and partners Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Tickets for the 2016 Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert are available through Ticketmaster.

"The PMA has worked very closely with the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™ over the past year to make sure these great Philadelphia talents are recognized on such a national stage and placed alongside so many great musicians responsible for so much great music," said Alan Rubens, chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance. "This is an especially proud moment for the City of Philadelphia, because it celebrates the actual musicians who created the Philly Sound, lovingly embraced for over 40 years by 'people all over the world.'"

Bell's work with the Delfonics ("La La Means I Love You," "Didn't I Blow Your Mind"), the Stylistics ("You Make Me Feel Brand New," "Betcha By Golly, Wow") and the Spinners ("I'll Be Around," "Rubberband Man") as part of the Sound of Philadelphia became immediately recognizable for its shimmering beauty and exquisite sweetness. Bell's impeccable arrangements can be heard on a series of classic hits that also included "Love Train," and "For the Love of Money." Bell also contributed a pair of No. 1 Elton John hits to the Philly Sound - "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Mama Can't Buy You Love." He was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame in 1993.

The Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section created a genre of soul music with funk influences, often with sweeping strings and piercing horns, which sets the unique "Sound of Philadelphia" apart. These musicians have added their talents to dozens of hits, such as "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "La La Means I Love You" by the Delfonics, and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Members to be inducted include Ronnie Baker (posthumously, guitar), Thom Bell (keyboards), Roland Chambers (posthumously, guitar) Charles Collins (drums), Bobby Eli (guitar), Dennis Harris (guitar), Norman Harris (posthumously, guitar), Vince Montana (posthumously, vibes), TJ Tindall (posthumously, guitar), Larry Washington (posthumously, congas), Jimmy Williams (bass), Lenny Pakula (keyboards), and Earl Young, the drummer credited with inventing the disco style of rock drumming.

All members of the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section were inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in 2013 with a trio of bronze plaques for their contributions to MFSB, the Salsoul Orchestra and John Davis & the Monster Orchestra - most in more than one of those units. The musicians, string, horn, rhythm players and voices who originally performed the music were men and women, young and old and from all backgrounds who collectively captured a moment with their talents to make that sound world-famous in the 1970s. Tarsia, chairman emeritus on the Board of the Philadelphia Music Alliance, was inducted into the Walk of Fame in 1995. He will be among those receiving the Engineering Award from the The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
Established in 1986, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Philadelphia's rich musical legacy by increasing awareness of the city's great musical tradition and supporting the current music scene. For more information, visit www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org.

About Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
From Jimi Hendrix to Hank Williams, the Musicians Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of musicians from virtually every decade since the golden era of studio recording, starting in the 1950s, and from every corner of the country. With education being paramount, each section of the museum focuses on an important city in the history of American music - including but not limited to Detroit, Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Memphis, and Nashville, and explores each area's contributions. The museum focuses on the session musicians who may not be well known to the public, but played on thousands of iconic recordings. The Induction Ceremony and Concert honors new members, nominated by the American Federation of Musicians and other music industry professionals, and ensures the continued growth of the Musicians Hall of Fame. The GRAMMY Museum Gallery™ is an interactive music space, which permanently opened at the Musicians Hall of Fame in April 2016. For additional information, please call (615) 244-3263 or visit www.musicianshalloffame.com.

October 18, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF MOURN THE LOSS OF ROBERT 'BIG SONNY' EDWARDS OF THE INTRUDERS

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released the following joint statement today as they mourned the passing of Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards, original member of The Intruders, the first group to have national hit songs under the direction of Gamble & Huff with the smash hit "Cowboys to Girls":

"We are very saddened to learn of the death of our good friend, 'Big Sonny.' The Intruders, featuring Big Sonny and the rest of the original members, were near and dear to our hearts, and helped start our musical career as a team. Not only was the group one of the first artists we wrote for and produced, but they also were our close friends. Big Sonny and the group were great artists who we have been honored to work with from the very beginning. We will truly miss Big Sonny. We send our sincere condolences to his family."

Surviving original member Phil Terry also lamented that Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards "was not only my longtime friend for over 59 years, he was like a brother to me. And we, too, were honored to work with the Gamble & Huff producing team and help launch the Legendary Sound of Philadelphia as one of its first artists. Big Sonny was clearly the heartbeat of the group and had a positive impact on all of us. I will greatly miss Big Sonny, my dear brother."

The Intruders played a major role in the rise of the Sound of Philadelphia. Their 1968 hit, "Cowboys to Girls," topped the R&B charts, was a Top 10 pop hit, and became the template for what would become the Philly Sound. "I'll Always Love My Mama," released in 1973, has been commonly played on Mother's Day by radio stations around the world for over 40 years.

The Intruders received a bronze plaque along the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in 1996. In 2010, Edwards and Phil Terry, the surviving original members of the group at the time, were honored by Philadelphia International Records with the annual Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award here at Citizens Bank Park.

Originally a doo-wop group, "Big Sonny" Edwards, Terry, lead singer Sam "Little Sonny" Brown and Eugene "Bird" Daughtry signed with Gamble & Huff's fledgling Gamble Records in 1966, and scored a Top 20 R&B hit that year with "(We'll Be) United." They followed a year later with "Together."

The Intruders' major breakthrough came in 1968, when "Cowboys to Girls," topped the R&B charts and climbed to No. 6 six on the pop charts, not only giving the group its biggest hit, but forging a template for what would become Philly soul's trademark sound. Gamble & Huff's success with the Intruders played a significant role in helping to launch Philadelphia International Records, which became the most successful soul label of the early '70s. Other subsequent Intruders hits on Philadelphia International included "(Love Is Like a) Baseball Game," "(Win Place or Show) She's A Winner," and "I Wanna Know Your Name."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

October 6, 2016
Jazz Takes Center Stage As Philadelphia Music Alliance Welcomes Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Jaco Pastorius, and WRTI's Bob Perkins To Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame 30th Anniversary Class of 2016
Clockwise from Top Left: Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Golson, Bob Perkins, Jaco Pastorius, and Christian McBride

(Clockwise from Top Left: Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Golson, Bob Perkins, Jaco Pastorius, and Christian McBride)

First All-Jazz Induction in Walk of Fame History to be Held Oct. 19, 2016; Honorees to be Celebrated with Two Days of Live Music, Oct. 19 & 20

Ceremony to Include Early 2016 Inductee Anthony Checchia

PHILADELPHIA (October 6, 2016) - For the first time in its 30-year history, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) will go "All Jazz" with the additions this month of Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Jaco Pastorius, and WRTI air personality Bob Perkins to the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame as members of its Class of 2016.

The new honorees will be formally inducted together Wednesday, October 19, 2016 during afternoon ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts, highlighted by the unveiling of their freshly installed bronze plaques. Anthony Checchia, founding artistic director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, whose induction was announced in March, also will see his plaque unveiled as part of the ceremony. The Walk of Fame induction, which starts at noon and will be preceded by an 11 a.m. press conference, will launch a two-day live music celebration in the city and suburbs, beginning that evening.

In the city, the Oct. 19 evening ceremony recognizing the recipients at University of the Arts - also along the Avenue of the Arts in the Terra Building, 211 S.Broad St. - will feature a reception and short performances by new inductee Joey DeFrancesco and the award-winning University of the Arts 'Z' Big Band, directed by Matt Gallagher.

The following night (Oct. 20), Pastorius, the late bass player who rose to fame as a member of Weather Report and solo artist, will be saluted with an all-star concert at the Bridgeport Ribhouse in Bridgeport, PA.

The PMA once again is working in conjunction with Avenue of the Arts, Inc., to make its fall events extra special. The annual "Making the Stars Shine" plaque cleaning event, in association with I.A.T.S.E. Local Union 8 along the Avenue of the Arts, will take place the morning of the induction ceremony.

This year's honorees join such Philadelphia jazz giants as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Stanley Clarke, Gerry Mulligan, and Grover Washington Jr., and many others, along the Music Walk of Fame.

The Alliance is very excited to be able to specifically honor jazz this year as an extension of Philadelphia's essential ties to this unique American art form's rich legacy," said PMA Board chairman Alan Rubens. "It's important to be reminded of the global impact and influence that Philadelphia has continued to bring to the jazz world, since the Roaring '20s. Jazz doesn't always get its due these days, even though it's current as ever. Jazz is today, and it's very much got a thriving pulse in our great city."

Joey DeFrancesco emerged in the 1980s to become the new-age proponent of jazz organ, an instrument that had been pushed aside in favor of the growing technology. Quoted as the Master of the Jazz organ, the three-time Grammy® nominee now takes his place with Fats Waller, Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith in the lineage of Jazz Organ.

Benny Golson has played tenor saxophone in the world famous bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. The only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire, Golson boasts of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz," and which he continues to maintain today at 87.

Christian McBride is the most in-demand bassist of his generation. He consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to an audience - whether he's leading his own bands; sharing the stage with jazz legends like Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock or Pat Metheny; accompanying pop giants like James Brown, Sting or The Roots; or collaborating with classical masters like Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer or the Shanghai Quartet. McBride was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival, one of the oldest and most respected jazz festivals in the world.

Jaco Pastorius was called "the Jimi Hendrix of the bass," revolutionizing how bass guitar is played and who was, for many, the best and most influential bass guitarist ever. Best known for his work in Weather Report, with whom he helped define the jazz-fusion sound, the master of the fretless electric bass was a meteor who blazed on to the scene in the 1970s, only to flame out in the 1980s and die tragically at the age of 35.

Bob Perkins, also known as "BP with the GM," (translation: "Bob Perkins with the Good Music"), has been in the broadcasting industry for more than four decades, and with WRTI (90.1) FM since 1997. commonly referred to as a Philadelphia jazz radio legend. The evening radio host also spent time in Philly radio at WDAS and WHYY, is the voice behind WRTI's Great Migration series, and writes numerous jazz columns and commentaries.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts. The recent inclusion of radio personalities with each induction furthers the renewed commitment by the Philadelphia Music Alliance to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction. This agenda to recognize more local music greats in all genres is part of the community based, non-profit organization's overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music, and the foundation of a renewed commitment to schedule induction ceremonies each year.

For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org.

September 19, 2016
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY PRESENTS BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION, OPENING WEEK STARTS TODAY! ON VIEW NOW THRU JANUARY 16, 2017

The Museum is the Exclusive East Coast Venue for this Comprehensive Retrospective of the Life and Career of Legendary Rock Impresario Bill Graham

*** INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE WITH BILL GRAHAM FAMILY MEMBERS, ASSOCIATES, MUSICIANS, POSTER ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, MUSEUM CURATOR AND MORE ***

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia is the exclusive East Coast venue for Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. Launching its Opening Week today and on view now through January 16, 2017, the exhibition presents the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931-1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham played a pivotal role in the careers of iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes, and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) - which took place in Philadelphia and London - and Human Rights Now! (1988). The Museum is open late on Wednesday nights (until 8 pm) throughout the run of the show.*

Bill Graham lived the American Dream, and helped to promote and popularize a truly American phenomenon: Rock & Roll. The exhibition illuminates how his childhood experiences as a Jewish emigrant from Nazi Germany fueled his drive and ingenuity as a cultural innovator and advocate for social justice. Born in Berlin, Graham immigrated to New York at the age of ten as part of a Red Cross effort to help Jewish children fleeing the Nazis. He went to live with a foster family in the Bronx and spent his teenage years in New York City before being drafted to fight in the Korean War. In the early 1960s, he relocated to San Francisco, just as the counterculture was gathering steam, and became the business manager for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a radical theater company that performed for free in parks.

Graham mounted his first concert, a benefit to support the legal defense of one of the Mime Troupe's actors, featuring an eclectic mix of performers including the Fugs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Jefferson Airplane. It was a transformative moment: Graham had discovered his calling. He soon took over the lease on San Francisco's famed Fillmore Auditorium, where he produced groundbreaking shows throughout the '60s - including sold-out concerts by the Grateful Dead, Cream, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and the Doors, before going on to present pivotal shows by Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Bob Dylan; and The Band at his venues in San Francisco and New York City. Graham's mastery at promoting, marketing, and managing artists propelled him to become one of rock & roll's most influential figures.

"Graham entered the music scene at a pivotal moment and harnessed the spirit of the 1960s, marked by the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement," says Josh Perelman, PhD, chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections at the Museum. "His genius was to understand the opportunity that the energy and idealism of the times presented to make rock and roll the voice of a generation. The fact that we are hosting the exhibition in Philadelphia is particularly meaningful, as it was the American site for the 1985 Live Aid concert and is now the home to a new Fillmore."

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution was organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. Featuring iconic psychedelic concert posters, rock memorabilia, photographs, films, and ephemera, the exhibition explores the momentous cultural transformations of the '60s, '70s, and '80s through the lens of rock & roll. The exhibition includes more than 200 objects from lenders across the country-many being shown in public for the first time, including Janis Joplin's tambourine, a handwritten note from Donovan to Graham, Pete Townshend's 1968 Gibson SG Special used during a performance of Tommy, and Graham's personal scrapbooks. Rarely displayed treasured photographs and artifacts from Graham's early life and career are on loan from the Graham family. Also for the first time ever, preparatory drawings and the original artwork of several iconic Fillmore concert posters will be on museum display, revealing the signature visual styles and creative process of poster artists Bonnie MacLean, Wes Wilson, David Singer, and Greg Irons. Unique to NMAJH's run of the exhibition are a number of items from Philadelphia's Live Aid concert, including an original event program and ticket stub, a pickguard signed by Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and a microphone signed by Ozzy Osbourne. A New Year's Eve themed concourse takeover featuring Graham's famous Father Time costume is featured, as well as an installation of "The Joshua Light Show," the trailblazing liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White, which served as a backdrop to many Graham-produced concerts.

For more information on Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, including related public and education programming, visit nmajh.org/billgraham.

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IF YOU GO:

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia is the exclusive East Coast venue for Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The exhibition will be on view through January 16, 2017, and presents the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931-1991). The museum is located at 101 South Independence Mall East, at the corner of Fifth and Market streets, Philadelphia. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 5:30pm. During this special exhibition, the Museum is open until 8:00pm on Wednesday evenings. NMAJH is closed most Mondays, including Federal holidays, but will be open on Christmas Day. For more information, including related public and education programming, visit www.nmajh.org/billgraham. Tickets can be purchased at www.nmajh.org/hoursandadmission/ or by calling (215) 923-3811.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in association with the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, and made possible by the support of Alex Graham, David Graham, and Danny Scher.

August 23, 2016
PHILLY NIGHTLIFE ROLLS INTO THE FUTURE WITH REVOLUTIONS ENTERTAINMENT ROCK N ROLL RESTAURANT & FLAIR BAR; SEPTEMBER OPENING REPRESENTS HOMECOMING FOR 110-YEAR-OLD CORPORATE PARENT

High-End Entertainment Center Takes Fishtown to New Levels of Excitement

PHILADELPHIA (August 23, 2016) - The Fishtown/Penn Treaty area's status as a world-class entertainment district will be taken to an entirely new level with the September opening of Philadelphia's most exciting entertainment center, Revolutions, where guests can Eat, Drink, Rock & Bowl! The 52,000 square-foot venue located at 1009 Canal St. Philadelphia, PA in the booming Penn Treaty complex, is scheduled to open Friday, Sept. 30.

The arrival of Revolutions in Philadelphia represents a homecoming for the family that owns and operates Frank Entertainment Companies, the 110-year-old corporate parent of the Revolutions and Frank Theatres chains. While the Jupiter, Florida based Revolutions chain is new to Philadelphia, those behind its creation and operation are no strangers to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection: The family that owns and operates Revolutions' corporate parent, Frank Entertainment Companies, traces its roots back to Philadelphian Samuel Frank, who founded the firm in 1906, and built the first "talkie" movie theater in Philadelphia, followed by a second one in Berlin, NJ. Frank ended up incorporating in 1921 and developing drive in theatres at the Jersey shore.

Bruce Frank, chairman and CEO of Frank Entertainment Companies. is a former Center City Philadelphia resident who was born and raised at the Jersey Shore in Ventnor and Margate. Rob Reynolds, Frank Entertainment's chief operating officer and chief financial officer, is a Drexel University accounting graduate and also has strong Philly roots.

"Philadelphia has been a central inspiration to my family, both personally and professionally, for over a century," says Bruce Frank. "This is where it all started for us, and we couldn't be more proud to be coming full circle with our renewed focus on this incredible city."

Revolutions brings bowling to another level in Philadelphia with a bi-level, 26-lane boutique experience along with the introduction of its branded food and beverage concepts; Burger & Beer Joint and an innovative and exciting Flair Bar.

Burger & Beer Joint is a rock 'n' roll sports themed casual restaurant and bar with six locations in Florida and one in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The menu includes a variety of signature burgers (all named after a rock 'n' roll song); as well as sandwiches, salads, milkshakes, desserts and more. The highlight of the menu is the 10-pound Mother Burger; made famous after being featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs Food show. The enormous burger is a favorite for groups and parties. The restaurant features wall to wall TVs for sports viewing, a live music stage, as well as a full liquor bar boasting many popular craft beers. Burger & Beer Joint at Penn Treaty will become the first among all Revolutions nationwide as its signature restaurant.

In another Revolutions first, the adult-oriented 21-and-over "club within a club" on the first level, will feature a Flair Bar (Flair Street), a new bartending spectacle that's all the rage in Las Vegas, from glass-tossing to bottle flipping. Equal parts culinary art and acrobatic skill, the world's premier flair bartenders will be drawn to Revolutions for national competitions. The Flair Bar will feature signature handcrafted cocktails in a high energy, exciting environment.

Revolutions is a chic, state-of-the-art facility that seamlessly meshes with Fishtown's exploding nightlife scene, geared to the discriminating reveler, from the 12-private VIP bowling lanes downstairs to the "lounge style" luxury couch leather seating throughout. Its distinctly stylish, all-encompassing entertainment surroundings make Revolutions perfectly tailored to corporate parties and group sales events as well as birthdays, graduations, bachelor parties, and weddings. Revolutions offers both family fun as well as adult nightlife and entertainment; something for everyone.

Revolutions is open from 11 a.m. daily until midnight (2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Any time of day is the perfect time to visit, as it is sure to become the go-to-place to finish off an evening of music, comedy, dining or just hanging out in Fishtown.

"We love the way Philly rolls!," Frank continues. "And nowhere else in the city is it rolling better than in Fishtown - especially at the Penn Treaty complex. This undoubtedly is where the action is, and we couldn't be more excited about bringing a whole new dimension to the entertainment boom with the arrival of our latest, and greatest, Revolutions Eat, Drink, Rock & Bowl concept."

About Revolutions
Developed over 10 years ago, Revolutions is an edgy concept to Entertainment Centers. The Frank Entertainment Company launched the first Revolutions in January 2013 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The second to join the Revolutions family was Syracuse, NY, followed by West Palm Beach, FL; and Rock Hill, SC.

About Frank Entertainment Companies
Frank Entertainment Companies is one of the nation's leading innovators and providers in entertainment, recreation and hospitality. The company has owned, operated, developed and managed over 150 entertainment venues including nickelodeons; motion picture theatres; arcades; restaurants; nightclubs; bowling centers; game centers and family entertainment centers.

About Burger & Beer Joint
Launched in 2009 in South Beach (Miami, FL), Burger & Beer Joint quickly became an instant success. The Rock N Roll sports themed restaurant and bar concept expanded to seven locations throughout Florida as well as a unit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The brand is currently expanding nationwide; including the joint venture with Revolutions to be the signature restaurant in their locations.

August 2, 2016
NOTED PHILANTHROPIST KAL RUDMAN 'DOUBLES DOWN' ON ORIGINAL PLEDGE TO HELP RESCUE VANDALIZED BERKS COUNTY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Second Pledge This Year to Area Religious Institution in Crisis Furthers 20-Year Commitment for 'Philadelphia's Guardian Angel'

CHERRY HILL, NJ (Aug. 2, 2016) - Boosting his 20-year commitment to helping regional religious institutions in crisis, noted philanthropist Kal Rudman, long known as "Philadelphia's Guardian Angel," has "doubled down" on his original pledge to better rescue a Berks County Catholic high school from vandals who spray-painted exterior walls and religious symbols, including a statue of Mary, with offensive language and other graffiti earlier this year.

Berks Catholic High School in Reading, Pa., today received a check from the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation for $5,000, which reimburses the school for half of the total cost of damage repairs spent last winter for a restoration contractor, according to principal Tony Balistrere. Rudman's donation is twice the amount he originally allocated toward repairs.

With the vandals still at large, the legendary publisher of the influential music industry publication Friday Morning Quarterback also has now doubled his original reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals who committed the act of vandalism at Berks Catholic High School.

"We feel really blessed that Mr. Rudman would feel in his heart to give to Berks Catholic and help us clean up what was a difficult time for the school, and certainly, we've had a lot of prayers," said principal Balistrere. "This monetary donation really helps us work our way toward becoming whole in terms of all the cleanup that had to be done."

Rudman's donation helps the high school pay for much of the complete scrubbing, washing, and sandblasting done to the entire lower exterior of the building, as well as the complete repainting of over 400 square feet of stucco paneling.

Anyone who can help identify the suspects is asked to call Reading police at 610-655-6116, or Crime Alert Berks County's anonymous tip line at 877-373-9913. Crime Alert will pay a cash reward, which includes Rudman's newly doubled pledge of $5,000, for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

The Berks Catholic High School donation is Rudman's second such regional pledge this year through the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation. He also has come to the rescue of Saint Lawrence Church at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, the vandalized church in Lindenwold, NJ.

Rudman's extensive track record helping religious institutions in crisis, dating back to the mid 1990s, is unbound by religious affiliation. Other instances include:

  • Replacing Sunday collection money stolen at St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia;
  • Replacing windows smashed by local teens at Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue in Northeast Philly;
  • Donating repair money and a matching reward leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who tore apart the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Southwest Philadelphia.

Rudman proudly bears the titles of Honorary Deputy Police Commissioner, and Honorary Fire Commissioner of Philadelphia, badges he's been given for not only his philanthropic donations, but his tenacious work ethic, compassion and social conscience in his unwavering dedication and service to not only the Philadelphia Police & Fire Departments, but the City of Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. His zeal in supporting educational programs for police officers as well as making sure they have the best equipment available, from motorcycles to horses to bullet proof vests, is all in the name of public service.

Rudman recently paid for a much needed facelift to the iconic bronze statue entitled "A Friend" which had been long deteriorating in front of Philadelphia Police Headquarters. He also recently partnered with the Philadelphia Police Department in a major recruitment drive for the Police Academy, helping to oversee and fund the launch of an extensive billboard and newspaper advertising campaign. And last year, Rudman purchased a $17 thousand agility equipment system that enables the Philadelphia Police Canines to work out and stay in shape for the police work they must perform.

"I do the work because I can ... and want to," says Rudman. "I look to find vacuums and important needs that matter to me, and in the big picture of the world, and I fill those vacuums and meet those needs."

August 1, 2016
JIM BRICKMAN CELEBRATES 20TH HOLIDAY TOUR with SUPERSTAR SPECIAL GUEST! Piano Sensation brings "Comfort & Joy" to Christmas Tour 2016 featuring American Idol Winner KRIS ALLEN

CLEVELAND, OH, August 1, 2016 - Christmas traditions sparkle and holiday music fills the air, as Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman embarks on his 30-city holiday tour Comfort & Joy.

Brickman blends yuletide memories and traditional carols with his popular songs like "The Gift," "Sending You A Little Christmas," "Angel Eyes" and "If You Believe." From Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, the ever-popular pianist will fill theatres with laughter, joy, and musical holiday spirit.

"Brickman makes magical music and evokes warm sentiments" - Billboard Magazine

Brickman's special guests for 2016 are an all-star lineup of fan-favorites including Kris Allen (2008 American Idol Winner). Allen will join Brickman premiering their brand new holiday duet "A Little Bit of Christmas" LIVE. Comfort and Joy LIVE will also feature fan-favorite, singer Anne Cochran, Broadway vocalist John Trones and electric violinist Tracy Silverman.

"I'm thrilled to welcome American Idol winner Kris Allen to this year's holiday tour. Kris is an amazing LIVE performer, and I'm looking forward to premiering our new holiday song "A Little Bit of Christmas" for fans and friends throughout the season.

Jim Brickman's LIVE concerts have become an annual holiday tradition. The gathering of family and friends, with a beautiful holiday backdrop of musical warmth and nostalgia.

Brickman combines yuletide memories and traditional carols with his popular songs like "The Gift," "Sending You A Little Christmas," "Angel Eyes," and "If You Believe."

Jim Brickman's music reminds us that faith, love and togetherness are what we value most this time of year. Join Jim Brickman and friends this holiday season and celebrate the spirit of Comfort and Joy.

Comfort & Joy - 20th Annual Holiday Tour
Friday, November 25th - Peekskill, NY at the Paramount Theatre
Saturday, November 26th - Sellersville, PA at the Sellersville Theater 1984
Sunday, November 27th - Lexington, MA at Cary Hall
Tuesday, November 29th - Sarasota, FL at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Wednesday, November 30th - Ft. Worth, TX at Bass Performance Hall
Thursday, December 1st - Pittsburgh, PA at the Byham Theater
Friday, December 2nd - Batavia, IL at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Saturday, December 3rd - River Forest, IL at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 4th - Springfield, MO at the Gillioz Theatre
Tuesday, December 6th - Sacramento, CA at The Crest
Wednesday, December 7th - Richfield, UT at Eccles Theater in the Sevier Valley Center
Thursday, December 8th - Denver, CO at the Paramount Theatre
Friday, December 9th - Kansas City, MO at Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 10th - College Park, MD at Dekelboum Concert Hall in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 11th - Wilmington, DE at The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Monday, December 12th - Manchester, NH at the Palace Theatre
Wednesday, December 14th - Charlotte, NC at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
Thursday, December 15th - Oxford, AL at the Oxford Performing Arts Center
Friday, December 16th - Little Rock, AR at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 17th - Wichita, KS at the Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, December 18th - Lincoln, NE at the Rococo Theatre
Tuesday, December 20th - Louisville, KY at The Brown Theatre in the Kentucky Center for the Arts
Wednesday, December 21st - Columbus, OH at the Southern Theatre
Thursday, December 22nd - Cleveland, OH at Severance Hall
Friday, December 23rd - Sandusky, OH at the Sandusky State Theatre
Wednesday, December 28th - Madison, WI at the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 29yh - Burnsville, MN at the Ames Center
Friday, December 30th - San Diego, CA at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, December 31st - Phoenix, AZ at the MIM Music Theater

About Jim Brickman
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with this pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. His signature style has brought him two Grammy nods, four certified Gold albums and 30 charted adult radio hits. Brickman received top honors with two SESAC "Songwriter of the Year" awards, a Canadian Country Music Award, and Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.

Brickman's best-known compositions include the chart-toppers "Valentine," "The Gift," "Love of My Life," "Simple Things" and "Peace." He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists that include: Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Sara Evans, Donny Osmond and Olivia Newton-John.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brickman began playing piano at the age of five. He studied at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where a scholarship has been established in his honor, and founded his own advertising music company in 1980. Brickman has received worldwide acclaim as a performer. His concerts have been enjoyed internationally and in over 125 cities across the U.S. including shows at Carnegie Hall and the White House. Brickman is host of The Jim Brickman Show, a weekly radio show heard in over 80 cities across North America. He has authored three best-selling books and is a strong supporter of PBS with five concert specials presented on the network.

About Kris Allen
Kris Allen first picked up the guitar at age 13, after spending much of his childhood singing in church in his hometown of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Writing his first song in his late teens, he self-released an album at age 22 and auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol the following year. Several months after his Idol victory, Allen put out his major label debut, with the lead single "Live Like We're Dying" climbing to the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to releasing his sophomore album Thank You Camellia in 2012, he spent the next several years sharing stages with such artists as Maroon 5 and Keith Urban, as well as landing Billboard, Teen Choice and People's Choice Awards nominations.

After a head-on collision in 2013 that left the singer/songwriter/guitarist with a career-threatening shattered wrist, Allen underwent 3 surgeries, re-learned hot to play guitar and recorded his third album. The American Idol season 8 winner ultimately retreated from the whirlwind and immersed himself in a songwriting spell that yielded more than 70 new tracks. Allen's fourth full-length album Letting you In finds the Nashville-based artist delivering his most intimate and dynamic work to date.

About Anne Cochran
Anne Cochran's hit single "After All These Years," rings like a subtitle for her continuing collaboration with Jim Brickman. Cochran has been a fan-favorite in Brickman's famed holiday tour from the beginning, and has performed in hundreds of cities and theatres across the world. Cochran has guest-starred on PBS and in TV Specials, performing duets with Donny Osmond, Wayne Brady, Michael Bolton, Richie McDonald, David Cassidy, and many more. In her own right, Cochran has been known to drop in for a few sets at NYC's Birdland, and she rocks her own band at Cleveland's Cain Park summer festivals, and sold-out shows at Nighttown and On-Air Studio. Whatever the setting, Cochran's honeyed, "sultry alto and pure multi-octave range" consistently work their magic Anne's latest CD recording is her soulful tenth opus, Deeper, featuring "Rise and Shine" and "Who's Gonna Baby You," (duets with Abe LaMarca), and features her solo radio hits, "The Moment You Were Mine" and "Live In You." For the latest news about Anne, please visit www.annecochran.com.

About John Trones
Actor, musician and Broadway vocalist John Trones has become a fan-favorite to Brickman audiences, and frequently tours the US and Asia with his own brand of romantic vocals and lush crooner ballads. Trones toured with Olivia Newton-John on her recent national tour, and continues to wow audiences in performances with major Symphony Orchestras around the world. John has released five CDs and can be seen in feature film roles in Father Knows Best and StreetHassle and TV commercials for Target, Great Clips, Slumberland. He is co-founder of 8 Ball Productions producing plays, and musicals in the US and UK. John can currently be seen in "Yesterday Once More - A Musical Tribute to the Carpenters" on tour now. Visit John online at www.JohnTrones.com.

About Tracy Silverman
Hailed by BBC Radio as "the greatest living exponent of the electric violin," Tracy Silverman's groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. The world's foremost concert electric violinist, Silverman was named one of the 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. Formerly a violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of the 6-string electric violin and what he calls the "21 st century violin," inspiring several major concertos composed specifically for him, including Pulitzer winner John Adams' "The Dharma at Big Sur," premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded with the BBC Symphony.

Silverman's 2014 recording for Delos/Naxos Records, Between the Kiss and the Chaos, features the Calder Quartet playing his 2 nd electric violin concerto. I'd Rather Be Dreaming and May All Good Things are just 2 of many other CDs recorded over a long career. Silverman tours internationally as a soloist with orchestras, with his one-man performances, and as a collaborator with many other artists and chamber ensembles. Tracy appears on many of Jim Brickman's CDs and DVDs and has orchestrated Jim's music for full symphony. Silverman teaches at Belmont University and lives in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit www.tracysilverman.com.

July 21, 2016
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY EXCLUSIVE EAST COAST VENUE FOR BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION

1st Comprehensive Retrospective Exhibit On Legendary Rock Impresario to Arrive Sept. 16, 2016 in Philadelphia - Where Graham Rocked the World as Producer of Live Aid

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia will be the exclusive East Coast venue for Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The exhibition, which opens on September 16 and will run through January 16, 2017, presents the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931-1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham played a pivotal role in the careers of iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) - which took place in Philadelphia and London - and Human Rights Now! (1988). The Museum will be open late on Wednesday nights (until 8 pm) throughout the run of the show.*

Bill Graham lived the America Dream, and helped to promote and popularize a truly American phenomenon: Rock & Roll. The exhibition illuminates how his childhood experiences as a Jewish emigrant from Nazi Germany fueled his drive and ingenuity as a cultural innovator and advocate for social justice. Born in Berlin, Graham immigrated to New York at the age of ten as part of a Red Cross effort to help Jewish children fleeing the Nazis. He went to live with a foster family in the Bronx and spent his teenage years in New York City before being drafted to fight in the Korean War. In the early 1960s, he relocated to San Francisco, just as the counterculture was gathering steam, and became the business manager for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a radical theater company that performed for free in parks.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Graham mounted his first concert, a benefit to support the legal defense of one of the Mime Troupe's actors, featuring an eclectic mix of performers including the Fugs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Jefferson Airplane. It was a transformative moment: Graham had discovered his calling. He soon took over the lease on San Francisco's famed Fillmore Auditorium, where he produced groundbreaking shows throughout the '60s - including sold-out concerts by the Grateful Dead, Cream, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and the Doors, before going on to present pivotal shows by Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Bob Dylan; and The Band at his venues in San Francisco and New York City. Graham's mastery at promoting, marketing, and managing artists propelled him to become one of rock & roll's most influential figures.

"Graham entered the music scene at a pivotal moment and harnessed the spirit of the 1960s, marked by the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement," says Josh Perelman, PhD, chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections at the Museum. "His genius was to understand the opportunity that the energy and idealism of the times presented to make rock and roll the voice of a generation. The fact that we are hosting the exhibition in Philadelphia is particularly meaningful, as it was the American site for the 1985 Live Aid concert and is now the home to a new Fillmore."

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution was organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. Featuring iconic psychedelic concert posters, rock memorabilia, photographs, films, and ephemera, the exhibition explores the momentous cultural transformations of the '60s, '70s, and '80s through the lens of rock & roll. The exhibition includes more than 200 objects from lenders across the country - many being shown in public for the first time, including Janis Joplin's tambourine, a handwritten note from Donovan to Graham, Pete Townshend's 1968 Gibson SG Special used during a performance of Tommy, and Graham's personal scrapbooks. Treasured photographs and artifacts from Graham's early life and career are loan from the Graham family, many on view to the public for the first time. Also for the first time ever, preparatory drawings and the original artwork of several iconic Fillmore concert posters will be on museum display, revealing the signature visual styles and creative process of poster artists Bonnie MacLean, Wes Wilson, David Singer, and Greg Irons. A New Year's Eve themed concourse takeover featuring Graham's famous Father Time costume will be featured, as well as an installation of "The Joshua Light Show," the trailblazing liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White, which served as a backdrop to many Graham-produced concerts. Unique to NMAJH's run of the exhibition will be a number of items from Philadelphia's Live Aid concert and the city's music scene.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution will be complemented by several public and education programs to be announced at a later date.

*The Museum will be closed on the evening of October 27 for a private event.

Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in association with the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, and made possible by the support of Alex Graham, David Graham, and Danny Scher.

PHOTO CAPTION: Bill Graham enlightens Beach Boys management: "Your band is late." (Berkeley Coliseum Stadium, Berkeley, CA. June 1971. Chromogenic print. Credit: Robert Altman. Photo courtesy of Robert Altman.)

July 7, 2016
FREE! SUMMER OLYMPICS-THEMED WORLDTOWN FESTIVAL RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA, HOSTED BY WORLDTOWN SOUNDSYSTEM

Philly's Favorite Dance Music Collective Welcomes Tortured Soul, DJ Cosmo Baker, Chill Moody, and Much More!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 AT THE PIAZZA AT SCHMIDT'S COMMONS

"Every once in a while, an outfit comes along that redefines how we think about music and music appreciation, and for Philadelphians, that group is Worldtown Sound System."
- Philadelphia Weekly

PHILADELPHIA (July 7, 2016) - There are very few full-bodied entertainment experiences more electric than a raucous, wondrous Worldtown SoundSystem stage show rife with the robust musicianship, sizzling vocals and infectious global rhythms that have made the Philadelphia dance music collective a city favorite. The ultimate Worldtown SoundSystem live experience returns to the City of Brotherly Love in its grandest edition yet this summer, with the WORLDTOWN FESTIVAL: OLYMPIC EDITION, a FREE, all-day extravaganza, designed to celebrate and coincide with the opening weekend of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

The day-long party, set for Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Piazza at Schmidt's Commons in the stylish Northern Liberties part of town, not only features WTSS on the main stage - performing music from Worldtown SoundSystem, their long-awaited, new debut EP featuring the hit single, "Testify," and more - but a show roster with big-beat back-up from Host Chill Moody and co-headliners Tortured Soul (Brooklyn); renowned native-son DJ Cosmo Baker; jazz/hip-hop project Killiam Shakespeare; Worldtown DJs Ben Arsenal & Oluwafemi; DJ AptOne (aka) Michael The Lion; DJ Pat Richards, and transformational Vermont House band Electrolads.

Like 2014's inaugural Worldtown Festival - which welcomed over 5,000 music and soccer fans - this year's edition will again enable festival goers to simultaneously watch the Olympic Games throughout the day on the plaza's 40-foot-high LED Jumbotron, while they're moving to the music on stage. The Summer Olympics' first full day of sport will be screened on the Piazza's Jumbotron, and the fest will feature its own versions of sports-related activities and interactive games.

And that's not all. The Piazza also will be brimming with dozens of local vendors selling artisanal goods and fashion designs alongside everything from yoga, salsa and breakdance lessons. There also will be plenty of art on exhibit, carnival performers, face painters and street theater performances, plus specialty wares and food/beverage offerings that reflect the diverse culture and overall vivacity of Philadelphia, all in service to a key Worldtown credo: Peace, love, fun. Everywhere, everyone.

WORLDTOWN FESTIVAL: OLYMPIC EDITION, is once again being presented by Worldtown International, a local arts organization aimed at promoting fellowship through events, live music and cultural celebration, and Indie-Life Media, a non-traditional creative services agency working closely with Worldtown to help plan, organize and execute the festivities.

A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit Philly Urban Creators, host of the "Worldtown Civic Engagement Area," which will feature a "seed-bomb" making workshop, a farmer's market, gardening workshops and more.

The Food Trust - a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions - will also participate in the Worldtown Civic Engagement Area with interactive smoothie-making bicycles and recipe workshops. For further information and sponsorship inquiries, please contact worldtownfestival@gmail.com. More info at www.worldtownfest.com.

June 13, 2016
BOBBY RYDELL TO EMBARK ON NATIONWIDE SPECIAL EVENTS & BOOK TOUR BEHIND ACCLAIMED NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHY, 'TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS'

'Justin Bieber of the Camelot Era' to Bring Candid, Compelling 'Tale of Second Chances' to Fans of All Ages with Series of Intimate Concerts, Conversations, and Book Signings

Story of Rise to Superstardom through Alcoholism and Life-Saving Double Transplant Surgery Hailed as 'Captivating,' 'Charming,' 'Extraordinary,' 'Unbelievable,' 'Highly Entertaining,' 'Deeply Personal,' 'Sometimes Painful,' 'Fascinating' ... and More!

***AUTHOR AVAILABLE FOR TV, RADIO, PRINT & ONLINE INTERVIEWS***

PHILADELPHIA (June 13, 2016) - With reviewers unanimously agreeing that multitalented entertainer BOBBY RYDELL has told one hell of a story in his compelling new autobiography, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS, the Justin Bieber of the "Camelot" era will be bringing his brutally candid and compelling "Tale of Second Chances" directly to his fans with an extensive nationwide Special Events & Book Tour.

Running concurrently with his ongoing concert performances, both solo and alongside fellow South Philly "Golden Boys" Frankie Avalon and Fabian, Rydell's promotional Special Events & Book Tour will allow Bobby Watchers young and old to see and hear all sides of America's original teen idol as he combines traditional book signings with distinctly intimate performances and conversations with Grammy award-winning writers and musicians, and other music and entertainment media veterans. Rydell will be signing copies of TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS: A Tale of Second Chances (Doctor Licks Publishing, 249 pp., $16.95) at all special events and personal appearances as well.

Among the interviewers scheduled to be "in conversation" with Rydell will be Rolling Stone contributing editor and Grammy-winning essayist Anthony DeCurtis, Ralph J. Gleason Award-winning author and Grammy-winning musician, arranger, and record producer Allan Slutsky, veteran New York TV personality Bill Boggs, and longtime Philadelphia music and entertainment columnist and radio personality Chuck Darrow. Slutsky, winner of the first Rolling Stone/BMI Gleason Award for writing Standing in the Shadows of Motown, later released as a highly acclaimed feature film, also is Rydell's TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS co-author.

DeCurtis will be "in conversation" with Rydell at the 92Y in New York City (July 27), part of a prestigious decade-long series that has included Lou Reed, Sting, Deborah Harry, Alanis Morissette, Questlove, Clive Davis, and Dion. Darrow will chat with Rydell as part of "An Intimate Evening" concert performance at Tim McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park, NJ (Aug. 10); Boggs will lead a discussion with Rydell at the Friars Club in New York in October, and Slutsky and other music journalists and media personalities will host Q&A sessions this fall at numerous special concert events across the country.

From his vivid childhood on the fabled mid-20th-century streets of South Philadelphia through his more recent battles with alcoholism, and his lifesaving double-transplant surgery (he shares a liver with an eight-year-old girl), Rydell "has unbelievable stories to tell, and he's sharing the good, the bad, and the fascinating," says Parade Magazine. The Huffington Post adds: TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS is "pure rock n' roll nostalgia with a big dose of personal memories that will tear your heart out. ... another reason to embrace him even more!"

Rita Cosby, Emmy-winning TV and radio host, calls the book "captivating, charming and extraordinary as the man himself," professing her love for "its soaring story line." Stu Bykofsky, widely regarded veteran Philadelphia Daily News columnist, praised Rydell's "conversational style" and marveled how he "cuts himself no slack when he discusses how and when he crawled into the bottle" in a book "so honest and warm it makes you glad he got through it and is performing today." Fox News, Closer Weekly, Radio Times (NPR), Goldmine, ABC News Radio, Associated Press Radio, Premiere Network, Westwood One, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Liz Smith, Mitch Albom, Cousin Brucie, John Fugelsang, Public Television's Steve Adubato, and dozens more media already have clamored to interview Rydell for the book.

The attention surrounding TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS is just one aspect further confirming Rydell's still explosive career. Aside from continuing to tour around the world as a "saloon swingin'" solo artist and with fellow South Philly "Golden Boys" Frankie Avalon and Fabian in a road show with over 30 years of staying power, Rydell will be gracing the silver screen next year in Taylor Hackford's The Comedian with Robert De Niro - 54 years after his indelible song-and-dance acting stint opposite Ann-Margret in the iconic movie musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Humorous, tragic, and inspiring as well, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS stands as one of the most important non-fiction books of 2016.

TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS is available NOW at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and book stores throughout America. Autographed copies and books with customized personal messages can be ordered exclusively at www.bobbyrydellbook.com.

May 18, 2016
LIVE NATION UNVEILS INITIAL LINEUP FOR PUNCH LINE PHILLY: PHILADELPHIA'S FIRST MAJOR COMEDY CLUB OPENING IN OVER A DECADE

Russell Peters to Headline Grand Opening Weekend, July 8-10; Stars Aligned All Summer Long with Bill Bellamy, Robert Kelly, Marlon Wayans, Pablo Francisco, Dean Cole, Nikki Glaser

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 20 @ 10 A.M.!

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - May 18, 2016) Canada's number one comedy export, Russell Peters, will launch a spectacular all-star summer lineup of some of the hottest names in stand-up comedy at Live Nation's PUNCH LINE PHILLY, the city's first new major comedy club in over a decade. Tickets for all shows in Punch Line Philly's Premier Summer Lineup go on sale FRIDAY, May 20 at 10 a.m. Complete information at www.punchlinephilly.com.

Direct from the NBC hit show "Last Comic Standing," the critically acclaimed movie "Chef," and Netflix, Peters will headline Grand Opening Weekend with five shows scheduled July 8-10.

Laughter will erupt all summer at Punch Line Philly, as Peters will be followed, in order, by Bill Bellamy from "Last Comic Standing" (July 14-16), Robert Kelly from FX's "Louie," (July 21-23), Marlon Wayans from "White Chicks" and "Scary Movie" (Aug. 4-6), all-star Pablo Francisco (Aug. 10-13), Deon Cole from ABC's "Black-ish," TBS's "Angie Tribeca" and "Barbershop 2," (Aug. 18-20) and Nikki Glaser, host of Comedy Central's new "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser" (Aug. 25-27).

In anticipation of its grand opening, the "Punch Line Presents Comedy Series" has just launched next door at The Foundry room on the top floor of the Fillmore, hailed as "the most beautiful live rock music venue in the United States" and only a few steps away from Punch Line Philly. The Foundry also will be hosting a "Punch Line Presents" comedy event June 25 with Wheeler Walker Jr.

Live Nation Comedy is the world's largest promoter of comedy events, selling 2.5 million+ tickets to over 850 shows in 2015. LNC works with a diverse roster of comics ranging from lauded up-and-comers like Pete Davidson and Chris D'Elia to marquee entertainers like Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr. Recent highlights at LNC include tours such as the Oddball Comedy Festival and Kevin Hart's "What Now?" Tour - the highest grossing comedy tour of all time.

President of Live Nation's House of Blues Entertainment Division Ron Bension said, "Philadelphia has an amazing comedy heritage and Punch Line Philly will feature the world's best comedians in a one-of-a-kind Fishtown vibe with great sightlines, food and beverage.

Live Nation also owns and operates Punch Line venues in San Francisco and Sacramento along with Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. Virtually every major comic in America has appeared at the Punch Line San Francisco.

In addition to national touring acts, Punch Line will offer a launch pad for local Philly comedic talent.

The 300-seat Punch Line will feature VIP seating, an outdoor patio, lobby bar and a full-service eclectic food and beverage selection offering local craft beers, boutique cocktails and wines by the glass.

Visit PunchLinePhilly.com and @PunchLinePhilly on social media for venue updates and show announcements.

About House of Blues Entertainment
With 62 owned and operated clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country's preeminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

May 6, 2016
LIVE NATION ANNOUNCES PUNCH LINE PHILLY: PHILADELPHIA'S FIRST MAJOR COMEDY CLUB TO OPEN IN OVER A DECADE

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - May 6, 2016) Nearly one year after the launch of The Fillmore Philadelphia hailed as "the most beautiful live rock music venue in the United States," Live Nation is planning to unveil the Punch Line comedy club only a few steps away from that concert hall to join the rapidly emerging Fishtown entertainment scene.

Punch Line's opening is scheduled for this July.

Several headlining comics have already confirmed dates at Punch Line including international star Russell Peters, Marlon Wayans from "White Chicks" and "Scary Movie," Deon Cole from ABC's "Black-ish," TBS's "Angie Tribeca" and "Barbershop 2," all-star Pablo Francisco, Robert Kelly from FX's "Louie," and Nikki Glaser from Comedy Central's "Not Safe."

Live Nation Comedy is the world's largest promoter of comedy events, selling 2.5 million+ tickets to over 850 shows in 2015. LNC works with a diverse roster of comics ranging from lauded up-and- comers like Pete Davidson and Chris D'Elia to marquee entertainers like Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr. Recent highlights at LNC include tours such as the Oddball Comedy Festival and Kevin Hart's "What Now?" Tour - the highest grossing comedy tour of all time.

President of Live Nation's House of Blues Entertainment Division Ron Bension said, "Philadelphia has an amazing comedy heritage and Punch Line Philly will feature the world's best comedians in a one-of-a-kind Fishtown vibe with great sightlines, food and beverage.

"Our commitment to the Fishtown neighborhood runs deep and we're excited to share this new offering."

Live Nation also owns and operates Punch Line venues in San Francisco and Sacramento along with Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. Virtually every major comic in America has appeared at the Punch Line San Francisco.

In addition to national touring acts, Punch Line will offer a launch pad for local Philly comedic talent.

The 300-seat Punch Line will feature VIP seating, an outdoor patio, lobby bar and a full-service eclectic food and beverage selection offering local craft beers, boutique cocktails and wines by the glass.

Beginning May 6 in advance of the Punch Line's official opening, the "Punch Line Presents Comedy Series" will kick off next door at The Foundry room on the top floor of the Fillmore. That show will follow the Ben Folds' concert and showcase local comedians Chip Chantry, Jim Ginty and Dave Terruso.

Visit PunchLinePhilly.com and @PunchLinePhilly on social media for venue updates and show announcements.

About House of Blues Entertainment

With 62 owned and operated clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country's preeminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of- a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

May 4, 2016
UNANIMOUS PRAISE FOR BOBBY RYDELL AUTOBIOGRAPHY 'TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS' - OUT TODAY!

Candid, Compelling 'Tale of Second Chances' Hailed as 'Captivating,' 'Charming,' 'Extraordinary,' 'Unbelievable,' 'Highly Entertaining,' 'Deeply Personal,' 'Sometimes Painful,' 'Fascinating' Story of Rise to Superstardom through Alcoholism and Life-Saving Double Transplant Surgery by 'Justin Bieber of the Camelot Era'

***AUTHOR AVAILABLE FOR TV, RADIO, PRINT & ONLINE INTERVIEWS***

PHILADELPHIA (May 4, 2016) - More than a half century since his reign as the Justin Bieber of the "Camelot" era, reviewers unanimously agree that multitalented entertainer BOBBY RYDELL has told one hell of a story with today's release of his compelling new autobiography, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS: A Tale of Second Chances (Doctor Licks Publishing, 249 pp., $16.95).

From his vivid childhood on the fabled mid-20th-century streets of South Philadelphia through his more recent battles with alcoholism, and his lifesaving double-transplant surgery (he shares a liver with an eight-year-old girl), Rydell "has unbelievable stories to tell, and he's sharing the good, the bad, and the fascinating," says Parade Magazine. The Huffington Post adds: TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS is "pure rock n' roll nostalgia with a big dose of personal memories that will tear your heart out. ... another reason to embrace him even more!"

Rita Cosby, Emmy-winning TV and radio host, calls the book "captivating, charming and extraordinary as the man himself," professing her love for "its soaring story line." Stu Bykofsky, widely regarded veteran Philadelphia Daily News columnist, praised Rydell's "conversational style" and marveled how he "cuts himself no slack when he discusses how and when he crawled into the bottle" in a book "so honest and warm it makes you glad he got through it and is performing today."

The stars aligned in New York last week at Rydell's star-studded party celebrating the impending arrival of TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS and its author's 74th birthday. Danny Aiello, Tony Danza, Paul Shaffer, Gilbert Gottfried, and Joe Piscopo were among the overflow crowd of celebrities, industry VIPs and media who packed Patsy's Italian Restaurant, the legendary Frank Sinatra haunt, in Rydell's honor. An even larger hometown celebration is scheduled for Friday in - where else? - South Philadelphia. Fox News, Closer Weekly, Goldmine, ABC News Radio, Associated Press Radio, Premiere Network, Westwood One, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Liz Smith, Mitch Albom, Cousin Brucie, John Fugelsang, Public Television's Steve Adubato, and dozens more media already have clamored to interview Rydell for the book. Additionally, a combination concert/book tour is currently being planned for the summer.

The attention surrounding TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS is just one aspect further confirming Rydell's still explosive career. Aside from continuing to tour around the world as a "saloon swingin'" solo artist and with fellow South Philly "Golden Boys" Frankie Avalon and Fabian in a road show with over 30 years of staying power, Rydell will be gracing the silver screen next year in Taylor Hackford's The Comedian with Robert De Niro - 54 years after his indelible song-and-dance acting stint opposite Ann-Margret in the iconic movie musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Co-written with award-winning musician-author-filmmaker Allan Slutsky (Standing in the Shadows of Motown), TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS not only tells the story of Bobby Rydell, but that of American pop culture through the past six decades. He writes of encounters with such 20th century show business giants as Sinatra, Ann-Margret, The Beatles, Red Skelton, Jack Benny and Dick Clark, whose Philly-based American Bandstand helped make Rydell the world's biggest teen idol in the years between Elvis Presley's army induction and the advent of Beatlemania. But TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS also is a very personal - and often-painful - story which delves into the darker and more dramatic aspects of Rydell's life, including the death of his beloved first wife, Camille, his decades of alcohol abuse, and the last-ditch liver and kidney transplant surgery that saved his life.

Humorous, tragic, and inspiring as well, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS stands as one of the most important non-fiction books of 2016.

TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS (Doctor Licks Publishing) is available NOW at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and book stores throughout America. Autographed copies and books with customized personal messages can be ordered exclusively at www.bobbyrydellbook.com.

TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS: A Tale of Second Chances
By Bobby Rydell, with Allan Slutsky
Doctor Licks Publishing
Softcover | 249 Pages | ISBN 978-0-9973851-0-6 | $16.95

April 24, 2016
WITH GREAT SADNESS, PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF MOURN THE LOSS OF LEGENDARY 'ME AND MRS. JONES' RECORDING ARTIST BILLY PAUL

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released the following joint statement today as they mourned the passing of Mr. Billy Paul, legendary recording artist best known for his smash hit, "Me and Mrs. Jones."

"We are very saddened to learn of the sudden death of our good friend and Philadelphia International Records recording artist Billy Paul. From the time we saw Billy performing live, and then signing him to our PIR/TSOP label, we immediately realized that we had discovered and launched one the most unique voices in the music industry. Billy's voice combined both Jazz, R&B and Soul vocals, making him one the great artists to come out of Philly and to be celebrated worldwide. Our proudest moment with Billy was the recording of the salacious smash 'Me and Mrs. Jones.' In our view, it is one of the greatest love songs ever recorded. Billy was one of the first artists to help launch the PIR/TSOP brand, and he will forever have a special place in music history."

"We send our very sincere and personal condolences to his wife Blanche and the rest of his family. Billy Paul will truly be missed."

April 14, 2016
COMEDY CENTRAL'S "THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH" TO BROADCAST FROM THE ANNENBERG CENTER WITH SPECIAL WEEK OF SHOWS DURING DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, JULY 26-29

Tickets to "The Daily Show" Tapings at the Annenberg Center May Be Requested at dailyshow.com/DNCtickets.

PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2016 - "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" is primed and ready to spend a week in the City of Brotherly Love when it hits the road to cover the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, producing a special week of shows in each city. "The Daily Show's" coverage of the 2016 DNC will be telecast daily from the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania from Tuesday, July 26 through Friday, July 29. The weeklong special Philadelphia convention coverage is scheduled to premiere nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

Tickets for the tapings are free and only available through the dedicated "Daily Show" convention ticket website and not through the Annenberg Center. Tickets for the general public in Philadelphia can be requested via dailyshow.com/DNCtickets.

Penn students have access to a special ticket lottery April 14-28, offering 800 students guaranteed seats and VIP entry*. Several weeks after the lottery has closed, winners will receive tickets and day-of instructions directly from the Daily Show by email. Those who don't win the lottery will be notified. More information and the link to enter the lottery are available at AnnenbergCenter.org/dailyshow.

"The University of Pennsylvania is proud to welcome The Daily Show to our campus during the Democratic National Convention. We hope visitors, students, and local residents will enjoy the show and be part of this exciting event," said Craig R. Carnaroli, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania.

This marks the 5th time the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series' has gone on the road to cover the National Conventions and second time it has traveled to Philadelphia (previously the 2000 Republican National Convention). It also is the 12th time the series has taken its critically-acclaimed election coverage on the road for a special week of episodes.

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" airs Mondays-Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. on Comedy Central and is available to stream the following day on thedailyshow.com and the Comedy Central App. "The Daily Show" is a 23-time Emmy® Award-winner (including a record ten consecutive wins for program) with a grand total of 60 Primetime Emmy® nominations. The series is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt are the Executive Producers of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" with Ian Berger, Pam DePace, Justin Melkmann, Elise Terrell and Baratunde Thurston as Supervising Producers. Zhubin Parang is the Head Writer with Daniel Radosh as Senior Writer. The series is directed by Chuck O'Neil.

Annenberg Center Live
The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center has been the region's leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children's programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center's curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience.

The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (previously presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Arts4Youth Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children's Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

*To enter the student ticket lottery, Penn students must provide their name, Penn ID number, Penn email address and cell phone number. Ticket lottery is only open to current Penn undergraduate and graduate students over the age of 18. Each student may enter the lottery once; multiple entries will be disqualified. Individual names will appear on tickets and a government-issued photo ID matching the name on the ticket must be shown to gain entry (Penn ID will not work). No transfer of tickets allowed. Lottery winners must follow all day-of instructions to attend the taping. Access and seating is at the discretion of the Daily Show audience services staff. Some restrictions may apply.

March 22, 2016
TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS: The Bobby Rydell Autobiography; From Rise to Superstardom through Alcoholism and Life-Saving Double Transplant Surgery, 'Justin Bieber of the Camelot Era' Releases Candid and Compelling 'Tale of Second Chances'

***AUTHOR AVAILABLE FOR TV, RADIO, PRINT & ONLINE INTERVIEWS***

"Crosby, Sinatra, Como, Damone, Lawrence, Darin, and - in a different idiom - Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, and even Elvis Presley. To be such an artist takes more sweat, strain, intense devotion, and dedication than most people can conceive of. Bobby Rydell is that type of artist." - FRANK SINATRA, JR.

PHILADELPHIA (March 22, 2016) - From his vivid childhood on the fabled mid-20th-century streets of South Philadelphia, to his reign as the Justin Bieber of the "Camelot" era, his battles with alcoholism, and his lifesaving double-transplant surgery, multitalented entertainer BOBBY RYDELL has one hell of a story to tell.

On May 4, Bobby will share his incredible tale as he releases his candid and compelling autobiography, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS: A Tale of Second Chances (Doctor Licks Publishing, 249 pp., $16.95).

Co-written with award-winning musician-author-filmmaker Allan Slutsky (Standing in the Shadows of Motown), TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS not only tells the story of Bobby Rydell, but that of American pop culture through the past six decades. In its pages, Bobby writes of his encounters with such giants of 20th century show business as Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret, The Beatles, Red Skelton, Jack Benny and Dick Clark, whose Philly-based American Bandstand helped make Rydell the world's biggest teen idol in the years between Elvis Presley's army induction and the advent of Beatlemania. A time when Frank Sinatra called Bobby his "favorite" pop singer.

But TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS also is a very personal - and often-painful - story. Bobby delves into the darker and more dramatic aspects of his life, including the death of his beloved first wife, Camille, his decades of alcohol abuse, and the last-ditch transplant surgery that saved his life.

Among other topics covered in the book:

  • The circumstances of how Bobby lost his virginity in a Hollywood hotel suite at the age of 17.
  • How a Philadelphia mob boss helped him take a movie acting job.
  • His becoming, at age 19, the youngest-ever headliner at New York's legendary Copacabana nightclub.
  • How The Beatles paid homage to Bobby in one of their biggest hits - and how the Fab Four's emergence as a global phenomenon all but killed his career.

Humorous, tragic, fascinating, inspiring and always entertaining, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS stands as one of the most important non-fiction books of 2016.

TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS (Doctor Licks Publishing) will be available May 4, 2016 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and book stores throughout America.

TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS: A Tale of Second Chances
By Bobby Rydell, with Allan Slutsky
Doctor Licks Publishing
Softcover | 249 Pages | ISBN 978-0-9973851-0-6 | $16.95

February 25, 2016
ONE RIVER SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN PRESENTS: SIEBREN VERSTEEG VIDEO / WALLPAPER; 28-Foot Digital Painting Mural Installation Will Be Artist's Largest Exhibited Work to Date
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Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5, 1-5PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 5, 2:30PM

Changing Art Education in America ... One Kid at a Time

ENGLEWOOD, NJ (Feb. 25, 2016) - ONE RIVER SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN is pleased to present "Video/Wallpaper," an installation by artist Siebren Versteeg, opening Saturday, March 5, and continuing through Sunday, April 17. Versteeg will give an "artist talk" during the Opening Reception. The title of the exhibition comes from an outmoded term sometimes used to denigrate video works of uninstructive content. Versteeg's project however makes this idea literal, undertaking today's digital landscape as an opportunity to interrogate an age-old concern in the field of painterly abstraction - the negotiation between process and form.

"Video/Wallpaper" will feature a 28-ft. digital painting mural - Versteeg's largest exhibited work of this type to date - generated entirely by computer algorithms of his own design. The code Versteeg writes exemplifies his interest in notions of chance by steering a nearly infinite number of variables to explore the widest possibility of compositional outcomes. Juxtaposed with this printed work, "Decoy (1R)" 2016, a real-time screen based work based on identical algorithms, will act as a kind of stand in for the mural's immaterial maker; tirelessly generating a new composition on a 24-hour cycle for the run of the exhibition.

The works in "Video/Wallpaper" question the potential of aesthetic resolution through an ongoing conflict between automated process and articulated desire. Rather than embracing the deterministic processes promoted by out of the box imaging platforms, Versteeg identifies with the value of creative labor as it migrates towards digital ephemera. He writes: "My programs spin in unwieldy ways ensuring an ongoing struggle with incidents and accidents. I favor curiosity and visual complexity over prejudicial belief and execution. A very small percentage of the work that I create are then printed and stretched to hang as inconsequential artifacts of the true struggle that takes place; to find space for creative idiosyncrasy within the terrible certainty and finitude of the grid."

Siebren Versteeg’s multimedia installations critically engage the systems used for creating and disseminating images within our culture. He mines the digital realm for content, manipulating computer code to meticuloulsly interrogate the relationship between instructed choice and consequential chance.

Siebren Versteeg was born in 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut. He has had solo exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the Art Institute of Boston; Bellwether Gallery, New York; Ten in One Gallery, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and Max Protetch, New York. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; the Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and the National Museum of Art, Prague; among many others. Versteeg was a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship in 2005, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Merit Fellowship in 2004, and received the Stone Fellowship for Graduate Study from the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he received his Masters degree in 2004. Currently, he is an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. He lives and works in Queens, New York.,/

ABOUT ONE RIVER SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN

Founded by Matt Ross in September of 2012 "one river" west of New York City, One River School of Art and Design has embarked on a mission to change art education in America. In a short window of time, our innovative art school in Englewood, NJ has taught thousands of students and established "a new direction in art education." One River School's exhibition program is dedicated to presenting contemporary artwork from some of the most compelling emerging artists in the world.

February 19, 2016
Out Today! Quadriplegic Cancer Survivor Gooch Nelson Teams With 9-Time GRAMMY-Winning Producer Joe Nicolo For 'Transcendant' Genre-Blenading Blues-Based Collection

Critical Acclaim and National TV Attention Arrive with Gooch and The Motion's Comin' Home CD - First Artist on New Blacbird/Universal Label

"It's a bit startling to hear Nelson's deep growl expose his demons given his intensely positive outlook. ... But for Nelson, there is no better way to handle pain and hardships than through song." – ASSOCIATED PRESS

"Transcendent. ... a message of hope instead of hopelessness." - NO DEPRESSION

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 19, 2016) - The release TODAY of COMIN' HOME, the debut album by New Jersey's GOOCH AND THE MOTION - the first on the newly minted Blacbird/Universal label - doesn't just set the bar ridiculously high for blues-rock in 2016. It also is an aural testament to the indomitability of the human spirit, and the healing powers of music.

And it arrives with strong critical acclaim and national TV attention to an inspiring story with the musical goods to back it up.

Under the aegis of nine-time-Grammy-winning studio whiz Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo (Billy Joel, Cypress Hill, Boyz II Men), singer-songwriter Ryan "Gooch" Nelson has conjured a rip-snorting, foot-stomping collection of songs despite a personal backstory that seems right out of Hollywood. The Associated Press dispatched a profile of GOOCH AND THE MOTION that has since been picked up by the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, among many others. Fox News Channel is preparing a feature package on Gooch, and NJTV's award-winning One on One with Steve Adubato will be premiering a session with Gooch in March, the same month Philadelphia public radio station WHYY-FM is scheduled to air a special interview session.

In 2004, Gooch was in a terrible car accident that left him a quadriplegic. Five years later, he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Through it all — including the still-daily chemotherapy treatments that have kept the cancer in remission — music has been Gooch's balm and salvation.

Not that it has been easy for the 30-year-old southern New Jersey native, who re-learned to play guitar by placing it on his lap and using a specially-fitted bottleneck.

"When I lost the ability to use my hands it was devastating to me — much more than losing my legs," he says. "It really depressed me. It took me down."

Two years after the accident, Gooch's grandfather bought him an electric guitar. That, and the mix tapes provided by friends, enabled the healing process to begin in earnest. Throughout, he was writing lyrics, many of which dealt with his situation.

The paralysis was just the first of a bad-luck double whammy. But even the cancer diagnosis couldn't defeat him — and music was again the antidote.

"It was nice to be able to go and play gigs," says Gooch. "Playing really took my mind off the cancer and for the spinal injury, it was also paramount."

Musically, everything begins with the blues for the inspirational singer-songwriter, whose vocal style is a classic swampy moan somewhere between the vocals of Dr. John and Tom Waits. Specific influences include Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars and the late blues man R.L. Burnside.

But, Gooch notes, "I really try to draw from everything. And being from rural South Jersey, my music kind of comes out of a bluesy, Southern-rock-type sound. But I think you can hear elements of funk, hip-hop, a little country and jazz."

That's Gooch's recipe for an album that No Depression raves is "transcendent" and "a message of hope instead of hopelessness." THAT Music Mag says "Gooch and the Motion has seemingly bridged the gap between fantasy and reality by turning tragedy into a surge of success," while Beehive Candy hails COMIN' HOME as "quite stunning."

Among the collection's signature tracks are "Diamonds on My Windshield," on which Gooch puts the iconic descending bass riff of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" in the service of a deep-groove blues gumbo; the heartfelt cover of "Sitting On Top of the World" by 1930s blues avatars The Mississippi Sheiks and "Devil Don't," the only song on the disc in which Gooch addresses his physical and mental states in the wake of his health battles.

COMIN' HOME is not only about Gooch Nelson's lyrical and musical prowess, but a wholly collaborative effort showcasing both the work of The Motion - a rotating eight-piece collective featuring several background vocalists - and a glittering collection of guests artists including Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Joan Jett) on bass; Luke Carlos O'Reilly (Curtis Fuller, Dave Valentin, Fred Wesley, Steve Turre) on piano and organ; and Andy Kravitz (Billy Joel, Cypress Hill, Joan Osborne) and David Uosikkinen (The Hooters, Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart, Patty Smythe) on drums.

Gooch's health issues are obviously an important part of who and what he is as an artist. But for Nicolo, they were pretty much irrelevant when he decided to produce COMIN' HOME.

"When I first met Gooch I listened to him perform with my eyes closed," recalls Nicolo. "I didn't want his condition to affect my opinion of his music. He totally sold me. He's so unique. There's nothing out there really like him. It's one of the finest compliments I can give an artist."

COMIN' HOME Track Listing:

1. Cajun Sparkle
2. Coming Home
3. Jersey Mudd
4. Ramble On
5. Devil Don't
6. Diamonds On My Windshield
7. Dancin In My Dreams
8. Shake Em On Down
9. Sitting On Top Of The World
10. Tonight I'm Lonely
11. Don't Lie To Me
12. Show You How
13. Wanna Get Down
14. Luxury Problems

February 2, 2016
Stripping the Great American Songbook 'To The Bone'; 'MOSTLY MARCUS,' STARRING MARCUS GOLDHABER; JAZZ DUO RESIDENCY EXTENDED FOR 3RD TIME AT SYMPHONY SPACE's BAR THALIA WITH TWO-TIME 2015 BEST MALE VOCALIST NOMINEE

LATEST ROUND IN MONTHLY SERIES CONTINUES SUNDAY, FEB. 7
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED VOCALIST: AIMEE ALLEN

"If this guy were any more hip he'd have to visit the chiropractor for re-alignment!" – Jazz Weekly

NEW YORK (Feb. 2, 2016) — With crowds swelling at each session, MOSTLY MARCUS, the totally unique acoustic duo residency in which acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter and two-time 2015 Best Male Vocalist Nominee MARCUS GOLDHABER strips the Great American Songbook "to the bone" like never before, has been extended for the third time at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space's newest home for jazz. The latest extension of the monthly residency starts this Sunday, (Feb. 7) with special featured vocalist Aimee Allen, and guitarist Ron Jackson. Dates continue: March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5.

See what the buzz is about now through June — its one-year anniversary — as MOSTLY MARCUS, continues the first Sunday of every month (Feb. 7-June 5), two performances per engagement, at Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway (at 95th St.), NYC, at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Cover is $5. More info and reservations at 646-597-7340 or www.symphonyspace.org/bar-thalia.

Goldhaber is currently nominated for Best Male Vocalist in the BroadwayWorld Awards, and also was nominated in the fall as Best Male Vocalist (alongside Tony Bennett!) in the Hot House Jazz Awards.

Upcoming MOSTLY MARCUS featured vocalists scheduled are: Tessa Souter (March 6, with guitarist Tony Romano), Melissa Stylianou (April 3, with guitarist Ron Jackson), Champian Fulton (May 1, with guitarist Ron Affif), and Gabrielle Stravelli (June 5, with guitarist Ron Affif).

Laying bare his voice while exposing the strength of his heralded songwriting, Goldhaber teams with a different top jazz guitarist and featured vocalist with each show for an evening of playful spontaneity.

Jazz Weekly has called Goldhaber's intimate approach to the Great American Songbook "lyrical and swingin'." and All About Jazz adds that it's delivered "like a plate full of comfort food!" As Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC) says, "he is filled with ideas!"

The Huffington Post declares Goldhaber "croons with a charming ease and a great sense of phrasing" — a lovely way to spend an evening indeed.

Watch the "unplugged" video of Marcus Goldhaber singing his latest single, "Losin' Your Appeal," accompanied by Hendrik Helmer on acoustic guitar:

Marcus is touring behind his fourth album, A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening (Fallen Apple/The Orchard), which earned Honorable Mentions for Best Album of 2014 in the Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger and The Improper. The powerful, 12-track collection reintroduces some of Goldhaber's favorite standards alongside five originals, and prompted Jazz Weekly to continue: "He's got a voice that is like a husky Chet Baker: vocool, but with an extra shot of testosterone. … he makes old songs sound new, and his new songs sound vintage. … If this guy were any more hip he'd have to visit the chiropractor for re-alignment!"

What:
Mostly Marcus, three-time-extended residency, at Bar Thalia @ Symphony Space

Who:
Marcus Goldhaber – two-time 2015 Best Male Vocalist nominee and acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter
Aimee Allen – special featured vocalist
Ron Jackson - guitar

When:
Sunday, Feb. 7
7 and 8:30 p.m.
$5 cover

Where:
Bar Thalia @ Symphony Space
2537 Broadway (at 95th St.), NYC
www.symphonyspace.org/bar-thalia

MOSTLY MARCUS CONTINUES:
2/7 - Aimee Allen; Ron Jackson on guitar
3/6 - Tessa Souter; Tony Romano on guitar
4/3 - Melissa Stylianou; Ron Jackson on guitar
5/1 - Champian Fulton; Ron Affif on guitar
6/5 - Gabrielle Stravelli; Ron Affif on guitar

January 29, 2016
NOTED PHILANTHROPIST KAL RUDMAN HELPS RESCUE VANDALIZED CHURCH IN LINDENWOLD, NJ WITH PLEDGES FOR REWARD CAPTURE AND REPAIRS
Kal Rudman

Second Pledge This Year to Area Religious Institutions in Crisis Furthers 20-Year Commitment for 'Philadelphia's Guardian Angel'

CHERRY HILL, NJ (Jan. 29, 2016) – Continuing his ongoing commitment to helping area religious institutions in crisis for the past 20 years, noted philanthropist Kal Rudman, long known as "Philadelphia's Guardian Angel," is coming to the rescue of the recently vandalized church in Lindenwold, NJ. It's already Rudman's second such pledge this year through the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation.

Rudman, legendary publisher of the influential music industry publication Friday Morning Quarterback, has posted a $2,500 reward through the Citizens Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley for any information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who committed the act of vandalism at Saint Lawrence Church at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Lindenwold earlier this month. Information can be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-TIPS.

Rudman also is contributing an additional $2,500 to be applied toward church repairs necessitated by the vandalism at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.

"The commission is thrilled to have people like Kal Rudman on our board who can step up when this type of thing happens," says Capt. John Apeldorn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission. "The church is very thankful for Kal stepping forward as well. Kal has been working with the commission for 20 years, and when he sees jobs that need attention, he's always there for us. He also supports a lot of police programs. The guy just never stops. He does a lot of good for the community."

On the morning of January 6, 2016, someone desecrated the sanctuary of the Camden County church, leaving thousands of dollars in damage behind. According to the Citizens Crime Commission, the suspect entered the church through a very small window at a time when the church happened to be empty, and broke several stained glass windows by throwing votive candles through them. The vandal knocked over the church's paschal candle, the papal flag, and threw the crucifix on the alter to the floor.

Lindenwold police officers collected evidence they are hoping leads them to a suspect, and Camden County Police and the Citizens Crime Commission are seeking the public's help in identifying the person(s).

Similarly, Rudman has made the same pledge — $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals, and $2,500 toward repairs — to Berks Catholic High School in Reading, PA. The school was vandalized in early January by two men who spray-painted exterior walls and religious symbols, including a statue of Mary. Costs to have the graffiti removed by a restoration contractor exceed $10,000. Anyone who can help identify those suspects is asked to call Reading police at 610-655-6116, or Crime Alert Berks County's anonymous tip line at 877-373-9913. Crime Alert will pay a cash reward, which includes Rudman's pledge, for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Rudman's extensive track record helping religious institutions in crisis, dating back to the mid 1990s, is unbound by religious affiliation. Other instances include:

  • Replacing Sunday collection money stolen at St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia;
  • Replacing windows smashed by local teens at Beth Emeth-B'nai Yitzhok synagogue in Northeast Philly;
  • Donating repair money and a matching reward leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who tore apart the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Southwest Philadelphia.

Rudman proudly bears the title of Honorary Deputy Police Commissioner of Philadelphia, a badge he's been given for not only his philanthropic donations, but his tenacious work ethic, compassion and social conscience in his unwavering dedication and service to not only the Philadelphia Police Department, but the City of Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. His zeal in supporting educational programs for police officers as well as making sure they have the best equipment available, from motorcycles to horses to bullet proof vests, is all in the name of public service. Rudman recently paid for a much needed facelift to the iconic bronze statue entitled "A Friend" which had been long deteriorating in front of Police Headquarters. He also recently partnered with the Philadelphia Police Department in a major recruitment drive for the Police Academy, helping to oversee and fund the launch of an extensive billboard and newspaper advertising campaign. And last year Rudman purchased a $17 thousand agility equipment system that enables the Philadelphia Police Canines to work out and stay in shape for the police work they must perform.

"I do the work because I can … and want to," says Rudman. "I look to find vacuums and important needs that matter to me, and in the big picture of the world, and I fill those vacuums and meet those needs."

January 29, 2016
STATEMENT ON DEATH OF PAUL KANTNER OF JEFFERSON AIRPLANE/STARSHIP FROM 'THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN EARS,' KAL RUDMAN, LEGENDARY PUBLISHER OF THE FRIDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK, BIBLE OF THE BROADCAST AND MUSIC INDUSTRIES

CHERRY HILL, NJ - "Paul Kantner's contribution as a songwriter and electric guitarist were instrumental in making the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship major hit machines for half a century. In every incarnation, Kantner was the glue and the constant. His death leaves a great void among the pillars of the revolutionary San Francisco rock scene and thus, rock in general.

On behalf of the staff of the Friday Morning Quarterback, we send our deep condolences to the Kantner's immediate and entire music family."

www.fmqb.com

January 27, 2016
Philadelphia Music Alliance Mourns The Loss of 'One of Our Own,' 'Sound of Philadelphia' Musician T.J. Tindall
T.J. Tindall

'King of Soul' Guitar Twice Inducted into Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame as Member of MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 27, 2016) — The Philadelphia Music Alliance is heartbroken to report the passing last night of guitarist Thomas Joshua "T.J." Tindall, who was inducted twice into the PMA's Walk of Fame during 2013 ceremonies as a member of MFSB and the Salsoul Orchestra.

T.J. Tindall

"He was a vital member of MFSB's famed rhythm section, which laid the foundation for the Sound of Philadelphia," said PMA Board Chairman Alan Rubens. "You can hear his guitar on so many great hits out of Philadelphia from the '70s and '80s, from 'Disco Inferno' to 'You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.' We truly lost one of our own."

Tindall played on over 30 gold and platinum hits produced by legendary "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (Gamble & Huff) for artists such as the O'Jays, the Trammps, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Intruders, and the Three Degrees. He also played and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, the Chambers Brothers, the Jacksons, Robert Palmer, the Temptations, and many others. Most recently, the Trenton, NJ, native was brought out of retirement to play and record with In the Pocket, the all-star Philly tribute collective led by drummer David Uosikkinen of platinum Philly recording artists The Hooters.

"We just lost one of the greats," said Uosikkinen. "He was the King of Soul Guitar, the northern version of Steve Cropper. No one played like TJ."

Tindall's roots were in the well-regarded Trenton music scene of the 1970s, primarily as guitarist of local legends Duke Williams and the Extremes. Drummer Charles Collins, who played and toured with Tindall in both Duke Williams and the Extremes as well as MFSB and the Salsoul Orchestra, was shocked to hear of the loss of his musical "brother," who he said "had a natural feel for the music." Collins, now based in Texas, would always make a point to visit Tindall at the lighting shophe owned in Princeton "just to hang out" every time he returned to the area.

"We definitely had a brotherhood," said Collins. "With TJ, the glass was always half full, not half empty. He always had a smile, always had something positive to say. And if you were feeling sad, he could always say something to take you out of it,. When you spoke to TJ, you felt like you were the most important person in the room, because he listened thoroughly."

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance

The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts. Holiday's induction furthers the renewed commitment by the Philadelphia Music Alliance to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction. This agenda to recognize more local music greats in all genres is part of the community based, non-profit organization's overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music, and the foundation of a renewed commitment to schedule induction ceremonies each year.

For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Top: TJ Tindall displays his personal Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame plaques for his vital contributions to MFSB and the Salsoul Orchestra at the 2013 induction ceremonies.

Bottom: TJ Tindall in concert recently with In the Pocket, the all-star Philly tribute band led by drummer David Uosikkinen of The Hooters.

January 21, 2016
QUADRIPLEGIC CANCER SURVIVOR GOOCH NELSON TEAMS WITH 9-TIME GRAMMY-WINNING PRODUCER JOE NICOLO FOR GENRE-BLENDING, BLUES-BASED COLLECTION

Gooch and The Motion's 'Comin' Home' CD Is First on New Blacbird/Universal Label

"It's a bit startling to hear Nelson's deep growl expose his demons given his intensely positive outlook. ... But for Nelson, there is no better way to handle pain and hardships than through song." - ASSOCIATED PRESS

"Transcendent. ... a message of hope instead of hopelessness." - NO DEPRESSION

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 21, 2016) - The Feb. 19 release of COMIN' HOME, the debut album by New Jersey's GOOCH AND THE MOTION - the first on the newly minted Blacbird/Universal label - doesn't just set the bar ridiculously high for blues-rock in 2016. It also is an aural testament to the indomitability of the human spirit, and the healing powers of music.

Under the aegis of nine-time-Grammy-winning studio whiz Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo (Billy Joel, Cypress Hill, Boyz II Men), singer-songwriter Ryan "Gooch" Nelson has conjured a rip-snorting, foot-stomping collection of songs despite a personal backstory that seems right out of Hollywood.

In 2004, Gooch was in a terrible car accident that left him a quadriplegic. Five years later, he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Through it all - including the still-daily chemotherapy treatments that have kept the cancer in remission - music has been Gooch's balm and salvation.

Not that it has been easy for the 30-year-old southern New Jersey native, who re-learned to play guitar by placing it on his lap and using a specially-fitted bottleneck.

"When I lost the ability to use my hands it was devastating to me - much more than losing my legs," he says. "It really depressed me. It took me down."

Two years after the accident, Gooch's grandfather bought him an electric guitar. That, and the mix tapes provided by friends, enabled the healing process to begin in earnest. Throughout, he was writing lyrics, many of which dealt with his situation.

The paralysis was just the first of a bad-luck double whammy. But even the cancer diagnosis couldn't defeat him - and music was again the antidote.

"It was nice to be able to go and play gigs," says Gooch. "Playing really took my mind off the cancer and for the spinal injury, it was also paramount."

Musically, everything begins with the blues for the inspirational singer-songwriter, whose vocal style is a classic swampy moan somewhere between the vocals of Dr. John and Tom Waits. Specific influences include Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars and the late bluesman R.L. Burnside.

But, Gooch notes, "I really try to draw from everything. And being from rural South Jersey, my music kind of comes out of a bluesy, Southern-rock-type sound. But I think you can hear elements of funk, hip-hop, a little country and jazz."

That's Gooch's recipe for an album that No Depression raves is "transcendent" and "a message of hope instead of hopelessness."

Among the collection's signature tracks are "Diamonds on My Windshield," on which Gooch puts the iconic descending bass riff of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" in the service of a deep-groove blues gumbo; the heartfelt cover of "Sitting On Top of the World" by 1930s blues avatars The Mississippi Sheiks and "Devil Don't," the only song on the disc in which Gooch addresses his physical and mental states in the wake of his health battles.

COMIN' HOME is not only about Gooch Nelson's lyrical and musical prowess, but a wholly collaborative effort showcasing both the work of The Motion - a rotating eight-piece collective featuring several background vocalists - and a glittering collection of guests artists including Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Joan Jett) on bass; Luke Carlos O'Reilly (Curtis Fuller, Dave Valentin, Fred Wesley, Steve Turre) on piano and organ; and Andy Kravitz (Billy Joel, Cypress Hill, Joan Osborne) and David Uosikkinen (The Hooters, Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart, Patty Smythe) on drums.

Gooch's health issues are obviously an important part of who and what he is as an artist. But for Nicolo, they were pretty much irrelevant when he decided to produce COMIN' HOME.

"When I first met Gooch I listened to him perform with my eyes closed," recalls Nicolo. "I didn't want his condition to affect my opinion of his music. He totally sold me. He's so unique. There's nothing out there really like him. It's one of the finest compliments I can give an artist."

COMIN' HOME Track Listing:

1. Cajun Sparkle
2. Coming Home
3. Jersey Mudd
4. Ramble On
5. Devil Don't
6. Diamonds On My Windshield
7. Dancin In My Dreams
8. Shake Em On Down
9. Sitting On Top Of The World
10. Tonight I'm Lonely
11. Don't Lie To Me
12. Show You How
13. Wanna Get Down
14. Luxury Problems

January 20, 2016
LEGENDARY ROCK DJ ED SCIAKY HEADS ASBURY ANGELS CLASS OF 2016 AS 'GUARDIAN ANGEL' DURING LIGHT OF DAY INDUCTION CELEBRATION AT LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST
Ed Sciaky introduces David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, DAVID BOWIE, BILLY JOEL, MANY OTHERS CREDIT LATE PHILLY AIR PERSONALITY AS GREATLY INFLUENTIAL EARLY CAREER BOOSTER

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 20, 2016) - Legendary rock DJ ED SCIAKY - credited with making Philadelphia pivotal in boosting the early careers of Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Yes, Genesis and others to national stardom in the early ‘70s as a WMMR-FM air personality - topped this year's class of Asbury Angels at the annual Light of Day induction show during the just-completed LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016.

Sciaky (pronounced SHOCK-ee) was named this year's "Guardian Angel" among the following group of 2016 Asbury Angels: sound engineer Jules Aerts; Big Band leader Tommy Tucker; Asbury Park Convention Hall's first organist, G. Howard Scott; Margaret Hogan, owner of the Chez Elle nightclub; and West Side R&B singer Herbert "Tony" Maples.

"The Guardian Angel is someone who did not live in or come from Asbury Park but had a great influence on the scene," said Jean Mikle, Asbury Angels Board member and Light of Day Foundation Board president. "Ed Sciaky's strong support of Bruce Springsteen helped establish him in the Philadelphia market and gave a huge boost to his career. He was also a strong supporter of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes."

Past guardian angels include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame record producer, civil rights activist and music critic John Hammond, who signed Springsteen to Columbia Records, and Walter Reade Sr., theater mogul/developer of the St. James & Paramount Theatres.

The mission of the Asbury Angels is to honor and memorialize the lives and history of members of the Asbury Park musical community, including but not limited to, musicians, tech support persons, DJs, journalists, club owners, record company personnel, managers and promoters. Light of Day WinterFest, with ended its 10-day run for 2016 this week, is the annual celebration of the Light of Day Foundation in its global battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and the Parkinsonisms in our lifetime "through the awesome power of music."

Springsteen alluded to Sciaky in concert last Saturday during "The River" tour opener in Pittsburgh, as part of his tribute to David Bowie. On stage in Pittsburgh, Springsteen recounted his historic 1974 meeting with Bowie in Philadelphia at Sigma Sound Studios, during Bowie's Young Americans recording sessions, noting that he "took the Greyhound bus down to Philadelphia, that's how early it was." Sciaky not only arranged that meeting, but picked up Springsteen at the bus station and allowed him to sleep on his couch that evening.

Springsteen made those comments the same night as Bob's Birthday Bash, the "main event" of Light of Day WinterFest, at which Springsteen performs most years as a surprise guest, but was unable this year due to his touring commitments.

Sciaky spent his entire broadcast career in Philadelphia radio. Though he made his influential mark at WMMR, he later spent significant time at WIOQ-FM, WYSP-FM, and WMGK-FM. He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in 2005.

On the night of Sciaky's death from complications of diabetes in 2004, Billy Joel spent 30 minutes on WMGK in a moving tribute. E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg spoke at Sciaky's funeral on behalf of Springsteen and his bandmates. Noting Sciaky's passing, Springsteen called him "the kind of DJ whose passion was the lifeblood for artists like myself. His support for my work brought me to an audience in Philadelphia that has remained one of my strongest to this day. Ed was the DJ as true rock and roll fan, the very spirit of the music he loved. He will be greatly missed."

PHOTO CAPTION: Ed Sciaky, center, introduces David Bowie, left, and Bruce Springsteen, right, at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia during Bowie's 1974 Young Americans recording sessions. Photo © www.johnkalodner.com

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

December 29, 2015
THE SMITHEREENS TO HEADLINE SOLD-OUT "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH" AT PARAMOUNT THEATER IN ASBURY PARK, NJ, AT LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016
The Smithereens

Horn Section and String Section to Boost Official Kickoff of Legendary NJ Power Pop Band's Year-Long 30th Anniversary Celebration of Multi-Platinum Major Label Debut, ‘Especially For You'

Joe Gruschecky & the Houserockers, Mike Peters of The Alarm & Big Country, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Steve Forbert, Jill Hennessey, Dramarama, Among 18 Acts Confirmed for Worldwide Foundation's 16th Anniversary Anchor Event in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR ALL OTHER WINTERFEST 2016 SHOWS, AS OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGE ON NJ, NYC, AND PHILADELPHIA FOR MORE THAN 30 LIVE EVENTS, JAN. 8-18, 2016

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 29, 2015) – New Jersey power pop legends THE SMITHEREENS will be bringing a string section and horn section to headline Bob's Birthday Bash, the sold-out all-star anchor event of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 of the Light of Day Foundation's "Sweet Little 16" anniversary celebration in its global battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and the Parkinsonisms in our lifetime "through the awesome power of music."

The Smithereens - Pat DiNizio on lead vocals, Jim Babjak on guitar, Dennis Diken on drums, Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion on bass and special guest Andy Burton (John Mayer Band) on keyboards - will be formally kicking off the yearlong 30th anniversary of the release of its multi-platinum major label debut, Especially For You, on Enigma/Capitol Records as the evening's main attraction, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 here at Paramount Theater, 1300 Ocean Ave.

"I played Light of Day for the first time last year as a solo acoustic act and it was one of my most memorable performing experiences in that I've seldom seen an audience that responsive to virtually every performer," says Dinizio. "It was simply electric."

Acts confirmed to join the Smithereens at the Paramount are Joe Gruschecky & the Houserockers, Mike Peters of The Alarm & Big Country, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Steve Forbert, Jill Hennessey, Dramarama, the Matt O'Ree Band, Emily Grove, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Luca, Milly, and Rob Dye. This edition of Bob's Birthday Bash sold out in 25 minutes, topping last year's previous record of 37 minutes. Plenty of tickets are available for all other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 events in Asbury Park, Montclair, New York and for the first time, Philadelphia! Complete, up-to-the-minute information on all Light of Day events can be found on the official Facebook events page.

Tickets for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events, with the exception of Bob's Birthday Bash, are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such other fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, the Cutting Room in NYC, and World Café Live in Philadelphia.Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

"We're honored that we're headlining WinterFest," continues Dinizio. "It's some sort of acknowledgement that what we did over the past 35 years as a rock ‘n' roll band from New Jersey meant something, and that it had some sort of impact on a lot of people who love rock ‘n' roll."

Bob's Birthday Bash honors Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events."

"Parkinson's disease could happen to anybody at any time," says Dinizio. "We know people and have supporters of the band who are stricken with this disease who come to the shows. Obviously we have a lot of empathy for anyone who's soffering. This is one of the good events for a good charitable cause."

Presented by the Asbury Park Press, Light of Day Winterfest has gained international notoriety over its 15-year history. Last year's event raised over $500,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $425,000 and bringing the 15-year total above $3 million.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

December 16, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 EXTENDS GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S INTO PHILADELPHIA FOR 1ST TIME WITH 16TH ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF EVENT

Rob Hyman of the Hooters, Willie Nile, Mutlu, Blake Morgan, and More to Join Host Ben Arnold in Launching Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival in Delaware Valley

LIGHT OF DAY PHILADELPHIA
SONGWRITERS UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016 AT WORLD CAFÉ LIVE
Hosted by Ben Arnold

Over 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY/Philly Metro Area Jan. 8-18

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 16, 2015) – With a goal of topping last year's record-breaking half million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, presented by the Asbury Park Press, is expanding beyond its Asbury Park core to present LIGHT OF DAY PHILADELPHIA: Songwriters Up Close & Personal, the first-ever Philadelphia concert for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation to kick off the LIGHT OF DAY 'SWEET LITTLE 16' CELEBRATION. The 10-day festival will bring over 150 music and comedy acts to 30 venues in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada.

Tickets on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY PHILADELPHIA: Songwriters Up Close & Personal, hosted by Ben Arnold and starring Willie Nile, Rob Hyman of the Hooters, Mutlu, Blake Morgan, Lisa Bouchelle, and more to be announced, will be held Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door at www.worldcafelive.com.

Rob Hyman, a Philly Walk of Fame inductee, is a singer/songwriter, keyboardist, and producer who co-founded Philly rock band The Hooters with collaborator and fellow Philly Walk of Famer Eric Bazilian in 1980. Aside from opening the U.S. Live-Aid Concert in 1985, the Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium (1986), Harry Chapin's World Hunger Benefit at Carnegie Hall (1987), and Roger Water's "The Wall" in Berlin (1990), the Hooters have toured the US and abroad extensively and recorded multi-platinum albums with hits such as "And We Danced", "All You Zombies", "Day By Day", "Johnny B", "Satellite", "500 Miles", and "Karla With A K." The band finished up their "35 Years Live" Tour with two sellout shows at the Keswick Theater in the Philadelphia area (Nov. 2015). Rob played keyboards, sang, and co-arranged Cyndi Lauper's debut album She's So Unusual (1983). He also co-wrote and performed on "Time After Time" with Cyndi, which earned them a #1 song on the Billboard Charts and a Grammy nomination for "Song Of The Year" (1985), where Cyndi was voted Best New Artist. He recently toured with Cyndi Lauper again in Japan playing keyboards, marking the 30th anniversary of her debut, as well as part of her house band at her annual True Colors Foundation benefit concert at the Beacon Theater, NYC, in Dec. 2015.

The New York Times called Buffalo, NY-born Willie Nile "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." Uncut Magazine called him "A one-man Clash." His album Streets Of New York was hailed as "a platter for the ages" by Uncut. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the "Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011" and BBC Radio called it "THE rock 'n' roll album of the year." His single from that album, "One Guitar," a "Top Pick of the Week" in USA Today, has become an unofficial anthem at Light of Day concert events. And it's no wonder: Willie is one of the few artists to have participated in Light of Day every year since the beginning. In fact, a portion of proceeds from his upcoming album, due in February, will be donated to Light of Day.

Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter. A Philadelphia native and first-generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his acclaimed 2008 debut album Livin' It, produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk, and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn. His latest release is the Hypnotize EP.

Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artist, record producer, and the founder and owner of ECR Music Group, a global music company which operates under an elemental principle unprecedented in the music world: all of its artists and labels own one-hundred percent of their master recordings. His #IRespectMusic campaign follows his whistle-blowing victory over Internet radio giant Pandora, which led to the multi-billion dollar company abandoning its own signature Congressional legislation proposal which would have reduced artists' pay by up to 85%.

Ben Arnold is a songwriter, singer, musician, educator and long time fixture of the Philadelphia musical landscape. He has toured regularly throughout the country as well as Europe for the better part of the last 25 years. Originally signed to Columbia Records in the '90s, Ben has since released countless label supported and independent records over the decades. Often compared to many of the music giants of the 70s, most often Randy Newman when he's on piano (although he's not really a fan), Arnold's music is a melodic mash of acoustic rock, soul and blues with detailed and emotive lyrics told with an edgy, world weary voice. Ben will release the Motown, Stax and Philly soul inspired Lost Keys in the top of 2016. With a crusty, curmudgeonly, but loving take on the world around, Ben continues to reveal more of himself with every record and live performance.

Bucks County native Lisa Bouchelle has a style that's been compared to Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow, and Jewel, with an edge reminiscent of classic artists such as Neil Young and Tom Petty. Lisa also hosts the top-rated TV show Rock Star Kitchen, which airs weekly on The Comcast Network in the mid-Atlantic region. As host of the show, she has talked music, and performed with Foreigner, Eddie Money, Chubby Checker, Lita Ford, Candlebox, and many others.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 15 years, including last year's event, which raised over $500,000 — a record amount — to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $425,000 and bringing the 15-year total above $3 million.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Also last year, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi's mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room) and North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

November 6, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 SEASON OFFICIALLY STARTS TODAY WITH SIRIUS/E STREET RADIO SPECIAL, AND CANADA TOUR KICKOFF; WILLIE NILE, JOE D'URSO TO GUEST DJ ON SIRIUS FOR ENTIRE HOUR AS 16th SEASON OF GLOBAL BATTLE VS. PARKINSON'S DISEASE 'THROUGH THE AWESOME POWER OF MUSIC' BEGINS

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 6, 2015) - LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 season officially kicks off today with a special one-hour block of programming on Sirius XM's E Street Radio (Channel 20), and further north, the launch of Light of Day Canada. It's the start of this year's campaign to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases through "the awesome power of music."

Willie Nile and Joe D'Urso, both of whom have been performing at LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST since its launch 16 years ago, will be guest DJs today at 4 p.m. for the full hour on E Street Radio. They'll be playing songs from artists playing this fall in Canada and Europe – including themselves – as well as those scheduled to participate in LIGHT OF WINTERFEST 2016, such as Ed Manion, The Hooters, Joe Grushecky, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, and Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen is a long-time supporter of the Light of Day Foundation, most visible through his annual WinterFest performances 11 of the last 15 years.

LIGHT OF DAY ON E STREET RADIO premieres TODAY (Friday 11/6) at 4 pm ET. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for Saturday 11/7 at 12am ET; Saturday 11/7 at 8am ET; Monday 11/9 at 4pm ET; Tuesday 11/10 at 12am ET, and Tuesday 11/10 at 8am ET.

Meantime, LIGHT OF DAY CANADA gets started today with a five-show, four-day schedule, and artists including Blue Rodeo, Miss Emily with Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers with Eddie Manion of the E Street Horns, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls and Bobby Mahoney.

Light of Day Canada Schedule 2015/2016
November 6 - St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada
November 7 - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (day)
November 7 – Toronto, Canada
November 8 - Toronto, Canada
November 14 - Kingston, Canada

In other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 news ...

  • Expect several show announcements throughout November, as Light of Day adds more diversity and performance options than ever before, making 2016 the biggest WinterFest ever.
  • Up next and new this year is Light of Day Westchester, being held Nov. 15 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY. It's an evening of rock 'n' roll that includes many popular regional performers from Westchester and Rockland counties and is hosted by Board Vice President Joe D'Urso and his band, Stone Caravan, and Larchmont favorites Sway.
  • Also this month is the launch of Light of Day's 10th anniversary European tour - an 18-day, 16-show holiday run in 10 countries (Nov. 27-Dec. 14), including five shows throughout Italy. Artists on board include Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, Rob Dye, and Eric Bazilian (The Hooters). Stay tuned for further details!

Tickets for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events, with the exception of Bob's Birthday Bash, are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis. Tickets range from Free to $45. There will be approximately 50 events just in Asbury Park alone. Beyond Asbury Park, shows will be held in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair), and, for the first time, Philadelphia (Jan. 8 @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 8

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., Fri,. Jan. 8, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 9

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 10

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 11

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Tuesday, Jan 12

LOD's "LAUGHSTOCK", The Stress Factory, New Brunswick, NJ; NY Comedy Club, NY, NY, Tues., $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 13

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 14

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10

LOD "SWEET LITTLE' SIXTEEN KICK OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos (All performers have to do a Chuck Berry tune!)

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 15

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD "REMEMBER JONES: THE BACK TO BLACK/AMY WINEHOUSE", House Of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD "NEIL BERG'S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 16

LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, SOLD OUT!

LOD "ROCK",The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD "ED MANION", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "TBA", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 17

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 18

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30pm

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

November 3, 2015
'COME HOME AMERICA' CONCERT TOUR TO HONOR AMERICA'S MILITARY HEROES TO BE FEATURED IN 'AMERICA'S PARADE,' NEW YORK CITY VETERANS DAY PARADE

Acclaimed NYC Jazz Vocalist-Songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER Heightens Grassroots Mission To #BridgeTheGap Between Civilians and Military Families

Read the interview on AEG Live's AXS.com

Watch the "Come Home America" Music Video, which premiered on The Huffington Post

"Marcus Goldhaber's passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent with his "Come America Tour," graciously performed at the dedication of the Veterans Square Monument, Yardley, PA, in November 2014, and again for a Labor Day fundraiser this past September. His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it. I am so pleased he will be singing "Come Home America" in the Big Apple for the NYC Veterans Parade!"

- Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2015) – The COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT to honor America's military heroes, a grassroots mission created by acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER to #bridgethegap between civilians and military families, will reach a significant milestone next week with a spotlight performance as part of AMERICA'S PARADE!, the 2015 New York City Veterans Day Parade.

Backed by the COME HOME AMERICA BAND, Goldhaber will be an AMERICA'S PARADE participant, singing his original anthem, "Come Home America," and other new compositions to honor the troops, as the ONLY official musical performance at the AMERICA'S PARADE Veteran's Village.

THE COME HOME AMERICA PERFORMANCE is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Noon to 3 p.m., at the AMERICA'S PARADE Veteran's Village, East 53rd St., between 5th & 6th Aves. More info at www.americasparade.org.

This is the second consecutive high profile NYC event for the COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT. Goldhaber previously brought the COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT to the sold-out Cutting Room in New York City last year in an official Fleet Week Event that was singled out by the New York Times.

"We are a grateful nation, but we can certainly take better care of each other through a deeper understanding of what it is like to be a veteran in this country," says Goldhaber. "I'm very proud of the connections we've made as this project continues to grow and I look forward to honoring our veterans."

Says Joseph P. Brooks, president and COO of Liberty USO: "Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It's the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country."

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WHAT:
The COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT to honor America's military heroes, a grassroots mission created by acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER to #bridgethegap between civilians and military families, will reach a significant milestone next week with a spotlight performance as part of AMERICA'S PARADE!, the 2015 New York City Veterans Day Parade. More information at www.americasparade.org.

WHEN:
VETERANS DAY, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Noon to 3 p.m.

WHO:
Marcus Goldhaber & the COME HOME AMERICA Band
Sean Wayland, keyboard; Alexandra Eckhardt, bass; Hendrik Helmer, lead guitar; Tony Romano, rhythm guitar; Riccardo Belletta, drums; Crystal Monee Hall, backing vocals; Celisse Henderson, backing vocals

WHERE:
Veteran's Village at America's Parade
East 53rd Street between 5th & 6th Aves., New York City

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Goldhaber also was tapped by official Super Bowl event organizers for the live world premiere of his inspiring new original song for the troops before military members and their families at the star-studded 2014 Super Bowl Celebrity Sweat. He was joined for the sold-out event at the Teaneck Armory by Hip Hop star Nelly, NFL star alum Doug Flutie, and boxing legend Evander Holyfield.

COME HOME AMERICA, a pop anthem produced by Ke$ha collaborator Cliff Goldmacher, is unbound by musical genre and inspired by America's military heroes, honoring our troops and supporting our veterans abroad. All Voices calls the song "poignant and emotional" and the Jewish Journal declares it "sure to become a patriotic standard for the new millennia."

COME HOME AMERICA is the centerpiece of the tour which is hitting stride in concert halls, stadiums, military bases, and parades around the world. Proceeds from the tour and the song benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber "finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach" (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. His fourth album, A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING (Fallen Apple Records/The Orchard), released last fall, continues to garner critical acclaim. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan's top clubs and throughout the East Coast, he's performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and recently toured the U.S. in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen.

Goldhaber released COME HOME AMERICA on Veterans Day 2013 as a stirring ode to our nation's two million service members across the globe, and the 24 million veterans back home, both embraced and discarded. The mission is simple: to benefit the needs of this new generation of returning veterans, while improving and strengthening the dialogue between civilians and military families for years to come.

Goldhaber was careful to construct a broad, sweeping melody and rousing chorus that "you want to wrap people in like a blanket," to help transmit his message in an inclusive and accessible way. By countering his vocals with restrained nuance, Goldhaber was able to marry the intimate approach more natural to his style with the expansive message of COME HOME AMERICA.

"COME HOME AMERICA" is available NOW on iTunes.

November 2, 2015
Just Around the Corner ... LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 OFF TO RECORD-SETTING START IN GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Tickets to Bob's Birthday Bash & Combo Tickets Sell Out in Record Time!

Tickets for Numerous Other Light of Day WinterFest Events On Sale NOW!

More Shows to be Announced in the Coming Weeks

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 2, 2015) – Returning from a year in which the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation raised a record half million dollars, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 set another record in ticket sales over the weekend, the formal launch to the 16th annual 10-day festival to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases through the awesome power of music.

Tickets to Bob's Birthday Bash, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016 at the 1,623-seat Paramount Theater, as well as all Combo Ticket Packages, went on sale at Noon Saturday and sold out in 25 minutes, topping last year's previous record of 37 minutes. Plenty of tickets are available for numerous other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 events!

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen at Bob's Birthday Bash in 11 of the previous 15 years, including last year's event, which helped raise the Light of Day Foundation's 15-year total above $3 million.

Bob's Birthday Bash honors Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events."

"We are thrilled and overwhelmed by everyone's continued support of our Light of Day mission," said Pallagrosi, "which is to defeat Parkinson's and related neurodegenerative diseases - specifically ALS and PSP - in our lifetime."

In other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 news ...

  • Expect several show announcements throughout November, as Light of Day adds more diversity and performance options than ever before, making 2016 the biggest WinterFest ever.
  • Up next and new this year is Light of Day Westchester, being held Nov. 15 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY. It's an evening of rock ‘n' roll that includes many popular regional performers from Westchester and Rockland counties and is hosted by Board Vice President Joe D'Urso and his band, Stone Caravan, and Larchmont favorites Sway.

Tickets for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events, with the exception of Bob's Birthday Bash, are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis. Tickets range from Free to $45. There will be approximately 50 events just in Asbury Park alone. Beyond Asbury Park, shows will be held in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair), and, for the first time, Philadelphia (Jan. 8 @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 8

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., Fri,. Jan. 8, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 9

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 10

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 11

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Tuesday, Jan 12

LOD's "LAUGHSTOCK", The Stress Factory, New Brunswick, NJ; NY Comedy Club, NY, NY, Tues., $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 13

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 14

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10

LOD "SWEET LITTLE' SIXTEEN KICK OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos (All performers have to do a Chuck Berry tune!)

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 15

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD "REMEMBER JONES: THE BACK TO BLACK/AMY WINEHOUSE", House Of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD "NEIL BERG'S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 16

LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, SOLD OUT!

LOD "ROCK",The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD "ED MANION", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "TBA", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 17

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 18

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30pm

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

October 28, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST CELEBRATES 'SWEET LITTLE 16' IN GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S DISEASE; 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY/Philadelphia Metro Area for Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival, Jan. 8-18, 2016

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. 27, 2015) – With a goal of topping last year's record-breaking half million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY ‘SWEET LITTLE 16' CELEBRATION, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 16th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 31 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Steve Forbert, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band; James Maddock and Band, Jesse Malin and Band, Jill Hennessey, Neil Berg's 100 Years Of Broadway, Milly, Marc Ribler & Friends, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Dramarama, Billy Hector Band, Bruce Tunkel and The Red House, Garland Jeffreys, Slim Chance and The Gamblers, Sandy Mack Allstars, Sonny Kenn, and the Billy Walton Band are among the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY ‘SWEET LITTLE 16.' More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis, including the MAIN EVENT, BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016. Tickets for the Main Event range from $43 to $209.50, and tickets for the other club shows range from Free to $45. Concert goers can purchase a LIGHT OF DAY COMBO TICKET PACKAGE to gain admission to all Asbury Park events (Approximately 50 EVENTS) at five different levels, starting at $159.50. The packages GUARANTEE a reserved seat for BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, capacity permitting, first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 15 years, including last year's event, which raised over $500,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $425,000 and bringing the 15-year total above $3 million.

Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Pat Dinizio (The Smithereens), Peter Himmelman, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, LaBamba's Big Band, and John Eddie. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Also last year, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi's mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair), and, for the first time, Philadelphia (Jan. 8 @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

For comedy lovers, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 will include, for the first time, "Laughstock," happening Jan. 12 at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ.

More significantly, Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour, through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows now take place around the world on three continents, this year including four shows in Canada (Nov. 6, 7 and 14), and a 10th anniversary European tour — an 18-day, 16-show holiday run in 10 countries (Nov. 27-Dec. 14), including five shows throughout Italy. And for the second consecutive year, a Light of Day event was held over the summer in Australia. The two-day festival always takes place in the Australian city of Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson's organizations.

Also new this year is Light of Day Westchester - an evening of rock ‘n' roll that includes many popular regional performers from Westchester and Rockland counties and hosted by Board Vice President Joe D'Urso and his band, Stone Caravan, and Larchmont favorites Sway - will be held Nov. 15 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY.

Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $200,000, which has helped the Walk earn over $3 million for Parkinson's research.

Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):

(Only ASBURY PARK EVENTS are included in the COMBO TICKET PACKAGES)

Platinum combo package: $325 - "very best" orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2015 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2015 T-shirt, and a L'Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Gold combo package: $249.50 - includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 16 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2015 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Silver combo package: $199.50- includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Bronze combo package: $159.50 - includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events. The best seats for the dollar!

Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 8

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., Fri,. Jan. 8, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 9

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 10

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 11

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Tuesday, Jan 12

LOD's "LAUGHSTOCK", The Stress Factory, New Brunswick, NJ; NY Comedy Club, NY, NY, Tues., $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 13

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 14

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10

LOD "SWEET LITTLE' SIXTEEN KICK OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos (All performers have to do a Chuck Berry tune!)

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 15

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD "REMEMBER JONES: THE BACK TO BLACK/AMY WINEHOUSE", House Of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD "NEIL BERG'S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 16

LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205

LOD "ROCK",The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD "ED MANION", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "TBA", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 17

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 18

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30pm

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ross

October 22, 2015
GAMBLE & HUFF IN FAMILIAR #1 TERRITORY WITH 'LOVE TRAIN' & 'DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY' ON SOUNDTRACK TO BOX OFFICE BLOCKBUSTER 'THE MARTIAN'

Pair of #1 Sound Of Philadelphia Classics Also Among Hundreds of TSOP Hits on New 'GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC' App

PHILADELPHIA - More than a generation since The Sound of Philadelphia was a chart-topping, worldwide hit-making machine, legendary producer-songwriters and TSOP architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff have another #1 smash hit on their hands.

But this time it's in the movies - again.

A pair of Gamble & Huff #1 disco classics is prominently featured in Ridley Scott's The Martian, the blockbuster space epic starring Matt Damon, which has been #1 at the box office for three consecutive weeks.

The "Songs from the Martian" soundtrack, on Columbia Records, features a pair of Sound of Philadelphia #1 Billboard pop and R&B classics: "Don't Leave Me This Way," by Thelma Houston; and TSOP's signature anthem, "Love Train" a double chart-topper for The O'Jays. Both are among the hundreds of TSOP recordings available for streaming through the new "GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC" App.

Gamble & Huff are the only songwriters with more than one contribution to the '70s-laden album, comprised of nine of the greatest classics from disco's golden era. The music evinces the plight of the film's protagonist, Astronaut Mark Watney, played by Damon, who during a manned mission to Mars set in the not-too-distant future is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet with only meager supplies - and limited distractions - including a playlist of '70's disco music left behind by Commander Lewis played by Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar). "Love Train" helps the movie end on a joyful note as the camera pans to the many people who pitched in to rescue Mark (Damon) from Mars.

Gamble & Huff's musical connection with Mars actually dates back to 1976, when Dexter Wansel went for a sci-fi theme on his debut album, Life on Mars. Not only has the title track, a haunting piece of space funk, been sampled at least 15 times over the past 20 years alone, but it also has been used in recent years as wakeup music for the NASA team overseeing one of the Mars Rover missions.

Whether on Earth or in outer space, the "GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC" App allows listeners to carry the music of Gamble & Huff and The Sound of Philadelphia wherever they go! Available for iPhone and Android, the "GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC" App offers users at any time to hear the timeless music, as well as rare interviews, with artists like The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Evelyn Champagne King and many more.

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.With a stable core of artists led by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971. They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jacksonand the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

October 22, 2015
JIMMY FALLON TO INDUCT THE ROOTS INTO PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE WALK OF FAME

'Tonight Show' Host to Make Special Appearance as Guest Presenter During 2015 Walk of Fame Gala

Monday, Oct. 26 at the New Fillmore Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (October 22, 2015) — In an unprecedented show of support for the Philadelphia Music Alliance, Tonight Show host JIMMY FALLON will be making a special guest appearance at the 2015 Walk of Fame Gala next week to personally induct his house band, THE ROOTS, into the Class of 2015 with a permanent position among its hometown music legends along the famed Avenue of the Arts.

Special arrangements have been made to enable Fallon to arrive at the Gala on Monday, Oct. 26, direct from a Tonight Show taping at his New York studios earlier that evening. He is scheduled to hit the stage just in time to formally induct The Roots — one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business — and present the band with their ceremonial plaque.

With Questlove serving as the show's musical director, The Roots has been the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since its launch last year. The four-time Grammy-winning ensemble served in the same capacity for Fallon the previous five years on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The Roots' induction extends a unique Tonight Show connection with the Philadelphia Walk of Fame that began in 1989, when Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's longtime sidekick, was inducted. In 2010, fellow Philadelphia native Kevin Eubanks, Jay Leno's Tonight Show music director for 18 years, also was immortalized with a bronze plaque on the Walk of Fame.

Named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone magazine, The Roots will be honored by Fallon with fellow Class of 2015 members Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Billie Holiday, Cinderella, The Trammps, Andrea McArdle, and WOGL air personality Harvey Holiday at the new Fillmore Philadelphia, frequently hailed as "the most beautiful club in America."

With 16 Grammy Awards and a Tony Award nomination among the new honorees, spanning the musical gamut from Jazz, Country, Disco, Hip Hop/Neo Soul, Rock, Broadway and radio, the long-awaited return of the evening Gala considerably amplifies the vital significance of the Philadelphia Music Alliance and Walk of Fame as its 30th anniversary approaches in 2016.

In other new Gala announcements:

  • Andrea McArdle will be singing "Tomorrow" her signature song as Broadway's original "Annie," which rocketed her to stardom as the youngest performer ever nominated for the Tony® Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
  • Sara James & The Hess Brothers, a five-piece teen band from South Jersey, will be performing a tribute to Cinderella, also rooted in South Jersey. Sara James created a Foundation to provide professional music lessons to inspire and educate children who can't afford music instruction.

A 30-year reunion of the original surviving members of The Trammps will be another highlight among the array of live performances, which also includes American Idol alum Haley Reinhart, and the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Choir. The world-renowned Urban Guerilla Orchestra will be the house band for the evening.

Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo is hosting the grand evening Gala, with additional special guest appearances by Dionne Warwick, Mayor Michael Nutter, Broadway's "Annie" creator Martin Charnin; WMMR's Jacky Bam Bam, Philadelphia Sports Hall of Famer Sonny Hill, local oldies radio personality "The Geator" Jerry Blavat, and more surprises to be announced.

Afternoon ceremonies inducting the Walk of Fame's Class of 2015 and unveiling its plaques will be held the same day along the Avenue of the Arts in front of the Kimmel Center, with live music by the Philly Pops Brass Band.

Frank Giordano will be honored with the Platinum Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Philadelphia Music Community. The Platinum Award is given to an individual, organization or company that has been a leader and champion in supporting the music making community in a significant way. Mr. Giordano's significant contributions to Philadelphia's music community include his work as President and CEO of The Philly Pops and past Chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

The PMA also is honoring the CAPA Foundation, with the Educational Award, a financial donation for Outstanding Excellence in Arts and Music. The CAPA Foundation is an independent non-profit organization providing sustained support to CAPA High School students by engaging CAPA alumni and parents, the Philadelphia arts community, corporate partners and foundations focused on arts education. The CAPA Foundation was formed in response to a $1.1 million cut in the operating budget of The Roots' alma mater as a result of the School District of Philadelphia budget crisis.

The sold-out event, with catering by Wolfgang Puck, will include a charity auction with high profile items including:

  • Two (2) Floor tickets to the Billboard Music Awards 2016
  • A veranda cabin for two (2) on StarVista Live's "Flower Power" Cruise starring Blood, Sweat and Tears feat. Bo Bice, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, Jefferson Starship, The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, The Guess Who, and more
  • Four (4) tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Major sponsors include Live Nation, Hotel Monaco Stratus Lounge, Great Lakes Brewery, Philadelphia Distilling, ESM Productions, Blank Rome, LLP, O'Donnell & Naccarato Inc, The Clayman Foundation, Martell Cognac, Replica Creative, and Vinedrea Wines.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts. The Philadelphia Music Alliance is a community-based, non-profit (501c3) organization, with an overall mission to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction, and to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music.

For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org.

October 16, 2015
STARS COME OUT TO CELEBRATE PHILLY MUSIC HISTORY AS PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE & AVENUE OF THE ARTS PRESENT 2015 WALK OF FAME GALA & INDUCTION CEREMONY

The Roots, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Billie Holiday, Cinderella, The Trammps, Andrea McArdle, WOGL's Harvey Holiday To Be Honored in Style at First Evening Gala in Over 20 Years

Monday, Oct. 26 at the New Fillmore Philadelphia

Hosted by SNL's Joe Piscopo with Special Guest Appearances by Dionne Warwick, Mayor Michael Nutter, Broadway's "Annie" creator Martin Charnin, WMMR's Jacky Bam Bam, Philadelphia Sports Hall of Famer Sonny Hill, American Idol Alum Haley Reinhart, "The Geator" Jerry Blavat, and More!

Original Members of The Trammps to Reunite for First Performance in 30 Years

Additional Live Performances by 'American Idol's' Haley Reinhart, School of Rock, Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Choir, Urban Guerrilla Orchestra

Charity Auction to Include Billboard Music Awards Tickets, 'Flower Power' Cruise, 'Tonight Show' Tickets, and More High Profile Items

PHILADELPHIA (October 16, 2015) – For the first time in more than two decades, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) will be hosting a stellar evening gala to celebrate its newest group of inductees on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame.

The PMA and the Avenue of the Arts, Inc., proudly present the 2015 WALK OF FAME GALA on Monday, Oct. 26, honoring The Roots, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Billie Holiday, Cinderella, The Trammps, Andrea McArdle, and WOGL air personality Harvey Holiday at the new Fillmore Philadelphia, frequently hailed as "the most beautiful club in America."

Afternoon ceremonies inducting the Walk of Fame's Class of 2015 will be held the same day along the Avenue of the Arts in front of the Kimmel Center, with live music by the Philly Pops Brass Band.

Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo will be hosting the grand evening gala, with special guest appearances by Dionne Warwick, Mayor Michael Nutter, Broadway's "Annie" creator Martin Charnin; WMMR's Jacky Bam Bam, Philadelphia Sports Hall of Famer Sonny Hill, "The Geator" Jerry Blavat, and more surprises to be announced. A 30-year reunion of the original surviving members of The Trammps will highlight an array of live performances by American Idol alum Haley Reinhart, the School of Rock, and the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Choir. The world-renowned Urban Guerilla Orchestra will be the house band for the evening.

The sold-out event, with catering by Wolfgang Puck, will include a charity auction with high profile items including:

  • Two (2) Floor tickets to the Billboard Music Awards 2016
  • A veranda cabin for two (2) on StarVista Live's "Flower Power" Cruise starring Blood, Sweat and Tears feat. Bo Bice, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, Jefferson Starship, The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, The Guess Who, and more
  • Four (4) tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

With 16 Grammy Awards and a Tony Award nomination among the new honorees, spanning the musical gamut from Jazz, Country, Disco, Hip Hop/Neo Soul, Rock, Broadway and radio, the long-awaited return of the evening gala considerably amplifies the vital significance of the Philadelphia Music Alliance and Walk of Fame as its 30th anniversary approaches in 2016.

"Celebrating this tremendous array of legendary talent during a gala event at the prestigious new Fillmore is a major step in reiterating our level of importance to the music and business communities of Philadelphia," says PMA Board Chairman Alan Rubens. "This enables us to enhance our mission of honoring and helping to support the future of the vast musical talent that continues to come out of our city."

The PMA also is honoring the CAPA Foundation, with the Educational Award, a financial donation for Outstanding Excellence in Arts and Music. The CAPA Foundation is an independent non-profit organization providing sustained support to CAPA High School students by engaging CAPA alumni and parents, the Philadelphia arts community, corporate partners and foundations focused on arts education. The CAPA Foundation was formed in response to a $1.1 million cut in the operating budget of The Roots' alma mater as a result of the School District of Philadelphia budget crisis.

Frank Giordano will be honored with the Platinum Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Philadelphia Music Community. The Platinum Award is given to an individual, organization or company that has been a leader and champion in supporting the music making community in a significant way. Mr. Giordano's significant contributions to Philadelphia's music community include his work with The Philly Pops, and the Philly Youth Orchestra.

Major sponsors include Live Nation, Hotel Monaco Stratus Lounge, Great Lakes Brewery, Philadelphia Distilling, ESM Productions, Blank Rome, LLP, O'Donnell & Naccarato Inc, The Clayman Foundation, Martell Cognac, Replica Creative, and Vinedrea Wines.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance

The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts. The Philadelphia Music Alliance is a community-based, non-profit (501c3) organization, with an overall mission to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction, and to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music.

For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org.

October 7, 2015
ALMOST 60 YEARS LATER, THE JAZZ ROOTS OF AN UNSUNG ROCK 'N' ROLL PIONEER RE-EMERGE IN THE NAME OF MUSIC EDUCATION THROUGH REBIRTH OF THE APPLEJACKS

Completed Just Before His Passing at 92, to be Posthumously Released New Jazz Tracks by Writer-Producer-Arranger Dave Appell, One Year Later as New Beginning to His Earliest Legacy

Special Kickoff Performances in New York and Philadelphia

"His music really smacked me between the eyes when I was a kid!" - Paul Shaffer, Musician and former David Letterman sidekick, on music industry legend Dave Appell.

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 7, 2015) - An all-new jazz album completed by an unsung rock 'n' roll pioneer just prior to his passing at 92 will be posthumously released this fall as THE APPLEJACKS. The 1950s swing band at the core of the lasting legacy of iconic songwriter-producer-arranger DAVE APPELL is being reborn by a new generation of musicians, arriving to boost music education as an exciting and revitalized bookend to an extraordinary career.

Quiet and unassuming but incredibly prolific, Dave Appell is best known as the driving force behind early '60s Cameo-Parkway Records hits like "Let's Twist Again," "South Street," "Wild One" and "Mashed Potato Time," and early '70s No. 1 smashes "Knock Three Times" and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon."

"His music really smacked me between the eyes when I was a kid," says longtime David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer, recalling how he was first inspired by Appell's hits watching American Bandstand as an 11-year-old. "There was something about these tunes that really grabbed me. I never forgot the feeling of 'South Street' and the way that song rocked, or the way Dee Dee Sharp sang – this was really gospel music emanating from Philadelphia!"

But before his music made stars of Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp and Tony Orlando & Dawn, Appell hit the Top 40 on his own as leader of THE APPLEJACKS with "Mexican Hat Rock" (Appell's take on the infamous "Mexican Hat Dance") and "Rocka-Conga." The band was also featured prominently in the 1956 Alan Freed movie Don't Knock the Rock, and was the studio band for television pioneer Ernie Kovacs.

A year after his passing, the newly re-imagined version of THE APPLEJACKS is bringing Appell and his music full circle, by mixing up-and-coming musicians - primarily Philadelphia music school students - with modern jazz masters like Steve Beskrone, George Young, Hector Rosado and Demetrios Pappas on THE APPLEJACKS, due October 19, 2015 on Dave Appell Music. Special kickoff performances in New York and Philadelphia will follow.

Appell initially began writing and compiling a prolific catalog of original jazz songs from which THE APPLEJACKS album was compiled in the mid-1980s, and continued to write and arrange until just before his death in November 2014. But it was producer Billy Terrell (Larry Carlton, Michael Feinstein, Tony DeSare), who pulled the project together because of his deep friendship and admiration for Appell, and completed it just before his failing health took over. The titles are balanced between smooth, groove and Latin jazz flavors, all seamlessly and expertly blended by Appell's incredible sense of melody.

"It's cool because it's the culmination of 20 plus years of an iconic songwriter producer who can arguably be credited with the development of the Sound of Philadelphia in its earliest stages, when it changed over to rock 'n' roll," says Terrell. "Dave had basically retired, yet to keep himself going, he went to his basement, took a liking to smooth jazz, and wrote and developed some sensational music.

He called me for advice to take the best of the best, and put together a young inspired group of musicians, and give it a live flavor to capture the feel. And here we are. The final body of work is a sensational piece."

During recording sessions, Terrell found an unreleased Applejacks gem tucked in the vaults: "The Man on the Sliding Trombone." Recorded in the '50s, the original instrumental not only swings big, it still sounds fresh and vibrant. Appell called upon Perry Artese to pen new lyrics, and Terrell summoned vocal stylist Paul Jost to turn in a perfectly gritty, Louis Prima-style performance on this otherwise instrumental album. Both versions are included as bonus tracks on the album. And yes, Dave Appell IS the man on the sliding trombone.

"This is a marvelous conclusion to Dave Appell's life and career, but really a new beginning with the Applejacks," says Terrell, who also is making a hard push to get Appell into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. "And we have a lot more music in Dave's catalogue that we didn't touch on here. The true goal is to keep this very humble man's legacy alive. He was always content being the quiet guy. It was all about the music, and he never really brought much attention to himself. If he was a great self promoter, he'd be known worldwide. But that's him. It was the melody that he cared about. So this gives us an opportunity to educate future generations and keep this iconic human being relevant."

THE APPLEJACKS TRACK LISTING
1. Unavailable/Unavoidable
2. It Ain't Real Love
3. For The Love of You
4. Salsa Philly
5. Super Track
6. Toe Tapper
7. Silky Smooth
8. Spot Lite
9. Never, Never Love
10. New Braz
11. It Don't Happen Overnight
12. Vera Cruz
13. The Man On The Sliding Trombone
14. The Man On The Sliding Trombone (Vocal Version)

September 15, 2015
ANNENBERG CENTER LIVE LAUNCHES MULTI-YEAR CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN CULTURE

JAZZ IS FOCUS FOR 15/16 SEASON

Toshi Reagon's Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version, Jon Batiste, Dianne Reeves and Sweet Honey in the Rock Among Fall Offerings, Beginning Oct 1

"I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture." - Etta James

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 15, 2015) - Annenberg Center Live embarks on a multi-year journey this fall to celebrate the African diaspora's unique contributions to American culture with a series of programs under the AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES banner.

Starting with the 15/16 season, each year will focus on a different genre, exploring its roots and cultural impact. This season focuses on jazz, a wholly-original American art form. Jazz is unpredictable, it's bold, it's a conversation. As Louis Armstrong said, "If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."

AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES kicks off the fall with four performances of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version, starring Toshi Reagon (Oct 1-3), and continues with Everybody's Protest Music: Dr. Guy's Musiqology (Oct 16); Jon Batiste & Stay Human (Oct 17); four dance performances by Urban Bush Women (Oct 22-24); Motown Meets Jazz featuring the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble (Nov 7); Dianne Reeves (Nov 15); and Sweet Honey in the Rock (Dec 12).

In 2016, AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES programming features the Mack Avenue Super Band (Jan 31); Daddy Mack Blues Band (Feb 20); four performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem (Mar 3-5); Celebrate the Great Women of Blues & Jazz (Mar 12); Meredith Rainey Dance (Apr 1-2); the Johnny Clegg Band (Apr 3); Dr. Lonnie Smith (Apr 9); Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton (Apr 23); and Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars (May 7).

"With African Roots, American Voices we want to dig a little deeper into these art forms and explore their connection to American society as a whole," says Dawn Frisby Byers, Annenberg Center's Director of Marketing and Communications. "Being on the University of Pennsylvania's campus gives us access to many brilliant minds who are willing to share their knowledge with our audiences. Patrons can always just buy a ticket and enjoy any of the Annenberg shows, but if they want to deepen their understanding of the artist or art form, they can participate in many pre-show or post-show discussions."

"Our starting premise for African Roots, American Music is that certain art forms, born out of the African American experience in this country, have greatly influenced American culture," she continues. "We chose jazz, blues, and gospel as a starting point because they are easily identifiable and have tentacles in multiple disciplines, i.e., music, theatre dance and visual arts. African Roots, American Music will explore these influences across all arts genres."

Discover African Roots, American Voices through a diverse selection of performances, and delve deeper into the themes presented on stage through the INSIGHTS program. Join Annenberg Center Live on a musical expedition through American culture!

Here's a closer look at the AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES programming for Annenberg Center Live 15/16:

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER'S PARABLE OF THE SOWER: THE CONCERT VERSION
TOSHI REAGON
Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 2 at 8 PM
Saturday, October 3 at 2 PM and 8 PM

Called "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride" (Vibe Magazine), singer/songwriter/guitarist Toshi Reagon and friends perform her genre-defying work-in-progress concept piece based on Octavia Butler's acclaimed novel, Parable of the Sower. Set in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles of the future, this gospel opera blends science fiction, African American spiritualism and deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.

EVERYBODY'S PROTEST MUSIC
DR. GUY'S MUSIQOLOGY
Friday, October 16 at 8 PM

Dr. Guy's Musiqology's original jazz compositions and arrangements speak about resistance, power and love in the current era of social protest and change. Penn music professor Guthrie Ramsey and his ensemble perform works that incorporate spoken word, vocals and instruments, creating their own mix of genres and sounds.

JON BATISTE & STAY HUMAN
Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM

Direct from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the HBO series Treme, Jon Batiste boasts a soulful voice, virtuosic piano chops and a dapper sense of style. Born in New Orleans and trained at Julliard, Batiste has absorbed a musical language that revives the roots of jazz, blues and other American music while playing it in a way that is fresh and engaging. Batiste is a true entertainer who creates a social and interactive music performance.

URBAN BUSH WOMEN
Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 23 at 8 PM
Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM and 8 PM

The Urban Bush Women troupe uses cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. The performance ensemble of seven women weaves contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora. Bold and demanding, their works challenge long-held assumptions about women, people of color, body types and styles of movement.

MOTOWN MEETS JAZZ
ARPEGGIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Saturday, November 7 at 8 PM

"My Girl", "Heat Wave", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and countless other Motown hits changed the landscape of American popular music. Join bassist Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble for a trip down musical memory lane that illustrates how signature Motown sounds emanated from the soul and style of jazz.

DIANNE REEVES
Sunday, November 15 at 7 PM

One of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today, this four-time Grammy® Award winner boasts a magical, timeless voice, rhythmic virtuosity and a captivating personality. Adored by audiences and critics alike, Reeves' unique jazz and R&B stylings makes each performance unique and not-to-be-missed.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
Saturday, December 12 at 8 PM

Internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock is known for their stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American legacy. Over the past four decades, the powerhouse group has stayed true to its adventurous and diverse mix of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music. Through soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms, a Sweet Honey performance entertains and inspires.

MACK AVENUE SUPER BAND
Sunday, January 31 at 7 PM

The Mack Avenue Super Band brings together an impressive ensemble of jazz greats for an unforgettable concert experience. This stellar group includes seven-time Grammy® Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton; R&B saxophonist Tia Fuller; Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpeter Sean Jones; and four-time Grammy® Award-winning bassist Christian McBride backed by pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

DADDY MACK BLUES BAND
Saturday, February 20 at 8 PM

Direct from Beale Street in Memphis, get down to the funky sounds of the Daddy Mack Blues Band. One of the most authentic urban blues bands since the 1970s, the five-member group plays a soulful mix of original music and classic tunes. The Daddy Mack Blues Band promises a fun time, with the perfect balance of showmanship and good music.

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 4 at 8 PM
Saturday, March 5 at 2 PM and 8 PM

Dance Theatre of Harlem performs exceptional ballet masterpieces around the world. The iconic company brings unprecedented relevance to classical ballet with cutting-edge new works and beloved masterpieces performed by some of the most beautiful and exceptionally-trained dancers around.

CELEBRATE THE GREAT WOMEN OF BLUES & JAZZ
Saturday, March 12 at 8 PM

A musical tribute to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and other female pioneers of jazz. This collective of New York's best singers and musicians honors their musical mothers in an evening of beloved jazz standards and blues hits. Directed by Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller, celebrate the women whose immense talent and unbreakable spirit shaped the future of jazz and blues.

MEREDITH RAINEY DANCE
Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM

Philadelphia-based choreographer and former Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Meredith Rainey returns to the stage in (In)Visible Man (working title), a new collaboration with Jorge Cousineau and Tania Isaac. Through a mix of playful satire and flowing movement, the ensemble piece examines individual and collective ideas of identity as it pertains to culture, sexuality and race, taking inspiration from Rainey's own life of paradoxes.

THE JOHNNY CLEGG BAND
Sunday, April 3 at 7 PM

Johnny Clegg – singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist, academic and activist. While all of these labels are fitting, none fully describe the passionate man who is one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. Clegg's infectious crossover music is a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms. Join this Grammy® nominee and Billboard music award winner for an unforgettable performance.

DR. LONNIE SMITH
Saturday, April 9 at 8 PM

Master of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled figure in the soul-jazz movement. His unpredictable, avid musical taste led him to record everything from covers of the Beatles and the Eurythmics to tribute albums of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Beck. Performing with his octet, the doctor gives a generous dose of funky soul and deep jazz sounds.

LISA FISCHER & GRAND BATON
April 23 at 8 PM

By any measure of talent and success, Lisa Fischer is a superstar. She's spent the last 20 years as a backup singer for the Rolling Stones, Sting, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and countless others. A Grammy® Award winner with astonishing range and powerhouse vocals, Fischer was featured in the Oscar® Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom and now steps into the spotlight with her interpretations of classic songs from across the rock and pop universe.

JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS
Saturday, May 7 at 8 PM

A unique ensemble, devoted to the past, present and future of Cuban music. Founded by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, the group features the finest Cuban expatriate musicians in the world today, all alumni of Cuba's greatest bands. Each dynamic performance captures the undeniable spirit of AfroCuban music with a potent mix of driving percussion, a powerhouse horn section and incomparable vocals.

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been the region's leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children's programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center's curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience. The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Arts4Youth Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children's Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

September 2, 2015
ORIGINAL FILLMORE POSTER ARTIST COMMISSIONED BY LIVE NATION TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE SOUVENIR POSTER OF NEW PHILADELPHIA FILLMORE STARRING HALL & OATESCOMMEMORATING SOLD-OUT OPENING NIGHT

Keepsake 1960s Inspired Poster Art Created by Philadelphia's Bonnie MacLean, Former Wife of Legendary Concert Impresario Bill Graham, to Be Presented to All Concertgoers in Attendance Oct. 1

Bonnie MacLean

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 2, 2015) — The spectacular Philadelphia Fillmore, hailed as the "best live rock music venue in the United States," has formed a uniquely special bond to the iconic legacy of the original Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco after discovering an extraordinary link to the past in its own back yard. And the results will be unveiled on opening night as a treasured keepsake for everyone in attendance.

To commemorate the sold-out Grand Opening concert Oct. 1 starring Hall & Oates, Live Nation has commissioned 1960s Fillmore poster artist Bonnie MacLean, a Philadelphia native and the onetime wife of legendary concert impresario and Fillmore Auditorium founder Bill Graham, to design a distinctive souvenir poster which will be handed out free to ticket-holders that evening.

"We are thrilled and privileged that Bonnie has come on board to exclusively lend her singular authenticity to the Fillmore Philadelphia," said Michael Grozier, Sr. Vice President, House of Blues Entertainment. "We've gone to tremendous lengths to write a new chapter to Philadelphia's proud musical heritage by honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, and we can't wait to see what she creates not only for us, but also for the 2,500 patrons who will pack the house on Opening Night."

MacLean was among the driving forces behind the rise of the San Francisco rock music scene of the late '60s, with the success of the Fillmore Auditorium due in no small part to her groundbreaking posters promoting the venue's concert attractions. She moved back to the East Coast in 1972 and settled in rural Bucks County, PA, where she has been living ever since, painting nudes, landscapes and still lives in her converted barn studio. She remains best-known for her series of historical hand-drawn rock posters, among the most sought-after collectible poster art in rock. Some of MacLean's posters sell today for as much as $10,000.

"I'm quite pleased to be recognized by Live Nation as the person I was 50 years ago," said MacLean. "The Fillmore Philadelphia will spread the joy of what used to be the most wonderful music venue around. Philadelphia, being a musical city, will enjoy it and appreciate it."

The Fillmore Auditorium, which first opened in San Francisco in 1965, is one of this country's landmark performing stages. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and '70s, helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.

MacLean, already married to Graham at the time, helped her then-husband launch the Fillmore Auditorium by joining the staff to collect tickets, pass out handbills, and count receipts. Her initial contribution as an artist was simply drawling lists of band lineups on the coming attractions board at the top of the stairs, before she eventually stepped in to create more than 30 posters for shows featuring the likes of the Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Cream, the Yardbirds, and numerous others.

The opening of The Philly Fillmore marks the seventh Fillmore now open in the U.S., and the latest addition to a legendary group of music venues that traces its lineage to rock history's golden era. The newest Fillmore is a major component in the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown and is rising at one of the city's historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal Factory. The building, at the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Richmond Street, is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine constructed over 100 years ago into a beautiful, pounding music machine of a different sort, 2015 style, with a distinct Philly flair.

More on the Philadelphia Fillmore at www.thefillmorephilly.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Original Fillmore Auditorium poster artist Bonnie MacLean, shown here in her suburban Philadelphia home studio with a first-run poster she created in the '60s for a concert with Vanilla Fudge and Blue Cheer, has been commissioned by Live Nation to create an exclusive souvenir poster featuring Hall & Oates to commemorate their Opening Night performance Oct. 1.

Photo credit: Randex Communications

August 5, 2015
CRITICS AGREE: 'MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE' IS MAGNIFICENT JOURNEY INTO HIDDEN WORLD

CRITICS AGREE: 'MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE' IS MAGNIFICENT JOURNEY INTO HIDDEN WORLD

Luxury Coffee Table Book by Barnes Foundation Alumnus Sets Standard as Definitive Resource ... with Glorious Gift Appeal

PHILADELPHIA (August 5, 2015) - From the New York Times to The Magazine ANTIQUES, critics agree that MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE: A Definitive Guide to the Geographic Origins of Mangle Boards (Streamline Press), the luxurious, new eight-pound coffee table book by art historian and Barnes Foundation alumnus Jay Raymond, is a must for lovers of art, art history, folk art, and old-fashioned beauty and craftsmanship.

Antiques & The Arts Weekly hails MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE: "Exquisitely designed and photographed, every aspect of this prodigious book is a visual feast."

No doubt, the oversized book succeeds in being as stimulating to the senses as the beautifully hand-carved mangle boards themselves. The result is a journey for the reader, an experience of the boards instead of a history lesson or lecture about them.

And consider The Art Muse's perspective as a decorative addition: "[The book] is filled with striking photography and makes for a lovely conversation piece fit for any home."

Indeed, with this sort of press notice, the small group of people who already knew what a mangle board is and how to judge its origins is quickly expanding with the release of this "exceptional" (The Magazine ANTIQUES) and prodigious book on the "arcane charms" (New York Times) of these folk art treasures.

Raymond writes that a mangle board is a carved plank of wood used in conjunction with a wooden rolling pin to smooth wrinkles from linen: "They are the result of skilled and unskilled craft. They are folk art. They use symbolism. The design motifs are drawn from antiquity onward and from regions inside and outside Europe." When mass-produced, sadirons came into vogue in the 19th century, mangle boards were soon forgotten and on track to becoming the rare works of art they are today.

With photographs of 267 mangle boards thoughtfully positioned across 288 folio sized pages, MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE illuminates the handiwork of countless hands, many of them common people, whose lives are otherwise lost to history.

The story behind MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE is as curious as the topic at hand. Raymond, a collector himself of vintage electric clothes irons, was summoned on a six-year adventure by William C. Carson, a prolific collector of mangle boards, to create this unprecedented window into a heretofore unsung world - an exquisite volume of extraordinary magnitude. Carson knew Raymond had taught at the world famous Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Originally a student at the Barnes Foundation, Raymond had already written a book on vintage electric irons, Streamlined Irons, in 2008, so linkage to their northern European ancestors - mangle boards - was clear.

Raymond's journey took him to the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Germany, where he saw seven thousand mangle boards - which can range in value from $300 to $12,000. Raymond's objective was to recognize the common characteristics of the mangle boards of each country.

The years that Raymond spent working on the book were filled with dramatic twists and turns, including uncovering a case of pervasive fraud.

Raymond's judgment grew such that he was able to direct his expertise toward Carson's personal collection - and somewhat uncomfortably, straighten out the man who'd hired him - and judge the authenticity of his collection of mangle boards.

"I came to the conclusion that many of his boards were not authentic," Raymond acknowledges. "I removed more than half of his collection over a six-month period. I now have confidence in my judgment, but that took a while. The experience was quite an education."

MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE is available for purchase at www.streamlinedirons.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay Raymond graduated from Temple University with a degree in art. He also studied at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa., then taught in the art department there. He appeared in the documentary film The Art of the Steal, which examines the figures and forces behind the relocation, disfigurement, and commercialization of the art collection at the Barnes Foundation. Raymond is editor of Pressing News, a publication of the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America. His first book, Streamlined Irons, was published in 2008. His work life also has encompassed the jobs of heating mechanic and contractor, building inspector, handyman, and maître d' of a vegan restaurant. He and his partner, Catherine Suttle, live in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

Title: Mangle Boards of Northern Europe
Author: Jay Raymond
Publisher: Streamline Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780578158037
Pages 288
Price $185

July 30, 2015
GODSMACK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ANCHOR 'HEAVY' RETURN OF SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL

General Admission Tickets Increase to $70 on SATURDAY! VIP Tickets Sold Out!

ANTHRAX, CLUTCH, CHEVELLE, HELMET, REV. HORTON HEAT, MANY MORE JOIN THE PARTY FOR BALTIMORE’S ONLY TRUE ROCK FESTIVAL

All-Day Celebration Captures Working Class Spirit of Charm City’s Neighborhoods Saturday, Sept. 19 @ Carroll Park

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"My favorite thing about this festival was the overall vibe of the good people of Baltimore. The festival was packed in tight with positive, sincere people who all were there to see some great music and have fun."
- The Vinyl District (DC)

BALTIMORE (Thursday, July 30, 2015) - With general admission tickets increasing to $70 on SATURDAY and VIP tickets completely sold out, THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL returns "heavier than ever" Saturday, Sept. 19 to Carroll Park with rock radio staples GODSMACK and ‘90s alternative giants STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - featuring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on vocals - anchoring the daylong, two-stage lineup in the city’s Pigtown district. Last year’s Shindig drew a record-setting 10,000 music lovers - the most ever gathered at Carroll Park for an event - and was named BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL in Baltimore by the readers of Baltimore City Paper.

Joining the energy fueled festivities on this year’s two main stages will be the legendary Anthrax, Clutch, Chevelle, Helmet, Reverend Horton Heat plus exciting new buzz bands Nothing More and Crobot. Rounding out the talent is homegrown favorites Silvertung, Black Angel Down and More to Monroe. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $60 until SATURDAY (early bird); $70 thereafter. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT. Children under 12 FREE if accompanied by an adult. To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.

A "Shindig" is defined as "a large, lively party celebrating something," and in this case, that "something" is the working class spirit of Baltimore which makes up the very core of THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music.

The Woods is home to the Ripley's "Believe it or Not" Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including a performance by local shock-rock troupe Dingleberry Dynasty, plus Sword Swallowers, Fire Breathers, Aerial Acrobats, Burlesque performances, Tattoo Contests, and many other visually captivating oddities. The Vending Village is also located in The Woods, which offers a variety of Baltimore’s most popular restaurant and retail options with plenty of shade and seating to chill out and relax.

THE SHINDIG is truly a labor of love for its curator, well-known MD independent promoter, Paul Manna of 24-7 Entertainment. To that end Manna and 24-7 are giving back to the community, by donating 10% of Gross Ticket Sales are donated to three Baltimore Non-Profits: the Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, and Pigtown Main Street Association.

"I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival and vibe we've never seen herewas my goal," says Manna. "I think the unique charm and feel of The Shindig is palpable from the moment you step on the grounds. I’m very grateful for the overwhelming amount of fans who come out each year to share in the festival experience we passionately work so hard attempting to perfect."

Ben Hyman, Director of Pigtown Main Street, adds: "The Shindig showcases our historic neighborhood to thousands of new people. They are yet another example of our investment in Pigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development."

Carroll Park is located only 1.5 miles from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395 in the heart of historic Pigtown. The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, MD for another year of great music and memories.

The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, MD for another year of great music and memories.

July 14, 2015
ZZ TOP, GARY CLARK JR. TO CO-HEADLINE DAYLONG VERMONT MUSIC FESTIVAL WHERE GUITARS STAND AT THE CROSSROADS OF ROADHOUSE BOOGIE, SOUTHERN ROCK, BLUE-EYED SOUL AND THE BLUES - AUG. 22 @ GREEN MOUNTAIN RACETRACK!
Gary Clark Jr.
ZZ Top

POWNAL, VT (July 14, 2015) - Guitars, guitars, guitars! They're the engines driving the hip shakin', butt-quakin' rock ‘n' roll that will be reverberating through the green mountains of southern Vermont next month when THE FULL TILT BOOGIE music festival brings ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Blackberry Smoke, the Marshall Tucker Band, Trigger Hippy (feat. Joan Osborne & Jackie Greene), the Wood Brothers, Albert Lee featuring Cindy Cashdollar, Girls Guns & Glory and so much more to the alternating main stages of the newly revived scenic festival grounds at Green Mountain Racetrack.

THE FULL TILT BOOGIE, an historic one-day, two-stage guitar extravaganza set for Aug. 22, is by far the biggest music festival to play this picturesque setting since it hosted over 30,000 music lovers for the Lollapalooza Music Festival almost two decades ago.

Tickets for THE FULL TILT BOOGIE are on sale NOW through Ticketmaster at $92.50. Free parking is included. Gates open 10 a.m. Complete information at www.greenmountainlive.com.

THE FULL TILT BOOGIE features bands whose music meets at ‘the crossroads' of Roadhouse Boogie, Southern Rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rockabilly and The Blues," says promoter Tony Pallagrosi of UMT Presents, whose New Jersey concert company is aligning with Green Mountain Live! and TTM to produce the progressive, environment-friendly event. This year's inaugural festival features some incredible guitar-fueled artists. It's gonna be 11 hours of some of the best hip shakIn' music on the planet!"

Guitar fans won't be able to resist the incendiary sounds and the serene surroundings that THE FULL TILT BOOGIE will deliver to the Pownal Valley, one of the most beautiful in all of Vermont.

And in another first, THE FULL TILT BOOGIE is using electric power generated by renewable resources. Hence the appropriately named Green Stage, which will be home to revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker; NJ Americana rockers Stolen Rhodes; "high energy, riffy" power trio Wild Adriatic; the Tangier Blues Band, led by world renowned rock photographer and music documentarian Danny Clinch; and local favorites T Bone Daddy.

Tucked between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Taconic Mountains in New York, it's home to scenic farms and villages and the perfect destination for weekend getaways. Situated quietly between Bennington, VT and Williamstown, MA, the town of Pownal is known as "The Gateway to Vermont," with a rich history that predates the Revolutionary War.

THE FULL TILT BOOGIE promises its own revolution, musically speaking. It's sparking a music festival revival at Green Mountain Race Track, the first of numerous music festivals being planned for the site in the spring, summer, and fall of 2016 and beyond. THE FULL TILT BOOGIE music festival offers convenient and spacious access with outstanding acoustics in a breathtaking setting. After arriving through secure gates, attendees can spread out with plenty of room to see the stage, hear the music, and enjoy the festival's wide array of top food truck vendors and beverage distillers from around New England. Green Mountain Racetrack offers easy access from across New England and the tri-state areas with a 45 minute drive from Albany and less than three hours from Boston, New York City, and Hartford. While there is plenty of parking available on site, attendees are encouraged to carpool, access the area via Peter Pan Bus Lines, or use the venue's free bike storage. The Pownal area has many surrounding activities and is known for weekend getaways.

RYDE, a crowd-sourcing transportation company, has partnered with Green Mountain Live! to provide regional shuttle service to THE FULL TILT BOOGIE, enabling upscale motor coaches to shuttle fans to the festival grounds from surrounding cities and states, and provide an economical, environmentally-friendly, and highly social alternative to single-car driving.

About Green Mountain Live!
Green Mountain Live! is the home of premier music festivals and special events that will be offered throughout the summer and fall in a bucolic, rural setting in Vermont, conveniently located to major cities in New England and New York. The music venue has a vibrant history as the home of the former Green Mountain Racetrack. Known as The Feel Good Track," families from around New England would travel hundreds of miles to enjoy horse racing in the midst of Vermont's incredible natural beauty. For more information, please visit www.greenmountainlive.com.

July 14, 2015
'POETIC POP' DUO FAR IN THE MAPLES RELEASES 'HIP AND ACCESSIBLE' DEBUT ALBUM, SKYWORK, TODAY VIA REFROST RECORDS/AWOL
Far in the Maples

Honest and Contemporary, Timeless Collection, Produced by Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone), Impacting Now at Commercial Triple A Radio; Music Video for ‘Hookline,' Produced in England by Love Love Films, Due in August

Early Praise for SKYWORK:

"A hit record, to me, is about a good voice marrying good songwriting, and Far in the Maples strikes me by its ability to combine those elements in a very commercial way on ‘Skywork.' Regina has the kind of voice that should adapt to many radio formats, and the band's songwriting and production supports it perfectly."

- Franke Previte, Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Dirty Dancing")

"The annals of pop music are filled with a myriad of bands that got their start on the Jersey Shore, and built their legacies one gig and one chorus at a time. Next up – Far in the Maples."

- Jon Regen / Editor at Large, Keyboard Magazine

"You'll be hearing more of this Asbury Park duo. They find the right intersection between Triple A, MOR and pop, and they make it hip and accessible. Singer Regina Conroy has million dollar pipes and partner Reshy P has the gift of melody."

- Chris Jordan, Asbury Park Press / Gannett NJ

"The heart-warming vocals of Regina Conroy ... weave their way into your musical soul. The fun, energetic feel of ‘Free' and the passion delivered in ‘Won't Do This Alone' have all the right ingredients for pop success."

- Meriden (CT) Record-Journal

"Serene and with just the right amount of studio sheen, Skywork is a poised and pleasing debut album full of pop that's suitable for all ages."

- Chris M. Junior, Medleyville.us

ASBURY PARK, NJ (July 14, 2015) – Turning the celebrated, swingin' sound of the Jersey Shore inside out, "poetic pop" duo FAR IN THE MAPLES is poised to cast a new seaside musical legacy built upon the nuances of internal emotion with unexpected soundscapes, unforgettable melodies and the sweetly understated vocals of its alluring lead songstress with the release TODAY of its debut album, SKYWORK (Refrost Records/AWAL).

Hailed as "hip and accessible" by the Asbury Park Press and "serene ... with just the right amount of studio sheen" by Medleyville.us, SKYWORK was produced by Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone) at Lakehouse Studios in Asbury Park to showcase song-oriented music that's both honest and contemporary with a classic timelessness, from an infectious new band driven by songbird Regina Conroy and multi-instrumentalist Reshy P.

FAR IN THE MAPLES just returned from England, where they shot the music video for "Hookline," the opening track on SKYWORK. The video. produced by Love Love Films of Bournemouth, England, and directed by Brian Nelson for Rebel Intelligence, is due for release in mid-August.

Regina, the primary lyricist, approaches each song with the same free-flowing inspiration as her frequent poetry writing. And that, in part, explains the origins of the band's unusual name FAR IN THE MAPLES. It's taken from a line in the Robert Frost poem A Boundless Moment. And that extends particularly to "Hookline," where the band's Jersey Shore roots truly originate.

SKYWORK, impacting now at Commercial Triple A radio, instantly strikes the listener with the young songwriting duo's unique melding of influences – Regina's love for great American singer-songwriters like Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin, Avril Lavigne, and Michelle Branch, with Reshy's wide-ranging leanings from punk to electronica, inspired by Billy Talent, Millencolin, Sum 41, Owl City, Paramore, and beyond. FAR IN THE MAPLES will be at the Triple A Convention in Boulder, CO., in early August.

Greenwell's goal was to find the common ground between Regina's rootsy songwriting and Reshy's synth work. He found it "pretty incredible" to have "two kids in their early 20's making song-oriented music that's both honest and contemporary at the same time. There's a classic timelessness to their music that's totally refreshing. That's why I got involved."

"Growing up on the Jersey Shore, I have nature's influence, and the emotional connections to it, in my writing," Regina explains. "It's about reflecting on a relationship that you have to really work at, and holding onto something that maybe isn't – trying not to break up with someone, so it doesn't come to heartbreak. That's the point of a lot of the songs – a feeling of emotiveness, getting inside yourself, and just thought provoking, emotive feelings. All of the songs on SKYWORK are based on relationships, but not always with others. Some are more about the relationships with yourself."

July 13, 2015
MARCUS GOLDHABER CONTINUES 'MOSTLY MARCUS' JAZZ DUO SUMMER RESIDENCY AT BAR THALIA AT SYMPHONY SPACE WITH EXPANDED SLATE OF NEW YORK'S TOP RISING FEMALE GUEST VOCALISTS
Marcus Goldhaber

MOLLY RYAN, GABRIELLE STRAVELLI, VANESSA TROUBLE, DAWN DERO (MAC Award Winner), KENDRA SHANK ADDED TO WEEKLY SUNDAY NIGHT 'GUEST LIST'

54 BELOW (BROADWAY'S SUPPER CLUB) DEBUT WITH FULL BAND COMING JULY 25

NEW YORK (July 13, 2015) - With less than two weeks remaining until his debut (July 25) backed by a full band at "Broadway's Supper Club," 54 Below, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER continues to build anticipation among New York audiences each Sunday this summer with an expanded slate of special guests for "MOSTLY MARCUS," his much-buzzed-about "jazz duo" residency at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space.

"MOSTLY MARCUS" at Bar Thalia finds Goldhaber backed only by a top jazz guitarist and joined each week by a different rising female guest vocalist. Following last night's performances with guest vocalist Melissa Stylianou, hailed by JazzTimes as "Smart. Seamless. Stunning.," Goldhaber will be calling upon the following women for the remainder of the residency: Molly Ryan (July 19), Gabrielle Stravelli (July 26), Vanessa Trouble (Aug. 16), 2015 MAC Award winner Dawn Dero (Aug. 23) and Kendra Shank (Aug. 30).

The rotating group of jazz guitarists on the rest of the summer schedule includes John Hart (Jimmy Smith, James Moody), Ron Jackson (Taj Mahal, Little Anthony, Jimmy McGriff, Sarah Dash), Pete McCann (Patti Austin, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine), and Sean Harkness (Eileen Ivers, Julie Budd).

Show times for each engagement are 7 and 8:30 p.m. Bar Thalia @ Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th St.), New York City. For additional information, call 646.597.7340 or go to www.barthalia.org.

Continuing through Aug. 30, "MOSTLY MARCUS" is designed to underscore Goldhaber's intimate approach to the American Songbook, which Jazz Weekly has called "lyrical and swingin'." and All About Jazz says is delivered "like a plate full of comfort food!" As Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC) says, "he is filled with ideas!"

In the middle of this residency, Goldhaber will be making his debut at "Broadway's Supper Club," 54 Below, where he'll premiere a special show, "Free and Easy: Livin' on Swing Street," Saturday, July 25.

Watch the new "unplugged" video of Marcus Goldhaber singing his latest single, "Losin' Your Appeal," accompanied by Hendrik Helmer on acoustic guitar:

Other summer tour highlights include Jazz at Pierson Park in Tarrytown, NY (Aug. 7); and an encore performance at World Café Live in Philadelphia (Aug. 9).

The Huffington Post caught Marcus recently at Kitano, and wrote that he croons "with a charming ease and a great sense of phrasing." Marcus is touring behind his fourth album, A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening (Fallen Apple/The Orchard), released in the fall, which earned Honorable Mentions for Best Album of 2014 in the Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger and The Improper. The powerful, 12-track collection reintroduces some of Goldhaber's favorite standards alongside five originals, and prompted Jazz Weekly to continue: "He's got a voice that is like a husky Chet Baker: vocool, but with an extra shot of testosterone. ... he makes old songs sound new, and his new songs sound vintage. ... If this guy were any more hip he'd have to visit the chiropractor for re-alignment!"

Mostly Marcus

MARCUS GOLDHABER 2015 TOUR DATES

THIS SUNDAY, July 19, 2015
Mostly Marcus - An Unplugged Evening
Duo w/guitarist John Hart
Guest vocalist: Molly Ryan
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Free and Easy: Livin' on Swing Street
54 Below
254 W. 54th St., New York, NY
646.476.3551
9:30 PM
www.54below.com

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Mostly Marcus - An Unplugged Evening
Duo w/guitarist Ron Jackson
Guest vocalist: Gabrielle Stravelli
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Friday, Aug. 7
Jazz at Pierson Park
Presented by Jazz Forum Arts
Tarrytown, NY
6:30 PM
www.jazzforumarts.org

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
World Cafe Live w/Jay Michael
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
215-222-1400
philly.worldcafelive.com

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015
Mostly Marcus - An Unplugged Evening
Duo w/ guitarist Pete McCann
Guest vocalist: Vanessa Trouble
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
9:00 PM
www.barthalia.org

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
Mostly Marcus - An Unplugged Evening
Duo w/guitarist Sean Harkness
Guest vocalist: Dawn Derow
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
9:00 PM
www.barthalia.org

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Mostly Marcus - An Unplugged Evening
Duo w/guitarist: Ron Jackson
Guest vocalist: Kendra Shank
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
9:00 PM
www.barthalia.org

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
"Labor Day Concert in Veterans Square"
Marcus Goldhaber & The Come Home America Band
Veterans Square Park
Edgewood & Heacock Roads, Lower Makefield, PA
www.veteranssquare.org

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
The Metropolitan Room, NYC
34 W. 22nd St., New York, NY
7:00 PM
212.206.2440
www.MetropolitanRoom.com

June 24, 2015
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, Presents MARCUS GOLDHABER in "FREE & EASY: LIVIN' ON SWING STREET"

MARCUS GOLDHABER IN "FREE & EASY: LIVIN' ON SWING STREET"
EXCITING. FRESH. TASTEFUL. HIP!
SATURDAY, JULY 25
AT 54 BELOW, BROADWAY'S SUPPER CLUB

Marcus Goldhaber

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents MARCUS GOLDHABER in "FREE & EASY: LIVIN' ON SWING STREET" on SATURDAY, JULY 25 AT 9:30 p.m.

Picture a street lamp dimly lit... an empty block during the smallest hours of post-evening mist... an endless cycle of songs groovin' along and half a moon to help guide the way... that's Swing Street.

Hangin' his hat at 54 Below for an evening, Marcus Goldhaber takes a stroll through a captivating collection of re-imagined jazz standards and new originals that People Magazine says "will have you giddy one moment, melancholy the next and loving every note." Goldhaber will be accompanied by Michael Kanan (Ramsey Lewis, Little Jimmy Scott, Jane Monheit) on piano, Paul Gil (NY Citizens) on bass and Joe Strasser (Heath Brothers, Jose Feliciano) on drums.

"A lot of these songs have been inspired by moments in my life," says Goldhaber. "That's really where the joy lies for me. That's the real passion that I have. It's not about simply writing a song or hearing something that swings. It's really about the connection."

MARCUS GOLDHABER in "FREE & EASY: LIVIN' ON SWING STREET" plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Saturday, July 25 @ 9:30 p.m. There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

MORE ABOUT MARCUS GOLDHABER
New York-based vocalist and songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER "rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli," according to JazzTimes, garnering more critical raves for his "wonderfully imaginative" interpretations of straight-ahead jazz standards while earning a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting. You'll see Goldhaber performing in New York's famed clubs like 54 Below, The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, Cutting Room, and at prestigious clubs and concert halls from Las Vegas to Miami, having shared stages along the way with the likes of the legendary Les Paul, Billy Stritch, Vince Giordano, and Bono.

Goldhaber's first three solo albums have established him firmly in the jazz/Cabaret scene, and serve as the core of his latest album, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (Fallen Apple/The Orchard): a 12-track collection reintroducing some of Goldhaber's favorite standards alongside new originals, produced in part by Billy Jay Stein (Linda Eder, "Spider-Man," "Beautiful" Broadway cast album). Featured by Jonathan Schwartz on WNYC (NPR) and Sirius XM saying "Goldhaber is excellent ... [he's] filled with ideas," the new album spotlights Goldhaber's artistic breadth in a career fast evolving from jazz interpreter to wistfully undeniable composer and lyricist of modern standards with an intuition for telling the story, including recordings achieved at NYC's famed Avatar Studios and featuring band mates Jon Davis (piano and musical director), Martin Wind (bass) and Marcello Pellitteri (drums).

A Buffalo native, Goldhaber credits his mother with introducing him to the Great American Songbook, and in 2000 he made his way to New York City via musical theater, developing a vast repertoire that includes selections from his current co-starring role in the off-Broadway hit "The Wonderful Wizard of Song," celebrating the music of the great Harold Arlen (a fellow Buffalo native.)

MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes "the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan's other major supper clubs." Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.

June 16, 2015
LEGENDARY SONGWRITERS KENNETH GAMBLE AND LEON HUFF ELECTED AS CO-CHAIRMEN OF THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff

New York, NY - June 16, 2015 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced today that Legendary Songwriters and Co-Creators of the iconic Sound of Philadelphia," Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, have been elected by the Board of Directors as the new Co-Chairmen of the organization. In this role, Gamble & Huff will serve to link their visibility, commitment, achievement and artistic contributions to the public worldwide in the best interests of the organization and of songwriting and music communities everywhere.

Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2014, they received the most esteemed honor, the Johnny Mercer Award, exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.

"I am absolutely delighted with the election of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff -- among the greatest and longest-lasting songwriting teams in music history -- as the Co-Chairs of the Songwriters Hall of Fame," said President & CEO Linda Moran. I have no doubt that the prestige and magical touch that Kenny and Leon have brought to all things musical will start a wonderful new chapter for our organization."

We are extremely honored and proud to serve as Chairmen of this very prestigious organization, the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Songwriting is the very core of who we are creatively in the music industry. Therefore, this Co-Chairmenship position and honor means a lot to us as we honor and proudly support all our fellow songwriters everywhere. More importantly, we look forward to working with Linda Moran and the Songwriters Hall of Fame Board of Directors to promote this great organization and its mission to honor and support its prolific array of songwriters associated with it. As we have experienced, every hit record ever produced always started with us as great Songwriters first!!!" - Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff

Gamble & Huff have been writing music together for more than 50 years. Their collaborative chemistry has generated a series of massive hits numbering more than 3,500 songs, including 30 chart pop and R&B hit singles and 50 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications. Their catalog includes hits such as The Supremes' I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," Don't Leave Me This Way," recorded by both Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Thelma Houston, Jerry Butler's Only The Strong Survive," which was later recorded by Elvis Presley, If You Don't Know Me By Now" earned the songwriting duo its first Grammy® for Simply Red's rendition, the O'Jay's For The Love Of Money," and countless others, including Me and Mrs. Jones,"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," and the theme song for Soul Train, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)," just to name few. The pair has won five Grammy's® for their songwriting and collected 86 BMI Pop and R&B Awards. Gamble and Huff founded Philadelphia International Records (PIR) as the outlet for their creative vision in 1971. By 1973, PIR was second only to Motown as the largest African-American owned company in America and became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound, a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

Having met in the early 1960s, their first collaboration was with Gamble's band, the Romeos, which featured Gamble as lead singer and Huff on keyboard. Realizing they shared a passion for songwriting, they formed a production company and began the songwriting partnership that still exists today. Their first songs were for local Philadelphia artists, including the Soul Survivors' biggest hit Expressway To Your Heart," the Intruders' first number one R&B single and first platinum song Cowboys To Girls," Wilson Picket's Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" and Jerry Butler's romantic hit Never Gonna Give You Up." In the first years of their label, their roster of artists included: The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB, the Three Degrees, the Ebony's and the Futures. The pair secured a distribution deal with CBS Records and two years after its formation, Philadelphia International Records became the second-largest African-American owned music company, just behind Motown Records. By 1974 Gamble, Huff and co-publisher Thom Bell had formed one of the most successful African-American owned publishing companies called Mighty Three Music, placing more than 25 hits on the Billboard charts annually.

Throughout the 1970s, the duo wrote for Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, Dee Dee Sharp, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Jones and the Jones Girls, Third World, Archie Bell and the Drells and many more. In 1976, Gamble and Huff produced and co-wrote songs for the Jacksons' first two post-Motown albums. In the late 1970s, they collaborated on a series of successful albums for Teddy Pendergrass, who became one of the top-selling solo singers of that time. Throughout the 1980s they continued to pen hit songs for the top soul, pop and R&B artists, including Patti Labelle and Phyllis Hyman.

By the 1990s Gamble and Huff started to receive many prestigious accolades. In 1993 they were inducted into the Philadelphia Music Foundation's Walk of Fame, and in 1995 they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1999 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) awarded them with the Trustees Award, honoring them for their body of work, both as producers and songwriters and for their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music. In 2005, they were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, in 2006 they were honored with the Ivor Novello Award by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, in 2008 they were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Ahmet Ertegun Award and in 2009 they were honored at the BMI Pop Icon Awards.

Most recently, Gamble and Huff's catalog has been covered or sampled by a vast array of artists including Jay-Z, Babyface, Nelly, OutKast, Angie Stone, Bette Midler, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bublè, Kanye West, 50 Cent and T.I., among others. Gamble and Huff's music has also been featured in television, film and advertising for more than 30 years, including the theme songs for Soul Train and the reality show The Apprentice. Their music has also appeared on other TV programs, including Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, films such as Guess Who and The Nutty Professor, American Hustle and ad campaigns for Verizon, Old Navy, Gap and Coors.

Gamble and Huff continue to write songs together to this day. Gamble also helps to develop other writers and producers in the Philadelphia area, focusing on improving the lives of others through investments into the African-American communities, and Huff continues to write everyday while working on new R&B and Jazz style new album projects.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Out of the tens of thousands of songwriters of our era, there are approximately 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The list includes Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland, Smokey Robinson, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Hal David & Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes & David Porter, Richard & Robert Sherman, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Don Schlitz, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Donovan and Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, among many others.

Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Virtual Museum at http://songwritershalloffame.org/. Joining online is quick and easy: http://songhall.org/join.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1,250 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, 914-579-1000. Net proceeds from the event will go toward the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs. Songwriters Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 organization. The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $170. Contributions, for which no goods or services are received in exchange, are fully tax-deductible as provided by law.

June 12, 2015
MOSTLY MARCUS: Marcus Goldhaber Launches Jazz Duo Summer Residency @ Symphony Space with Special Guest Alexis Cole
Marcus Goldhaber

WEEKLY SERIES LAUNCHES SUNDAY, JUNE 21 WITH NEW GUEST ARTIST EACH WEEK!

NEW YORK (June 12, 2015) - Following a recent sold out debut at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space's newest home for Jazz, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER is returning to launch "MOSTLY MARCUS," a Sunday night Jazz Duo summer residency, backed only by a top jazz guitarist and joined each week by a different guest artist. The rotating group of jazz guitarists includes Hendrik Helmer (Wyclef Jean, Carly Simon, Duncan Sheik), John Hart (Jimmy Smith, James Moody), Ron Affif (Al Martino, Roger Williams) and Sean Harkness (Eileen Ivers, Julie Budd).

Opening June 21 with guest vocalist Alexis Cole and continuing through Aug. 30, "MOSTLY MARCUS" is designed to underscore Goldhaber's intimate approach to the American Songbook, which Jazz Weekly has called "lyrical and swingin'." and All About Jazz says is delivered "like a plate full of comfort food!" As Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC) says, "he is filled with ideas!"

Show times for each engagement are 7 and 8:30 p.m. Bar Thalia @ Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th St.), New York City. For additional information, call 646.597.7340 or go to www.barthalia.org.

Watch the new "unplugged" video of Marcus Goldhaber singing his latest single, "Losin; Your Appeal," accompanied by Hendrik Helmer on acoustic guitar:

In the middle of the summer, Goldhaber will be making his debut at "Broadway's Supper Club," 54 Below, where he'll premiere a special show, "Free and Easy: Livin' on Swing Street," Saturday, July 25. Other summer tour highlights include Jazz at Pierson Park in Tarrytown, NY (Aug. 7); and an encore performance at World Café Live in Philadelphia (Aug. 9).

The Huffington Post caught Marcus in January at Kitano, and wrote that he croons "with a charming ease and a great sense of phrasing." Marcus is touring behind his fourth album, A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening (Fallen Apple/The Orchard), released in the fall, which earned Honorable Mentions for Best Album of 2014 in the Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger and The Improper. The powerful, 12-track collection reintroduces some of Goldhaber's favorite standards alongside five originals, and prompted Jazz Weekly to continue: "He's got a voice that is like a husky Chet Baker: vocool, but with an extra shot of testosterone. ... he makes old songs sound new, and his new songs sound vintage. ... If this guy were any more hip he'd have to visit the chiropractor for re-alignment!"

MARCUS GOLDHABER TOUR DATES

Sunday, June 21, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Guest vocalist: Alexis Cole
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Sunday, June 28, 2015
North Square
103 Waverly Place @ Macdougal
(212) 254-1200
Sets: 12:30 PM. & 2:00 PM
No cover or minimum
www.northsquareny.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
This is Your Night, Stu Hamstra!
Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd St., New York, NY
7:00 PM
212.206.2440
www.MetropolitanRoom.com

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Guitarist: John Hart
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Guitarist: John Hart
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Free and Easy: Livin' on Swing Street
54 Below
254 W. 54th St., New York, NY
646.476.3551
9:30 PM
www.54below.com

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Guitarist: Ron Affif
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
7:00 & 8:30 PM
www.barthalia.org

Friday, Aug. 7
Jazz at Pierson Park
Presented by Jazz Forum Arts
Tarrytown, NY
6:30 PM
www.jazzforumarts.org

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
World Cafe Live w/Jay Michael
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
215-222-1400
philly.worldcafelive.com

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
9:00 PM
www.barthalia.org

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Guitarist: Sean Harkness
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
9:00 PM
www.barthalia.org

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Mostly Marcus
Bar Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St), New York, NY
646.597.7340
9:00 PM
www.barthalia.org

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
"Labor Day Concert in Veterans Square"
Marcus Goldhaber & The Come Home America Band
Veterans Square Park
Edgewood & Heacock Roads, Lower Makefield, PA
www.veteranssquare.org

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
The Metropolitan Room, NYC
34 W. 22nd St., New York, NY
7:00 PM
212.206.2440
www.MetropolitanRoom.com

June 9, 2015
'FAMILY REUNION' AT THE OL' BALL GAME FOR BLACK MUSIC MONTH
Sound of Philadelphia legends come together to salute The O’Jays and Jean Carne at 12th Annual Phillies African-American Heritage Celebration.

SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA LEGENDS COME TOGETHER TO SALUTE THE O’JAYS AND JEAN CARNE AT PHILLIES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION

PHILADELPHIA - Forty years after releasing the Family Reunion album on the iconic Philadelphia International Records, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The O’Jays were a primary catalyst behind a family reunion of their former label mates June 5 at the 12th Annual Phillies African-American Heritage Celebration, hosted by fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff at Citizens Bank Park in honor of Black Music Month.

Gamble & Huff presented The O’Jays and R&B and jazz legend Jean Carne with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award and were joined in the celebration by fellow PIR greats Billy Paul ("Me & Mrs. Jones"), producer Dexter Wansel, and pop-R&B songwriter Bunny Sigler, who sang the National Anthem. Ms. Carne performed her PIR hit single, "Don’t Let It Go to Your Head."

With Gamble & Huff, The O'Jays emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with "Love Train". Numerous other hits followed for PIR, topped by "For the Love of Money," "I Love Music," and "Use Ta Be My Girl." The O'Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music. With a stable core of artists led by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971. They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

Gamble & Huff created and are credited for launching one of the most celebrated and historic songwriting partnerships that spawned into a sophisticated sound lovingly crafted in the studio by some of the 20th century's most influential producers and studio teams -- including Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB Orchestra, Baker, Harris and Young, Joe Tarsia (Sigma Sound) and others - Philly Soul set the stage for disco, smooth jazz, adult contemporary music and more.

Gamble & Huff began celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. The celebration will continue in 2016 with the projected release of their Autobiographical Book and the launch of their Theatrical Play on their historic Life Story and creation of one of America’s great music catalogues, known as "The Sound of Philadelphia."

PHOTO CAPTION: Sound of Philadelphia legends come together to salute The O’Jays and Jean Carne at 12th Annual Phillies African-American Heritage Celebration. L-R: Dexter Wansel, Kenneth Gamble, Eddie Levert, Eric Grant, Jean Carne, Walter Williams, Leon Huff, Billy Paul. Credit: Mitchell Leff.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
www.gamble-huffmusic.com
www.tsopsoulradio.com

June 2, 2015
LIVE NATION'S NEW PHLADELPHIA FILLMORE UNVEILS OPENING LINE-UP WITH HALL & OATES AS FIRST HEADLINERS

Fishtown's Historic 125-Year-Old Ajax Metal Company Building Continues Its Transformation Into Live Music and Entertainment Venue With Opening Line-Up Announcement

PHILADELPHIA (June 2, 2015) - Live music Philly-style is coming to what has been hailed as the "best live rock music venue in the United States" with a spectacular Philadelphia Fillmore opening lineup announced today and public ticket sales set for Thursday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. Complete info at www.thefillmorephilly.com.

Opening the new dazzling venue will be Philly's own Hall & Oates, who have sold more albums than any duo in music history.

"We're excited and feel fortunate to kick things off with two of the all-time great musical artists," said Ben Weeden, chief operating officer of Live Nation's theater & clubs division. "Philadelphia is a city with a proud musical heritage and this is the perfect way to get started."

Other scheduled acts:

  • 10/1 Hall & Oates
  • 10/2 Frank Turner
  • 10/4 Flux Pavilion
  • 10/11 Brandi Carlile
  • 10/24 AER
  • 11/4 Misterwives
  • 11/11 Eli Young Band
  • 11/12 Papadosio
  • 12/31 Joe Russo's Almost Dead

The original Fillmore is one of this country's landmark performing stages and first opened in San Francisco in 1965. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and ‘70s, helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; Led Zeppelin; Santana; The Doors; The Allman Brothers Band; and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.

With a capacity of 2500, the opening of The Philly Fillmore marks the seventh Fillmore now open in the U.S., and the latest addition to a legendary group of music venues that traces its lineage to rock history's golden era. It will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, and friendly hospitality that celebrate the live concert experience.

As part of the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown, one of the city's historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal Factory is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine constructed over 100 years ago into a beautiful, pounding music machine of a different sort, 2015 style.

With one of the finest sound systems in the U.S., Philly's Fillmore will offer small batch liquors, local and national craft beers, a varied wine selection, and a full menu of local favorites like brats and burgers and cheesesteaks as well as charcuteries and cheese plates.

The venue will also have a "club within the club." An intimate, second live music club, The Foundry will be located on the top floor of The Fillmore. Featuring state-of-the-art lights and sound, concert goers will be able to dance and get close to the stage in an energizing 450 capacity space that will showcase singer/songwriters, local acts, DJs and smaller touring bands.

Circle Bar at The Fillmore will be a lively and upscale lounge and bar where guests can enjoy VIP service and enhanced benefits as part of their concert event. Located on the second floor of the venue with its own private entry, this intimate and exclusive lounge will feature top-tier cocktails and craft beers, exceptional service and an extensive food menu providing guests a comfortable place to hang and relax before, during and after our concerts. Dedicated bar service, friendly hospitality, comfortable seating and private restrooms are some of the first-class amenities fans can enjoy.

Circle Bar will connect directly to club boxes and the best seats in the house on the mezzanine level of The Fillmore providing in-seat food, beverage and bottle service and amazing sightlines. Fans looking to enhance their concert experiences will be able to create what Fillmore management said is "an unforgettable night of entertainment."

About the House of Blues Entertainment
With 58 owned/operated/managed clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country's pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

May 28, 2015
PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE WELCOMES THE ROOTS, RAY BENSON OF ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, BILLIE HOLIDAY, CINDERELLA, THE TRAMMPS, ANDREA McARDLE, AND WOGL'S HARVEY HOLIDAY AS INDUCTEES TO THE PHILADELPHIA MUSIC WALK OF FAME, CLASS OF 2015
Class of 2015

Honorees To Be Inducted and Celebrated Oct. 26, 2015 With Afternoon Ceremony and Evening Grand Gala

PHILADELPHIA (MAY 28, 2015) - The Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) today announced that The Roots, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Cinderella, The Trammps, Andrea McArdle, and WOGL air personality Harvey Holiday will be added to the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame as members of its Class of 2015. The new honorees - along with previously announced Billie Holiday - have 16 Grammy Awards and a Tony Award nomination among them. They will be formally inducted together October 26, 2015 during afternoon ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts and celebrated that evening with a special grand gala event. The PMA will be working in conjunction with Avenue of the Arts, Inc., to make all of its fall events extra special.

"This year we are able to illustrate, through our musically diverse honorees, why Philadelphia has been and continues to be the number one city for extraordinary and award winning talent," said PMA Board Chairman Alan Rubens. "Our inductees, this year, span the musical gamut - from Jazz, Country, Disco, Hip Hop/Neo Soul, Rock, Broadway and radio."

  • The Roots, named one of the greatest live bands by Rolling Stone magazine, has become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys. The legendary Roots Crew now serves as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • Billie Holiday was considered one of the best and most influential jazz singers of all time. Her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues. In 2000, Billie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Ray Benson has been the front man, founder and driving force behind the world-renowned Asleep at the Wheel for over 40 years and has overseen the release of 25 albums and has won nine GRAMMY™ Awards.
  • Cinderella, a glam metal and hard rock band, had a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles in the mid-‘80s and sold over 15 million records worldwide. Their music videos were in regular rotation on MTV.
  • The Trammps, Disco's most soulful vocal group, recorded one of the true anthems of the time and that genre of music "Disco Inferno." Their album of the same name went gold, and the single earned a Grammy for the multi-platinum Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
  • Andrea McArdle is a Broadway star who rocketed to fame in 1977 as Broadway's original "Annie," for which she was the youngest performer ever nominated for the Tony® Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She won both the Theatre World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for her performance.
  • Harvey Holiday, the legendary midday personality on 98.1 WOGL, is celebrating his 50th anniversary behind the microphone. His passion for the music he plays makes him an icon for us all to treasure.

In addition, the PMA is honoring the CAPA Foundation with the Educational Award, a financial donation, for Outstanding Excellence in Arts and Music. The CAPA Foundation is an independent non-profit organization providing sustained support to CAPA High School students by engaging CAPA alumni and parents, the Philadelphia arts community, corporate partners and foundations focused on arts education. The CAPA Foundation was formed in response to a $1.1 million cut in the school's operating budget as a result of the School District of Philadelphia budget crisis.

The PMA also is honoring Frank Giordano with the Platinum Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Philadelphia Music Community. The Platinum Award is given to an individual, organization or company that has been a leader and champion in supporting the music making community in a significant way. Mr. Giordano's contributions to Philadelphia's music community have been significant, including his work with The Philly Pops, and the Philly Youth Orchestra.

The announcements were made during a press reception hosted by the Stratus Rooftop Lounge atop the Hotel Monaco and Live Nation - two of this year's major sponsors.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts. Holiday's induction furthers the renewed commitment by the Philadelphia Music Alliance to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction. This agenda to recognize more local music greats in all genres is part of the community based, non-profit organization's overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music, and the foundation of a renewed commitment to schedule induction ceremonies each year.

For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org.

May 19, 2015
MANGLE BOARDS DISENTANGLED: Barnes Foundation Alumnus Opens Window into Hidden World of Folk Art Treasures with Mangle Boards of Northern Europe

Luxury Coffee Table Book Sets Standard as Definitive Resource

PHILADELPHIA (May 19, 2015) - If you already know what a mangle board is and how to judge its origins, then consider yourself among the lucky few.

For the time being.

That small group is due to quickly expand with the release this month of a prodigious book on the "arcane charms" (New York Times) of these folk art treasures, MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE: A Definitive Guide to the Geographic Origins of Mangle Boards (Streamline Press) - a luxurious, eight-pound coffee table book by art historian and Barnes Foundation alumnus Jay Raymond.

Raymond writes that a mangle board is a carved plank of wood used in conjunction with a wooden rolling pin to smooth wrinkles from linen. With animal-shaped handles and knobs, mangle boards span a 300-year period beginning in the mid-1500s and peaking during the mid 18th century, utilized in nearly a dozen European countries. "They are the result of skilled and unskilled craft. They are folk art. They use symbolism. The design motifs are drawn from antiquity onward and from regions inside and outside Europe." When mass-produced, heatable sadirons came into vogue in the 19th century, mangle boards were soon forgotten and on track to becoming the rare works of art they are today.

With photographs of 267 mangle boards thoughtfully positioned across 288 folio sized pages, MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE is designed to illuminate the handiwork of countless hands, many of them made by common people, whose lives are otherwise lost to history.

"Most books about collections don't have the visual presence this book has," says Raymond. "They haven't spent the time and resources on photography and production, and tend to describe the history, instead of the objects. That's the strength of this book. For the reader it illuminates the objects and educates the eye."

The story behind MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE is as curious as the topic at hand. Raymond, a collector himself of vintage electric clothes irons, was summoned on a six-year adventure by William C. Carson, a prolific collector of mangle boards, to create this unprecedented window into a heretofore unsung world - an exquisite volume of extraordinary magnitude. Carson found Raymond teaching at the world famous Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, whose mission since its founding in 1922 has been "the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts." Raymond, originally a student at the Barnes Foundation, had already written a book on vintage electric irons, Streamlined Irons, in 2008, so linkage to their northern European ancestors - mangle boards - was clear.

"He wanted there to be an expert to write this book, so I became an expert," says Raymond, also editor of Pressing News, a publication of the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America. "I saw this as a challenge. I knew very little about mangle boards, but Mr. Carson sensed that, with the resources, I had the skills to gain a deep understanding of them. And that's what he provided. He permitted me enough time and resources to travel to seven countries and 17 museums, to photograph, study, and write about the boards."

Raymond's journey took him to the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Germany, where he saw seven thousand mangle boards -which can range in value from $300 to $12,000. Raymond's objective was to recognize the common characteristics of the mangle boards of each country.

Raymond's judgment grew such that he was able to direct his proficiency toward Carson's personal collection - and somewhat uncomfortably, straighten out the man who'd hired him-and judge the authenticity of his collection of mangle boards.

"I came to the conclusion that many of his boards were not authentic," Raymond acknowledges. "I removed more than half of his collection over a six-month period. It was very difficult to tell him. I removed 30, then another 30, then 70 others - 130 boards removedoverall, more than half of his collection. I now have confidence in my judgment, but that took a while. The whole experience was quite an education."

MANGLE BOARDS OF NORTHERN EUROPE is available for purchase at www.streamlinedirons.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay Raymond graduated from Temple University with a degree in art. He also studied at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa., then taught in the art department there. He appeared in the documentary film The Art of the Steal, which examines the figures and forces behind the relocation, disfigurement, and commercialization of the art collection at the Barnes Foundation. Raymond is editor of Pressing News, a publication of the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America. His first book, Streamlined Irons, was published in 2008. His work life also has encompassed the jobs of heating mechanic and contractor, building inspector, handyman, and maître d' of a vegan restaurant. He and his partner, Catherine Suttle, live in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

Title: Mangle Boards of Northern Europe
Author: Jay Raymond
Publisher: Streamline Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780578158037
Pages 288
Price $185

May 12, 2015
FAR IN THE MAPLES TURNS CLASSIC JERSEY SHORE SOUND INSIDE OUT ON DEBUT ALBUM, 'SKYWORK'

Young Songwriting Duo to Release Honest and Contemporary Timeless Collection July 14, 2015; Impacting Now at Triple A Non-Comm

ASBURY PARK, NJ (May 12, 2015) – Turning the celebrated, swingin' sound of the Jersey Shore inside out, FAR IN THE MAPLES is poised to cast a new seaside musical legacy built upon the nuances of internal emotion with unexpected soundscapes, unforgettable melodies and the sweetly understated vocals of its alluring lead songstress through its debut album, SKYWORK (Refrost Records/AWAL).

Set for release July 14, 2015, SKYWORK was produced by Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone) at Lakehouse Studios in Asbury Park, to showcase song-oriented music that's both honest and contemporary with a classic timelessness, from an infectious new band driven by songbird Regina Conroy and multi-instrumentalist Reshy P.

SKYWORK, now impacting at Triple A Non-Comm radio, instantly strikes the listener with the young songwriting duo's unique melding of influences – Regina's love for great American singer-songwriters like Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin, Avril Lavigne, and Michelle Branch, with Reshy's wide-ranging leanings from punk to electronica, inspired by Billy Talent, Millencolin, Sum 41, Owl City, Paramore, and beyond.

"Our creative partnership was super serendipitous from the first day we met," says Reshy. "We talked on phone first day, and really hit it off. We both wanted to create the same type of songs, with the same structure and melodic content. Everything aligned really well."

"We were actually finishing each other's sentences," adds Regina. "We were so excited that we started writing songs immediately. And we haven't looked back since."

Greenwell's goal was to find the common ground between Regina's rootsy songwriting and Reshy's synth work. He found it "pretty incredible" to have "two kids in their early 20's making song-oriented music that's both honest and contemporary at the same time. There's a classic timelessness to their music that's totally refreshing. That's why I got involved."

Regina, the primarily lyricist, approaches each song with the same free-flowing inspiration as her frequent poetry writing. And that, in part, explains the origins of the band's unusual name FAR IN THE MAPLES. It's taken from a line in the Robert Frost poem A Boundless Moment. And that extends particularly to "Hookline," the opening track on SKYWORK, where the band's Jersey Shore roots truly originate. The band will be releasing a music video for "Hookline" by the summer.

"Growing up on the Jersey Shore, I have nature's influence, and the emotional connections to it, in my writing," Regina explains. "It's about reflecting on a relationship that you have to really work at, and holding onto something that maybe isn't – trying not to break up with someone, so it doesn't come to heartbreak. That's the point of a lot of the songs – a feeling of emotiveness, getting inside yourself, and just thought provoking, emotive feelings. All of the songs on SKYWORK are based on relationships, but not always with others. Some are more about the relationships with yourself."

'SKYWORK' TRACKS
Hookline
Free
The Right Place
Somewhere You Belong
Make Believe
Letting You Go
Exposed
Won't Do This Alone
Lullaby
Walk Away

SKYWORK will be available July 14, 2015 on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

April 16, 2015
LIVE NATION UNVEILS PLANS FOR THE FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA SETTING NEW STANDARD FOR ROCK CLUBS IN U.S.A.

Historic 125-Year-Old Ajax Metal Company Building to Transform Into Live Music and Entertainment Venue Created Uniquely for Philadelphia Fans

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – April 16, 2015) — Live music Philly-style is coming to what is planned as the "best live rock music venue in the United States."

The Fillmore Philadelphia.

As part of the continued revitalization of iconic Fishtown, one of the city's historic addresses, the legendary Ajax Metal Factory is being transformed from a pounding WWI munitions machine constructed over 100 years ago into a beautiful pounding music machine of a different sort, 2015 style.

What a difference 100 years makes. "A music hall to top all music halls."

Honoring the legendary traditions of Fillmore music halls around the country, the 2,500-capacity venue, scheduled to open in the fall, will showcase incredible state-of-the-art production, vintage poster art, VIP amenities, and friendly hospitality that celebrates the live concert experience.

"Philadelphia is a city with a proud musical heritage, and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music venues that this city has to offer," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "What's more, this new attraction will bring thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront, which is in the midst of a transformation and poised to become one of America's most dynamic, exciting urban waterfronts."

The original Fillmore is one of this country's landmark performing stages and first opened in San Francisco in 1965. That Fillmore was the focal point of the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and 70s helping to launch the careers of iconic rock acts such as Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; Led Zeppelin; Santana; The Doors; The Allman Brothers Band; and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.

President of Live Nation's House of Blues Entertainment Division Ron Bension said, "The Fillmore Philadelphia will feature the best sound system of any club its size, unparalleled sightlines, and remarkable food and beverage, making it more than a place for a concert. It will be a true experience."

Philly's Fillmore will feature small batch liquors, local and national craft beers, a varied wine selection, and a full menu of local favorites like brats and burgers and cheesesteaks as well as charcuteries and cheese plates.

The venue will also have a "club within the club." An intimate, second live music club, The Foundry, will be located on the top floor of The Fillmore. Featuring state-of-the-art lights and sound, concert goers will be able to dance and get close to the stage in an energizing 450 capacity space that will showcase singer/songwriters, local acts, DJs and smaller touring bands.

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Circle Bar at The Fillmore will be a lively and upscale lounge and bar where guests can enjoy VIP service and enhanced benefits as part of their concert event. Located on the second floor of the venue with its own private entry, this intimate and exclusive lounge will feature top-tier cocktails and craft beers, exceptional service and an extensive food menu providing guests a comfortable place to hang and relax before, during and after our concerts. Dedicated bar service, friendly hospitality, comfortable seating and private restrooms are some of the first-class amenities fans can enjoy.

Circle Bar will connect directly to club boxes and the best seats in the house on the mezzanine level of The Fillmore providing in-seat food, beverage and bottle service and amazing sightlines. Fans looking to enhance their concert experiences will be able to create what Bension said is "an unforgettable night of entertainment."

www.thefillmorephilly.com

About the House of Blues Entertainment
With 58 owned/operated/managed clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country's pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

April 7, 2015
Billie Holiday to be Inducted on Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame as 100th Birthday Gift from Philadelphia Music Alliance
Billie Holiday

PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE TO CELEBRATE BILLIE HOLIDAY CENTENNIAL AS 1st 2015 INDUCTEE ON PHILADELPHIA MUSIC WALK OF FAME

PHILADELPHIA (April 7, 2015) – As a special birthday gift to the woman widely considered to be one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is proud to welcome BILLIE HOLIDAY as its newest inductee today on the 100th anniversary of her birth in the City of Brotherly Love.

Billie Holiday, aka "Lady Day," is only the first of this year's inductees to be announced. The Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) will hold a press reception in late May to announce the rest of the Walk of Fame's Class of 2015. Holiday and the rest of the new honorees will be formally inducted together in October during ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts.

"The Philadelphia Music Alliance wanted to present what we think is a 'perfect' birthday gift to an extraordinary vocalist, Billie Holiday, and announce her induction on her 100th birthday," said Alan Rubens, Chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance. "It will be an absolute pleasure to be able to walk down Broad Street and see her name where it rightfully belongs, on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, with other homegrown jazz giants like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington Jr."

Billie Holiday was born Elinore Harris on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia General Hospital on Curie Boulevard in West Philadelphia. As the official marker on Lombard Street west of Broad Street from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum and Commission says, "[S]he was called the greatest jazz vocalist of her time. Starting in 1933, she recorded with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and others. Notable songs include 'Lover Man,' 'Strange Fruit.'"

Holiday's voice was limited in size and range, but the emotional breadth of her singing - her ability to transmit desire and despair with utter clarity, and without sentimentality - was astonishing. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made Holiday a superstar of her time. Today, she's remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of her songs are as well known today as they were decades ago. Holiday's poignant voice is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz voices of all time. Though she had numerous outside influences, notably Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, Holiday built her reputation through her inner passion and a vocal style that was at once emotive and rugged. A vast array of singers have taken inspiration from Holiday's music and style including Diana Ross – who played her in the 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues" – to Annie Lennox and the late Amy Winehouse.

As Philly's own Jill Scott tells Vanity Fair: "Billie Holiday is guts. She is guts, and pain, and challenges. She is the sweetest pain…. Her voice gave me permission to have pain on a record. To convey the heart's heart. To be able to sing songs about what is happening in society, as well. She did all this with a lot of freedom. There wasn't a bunch of production. It was just Billie Holiday, being herself. All the miseries and all the wounds, and then reporting it, basically, to society. That is an artist. There is a difference between being an entertainer and an artist, and Billie Holiday is a true artist."

The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is a living tribute to Philadelphia's rich music history and a vital force unifying the city's diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts. Holiday's induction furthers the renewed commitment by the Philadelphia Music Alliance to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction. This agenda to recognize more local music greats in all genres is part of the community based, non-profit organization's overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music, and the foundation of a renewed commitment to schedule multiple induction ceremonies each year.

March 16, 2015
BLUES-ROCK GUITAR GREAT JOE BONAMASSA TOPS MONSTER LINEUP OF CONTRIBUTORS TO DEBUT SOLO ALBUM FROM LEADER OF FRANK VIELE & THE MANHATTAN PROJECT - DUE APRIL 7 FROM HORIZON MUSIC GROUP

Connecticut's Fiercely Soulful 'Everyman Of Singer-Songwriters' Fashions 'New Music With An Old Soul'; 2nd Single, 'Broken Love Song,' Features Bonamassa's 'Dirtiest Blues Guitar,' Also Due April 7

"After hearing him ... you get the feeling Viele has seen a lot the past few years along his musical journey... But his passion only grows stronger every step of the way."
– NO DEPRESSION

NEW HAVEN, CT (March 16, 2015) – On the eve of the release of his debut full-length solo CD, FRANK VIELE, the road warrior named Live Act of the Year at the 2014 New England Music Awards, has been selected to open the first month of dates on the "Night Like This" U.S. Tour of Allen, Mack, Myers, Moore, the new supergroup led by Zach Myers of Shinedown and members of Ingram Hill.

Viele, the former leader of popular New England jam outfit Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project whose "new music with an old soul" has been winning over East Coast audiences for half his young life, is quickly winning over critics as well with FALL YOUR WAY, due April 7 from Horizon Music Group. Newly featured in American Songwriter and No Depression, Viele will open for Allen, Mack, Myers, Moore with a run of East Coast and Midwest dates in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina, Indiana, and Kentucky. More stops are being added. Before that leg of the tour begins, Viele will be opening for Pat McGee at The Tin Angel in Philadelphia (March 28).

Viele launches his yearlong U.S. Tour with a VIP Record Release Show March 21 in New Haven. He also will be appearing at Soupstock Music & Arts Festival in Shelton, CT, and a number of other summer festivals.

Very much the Everyman of Singer-Songwriters, Viele mixes dry wit with a fiercely soulful delivery on FALL YOUR WAY. The album showcases the Connecticut singer-songwriter's signature whiskey shot, bluesy vocals over the "constant strum" guitar style he picked up as a young teenager tailgating in the parking lots of Dave Matthews Band concerts. Produced at Horizon Studios in Connecticut by Vic Steffens (Harry Connick Jr., Sly Stone, Lita Ford, The Blues Brothers, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Bobby Brown), FALL YOUR WAY also features a monster lineup of contributors, led by blues rock guitar great Joe Bonamassa and members of heralded New England "new funk" fusion group Kung Fu, featuring guitar ace Tim Palmieri of The Breakfast. Also checking in are Emmy-winning jazz-blues sax and trumpet player Bill Holloman (Chic, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Steve Winwood).

Most of the songs on FALL YOUR WAY sprung from the aftermath of a "tough" relationship, including the choices Viele faced at the crossroads his career pursuits forced upon his love life. That common thread is epitomized on "Broken Love Song," the album's second single. It features Bonamassa on guitar, giving the track the "dirtiest" blues guitar Viele could find to express the emotion within the song.

Viele first gained notoriety as leader of popular New England funk-rock outfit Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project, which shared numerous major festival bills with moe., Umphrey's McGee, Keller Williams, Karl Denson, Ozomatli, Railroad Earth and other leading acts on the jam circuit. FALL YOUR WAY is his first full album since going solo in 2012. And he's been a fixture on the road ever since, playing up to 200 nights per year, and opening for the Legendary Wailers, Gavin DeGraw, The Marshall Tucker Band, Xavier Rudd, Ingrid Michaelson, Blues Traveler, Foreigner, Brett Michaels, the Average White Band, and Ambrosia, among others.

"Easy Money," the album's swinging, sexy first single with the "Steely Dan-esque swagger" (Palace of Rock), is a salute to Viele's father, a "quintessential" blue-collar Italian immigrant and Elvis Presley fan who bought his son his first electric guitar with this caveat: "Don't quit your day job – you're no Elvis." The "double extra groovy" (Rust Magazine) track "showcases a true 'acoustic funk' rhythm matched with an energetic cadence and vocal pattern" (Music Times), and the animated music video is a nod to Viele's passion for cartoons, particularly The Simpsons.

A former Guitar World columnist, he's a blue-collar entrepreneur with "a Southern blues rock sensibility" (The Lo-Down), whose plans to become a doctor were overcome in college by his passion for the music he'd been writing and performing since his teens. He became a business major with a music performance and wound up graduating valedictorian of the business school with the Wall Street Journal Award.

FRANK VIELE ON TOUR
3/21 - FALL YOUR WAY VIP Record Release Show – Pacific Standard - New Haven, CT
3/27 - Black Eyed Sally's - Hartford, CT
3/28 – Tin Angel – Philadelphia, PA**
4/7 - Shamrocks Pub & Grill - Omaha NE*
4/8 – Spicoli's Reverb Rock Lounge - Waterloo IA*
4/10 - Q Bar - Darien, IL*
4/11 - The Afterlife Lounge - Algona IA*
4/12 - Five Star Dive Bar - Elkhart IN*
4/21 - Hashtag Bar - Staten Island NY*
4/23 - Bull Shooters Saloon - Philadelphia PA*
4/24 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore MD*
4/25 - Cardinal Bands & Billiards - Wilmington NC*
4/30 - The Adelphia Music Hall - Marietta OH*
4/26 - Iron Thunder Saloon - Concord NC*
5/3 - Spillway Bar and Grill - Bowling Green KY*
6/20 - Hollywood Casino - Bangor, ME
6/20-21 – Soupstock – Shelton, CT
6/24 - Twilight Concert Series - New Haven, CT
*Opening for Allen, Mack, Myers, Moore
**Opening for Pat McGee Band

MORE DATES TO COME ...

March 3, 2015
‘ONE WOMAN MARDI GRAS' JESSI TEICH BARES HER ‘TWISTED SOUL'

ACCLAIM MOUNTS FOR ‘WILDLY CREATIVE' STYLISH ‘CROSSOVER RECORD WITH A JAZZ SPINAL CORD,' PARIS-RECORDED ‘POPERATIC' ALBUM

Ten-Time International Songwriting Award Winner and Berklee College of Music Grad Releases 1st Album Since Complete Recovery from Career-Threatening Vocal Surgery TODAY on Madame Freak Records

"Jessi Teich is a one woman Mardi Gras! She's a vibrant, victorious celebration. ... Twisted Soul is wildly creative. Teich's astounding vocal dexterity prances about the crisp grooves with a respectable confidence and grace. Her lyrics are intoxicating poetry set to the frenzied pulse of just trying to hold it together. Ultimately, any confining, pragmatic sentiments are crushed beneath the sheer vitality of her indomitable stiletto spirit."
AXS.com

"A solid and sultry crossover album worthy of the highest praises. ... a delicious fusion of acid-style jazz and pop, with a groove one can get lost in. ... Teich is in a class by herself [and] Twisted Soul is a ride on the crossover rollercoaster, taking the listener to new depths and swirling heights. A highly enjoyable ride, indeed. A"
PLAYBACK: stl

"An album of achievement and victory."
ARENA.com

PHILADELPHIA (March 3, 2015) - Commonly considered an old blues, jazz, and soul singer-songwriter trapped in a young woman's body, 10-time international songwriting award-winner JESSI TEICH (pronounced TEACH) brings a pop sensibility to her stylish new album, TWISTED SOUL, recorded in Paris and OUT TODAY on Madame Freak Records.

TWISTED SOUL, hailed as "wildly creative" by AXS.com and "a solid and sultry crossover album worthy of the highest praises" (Playback: stl), is the latest chapter of a success story based on hard work and a strong connection with a growing army of fans in the U.S. and Europe for the artist who was raised in Clinton, NJ, and has been based in Philadelphia since graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music. Just selected one of "5 Indie Artists You Should Hear" by Mocha Man Style, Jessi celebrates by kicking off a spring U.S. tour with a CD Release Event at the Sellersville Theater, in Sellersville, PA, on April 18. She also will be featured on Radio Free Nashville in a two-hour live radio interview broadcast, hosted by Ty Brando, on May 4.

Jessi calls TWISTED SOUL "a crossover record with a jazz spinal cord," with a sequenced "poperatic" story arc of cathartic metamorphosis - overcoming tragedy through change and growth. The album showcases Jessi's sinuous vocal prowess as well as her heralded songwriting capacity, and contains three songs which already have won awards, including the kickoff track, "The Haunting," winner of three competitions on its own.

WATCH JESSI TEICH ON NJTV

WATCH JESSI TEICH ON NJTV

READ THE Q&A AT ARENA.COM

She writes impressionistically about heartbreak, love, loss, gain, and sisterhood on TWISTED SOUL, tracing her surrender to - and eventual escape from - a controlling, abusive lover. All the while, she masterfully mixes jazz sophistication, blues grit, and soul's tragic romance, with an edgy-but-elegant aesthetic. It's that type of classy combination that's drawn her comparisons to everyone from Billie Holiday to Sade to Fiona Apple, and admiration for Jessi's rare sense of soul-baring vocal honesty with no pretenses or unnecessary acrobatics.

TWISTED SOUL also is Jessi's first full-length album since recovering from surgery to remove a career-threatening cyst surrounding her vocal fold while she was teaching 40 private voice students a week. Her recovery, chronicled by CNN, included not only regaining the octave-and-a-half she had lost from her upper range, but returning with an altogether stronger, and more supple singing voice than ever before, making TWISTED SOUL "a showcase for Teich's smoky Billie Holiday/Sade-like vocals" (Courier News/Gannett NJ).

"I feel a power now in my voice that I had never felt before," says Jessi. "It's as if I was given a second chance. It's a scary, career-threatening thing but it's made me want to advocate and tell people about it."

Since her complete recovery, Jessi has performed with the late Sid Simmons, Mike Boone, Byron Landham, Beyoncé saxophonist Tia Fuller, Funkadelic's Bernie Worrell, Charlie Hunter, Ronnie Earl, G. Love, and Jen Durkin, among others, and has been featured at the Roots' annual Roots Picnic, WaWa Welcome America!, Bethlehem Musikfest, the Canadian Music Festival and prestigious venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.

Jessi recorded TWISTED SOUL in Paris, where she initially had landed for writing inspiration, live at Studio de Meudon with renown engineer Julien Bassères. She was backed by the Thierry Maillard Trio, led by one of France's top pianists, and to give the album just the right eclectic sound, acclaimed French accordionist Laurent Derache. Jessi produced and arranged TWISTED SOUL herself and, finishing off its cultural blend with more American influence, enlisted further help from engineer Ron DiSilvestro, guitarist Dai "Soul Samurai" Myazaki, and drummer John Morgan Kimock.

As a result of the liberation process chronicled on TWISTED SOUL, Jessi now supports women who've been affected by emotional abuse through Women Against Abuse (www.womenagainstabuse.org), Philadelphia's leading domestic violence advocate. She also supports PAWS of Philadelphia (www.phillypaws.org) and is guardian to two rescue dogs named Chico and Cooper.

March 2, 2015
FRANK VIELE TO 'FALL YOUR WAY' APRIL 7 WITH DEBUT FULL-LENGTH SOLO ALBUM

CONNECTICUT'S FIERCELY SOULFUL 'EVERYMAN OF SINGER-SONGWRITERS' FASHIONS 'NEW MUSIC WITH AN OLD SOUL' WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MONSTER MUSICIAN LINEUP LED BY BLUES-ROCK GUITAR GREAT JOE BONAMASSA

Bonamassa Brings 'Dirtiest Blues Guitar' to 2nd Single, 'Broken Love Song,' also Due April 7

Spring Leg of Yearlong U.S. Tour to Penetrate Northeast and Include Rock N Roll Resort Festival in the Catskills

"After hearing him ... you get the feeling Viele has seen a lot the past few years along his musical journey - both the good and the bad. But his passion only grows stronger every step of the way." - NO DEPRESSION

NEW HAVEN, CT (March 2, 2015) - Mixing dry wit with a fiercely soulful delivery, FRANK VIELE is very much the Everyman of Singer-Songwriters. The loves he's lived, lost, and rediscovered course throughout the themes of FALL YOUR WAY, the debut full-length solo album from the road warrior named Live Act of the Year at the 2014 New England Music Awards, whose "new music with an old soul" has been winning over East Coast audiences for half his young life. Newly featured in American Songwriter and No Depression, Viele is quickly winning over critics as well with FALL YOUR WAY, due April 7 from Horizon Music Group.

Viele will launch a yearlong U.S. Tour with a VIP Record Release Show March 21 in New Haven, followed by a series of Spring dates throughout the Northeast, highlighted by an appearance at the Rock N Roll Resort festival in the Catskills. Scheduled TV performances include Live From Center Stage (April 4), and the CBS Channel 3 News in Burlington, VT (March 13).

FALL YOUR WAY showcases the Connecticut singer-songwriter's signature whiskey shot, bluesy vocals over the "constant strum" guitar style he picked up as a young teenager tailgating in the parking lots of Dave Matthews Band concerts. Produced at Horizon Studios in Connecticut by Vic Steffens (Harry Connick Jr., Sly Stone, Lita Ford, The Blues Brothers, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Bobby Brown), the album also features a monster lineup of contributors, led by blues rock guitar great Joe Bonamassa and members of heralded New England "new funk" fusion group Kung Fu, featuring guitar ace Tim Palmieri of The Breakfast. Also checking in are Emmy-winning jazz-blues sax and trumpet player Bill Holloman (Chic, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Steve Winwood), drummer Adrian Tramontano (The Breakfast), jazz saxophonist Kris Jensen (Allman Brothers, Joan Osborne, Maynard Ferguson), members of Viele's old band, popular New England jam outfit the Manhattan Project, and of course his ferocious new road band - drummer Tom Barraco (son of Dark Star Orchestra keyboardist Rob Barraco), guitarist Max Cappello, keyboardist Michael "G" Gurge (Relative Souls), and bassist Brendan Wolfe.

"I've been on the road for a while, and I've been doing this thing for a long time," says Viele. "With this record I think things have finally fallen my way. It's the record I've always wanted to make."

Viele's unique acoustic, funk/soul-driven sound - electrified with a shot of pop, rock and soul, and an R&B chaser - honors influences such as Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Ray Lamontagne, Johnny Lang, Cat Stevens, Tim Hardin, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix.

Most of the songs on FALL YOUR WAY sprung from the aftermath of a "tough" relationship, including the choices Viele faced at the crossroads his career pursuits forced upon his love life. That common thread is epitomized on "Broken Love Song," the album's second single. It features Bonamassa on guitar, giving the track the "dirtiest" blues guitar Viele could find to express the emotion within the song.

Viele first gained notoriety as leader of popular New England funk-rock outfit Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project, which shared numerous major festival bills with moe., Umphrey's McGee, Keller Williams, Karl Denson, Ozomatli, Railroad Earth and other leading acts on the jam circuit. FALL YOUR WAY is his first full album since going solo in 2012. And he's been a fixture on the road ever since, playing up to 200 nights per year, and opening for the Legendary Wailers, Gavin DeGraw, The Marshall Tucker Band, Xavier Rudd, Ingrid Michaelson, Blues Traveler, Foreigner, Brett Michaels, the Average White Band, and Ambrosia, among others.

"Easy Money," the album's swinging, sexy first single with the "Steely Dan-esque swagger" (Palace of Rock), is a salute to Viele's father, a "quintessential" blue-collar Italian immigrant and Elvis Presley fan who bought his son his first electric guitar with this caveat: "Don't quit your day job - you're no Elvis." The "double extra groovy" (Rust Magazine) track "showcases a true 'acoustic funk' rhythm matched with an energetic cadence and vocal pattern" (Music Times), and the animated music video is a nod to Viele's passion for cartoons, particularly The Simpsons.

A former Guitar World columnist, he's a blue-collar entrepreneur with "a Southern blues rock sensibility" (The Lo-Down), whose plans to become a doctor were overcome in college by his passion for the music he'd been writing and performing since his teens. He became a business major with a music performance and wound up graduating valedictorian of the business school with the Wall Street Journal Award. Viele is currently a high-ranking sales executive at a major office supply retail chain, and fund his independent music career for close to a decade.

'FALL YOUR WAY' TRACKS

1. Broken Love Song (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
2. Kalifornia
3. How Dare You Say You're Sorry
4. Alexa
5. Easy Money
6. When You Gonna Come Home
7. Tonight I Must Leave Your Arms
8. Monsters in the Hall
9. Someday I'm Gonna Make You Mine
10. You Don't Have to Go
11. Kick Up Your Heels
12. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
13. I Just Don't Know

FRANK VIELE ON TOUR

3/13 - CBS Channel 3 News - Burlington, VT
3/13 - Radio Bean - Burlington, VT
3/8 - FALL YOUR WAY Record Release Show - Pacific Standard - New Haven, CT
3/27- Black Eyed Sally's - Hartford, CT
4/4 - Live From Center Stage - Dennis Port, MA
4/24 - Main Pub - Manchester, CT
4/25 - 2015 Daffodil Festival - Meriden, CT
4/30-5/2 - Rock N Roll Resort - Kerhonkson, NY
5/9 - The Monkey House - Winooski, VT
6/20 - Hollywood Casino - Bangor, ME
6/24 - Twilight Concert Series - New Haven, CT

February 12, 2015
ANNENBERG CENTER WINTER-SPRING CONCERT SERIES JAZZ IS ALIVE AT THE ANNENBERG: 20 YEARS OF FREEDOM: HUGH MASEKELA & VUSI MAHLASELA

TWO OF SOUTH AFRICA'S MUSICAL LEGENDS COLLABORATE ON STAGE HONORING 20 YEARS OF SOUTH AFRICAN DEMOCRACY AT ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
– Saturday, February 21

INSIGHTS Session Offers Added Up-Close-And-Personal Pre-Show Enhancement Event with Hugh Masekela FREE with Concert Ticket

A Black History Month Celebration

"... Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around."
- ROLLING STONE

"The legendary singer [Vusi Mahlasela] has been celebrated globally for his powerful vocals and universal messages of freedom and human kindness."
- CNN

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 12, 2015) – Two of South Africa's true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons come together to honor 20 years since the start of democracy in South Africa, and the official end of Apartheid, for the Jazz is Alive at the Annenberg series at The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. In a collaborative performance with a band, HUGH MASEKELA & VUSI MAHLASELA will pay homage in 20 Years of Freedom: featuring South Africa's Freedom Songs, including many of their own, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $30-$75.

While both artists have been like-minded musical comrades at home in South Africa for years and shared the stage on several occasions, this marks their debut tour joining forces together. The dynamic show backed by their 5-piece all-star band features both artists collaborating together on stage for their entire show. Their set will include many of their greatest songs from their respective catalogs.

Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles. In 1968, his instrumental single "Grazin' in the Gras" went to Number One on the American pop charts and was a worldwide smash, elevating Hugh onto the international stage. His subsequent solo career has spanned 5 decades, during which time he has released over 40 albums (and been featured on countless more) and has worked with such diverse artists as Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Herb Alpert, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and the late Miriam Makeba. In 1990 Hugh returned home, following the unbanning of the ANC and the release of Nelson Mandela – an event anticipated in Hugh's anti-apartheid anthem 'Bring Home Nelson Mandela' (1986) which had been a rallying cry around the world.

Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as 'The Voice' in his home-country, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. After his popular debut on BMG Africa, When You Come Back, Vusi was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994. Vusi has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Paul Simon, and Taj Mahal, among many others. Perhaps his biggest gig was in 2010 when he helped ring in the World Cup in South Africa, at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Vusi has released seven studio albums to-date; his latest release is Sing to the People (ATO Records), a celebratory live recording looking back on twenty years since his first album.

Don't miss this opportunity to catch two living legends live during this historic North American tour! Rolling Stone hails, "... Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around," while CNN states, "The legendary singer [Vusi Mahlasela] has been celebrated globally for his powerful vocals and universal message of freedom and human kindness."

For tickets and more information to all events in the Jazz Is Alive at The Annenberg series, please visit AnnenbergCenter.org or call 215.898.3900. Series packages available. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office. The Annenberg Center is located at 3680 Walnut St., Phila., PA 19104.

Artist Sites:
vusimahlasela.com
hughmasekela.co.za

JAZZ IS ALIVE AT THE ANNENBERG CALENDAR LISTINGS

HUGH MASEKELA & VUSI MAHLASELA: 20 Years of Freedom
Saturday, Feb. 21 @ 8 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
Tickets $30-$75
*Black History Month Concert Event

**JUST ADDED!**
INSIGHTS: HUGH MASEKELA: 20 Years of Freedom

Hosted by Dr. Carol Muller, Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania
Saturday, Feb. 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Bruce Montgomery Theatre
Free to all concert ticket holders on first-come, first-served basis.

MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO
Sunday, March 1 @ 7 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
Tickets $20-$60

**JUST ADDED!**
INSIGHTS: MARCUS ROBERTS

Hosted by Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania
Sunday. March 1 @ 6:00 p.m.
Bruce Montgomery Theatre
Free to all concert ticket holders on first-come, first-served basis.

MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO: Student Discovery
Monday, March 2 @ 10:30 a.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
For tickets, contact Edward M. Epstein at 215.746.7997 or email edwardme@ac.upenn.edu.

REGINA CARTER
Saturday, March 28 @ 8 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
Tickets $20-$60

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been the region's leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children's programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center's curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience.

The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Student Discovery Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children's Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

February 10, 2015
New Musical Journey Down Memory Lane Celebrates Songs of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Adele, and Many More

POPULAR NJ SHORE VOCALIST-DANCER LISA SHERMAN LEADS ARSENAL OF SINGERS AND MUSICIANS IN ACCLAIMED NEW ALL-AGES PRODUCTION

SATURDAY, FEB. 21 AT STRAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN LAKEWOOD, NJ

"There were lots of mountain highs... and they didn't spare any 'wow' moments."
– Asbury Park Press

"I can't wait to get on the air tomorrow to tell everybody how great this show is."
– Big Joe Henry, NJ 101.5

WATCH THE ‘DECADES OF DIVAS’ VIDEO EPK

LAKEWOOD, NJ (Feb. 10, 2015) - Academy Award-winning songwriter Franke Previte (Dirty Dancing) is helping his show biz friends realize their musical dreams by volunteering his guidance in producing DECADES OF DIVAS, a dazzling musical journey with the world's most influential women in re-inventing and revolutionizing music from the 1940s through the present.

DECADES OF DIVAS plays the second show of its national tour Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at the Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, NJ. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets $59, $49, $39, and $29 on sale NOW at www.strand.org or through the box office at 732.730.5925.

DECADES OF DIVAS stars popular New Jersey shore vocalist-dancer Lisa Sherman, the show's co-creator, who leads an arsenal of singers and musicians across a pair of nightclubs (G-Dog's Jazz Café and the Roxie Lounge) and right down Memory Lane, which runs between them, to evoke and pay tribute to the greatest divas we've embraced through the decades. DECADES OF DIVAS features the songs of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Adele and so many more! Indeed, there is something in every genre for EVERY generation to enjoy.

"These legendary divas and songs are part of the fabric we, and the generations before us, all grew up with and loved," says Previte, who's donating his consulting efforts because of his steadfast belief in the project. "So the show follows each singer passing the torch to the next. The performers show how they're influenced by each diva . They don't just sing the songs and sound like the artist. There's a theatrical thread throughout. It's a journey of five singers celebrating the divas who have influenced them."

Previte, who earned an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy nomination for writing "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," the iconic No. 1 hit from Dirty Dancing, is helping Songbird Productions bring to fruition a multi-media experience which comes to life in large part through the multiple performing talents of Sherman, the show's creator, and a former Radio City Rockette, veteran of several Broadway shows, and star of her own TV show in New Zealand. She's supported by some of the tri-state region's most dynamic and "unsung" singers - Layonne Holmes, Eryn Shewell, Reagan Richards and Jilly Sentino - and backed by musicians who've played with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Lou Reed, Art Garfunkel, Les Paul, Dave Mason, Gloria Gaynor, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, among others.

DECADES OF DIVAS is a Songbird Production, created by Lisa Sherman - Creative Consultant: Franke Previte - Musical Director: Gerald Carboy - Director and Choreographer: David M. Beris - Production Consultant: Dennis D'Amico

January 16, 2015
2nd LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 Online Charity Auctions Features Signed Movie Poster by Springsteen, Michael J. Fox & Joan Jett + Autographeded Classic Rock Photography by Mark Weiss - Fighting Parkinson's 15 Years!

Light of Day

EXCLUSIVE 'LIGHT OF DAY' MOVIE POSTERS SIGNED BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, MICHAEL J. FOX, AND NEWLY INDUCTED ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER JOAN JETT HIGHLIGHT 2nd CHARITYBUZZ AUCTION TO BENEFIT LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION DURING LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PREVIOUS LIGHT OF DAY PERFORMERS ON THE AUCTION BLOCK INCLUDE SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY, BILLY FALLON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JOHN RZEZNIK, JESSIE MALIN, JOHN EDDIE AND MORE

BID NOW! www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday

Over 150 Music Acts Converging On NJ & NYC NOW through Monday to Support Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 16, 2014) – The first LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 Charitybuzz fundraising auction, just completed, raised $22,000 toward the Light of Day Foundation's global battle against Parkinson's Disease and related illnesses, and with the festival now in full swing, a second online auction has begun at www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday.

The latest auction, closing Jan. 23, spotlights two very special LIGHT OF DAY movie posters signed by Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox. These posters are poignantly significant to the theme of the Foundation, as it was named by founder Bob Benjamin after the Springsteen song with the fitting lyrics "Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling okay - I got a little lost along the way - I'm just around the corner to the light of day." Springsteen wrote the powerful anthem "LIGHT OF DAY," performed in the 1987 movie of the same name by Joan Jett, who starred opposite Michael J. Fox. Fox has bravely battled Parkinson's since the early '90s and on one legendary night in November 2003, during the fourth annual LOD festival, he brought the house down when he joined The Boss onstage at the Stone Pony for a rousing rendition of "Light of Day."

This auction spotlights photos of musicians who played past Light of Day performances at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. All photos were donated by renowned photographer Mark Weiss (who shot Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry album covers). The collection also includes an autographed iconic photograph of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett, shot in 1981; an autographed photo of Southside Johnny from 1979, and a 1981 photo of Gary U.S. Bonds with Clarence Clemons, autographed by Bonds. Two classic photos of Springsteen from the '80s also are up for bid, along with photos of previous Light of Day performers including Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Glen Burtnik, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Willie Nile, John Eddie, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Jesse Malin, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, actor Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore of Sopranos fame, and more!

Aside from the photos already auctioned off, one lucky bidder already has won a pair of tickets to the sold out LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 "Main Event" at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ, with headliners LaBAMBA'S BIG BAND featuring Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds, happening Saturday night. Springsteen has been a surprise special guest at the "Main Event," also known as "Bob's Birthday Bash," in 10 of the previous 14 years.

Go to www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday to view photos and bid now! Proceeds again benefit Light of Day Foundation.

Joan Jett and Bruce Springsteen

With a goal of bringing in a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year alone, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of this 15th anniversary, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, bringing the 15-year total above $3 million!

"Whether helping the people in my hometown with life's basic necessities or helping find a cure for a deadly disease, we all do whatever we can," says Weiss. "I am honored to stand alongside the generous and talented musicians I have worked with for decades to help make this year's LIGHT OF DAY a monumental success. We all remember the great memories of first times, but there also are memories of the first times we've heard disheartening news. I have been humbled and inspired by Bob Benjamin's story and by the powerful snowballing impact LOD has had for the last 15 years."

Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. Benjamin put together the first fundraiser show on his 40th birthday at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ, and raised $2,000. From that small event, the LIGHT OF DAY Foundation was born in 2000.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Except for the Paramount show, tickets are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the remainder of the action is occurring, being held NOW through Monday at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

For more about Light Of Day Foundation, go to www.lightofday.org

For more about Mark Weiss, go to www.WEISSGUYgallery.com

For images for the web, go to www.markweiss.com/light_of_day_charitybuzz_web

For hi-rez print media images, send requests to mark@markweiss.com

All photos should be credited to Mark Weiss

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fundraiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

January 13, 2015
JESSI TEICH BARES HER 'TWISTED SOUL' ON STYLISH 'CROSSOVER RECORD WITH A JAZZ SPINAL CORD,' PARIS-RECORDED 'POPERATIC' ALBUM TWISTED SOUL

Ten-Time International Songwriting Award Winner and Berklee College of Music Grad Releases 1st Album Since Complete Recovery from Career-Threatening Vocal Surgery March 3 on Madame Freak Records

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 13, 2015) - Commonly considered an old blues, jazz, and soul singer-songwriter trapped in a young woman's body, 10-time international songwriting award-winner JESSI TEICH (pronounced TEACH) brings a pop sensibility to her stylish new album, TWISTED SOUL, recorded in Paris and due March 3 on Madame Freak Records.

TWISTED SOUL is the latest chapter of a success story based on hard work and a strong connection with a growing army of fans in the U.S. and Europe for the artist who was raised in Clinton, NJ, and has been based in Philadelphia since graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music. She celebrates by kicking off a spring U.S. tour with a CD Release Event at the Sellersville Theater, in Sellersville, PA, on April 18. She also will be featured on Radio Free Nashville in a two-hour live radio interview broadcast, hosted by Ty Brando, on May 3.

Jessi calls TWISTED SOUL "a crossover record with a jazz spinal cord," with a sequenced "poperatic" story arc of cathartic metamorphosis - overcoming tragedy through change and growth. The album showcases Jessi's sinuous vocal prowess as well as her heralded songwriting capacity, and contains three songs which already have won awards, including the kickoff track, "The Haunting," winner of three competitions on its own.

She writes impressionistically about heartbreak, love, loss, gain, and sisterhood on TWISTED SOUL, tracing her surrender to - and eventual escape from - a controlling, abusive lover. All the while, she masterfully mixes jazz sophistication, blues grit, and soul's tragic romance, with an edgy-but-elegant aesthetic. It's that type of classy combination that's drawn her comparisons to everyone from Billie Holiday to Sade to Fiona Apple, and admiration for Jessi's rare sense of soul-baring vocal honesty with no pretenses or unnecessary acrobatics.

TWISTED SOUL also is Jessi's first full-length album since recovering from surgery to remove a career-threatening cyst surrounding her vocal fold while she was teaching 40 private voice students a week. Her recovery, chronicled by CNN, included not only regaining the octave-and-a-half she had lost from her upper range, but returning with an altogether stronger, and more supple singing voice than ever before.

"I feel a power now in my voice that I had never felt before," says Jessi. "It's as if I was given a second chance. It's a scary, career-threatening thing but it's made me want to advocate and tell people about it."

Since her complete recovery, Jessi has performed with the late Sid Simmons, Mike Boone, Byron Landham, Beyoncé saxophonist Tia Fuller, Funkadelic's Bernie Worrell, Charlie Hunter, Ronnie Earl, G. Love, and Jen Durkin, among others, and has been featured at the Roots' annual Roots Picnic, WaWa Welcome America!, Bethlehem Musikfest, the Canadian Music Festival and prestigious venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.

Jessi recorded TWISTED SOUL in Paris, where she initially had landed for writing inspiration, live at Studio de Meudon with renown engineer Julien Bassères. She was backed by the Thierry Maillard Trio, led by one of France's top pianists, and to give the album just the right eclectic sound, acclaimed French accordionist Laurent Derache. Jessi produced and arranged TWISTED SOUL herself and, finishing off its cultural blend with more American influence, enlisted further help from engineer Ron DiSilvestro, guitarist Dai "Soul Samurai" Myazaki, and drummer John Morgan Kimock.

As a result of the liberation process chronicled on TWISTED SOUL, Jessi now supports women who've been affected by emotional abuse through Women Against Abuse (www.womenagainstabuse.org), Philadelphia's leading domestic violence advocate. She also supports PAWS of Philadelphia (www.paws.org) and is guardian to two rescue dogs named Chico and Cooper.

January 9, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 OPENS TONIGHT! 3RD AND FINAL WAVE OF ARTISTS ADDED ON EVE OF 15TH ANNIVERSARY 12-DAY MUSIC FEST

Pat DiNizio, Sam Llanas, Alexis Krauss, Daniel Marques, Jen Chapin, Wesley Stace & The English UK, Big Pussy's Gangster Squad, Vinnie Lopez and More Join Over 150 Music Acts in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 9, 2015) – Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens, Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans), Alexis Krauss of noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells, esteemed Brazilian classical guitarist Daniel Marques, singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, Big Pussy's Gangster Squad led by Vincent Pastore, former E Street Band drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Vinnie "Mad Dog" Lopez are among the last wave of acts to be announced for the 15th LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, which kicks off tonight in Burlington, NJ.

After the 12-day festival's launches tonight with the first-ever South Jersey edition at the Hebe Music Lounge, the proceedings move to Montclair tomorrow for another first, the North Jersey edition, at the Outpost in the Burbs, where an intimate songwriting circle will take place with acoustic sets from Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls, and Joe D'Urso. The Asbury Park portion, where the bulk of the activity takes place, begins Sunday at the Stone Pony, with the reunion of its legendary house band, Cats on a Smooth Surface, known for springboarding the careers of Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, and Glen Burtnik, among others. The show will also present an opportunity for Cats alumnus Joel Krauss to sing with his famous daughter, Alexis Krauss, one of indie-pop's most prominent faces and voices.

Daniel Marques, the 7-string guitarist and winner of the greatest award in his country, the 'Brazilian Grammy' known as the Prêmio da Música Brasileira, As the leader, producer and arranger of Orquestra Frevo Diabo. Marques will be featured as a special guest at "The Main Event: Bob's Birthday Bash," Jan. 17 at the Paramount Theater, 1300 Ocean Ave, in Asbury Park. The show, which sold out in 37 minutes, will be headlined by LaBamba's Big Band, starring Jersey Shore legend Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, a late night TV fixture for the past 20 years anchoring the horn section in Conan O'Brien's band, and featuring fellow Shore legends Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds and a 13-piece horn section including the horn players from Conan's Basic Cable Band. Marques will also be featured Monday, Jan. 19 at the Goodbye Breakfast Toast.

Pat DiNizio, of the Smithereens, plays a FREE show Thursday (Jan. 15) at the Asbury Park Yacht Club. Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans, will be part of the Main Event as well as Songwriter's By the Sea that following evening (Jan. 19) at McLoone's. Wesley Stace & the UK (formerly known as John Wesley Harding), are on the bill at "Rich Russo's Anything Anything," Fri., Jan. 16 at Asbury Lanes. The night before at Asbury Lanes, Big Pussy's Gangster Squad, fronted by The Sopranos star Vincent Pastore, will be surrounded by fellow Sopranos actors Dan Grimaldi, Lou Martini Jr., Anthony Ribustello and more, all of whom will be bowling while music takes center stage. Headlining that show is the James Maddock Band. Also on hand at the Bowl-a-Thon will be Vinnie Lopez, the previous E Street Band drummer recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the band, and Springsteen's manager in Steel Mill, Tinker West. Lopez is also slated to be among the musicians at the Main Event.

With a goal of raising a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year alone, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the rest of the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, from Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others, through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

As previously announced, Guy Davis, Dramarama's John Easdale, Aaron Freeman of Ween, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, John Eddie, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, and the Billy Walton Band, also will be coming to Asbury Park for LIGHT OF DAY 15 in Asbury Park.

Previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Bruce Springsteen, Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Jesse Malin, and Peter Himmelman. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.

The complete lineup and ticket informatoin can be found at www.lightofday.org.

Concertgoers can purchase tickets for individual shows and a Light of Day combo ticket package to gain admission to all Asbury Park events at five different levels, starting at $149.50.

The packages guarantee a seat for the main event at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, on a space available, first-come, first-served basis. Single tickets will also be available for individual shows.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

January 5, 2015
ALL-STAR COMEDY LINEUP, LED BY RICK SHAPIRO & ARTIE LANGE, 'CRAWLS' ACROSS MANHATTAN TO BENEFIT LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION DURING WINTERFEST 2015
Rick Shapiro and Artie Lange

New York City's Role Significantly Increases in Light of Day's Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease as Live Comedy adds Laughs while 150+ Music Acts Converge on NJ & NYC for 11-Day Festival's 15th Anniversary Celebration, starting Jan. 9.

STAND UP NY, NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB, AND COMEDY CELLAR @ VILLAGE UNDERGROUND TO HOST NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER – TUE., JAN. 13

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"Let's do it, people." – ArtistDirect.com

NEW YORK (Jan. 5, 2015) – New York City's role in the Light of Day Foundation's global battle against Parkinson's Disease is expanding significantly for the 15th anniversary LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 with the addition of the NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER, led by the first comedian to publicly state he is fighting and beating Parkinson's disease, RICK SHAPIRO, and very special guest ARTIE LANGE, Tuesday, Jan. 13 at three of Manhattan's top comedy venues.

The NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER - starting uptown at Stand Up NY (7 p.m.), moving to Midtown at New York Comedy Club (9 p.m.) and wrapping downtown at the Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground (11pm). – is the second Manhattan event to be announced for the New Jersey-based LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015. Manhattan also is home to LIGHT OF DAY NEW YORK CITY, Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Cutting Room, starring Suzanne Vega, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, John Eddie, Dramarama's John Easdale, and Greg Trooper.

The NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER is bringing together an all-volunteer, all-star lineup of some of New York's funniest comics for the six-hour cross-town standup comedy event. Joining Shapiro and Lange will be Jim Gaffigan, Rich Vos, Robert Kelly, Todd Barry, Big Jay Oakerson, Greer Barnes, Mike Bocchetti, Kurt Metzger, Bonnie McFarlane, Godfrey, Mike Vecchione, Shang Forbes, and host Joey Gay. More comedians continue to sign on and will be announced soon.

Tickets are all reserved seating and on sale NOW for LIGHTOF DAY WINTERFEST 2015: NEW YORK CITY COMEDY CRAWL FUNDRAISER, at $30 per venue. Tickets for Stand Up NY, 236 W. 78th St. (betw. Broadway & Amsterdam), are available at www.standupny.com, or call 212.595.0850. Showtime is 7 p.m. (with mandatory 6:30 arrival). Tickets for New York Comedy Club, 241 E. 24th St. (between 2nd & 3rd), are available at www.newyorkcomedyclub.com, or call 212.696.5233.Tickets for the Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground. 130 W. 3rd St. (betw. 6th & Macdougal) are available at www.comedycellar.com/the-village-underground, or call 212.254.3480.

Shapiro, one of comedy's most innovative and surreal artists, has maintained a multi-faceted career since his 2013 Parkinson's disease diagnosis and refuses to slow down. He's an extraordinary example of determination, strength and perseverance, and an inspiration to all in overcoming stereotypes and assumptions about Parkinson's.

"It's a new life force, a new way of choice," says Shapiro. "The physical hand I've been dealt forces me not only to play my hand, but to realize I HAVE hands. It's unbelievable. Parkinson's can be laughed at, and I've found it to be a damn joke. It's a riot."

The evening is being organized by Shapiro and his wife and manager, Tracy DeMarzo. Shapiro is a 30-year comedy stage veteran and master of long-form comedy and improv who, aside from stand-up, can be seen currently on the hit show MARON on IFC. An actor, comedian, author, poet, and painter, Shapiro is known for playing Louis C.K.'s brother-in-law, Jerry, on HBO's Lucky Louie and appeared in Louis CK's movie Pootie Tang, plus the film Project X, and both TV series' 2 BROKE GIRLS and The League.

The benefit fundraiser has been set up to make it easy for fans and supporters to attend as many of the shows as they want. Shapiro, Lange and the evening's host, Joey Gay, will be performing AT ALL THREE VENUES.

All proceeds benefit the Light of Day Foundation, which uses the power of music – and now comedy – to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses.

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LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015: NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER
TUESDAY, JAN. 13

STOP # 1: Stand Up NY - 236 W. 78th St. (betw. Broadway & Amsterdam)
Starring Rick Shapiro & Artie Lange
Host: Joey Gay
Also Appearing: Shang Forbes, Kurt Metzger, Mike Vecchione, Godfrey
Showtime: 7 p.m. (mandatory 6:30 p.m. arrival)
Tickets: $30 at www.standupny.com, or call 212.595.0850.

STOP #2: New York Comedy Club - 241 E. 24th St. (between 2nd & 3rd)
Starring Rick Shapiro & Artie Lange
Host: Joey Gay
Also Appearing: Jim Gaffigan, Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane, Greer Barnes, Big Jay Oakerson, Mike Bocchetti
Tickets: $30 at www.newyorkcomedyclub.com, or call 212.696.5233.

STOP #3: Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground. 130 W. 3rd St. (betw. 6th & Macdougal)
Starring Rick Shapiro & Artie Lange
Host: Joey Gay
Also Appearing: Robert Kelly, Todd Barry, and surprise guests
Tickets $30 at www.comedycellar.com/the-village-underground, or call 212.254.3480.

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With a goal of bringing in a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year alone, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of this 15th anniversary, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, bringing the 15-year total above $3 million.

Bob Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. Benjamin put together the first fundraiser show on his 40th birthday at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ, and raised $2,000. From that small event, the LIGHT OF DAY Foundation was born in 2000. Benjamin named the Foundation after the Springsteen anthem.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST has gained international acclaim for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year's event, and always at the Paramount since "The Main Event" was added to the festivities.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THESE LIGHT OF DAY EVENTS, TOO!

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST NYC 2015, starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama's John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol' Band, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, and more to be announced, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC. Tickets are $45 for General Admission Seats; $75 for Limited VIP Upfront Table Seats. Doors 6 p.m.; Show time 7 p.m. For info and tickets, call (212) 691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

In Asbury Park, tickets are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others.Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – are available.

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – NORTH JERSEY, and LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – SOUTH JERSEY. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – South Jersey, starring Dramarama's John Easdale, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Stone Baby, Ben Arnold, Soraia, and NYTROUS, hosted by radio legend Michael Tearson (Sirius XM), will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Hebe Music Lounge at Big Shots Bar and Grill, 835 Route 130 South, Burlington, NJ. Tickets are $10 in advance; $14 day of show at Brown Paper tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. More info at www.hebemusic.com. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – North Jersey, a Songwriter's Circle starring Willie Nile (just added!), Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock, Steve Conte (New York Dolls guitarist), and Joe D'Urso, will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Outpost in the Burbs @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $75 VIP at Outpost Ticketleap, www.outpost.ticketleap.com, and all other Outpost in the Burbs ticket outlets. More info at www.outpostintheburbs.org.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

More information on Light of Day Foundation at www.lightofday.org

More on Rick Shapiro at www.rickshapiro.tv

December 30, 2014
SPECIAL PAIR OF TICKETS TO SOLD-OUT 'MAIN EVENT' PLUS LIMITED EDITION, AUTOGRAPHED, CLASSIC ROCK PHOTOS BY MARK WEISS BEING AUCTIONED EXCLUSIVELY AT CHARITYBUZZ.COM TO BENEFIT LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION AS WINTERFEST 2015 FESTIVAL APPROACHES

BID NOW! www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday

Southside Johnny & Gary U.S. Bonds signed photos up for auction!

Over 150 Music Acts Converge On NJ & NYC Jan. 9-19, 2015 To Support Worldwide Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Festival In Global Battle Against Parkinson’s Disease

"Let’s do it, people." – ArtistDirect.com

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 30, 2014) – A pair of tickets to the sold-out LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 "Main Event" at the Paramount Theater, with headliners LaBAMBA’S BIG BAND featuring Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds kicks off the first of two Charitybuzz fundraising auctions benefiting the Light of Day Foundation, 15 years strong in its global battle against Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses.

Also on Light of Day's Charitybuzz auction block are 35 limited edition, autographed, classic Rock & Roll photographs from the '70s and '80s, donated by renowned photographer Mark Weiss (who shot Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry album covers). Photo sales are moving briskly at www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday. The auction ends Jan. 8, 2015.

Charitybuzz will kick off a second online auction Jan. 9, 2015 for two weeks only. This second auction will spotlight two very special LIGHT OF DAY movie posters signed by Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox. Springsteen wrote the powerful anthem "Light Of Day," performed in the 1987 movie of the same name by Joan Jett, who starred alongside Michael J. Fox. Fox has bravely battled Parkinson's since the early '90s, and on one legendary night in November 2003, at the fourth annual LOD show, he brought the house down when he joined Springsteen on stage at the Stone Pony for a rousing rendition of "Light of Day." Also featured in this auction is a signed photograph of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett, shot by Weiss in 1981; along with photos of previous Light of Day performers including Springsteen, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, Glen Burtnik, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nile, John Eddie, Garland Jeffreys, Jesse Malin, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem and Joe Grushecky.

Proceeds from all auctions solely benefit the Light of Day Foundation.

With a goal of bringing in a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson’s disease last year alone, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of this 15th anniversary, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, bringing the 15-year total above $3 million!

Mark Weiss is passionate about his photo campaign, FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME, which he started to benefit Lunch Break, the soup kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. When his photographs raised over $25,000 for Lunch Break after just two annual Charitybuzz auctions, Weiss realized another foundation close to his heart and hometown could benefit as well.

"I never imagined when I was 16 and sneaking my camera into concerts, that I could make a living out of it, much less help out those in need by donating the sales of these photos some three decades later," says Weiss. "My career as a photographer has been a dream come true, and it’s time to give back."

His campaign is a selection of photographs from the first time Weiss shot the artists, going back to the '70s. He has pulled the photos from his extensive archives and reached out to the musicians to sign a few to help these amazing organizations. Some highlights of the collection include Aerosmith live at Madison Square Garden in 1976, signed by all five band members. Also up for grabs are three KISS photographs which actually changed Mark's life: In 1977, while still in high school, he was arrested for selling his photos outside the Garden for a buck a piece. After a night in jail, he headed over to Circus Magazine with his portfolio, and within six months he’d become a staff photographer.

Other classic photos up for auction are Ozzy Osbourne taking a bath at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1981; Debbie Harry of Blondie in 1978; Ted Nugent in 1978 and Johnny Winter from his 1991 album cover shoot Let Me In; plus 30 more, all signed by the actual artists.

"Whether helping the people in my hometown with life's basic necessities or helping find a cure for a deadly disease, we all do whatever we can," Weiss continues. "I am honored to stand alongside the generous and talented musicians I have worked with for decades to help make this year's LIGHT OF DAY a monumental success. We all remember the great memories of first times, but there also are memories of the first times we’ve heard disheartening news. I have been humbled and inspired by Bob Benjamin's story and by the powerful snowballing impact LOD has had for the last 15 years."

Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson’s since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D’Urso. Benjamin put together the first fundraiser show on his 40th birthday at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ, and raised $2,000. From that small event, the LIGHT OF DAY Foundation was born in 2000. Benjamin named the Foundation after the Springsteen anthem with the fitting lyrics: Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling okay - I got a little lost along the way - I'm just around the corner to the light of day.

Light of Day Winterfest has gained international acclaim for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year’s event, and always at the Paramount since "The Main Event" was added to the festivities. LaBamba, an original member of Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes and a late night TV fixture for the past 20 years anchoring the horn section in Conan O’Brien’s house band, has assembled a 20-piece unit that will include a 13-piece horn section. LaBamba’s Big Band will feature the horn players from Conan’s Basic Cable Band, and nine other current and former members of the Jukes – among them Mark "The Love Man" Pender, Rick "G the G" Gazda and Stan Harrison – for a night LaBamba promises "is going to be legendary."

Bob Benjamin & Bruce Springsteen - Light of Day in 2012, Paramount Theater

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Except for the Paramount show, tickets are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – NORTH JERSEY, and LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – SOUTH JERSEY. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – South Jersey, starring Dramarama’s John Easdale, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Stone Baby, Ben Arnold, Soraia, and NYTROUS, hosted by radio legend Michael Tearson (Sirius XM), will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Hebe Music Lounge at Big Shots Bar and Grill, 835 Route 130 South, Burlington, NJ. Tickets are $10 in advance; $14 day of show at Brown Paper tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/946073. More info at www.hebemusic.com. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – North Jersey, a Songwriter’s Circle starring Willie Nile (just added!), Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock, Steve Conte (New York Dolls guitarist), and Joe D’Urso, will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Outpost in the Burbs @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $75 VIP at Outpost Ticketleap, www.outpost.ticketleap.com, and all other Outpost in the Burbs ticket outlets. More info at www.outpostintheburbs.org.

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST NYC 2015, starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama’s John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol’ Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, and more to be announced, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC. Tickets are $45 for General Admission Seats; $75 for Limited VIP Upfront Table Seats. Doors 6 p.m.; Show time 7 p.m. For info and tickets, call (212) 691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

For more about Light of Day Foundation, go to www.lightofday.org.

For more about Mark Weiss, go to www.WEISSGUYgallery.com.

For images for the web, go to www.markweiss.com/light_of_day_charitybuzz_web.

For hi-rez print media images, send requests to mark@markweiss.com.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Top photo: Bruce Springsteen makes a surprise appearance at Light of Day Winterfest 12.

Lower left: Southside Johnny backstage in 1979.

Lower right: Clarence Clemons and Gary U.S. Bonds backstage in 1981.

Bottom photo: Bruce Springsteen and Bob Benjamin appearance at Light of Day Winterfest 12.

All photos should be credited to MARK WEISS.

December 24, 2014
BURLINGTON COUNTY TEEN, WHO LEFT HIGH SCHOOL AND POSTPONED FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE TO CARE FOR YOUNGER BROTHER WITH LATE STAGE BRAIN CANCER, RECEIVES 'HOLIDAY ANGEL' SHOPPING SPREE & MAKEOVER WITH ORIGINAL 'PROJECT RUNWAY' WINNER JAY McCARROLL

Ailing Brother Joins Unsuspecting Contest Winner - Described by Nominating Friend as "Truly the Most Selfless and Caring Person I Know" - As She Accepts Surprise Christmas Gift Through Winning Essay at Hamilton Mall

HAMILTON MALL OWNERS, TOUCHED BY STORY, MATCH WINNING GIFT TO TOTAL $1,000

MAYS LANDING, NJ (Dec. 24, 2014) - A Burlington County teenager, who gave up her senior year in high school for home-schooling and delayed her freshman year of college so she could care for her younger brother in his rare battle with a late stage brain cancer (glioblastoma) that normally affects older men, received a very special Christmas gift yesterday as the winner of Hamilton Mall's HOLIDAY ANGEL MAKEOVER with original "Project Runway" winner JAY McCARROLL.

Ashleigh DeAngelis, 18, of Green Bank, Burlington County, and her ailing brother, Logan, along with their mother, Tina, were escorted by McCarroll on a $1,000 Holiday Makeover shopping spree at Hamilton Mall - just in time for Christmas! Ashleigh was hand-picked by McCarroll, Hamilton Mall's fashion ambassador, as the subject of the winning essay submitted by family friend Kristy Torres. The essay described Ashleigh as "truly the most selfless and caring person I know. The battles she has fought with and for her brother are more than any ordinary person would be able to handle. Ashleigh is extraordinary and a year and a half is long time to wait for someone to notice. She deserves to be given something after all she has given her brother."

McCarroll hand-picked the essay because he was "so moved by the struggles of this family, and the selfless acts of this young woman." Similarly, Hamilton Mall ownership was so moved that it decided to match the $500 prize, bring the total to $1,000 in gift cards. Ashleigh decided to give one of the gift cards to Logan, and together they shopped for clothes at Forever 21 and H&M. And when Ashleigh headed for Victoria's Secret, Logan left her for a visit to Game Stop to pick up some Play Station games.

"It was great to see both of them together with their mom," said McCarroll. "It's especially nice this time of year to see how important family is."

Ashleigh and Logan both said they had "fun" and each of them said they were saving a good chunk of their card balances for a return trip to the mall to take advantage of post-Christmas sales.

"I'm a shopper anyway," said Ashleigh. "But the best thing about today was that I didn't have to pay."

PHOTO CAPTIONS - HOLIDAY ANGEL 2014 - HAMILTON MALL

Image #9979c "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll was at the Hamilton Mall to hand out $1,000 Holiday Makeover and Shopping Spree to Ashleigh DeAngelis on Tuesday, December 23, 2104 in Mays Landing, NJ.

Image #0006c R-L "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll talks with Ashleigh DeAngelis her brother Logan and mother Tina after Ashleigh received a $1,000 Holiday Makeover and Shopping Spree to the Hamilton Mall on Tuesday, December 23, 2104 in Mays Landing, NJ.

Image #0085c L-R Ashleigh DeAngelis poses with "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll, her brother Logan, and mother Tina while on her $1,000 Holiday Makeover and Shopping Spree at the Hamilton Mall on Tuesday, December 23, 2104 in Mays Landing, NJ.

Iamges #0064c, #0071c and #0075c "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll helps Ashleigh DeAngelis and her brother Logan shop on their $1,000 Holiday Makeover and Shopping Spree at the Hamilton Mall on Tuesday, December 23, 2104 in Mays Landing, NJ.

Image #9976c "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll hands Ashleigh DeAngelis her gift cards for her $1,000 Holiday Makeover and Shopping Spree at the Hamilton Mall on Tuesday, December 23, 2104 in Mays Landing, NJ.

December 23, 2014
DANCE-POP ICON JADE STARLING OFFERS 'LAST CHRISTMAS' DOWNLOAD FOR $1 INDIEGOGO 2015 'CAPTIVE 3D' TOUR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION

PRETTY POISON LEAD SINGER-SONGWRITER LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO HELP MOUNT AMBITIOUS '3D' MULTIMEDIA CONCERT TOUR AMID CAREER RESURGENCE BEHIND HIT DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, 'CAPTIVE'

Stream LAST CHRISTMAS

Stream the CAPTIVE album

View the IndieGoGo Campaign

"Now a new generation of club kids can fall in love with singer Jade Starling."
- Download.com (CNET/CBS Interactive)

"With the rapidly changing landscape of the music industry, artists are faced with two choices – evolve, or fade away. Jade Starling, of the ‘80s group Pretty Poison, chose the former, and it's put her right in the middle of today's vibrant EDM scene." - Arena.com

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 23, 2014) – Dance pop icon JADE STARLING has a last-minute Christmas bonus to help bring her closer to her fans across the nation in 2015.

The flame-tressed diva, best known the vocalizing half and award-winning songwriter of platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (#1 hit "Catch Me I'm Falling" on Virgin Records), has released her dance floor rendition of the Wham! holiday season staple, "Last Christmas," as a holiday boost to her new IndieGoGo campaign. Starling's recording is available for download NOW with just a $1 donation. The ‘Captive 3D' Tour campaign page can be accessed HERE.

Starling is enjoying a career resurgence that includes a celebrated return to the Billboard Dance charts, becoming celebrity spokesperson for a national cancer awareness campaign, and overwhelming critical acclaim for her debut solo album, CAPTIVE (Subpeona/Tazmania/Universal). And she wants to thank her fans and everyone who's helped make this possible by mounting a 2015 tour with the best staging she's ever offered in her long and heralded career. The "Captive 3D" tour is being designed as a 3D multimedia experience that will scintillate the senses, utilizing 3D glasses for concertgoers, specially designed lighting, sound and video, with a live band and DJ. Starling's 2014 HOLIDAY RUN included sold-out performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ, and the Copacabana in NYC. She also made a heralded Thanksgiving Weekend appearance at the All Things That Rock Festival in Philadelphia with Peter Criss of KISS, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other rock legends.

Starling charted high on the Billboard Dance charts this fall for the first time since "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" brought Pretty Poison international notoriety. "Think About U," the 2nd single from CAPTIVE, cracked the Top 15 on the Billboard Dance chart, the highest position Starling has experienced on that chart since her No. 1 Dance hit, "When I Look Into Your Eyes," from Pretty Poison's platinum Catch Me, I'm Falling album. An announcement will be coming soon about the release of the third single from CAPTIVE.

In addition to generously offering her time and image, Starling also has donated the use of "Catch Me (I'm Falling)," Pretty Poison's #1 hit dance pop classic, as the official song of the Have a Catch for Barb campaign, which raises awareness and money for families battling cancer.

OK!TV, the nationally syndicated entertainment and gossip show, hosted the world premiere of the "Think About U" music video, and hosted Starling as a guest to talk about CAPTIVE and show an exclusive sneak peak clip. Other interviews include Premiere Radio Networks, Westwood One Radio Network, and Associated Press Broadcast Network.

Critical buzz continues to mount for Starling, whose dance-smart album was hailed as a "masterpiece" by AXS.com, and whose "voice is amazing," on CAPTIVE, declared ArtistDirect. The Knoxville News-Sentinel praised the radio-friendly, pop-oriented tracks dominating [the album,] Starling's naturalistic vocals give a touch of humanity" to CAPTIVE's first single, "the explosive ‘Insomniak,'" which hit Top 30 on the Billboard Dance chart. TheTrenton (NJ) Times cheered the album's "poppy backbone," "big beats" and "strong groove" while JoelGausten.com proclaimed it "The Perfect Album. ... Best Dance Album of 2014."

"Think About U," was produced by Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue). CAPTIVE also features collaborations with newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona (Universal France).

In the spirit of the holidays, Starling says: "Let's catch the spirit of ending breast cancer. It's long overdue."

CATCH JADE STARLING ON TOUR:

Sat., Jan. 17, 2015
Resorts World Casino New York City
110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11420
888.888.8801
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MORE DATES TO COME!

December 22, 2014
LaBAMBA's BIG BAND featuring SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and GARY U.S. BONDS TO HEADLINE SOLD-OUT PARAMOUNT THEATER 'MAIN EVENT' IN ASBURY PARK, NJ, AT LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015

Aaron Freeman of Ween, The Weeklings feat. Glen Burtnick, Among More Than 2 Dozen New Acts Added to Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary Festival in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

LINEUPS FOR 12-DAY FESTIVAL'S MULTI-ACT THEMED EVENTS, SUCH AS ASBURY ANGELS, MUSICIANS ON A MISSION, AND CLASSIC COUNTRY TRIBUTE CONCERT ANNOUNCED AS OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGE ON NJ & NYC JAN. 9-19, 2015

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 22, 2014) – Jersey Shore legend RICHIE "LaBAMBA" ROSENBERG, a late night TV fixture for the past 20 years anchoring the horn section in Conan O'Brien's band, will return to his roots to lead a very special version of his big band as host of the anchor event of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 for its 15th anniversary edition in the battle against Parkinson's disease.

LaBAMBA'S BIG BAND, featuring fellow Shore legends SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and GARY U.S. BONDS and a 13-piece horn section including the horn players from Conan's Basic Cable Band, will be the headline attraction at "The Main Event: Bob's Birthday Bash," Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Paramount Theater, 1300 Ocean Ave. Light of Day Winterfest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year's event, and always at the Paramount since "The Main Event" was added to the festivities. LaBamba, an original member of Southside Johnny's Asbury Jukes, has assembled a 20-piece unit that will include nine other current and former members of the Jukes for a night he promises "is going to be legendary." The show sold out within 37 minutes of going on sale in early November.

Two tickets to the Paramount show are on the auction block at Charitybuzz.com, as are 35 limited edition classic Rock & Roll photographs from the ‘70s and ‘80s donated and signed by the musicians and photographer Mark Weiss (who shot Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album art). With photo sales moving briskly at http://www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday, proceeds will benefit The Light of Day Foundation.

With a goal of raising a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, has set the lineups for several of its multi-act themed events. Light of Day Winterfest, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the rest of the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, from Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others, through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Asbury Angels Show, to be held Friday, Jan. 16, at the legendary Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., will honor and memorialize the lives and history of members of the Asbury Park musical community, "including but not limited to, musicians, tech support persons, DJs, journalists, club owners, record company personnel, managers and promoters. Hosted by Sirius XM's Jim Rotolo (Tent Live Broadcast), the show will feature Main Stage acts topped by the Willie Nile Band, Bocciagalupe and the Bad Boys and The Weeklings featuring Glen Burtnick. Others on the bill include Pat Toner, Steve Conte's NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), Laura Crisci. Milly, Frank Get, Bobby Mahoney's Seventh Son, John Strada, Ten Ton Mojo, Cesare Carugi & Daniele Tenca, and the Fireplaces. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25 advance/$30 day of show at www.stoneponyonline.com, Ticketmaster, and at (732) 502-0600.

First Note kicks off with An Evening with Aaron Freeman (of Ween), presented by Light of Day and The Saint, Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Saint, 601 Main St., at 8 p.m. (Doors 7 p.m.). Tickets are $22 at www.thesaintnj.com. A late show will be announced soon.

Also on Thursday, Jan. 15, Sandy Mack's Wonder Jam Deluxe takes over the Wonder Bar, 1231 Ocean Ave., with alternating Main Stage and acoustic Side Stage acts. The Hive-Mind, Turtle Soup, Karmic Juggernaut, Mack & Friends of (featuring Ronnie Penque and Mark Diomede of the Juggling Suns Project), and Dead Bank helm the Main Stage. The acoustic stage will host Joe Miller & Sam Sims, Joshua Mark, Strumberry Pie, and Papa John. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at www.wonderbarasburypark.com, Ticketmaster, and at (732) 502-8886.

LOD's Classic Country brings Carter Calvert's Tribute to Patsy Cline and Michael Patrick's Ring of Fire Band – A Tribute to Johnny Cash on Jan. 16 to McLoone's Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., at 8:15 p.m. Tickets and info at (732) 774-1155 and www.timmcloonessupperclub.com.

Also on Jan. 16, Langosta Live brings Slim Chance and The Gamblers, with special guest vocalist Lisa Sherman, to Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave., in a FREE event at 9:30 p.m. More info at (732) 455-3275.

Musicians On A Mission, Sunday Jan.18 at the Saint, uses the power of music to create connection and inspire giving, raise awareness and funds for local charitable organizations through planned musical events showcasing New Jersey performers, and support the local music community by creating opportunities for musicians to connect, share and make a difference through music. The event stars Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth, Thomas Wesley Stern, Glimmer Grass Band, Cranston Dean, and Matt Scuteri and Jive Stewards. Doors at Noon. Tickets $10 at TicketMaster.com, Ticketmaster and Phone Charge at 800-754-3000, as well as the Saint box office. More info at(musiciansonamission.org and www.thesaintnj.com.

Happy Mondays, a weekly staple of the Wonder Bar, supports Light of Day in a special event Monday, Jan. 12, with Thomas Wesley Stern, the Villanelles, and the Mockingbirds. Doors 8 p.m.; music 9 p.m. Suggested donation $5 at the door.

Langosta Lounge Late Night Live stars the Stringbeans Roots Reggae Jam on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave., starting at 10 p.m. More info at 732-455-3275.

For the Kids, Kids and Family takes over McLoone's Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 17 from Noon-3 p.m. with Mr. Ray with special guests Layonne Holmes and the Little Sunshine Kids, Yosi, and Miss Sherri and the Little Animal Band, plus face painting and yoga by Leslie Miller throughout the show. Info and Tickets: $10 at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or call 732-774-1155. Kids Under 1 & Over 100 FREE!

Now that the holiday season tours of Europe and Canada are completed, the 15th anniversary edition of the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 12 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City next month. The Canadian leg completed its 8th annual edition over the weekend, with three sold-out shows over three days in Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Kingston, ON. Light of Day Europe 2015, just finished a wildly successful 17-day, 15-show holiday run in 11 European countries.

As previously announced, Guy Davis, Dramarama's John Easdale, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, James Maddock, John Eddie, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, and the Billy Walton Band, also will be coming to Asbury Park for LIGHT OF DAY 15 in Asbury Park. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Jesse Malin, and Peter Himmelman. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City in November "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. Earlier this fall, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi's mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows now take place around the world on three continents, this year also including a brand new Light of Day event held earlier this year in Australia. The Australian event took place in Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson's organizations. The worldwide series of shows – which also includes a spring event in Australia – is a quite a long way from the festival's origins as a one-day event in Asbury Park.

Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $200,000, which helped the Walk earn over $3 million for Parkinson's research.

Concertgoers can purchase tickets for individual shows and a Light of Day combo ticket package to gain admission to all Asbury Park events at five different levels, starting at $149.50. The packages guarantee a seat for the main event at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, on a space available, first-come, first-served basis. Single tickets will also be available for individual shows.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

November 21, 2014
Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Honors Light of Day Foundation and Co-Founder Bob Benjamin with 2014 Humanitarian Award

NEW YORK (November 21, 2014) – Billboard Magazine honored BOB BENJAMIN and the LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION with the Humanitarian Award last night at the 2014 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, honoring the concert industry’s top artists, venues and professionals of the year. The 11th annual event was held at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and also featured an appearance by Lionel Richie to accept the Legend of Live Award, and a rousing performance by Kool & the Gang to close out the evening.

Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson’s since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Tony Pallagrosi president of UMT PRESENTS, and musician Joe D’Urso. Pallagrosi accepted the award last night with Benjamin and fellow board member Jean Mikle.

The Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals whose vision and leadership have helped address the world’s greatest challenges and make a difference through live entertainment. Light of Day Foundation Founder Bob Benjamin is “thequintessential music fan and he was enthusiastic about the music back when I met him and he's still the same way today," as his friend Bruce Springsteen has said. "He's a great man."

Benjamin has roots as a manager and founder of his own label, Schoolhouse Records. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1996, Benjamin turned his annual birthday celebration into a marquee Asbury Park, NJ music festival raising funds to benefit research into the cure and treatment for Parkinson’s disease and ALS. The event has raised more than $2 million since 2000, drawing the biggest names in the industry, including Springsteen, Michael J. Fox and Jakob Dylan. Springsteen has brought the organization international notoriety with surprise appearances in 10 of the previous 14 years.

The Award caps a year in which Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation raised a record $425,000 at LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2014 to combat Parkinson’s disease, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, being held Jan. 9-19, 2015 in Asbury Park with additional shows in New York and North and South Jersey, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million. LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST is the anchor event of a global initiative that brings benefit concerts annually to Canada, Australia, and all throughout Europe.

“The Light of Day Foundation and I are proud to be recognized by the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards,” says Benjamin. “Live music has been an inspirational force in my life for nearly 40 years. With the help of the Light of Day board members, we have turned the power of live music into a healing force in the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease. Our concerts in Asbury Park this January will mark our 15th year of bringing people together with live music. We hope to continue rocking the world and raising awareness of Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders for many years to come.”

The Billboard Humanitarian Award is the second major honor for the Light of Day Foundation this fall. In October, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson’s related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi’s mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City. Willie Nile, Gary US Bonds, Guy Davis, John Easdale, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Steve Conte NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), James Maddock, John Eddie, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance & the Gamblers, and the Billy Walton Band, comprise the first wave of acts to be announced for the Asbury Park shows. Suzanne Vega will be headlining the multi-act New York City event (Jan. 14 at the Cutting Room); Garland Jeffreys tops the bill for the North Jersey show (Jan. 10 in Montclair), and Dramarama’s John Easdale heads the cast for the South Jersey concert (Jan. 9 in Burlington).

Tickets for Light of Day Winterfest 2015 in Asbury Park are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available. Further ticket information and more on the Light of Day Foundation at www.lightofday.org.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

#1 - Light of Day Foundation team on the red carpet at the Billboard Touring Awards. L-R, Tony Pallagrosi, co-founder; Jean Mikle, board member; Bob Benjamin, co-founder; Joe D’Urso, board member, Robin Elliott, executive director, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and Humanitarian award presenter.

#2 - Bob Benjamin makes his acceptance speech last night at the Billboard Touring Awards.

#3 - L-R: Light of Day Foundation board members Jean Mikle, Bob Benjamin and Tony Pallagrosi display their Humanitarian Award last night at the Billboard Touring Awards.

Photo Credit: Randex Communications

November 19, 2014
Philadelphia Music Alliance Mourns the Passing of Walk of Fame Inductee and Pop Music Pioneer Dave Appell

Cameo/Parkway Records writer/producer/arranger helped score hits for Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Bobby Rydell, the Dovells, the Orlons, many others; also produced No. 1 hits for Tony Orlando and Dawn

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA), the non-profit organization which creates and maintains the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, mourns the passing of Walk of Fame inductee DAVE APPELL, best known as a pioneering producer, co-writer and arranger at the legendary Cameo/Parkway Records for the likes of Chubby Checker, the Dovells, Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons, Bobby Rydell, and Charlie Gracie, and later, producing a trio of #1 hits for Tony Orlando and Dawn on Bell Records.

"With Dave's passing, we've lost one of the true pioneers of Philadelphia's pop music scene," said PMA Chairman Alan Rubens. "He was very much a part of the Philly pop explosion in the late '50s and early '60s, due to his work with Chubby Checker, the Dovells, Bobby Rydell, the Orlons, and many more through the Cameo/Parkway record label. And as a member of the Walk of Fame, he continued to support the Philadelphia Music Alliance, and show up at our events even into his 90s. Dave also mentored another legend on our Walk, board member Joe Tarsia, the great Sigma Sound Studios founder and Sound of Philadelphia engineer. Our condolences go out to the Appell family. He was a treasure, and will be sorely missed."

Relatives and friends are invited Friday, beginning 10:30 a.m. EST, to Platt Memorial Chapels, Inc., 2001 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ, where funeral services will begin promptly at 11 a.m. EST. Internment is at Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ. Shiva will be observed at the home of Roslyn Appell Purdy and Robert Purdy.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), or MusiCares (www.grammy.org/musicares).

WIKIPEDIA BIO:
Appell (pronounced "AP-el") is associated mainly with the Cameo-Parkway record label, in whose history he played a substantial part. He started working as an arranger for several United States Navy big bands in the mid-1940s during his service in World War II, including Jimmie Lunceford's black orchestra. He later arranged for dance orchestras, including Benny Carter and Earl "Fatha" Hines. He recorded for a while on Decca Records as the Dave Appell Four, until Paul Cohen of Decca suggested he change the group name to the Applejacks. Appell also became a publisher, joining ASCAP in 1955, collaborating with Max Freedman.

He appeared prominently in the 1956 Alan Freed film, Don't Knock the Rock, and worked for a while as the studio band and music director on the Ernie Kovacs TV and radio shows in Philadelphia. Next Appell and the Applejacks were playing in Las Vegas, but they soon began to pine for their hometown and returned to Philadelphia, where they started working for Cameo Records, a label founded by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe.

Appell became a jack-of-all-trades at Cameo, doing background vocals, session work as a guitarist, engineering, arranging, and producing. The first hit artist on the Cameo label was Charlie Gracie, the singing guitarist who hit Number One nationally with "Butterfly." Appell and his band backed Gracie on that million-seller in 1957, and on the singer's subsequent hits, "Fabulous" and "Ninety-Nine Ways" and "Wanderin' Eyes." In 1958 Appell and his group backed John Zacherle on his Top 10 novelty hit "Dinner With Drac."

In the summer of 1958, Appell got an idea for a song from the Philadelphia String Band of a marching-type song with a dance beat. He wrote an instrumental song called "The Mexican Hat Rock," a jumped-up version of the old "Mexican Hat Dance," that he had his studio band record. The song was released under their own name on Cameo that fall and became a big dance hit on American Bandstand, reaching # 16 on the charts. The Applejacks also charted with "Rocka-Conga" (# 38) later in the year.

Appell went on to become the leader of Cameo-Parkway's house band, backing such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Dovells, Dee Dee Sharp, and The Orlons. Their records Appell also arranged and, in many cases, produced, and even co-wrote with Kal Mann, like "Let's Twist Again," "Bristol Stomp," "Mashed Potato Time," and "South Street." These were the years of the twist and other dance crazes, in the launching of which Appell played a vital role. Appell left Cameo in 1964.

In the 1970s he had success with his productions for Tony Orlando and Dawn, including the # 1 hits "Knock Three Times" (1970) and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" (1973), on Bell Records in New York. Appell's co-producer was Hank Medress, a founding member of The Tokens musical group.

ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE
Established in 1986, the Philadelphia Music Alliance is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Philadelphia's rich musical legacy by increasing awareness of the city's great musical tradition and supporting the current music scene. As Philadelphia's music authority, The Philadelphia Music Alliance promotes the vast contributions of Philadelphians to all music genres, and encourages emerging artists and students toward achieving musical excellence. In addition, The Alliance creates, supports and sponsors programs and events that enrich and strengthen Philadelphia's musical community. Our best-known creation is the Walk of Fame, a must-see tourist attraction on Philadelphia's dazzling Avenue of the Arts.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cameo/Parkway Records Producer/Writer/Arranger Dave Appell, right, at a 2004 Philadelphia Music Alliance event with legendary oldies DJ Jerry Blavat, left, and Al Martino.

November 17, 2014
Catch Her, She's Touring! Dance-Pop Icon Jade Starling to Kick Off Season with 2014 Holiday Run of Tour DAtes, Promotional, and Charity Appearances Amid Career Resurgance Behind Debut Solo Album, 'Captive'

PRETTY POISON LEAD SINGER-SONGWRITER TO PLAY NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, COPACABANA, ALL THINGS THAT ROCK FESTIVAL, AMONG VARIETY OF EVENTS IN NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, AND PHILLY REGION

"Now a new generation of club kids can fall in love with singer Jade Starling."
- Download.com (CNET/CBS Interactive)

"With the rapidly changing landscape of the music industry, artists are faced with two choices – evolve, or fade away. Jade Starling, of the ‘80s group Pretty Poison, chose the former, and it's put her right in the middle of today's vibrant EDM scene."
- Arena.com

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 17, 2014) – Enjoying a career resurgence that includes a celebrated return to the Billboard Dance charts, becoming celebrity spokesperson for a national cancer awareness campaign, and overwhelming critical acclaim for her debut solo album, CAPTIVE (Subpeona/Tazmania/Universal), dance pop icon JADE STARLING is embarking on a 2014 HOLIDAY RUN of tour dates, and promotional and charity appearances through the end of the year.

Best known as the vocalizing half and award-winning songwriter of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (#1 hit "Catch Me I'm Falling" on Virgin Records), the flame-tressed diva will be visible at a variety of venues and events in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia region. Performances include Thanksgiving Eve Freestyle Fever 2014 at the Copacabana, NYC (Nov. 26), and the Freestyle & Old School Extravaganza at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ (Dec. 6). On the charity front, Starling will be appearing on behalf of Have a Catch for Barb (www.catchforbarb.org), the national cancer awareness campaign for which she was recently named Official Celebrity Spokesperson, at the 3rd Annual Flyers Alumni Hockey Game in Philadelphia (Dec. 14). She also appearing Thanksgiving Weekend at the All Things That Rock Festival in Philadelphia (Nov. 28-29) with Peter Criss of KISS, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.

Starling charted high on the Billboard Dance charts this fall for the first time since "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" brought Pretty Poison international notoriety. "Think About U," the 2nd single from CAPTIVE, cracked the Top 15 on the Billboard Dance chart, the highest position Starling has experienced on that chart since her No. 1 Dance hit, "When I Look Into Your Eyes," from Pretty Poison's platinum Catch Me, I'm Falling album.

In addition to generously offering her time and image, Starling also is donating the use of "Catch Me (I'm Falling)," Pretty Poison's #1 hit dance pop classic, as the official song of the Have a Catch for Barb campaign, which raises awareness and money for families battling cancer, brings those families together, and helps them create memories that will last a lifetime. Starling will be making numerous personal appearances and performances supporting HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB, and "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" will be heard wherever the charity has a presence.

OK!TV, the nationally syndicated entertainment and gossip show, hosted the world premiere of the "Think About U" music video, and hosted Starling as a guest to talk about CAPTIVE and show an exclusive sneak peak clip. Other interviews include Premiere Radio Networks, Westwood One Radio Network, and Associated Press Broadcast Network.

Critical buzz continues to mount for Starling, whose dance-smart album was hailed as a "masterpiece" by AXS.com, and whose "voice is amazing," on CAPTIVE, declared ArtistDirect. The Knoxville News-Sentinel praised the radio-friendly, pop-oriented tracks dominating [the album,] Starling's naturalistic vocals give a touch of humanity" to CAPTIVE's first single, "the explosive ‘Insomniak,'" which hit Top 30 on the Billboard Dance chart. The Trenton (NJ) Times cheered the album's "poppy backbone," "big beats" and "strong groove" while JoelGausten.com proclaimed it "The Perfect Album. … Best Dance Album of 2014."

"Think About U," was produced by Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue). CAPTIVE also features collaborations with newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona (Universal France).

In the spirit of the holidays, Starling says: "Let's catch the spirit of ending breast cancer. It's long overdue."

CATCH JADE STARLING ON THE 2014 HOLIDAY RUN:

Wed., Nov. 26
THANKSGIVING EVE FREESTYLE FEVER 2014
Copacabana

268 W. 47th St., New York, NY 10036
With TKA/K7, Cynthia, Johnny O, Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel, Lisette Melendez, and more!
Doors: 9 p.m.
Tickets $25
914.725.0011
www.copacabanany.com

Fri., Nov. 28 & Sat., Nov. 29
ALL THINGS THAT ROCK Philadelphia Festival 2014
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA 19456
With Peter Criss of KISS, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Denny Laine of Wings, Ed Kowalczyk of LIVE, and many more!
10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days
Tickets $11-$18
610.389.1807
www.allthingsthatrockfestival.com

Sat., Dec. 6
FREESTYLE & OLD SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA
New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Newark, NJ
With Lisa Lisa, Judy Torres, TKA, Tone Loc, Lisette Melendez, and many more!
Showtime: 8 p.m.
Tickets $39-$85
1.888.GO.NJPAC
www.njpac.org

Fri., Dec. 12
SEXY SANTA PARTY
The Coastline

1240 Brace Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
www.coastlinenightclub.com

Sun., Dec. 14
3rd ANNUAL FLYERS ALUMNI HOCKEY GAME

*Have A Catch for Barb cancer charity appearance
Bucks County Ice Sports Center
1185 York Road, Warminster, PA 18974
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10
www.bcicesports.com

Sat., Jan. 17, 2015
Resorts World Casino New York City

110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11420
888.888.8801
www.rwnewyork.com

November 13, 2014
Just Around ANOTHER Corner ... Suzanne Vega To Headline Light of Day Winterfest NYC 2015

WITH DRAMARAMA'S JOHN EASDALE, JOHN EDDIE, JOE D'URSO, MORE!

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
THE CUTTING ROOM
44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, Nov. 14 @ 10 a.m. EST

Over 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY Metro Area Jan. 9-19, 2015 for Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary 12-Day Festival in Global Battle Against Parkinson’s Disease

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 13, 2014) - With a goal of raising a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, reaches to New York City in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease with LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST NYC 2015, starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama's John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol' Band, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, and more to be announced, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 14 @ 10 a.m. EST @ $45 for General Admission Seats; $75 for Limited VIP Upfront Table Seats. Doors 6 p.m.; Show time 7 p.m. For info and tickets, call (212) 691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

The 15th anniversary edition of the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 12 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada. The Canadian leg just completed its 8th annual edition over the weekend, with three sold-out shows over three days in Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Kingston, ON. (The Toronto show had been scheduled as the final show at the legendary club - which had hosted Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, U2 and countless others - until renown investment banker Michael Wekerle rescued the club from closure with a last-minute purchase the same weekend). Light of Day Europe 2015, a 17-day, 15-show holiday run in 11 European countries (Nov. 28-Dec. 14), from Nov. 28 through Dec. 14.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, from Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others, through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Willie Nile, Gary US Bonds, Guy Davis, Dramarama's John Easdale, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Steve Conte NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), James Maddock, John Eddie, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance & the Gamblers, and the Billy Walton Band, comprise the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY 15 in Asbury Park. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Light of Day Winterfest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year's event, which raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million.

Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Jesse Malin, and Peter Himmelman. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. Billboard Magazine will present the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City on Nov. 20 "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. Earlier this fall, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi's mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows now take place around the world on three continents, this year also including a brand new Light of Day event held earlier this year in Australia. The Australian event took place in Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson's organizations. The worldwide series of shows - which also includes a spring event in Australia - is a quite a long way from the festival's origins as a one-day event in Asbury Park.

Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $200,000, which helped the Walk earn over $3 million for Parkinson's research.

Concertgoers can purchase tickets for individual shows and a Light of Day combo ticket package to gain admission to all Asbury Park events at five different levels, starting at $149.50. The packages guarantee a seat for the main event at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, on a space available, first-come, first-served basis. Single tickets will also be available for individual shows.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

November 10, 2014
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 EXTENDED 2 MORE DAYS THROUGHOUT THE GARDEN STATE

TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY @ 10 a.m. EST FOR WINTERFEST SOUTH JERSEY & NORTH JERSEY STARRING GARLAND JEFFREYS, DRAMARAMA'S JOHN EASDALE, MANY MORE!

Over 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY Metro Area Jan. 9-19, 2015 for Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary 12-Day Festival

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 10, 2014) – With a goal of raising a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, is expanding its New Jersey presence well beyond its Asbury Park core with additional events in South and North Jersey that expand the length of the festival to 12 days and bring the entire state together in the ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 10 a.m. EST for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – SOUTH JERSEY, and LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – NORTH JERSEY.

Light of Day WinterFest 2015 - South Jersey, starring Dramarama's John Easdale, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Stone Baby, the Peace Creeps (featuring Richard Bush of the A's), Soraia, and NYTROUS, hosted by radio legend Michael Tearson (Sirius XM), will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Hebe Music Lounge at Big Shots Bar and Grill, 835 Route 130 South, Burlington, NJ. Tickets are $10 in advance; $14 day of show at Brown Paper tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/946073. More info at www.hebemusic.com. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – North Jersey, starring Garland Jeffreys and Band, James Maddock and Band, Steve Conte NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Outpost in the Burbs @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $75 VIP at Outpost Ticketleap, www.outpost.ticketleap.com, and all other Outpost in the Burbs ticket outlets. More info at www.outpostintheburbs.org.

The 15th anniversary edition of the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 12 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada. The Canadian leg just completed its 8th annual edition over the weekend, with three sold-out shows over three days in Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Kingston, ON. (The Toronto show had been scheduled as the final show at the legendary club – which had hosted Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, U2 and countless others – until renown investment banker Michael Wekerle rescued the club from closure with a last-minute purchase the same weekend). Light of Day Europe 2015, a 17-day, 15-show holiday run in 11 European countries (Nov. 28-Dec. 14), from Nov. 28 through Dec. 14.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, from Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others, through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Willie Nile, Gary US Bonds, Guy Davis, Dramarama's John Easdale, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Steve Conte NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), James Maddock, John Eddie, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance & the Gamblers, and the Billy Walton Band, comprise the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY 15. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Light of Day Winterfest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year's event, which raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million.

Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Jesse Malin, and Peter Himmelman. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. Billboard Magazine will present the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City on Nov. 20 "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. Earlier this fall, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi's mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

An announcement is coming soon with details of the LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 (Jan. 14 @ The Cutting Room).

Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows now take place around the world on three continents, this year also including a brand new Light of Day event held earlier this year in Australia. The Australian event took place in Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson's organizations. The worldwide series of shows – which also includes a spring event in Australia – is a quite a long way from the festival's origins as a one-day event in Asbury Park.

Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $200,000, which helped the Walk earn over $3 million for Parkinson's research.

Concertgoers can purchase tickets for individual shows and a Light of Day combo ticket package to gain admission to all Asbury Park events at five different levels, starting at $149.50. The packages guarantee a seat for the main event at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, on a space available, first-come, first-served basis. Single tickets will also be available for individual shows.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

PHOTO CREDIT: Debra L Rothenberg/DebraRothenberg.com

October 29, 2014
Just Around The Corner... Light of Day Winterfest Marks 15th Anniversary in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY Metro Area for Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival, Jan. 11-19, 2015

Tickets go on Sale SATURDAY @ NOON EST

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. 29, 2014) – With a goal of raising a record half million dollars in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 15th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City in January, following holiday season Europe and Canada.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 1 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Willie Nile, Gary US Bonds, Guy Davis, John Easdale, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Steve Conte NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), James Maddock, John Eddie, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance & the Gamblers, and the Billy Walton Band, comprise the first wave of acts to be announced LIGHT OF DAY 15. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Light of Day Winterfest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year's event, which raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million.

"That would be magical," says Tony Pallagrosi, the Light of Day Foundation's co-founder and Board Director, and president of UMT PRESENTS. "We're going to produce a festival that's worthy of the 15th anniversary. We're going to pull out the stops, with lots of surprises. The support we've gotten for the past 15 years has been humbling and immensely gratifying. Our hope, as it has been since the beginning, is to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS in our lifetime. Using the power of music to raise awareness and funds is a gift that we're proud to share around the world. Our mission has remained unchanged. We hope someday that we don't have to do this anymore."

Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Jesse Malin, and Peter Himmelman. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. The Light of Day Foundation is proud to announce that Billboard Magazine will present the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City on Nov. 20 "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events." Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. And earlier this fall, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi's mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 14 @ The Cutting Room), South Jersey (Jan. 9 in Burlington), and North Jersey (Jan. 10 in Montclair), are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows, that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park into a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area.

More significantly, Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour, through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows now take place around the world on three continents, this year including six shows in Canada, a 17-day, 15-show holiday run in 11 European countries (Nov. 28-Dec. 14), and a brand new Light of Day event held earlier this year in Australia. The Australian event took place in Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson's organizations.

Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $200,000, which helped the Walk earn over $3 million for Parkinson's research. Concertgoers can purchase tickets for individual shows, including the main event, Bob's Birthday Bash, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 17. Tickets for the Main Event range from $43 to $205. Concertgoers can purchase a Light of Day combo ticket package to gain admission to all Asbury Park events at five different levels, starting at $149.50. The packages guarantee a seat for the main event at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, on a space available, first-come, first-served basis. Single tickets will also be available for individual shows.

Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):

Platinum combo package: $315 - "very best" orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2015 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2015 T-shirt, and a L'Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Gold combo package: $240 - includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 17 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2015 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Silver combo package: $190 - includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Bronze combo package: $149.50 - includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events. The best seats for the dollar!

Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 9
LOD "SOUTH JERSEY," Hebe Music Lounge @ Big Shots Bar & Grill, Burlington, NJ, Fri,. Jan. 9, 21+, 7pm, $10adv/$15dos

Saturday, JAN 10
LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 11
LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 12
LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., Jan. 12, 21+, $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 14
LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 15
LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs., Jan 15, 18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs., Jan 15, 21+, 7pm, $10
LOD "ROCKIN' BOWL-A-THON", Asbury Lanes, Thurs., Jan 15, 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD "BLUE HAWK RECORDS LIVE", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., Jan. 16, All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADM

Friday, JAN 16
LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., Jan 16, All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos
LOD "ANYTHING, ANYTHING hosted by RICH RUSSO", Asbury Lanes, Fri., Jan 16, 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri., Jan 16, 18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., Jan 16, 21+, 6pm, $12
LOD "TBA", McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., Jan 17, All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA
LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, Jan 16, 21+,
LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., Jan 16, All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 17
LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205
LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos
LOD "KIDS and FAMILY", McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "TBA," McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA
LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "TBA", Asbury Lanes, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA
LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15
LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15
LOD "DOWNTOWN" curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. FREE ADM

Sunday, JAN 18
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20
LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., Jan 19, All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10
LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 19
LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p, FREE ADM with brunch

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.

PHOTO CREDIT: Debra L Rothenberg/DebraRothenberg.com

October 20, 2014
Decades of Divas Salutes Music's Greatest Leading Ladies From The 1940s To The Present

Academy Award-Winning Songwriter FRANKE PREVITE Presents Musical Journey Down Memory Lane with Songs of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Adele, and Many More

POPULAR NJ SHORE VOCALIST-DANCER LISA SHERMAN LEADS ARSENAL OF SINGERS AND MUSICIANS IN WORLD PREMIERE SATURDAY, NOV. 8 AT COUNT BASIE THEATRE IN RED BANK, NJ

RED BANK, NJ (Oct. 20, 2014) – Academy Award-winning songwriter Franke Previte (Dirty Dancing) is realizing an entirely new musical dream in his debut as a show producer with DECADES OF DIVAS, a dazzling musical journey with the world’s most influential women in re-inventing and revolutionizing music from the 1940s through the present.

DECADES OF DIVAS makes its world premiere ahead of a national tour Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets $59, $39, $29 and $19 on sale NOW at www.countbasietheatre.org or through the box office at (732) 842-9000.

DECADES OF DIVAS stars popular New Jersey shore vocalist-dancer Lisa Sherman, the show’s co-creator, who leads an arsenal of singers and musicians across a pair of nightclubs (G-Dog’s Jazz Café and the Roxie Lounge) and right down Memory Lane, which runs between them, to evoke and pay tribute to the greatest divas we’ve embraced through the decades. DECADES OF DIVAS features the songs of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Adele and so many more! Indeed, there is something in every genre for EVERY generation to enjoy.

“These legendary divas and songs are part of the fabric we, and the generations before us, all grew up with and loved,” says Previte. “So the show follows each singer passing the torch to the next. The performers show how they’re influenced by each diva. They don’t just sing the songs and sound like the artist. There’s a theatrical thread throughout. It’s a journey of five singers celebrating the divas who have influenced them.”

Previte, who earned an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy nomination for writing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” the iconic No. 1 hit from Dirty Dancing, has put together a multi-media experience which comes to life in large part through the multiple performing talents of Sherman, a former Radio City Rockette, veteran of several Broadway shows and star of her own TV show in New Zealand. She’s supported by some of the tri-state region’s most dynamic and “unsung” singers – Layonne Holmes, Eryn Shewell, Reagan Richards and Jilly Sentino – and backed by musicians who’ve played with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Lou Reed, Art Garfunkel, Les Paul, Dave Mason, Gloria Gaynor, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, among others.

DECADES OF DIVAS is a Songbird Production, created by Franke Previte and Lisa Sherman, and written by Franke Previte - Executive Producer: Franke Previte - Musical Director: Gerald Carboy - Director and Choreographer: David M. Beris - Production Consultant: Dennis D’Amico - Production and Administration Manager: Patrice Samara.

October 17, 2014
Philadelphia International Records Says Goodbye As 'Sound of Philadelphia' Building Forever Silenced

FORMER HOME OF GAMBLE & HUFF'S WORLD-RENOWNED PHILLY SOUND AND CAMEO-PARKWAY RECORDS TO MAKE WAY FOR HI-RISE HOTEL AND LUXURY CONDOMINIUM

Lowering and Removal of Iconic Neon Sign Signifies Closure of Legendary Record Label As Historic Building Prepares For Wrecking Ball

PHILADELPHIA - The "Love Train" that has carried "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)" to "people all over the world" for almost half a century made its last physical stop at 309 S. Broad Street this week as the legendary Philadelphia International Records label, founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer-songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, was officially shut down with the sale of its historic building to a prominent local developer.

"The closing of the company and building is definitely bittersweet, but we are extremely proud and honored to have been able to create so much great music out of our '309' location," said Gamble & Huff in a joint statement. "It was such a blessing and miracle how all of this came together over 50 years. More importantly, we would like to thank all of the wonderful musicians, artists and staff members who helped make Philadelphia International Records what it became – and what it remains – an incredible African-American institution and music and cultural brand."

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music. With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971. They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

"We were honored to record our many hits with Philadelphia International Records under the tutelage of Gamble & Huff, who were not only great producers but excellent songwriters for us and the many others on the roster," said Walter Williams of the O'Jays. "More importantly, we respected these two great men and the PIR record label for nurturing and helping other artists, producers and writers to also become hit makers. The O'Jays definitely benefited, even down to this day, from being a part of the Philadelphia International Records family.

The label produced some of the world's greatest hit songs such as "Love Train," "If You Don't Know Me by Now," "For The Love Of Money," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive," "You'll Never Find A Love Like Mine," "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now," "TSOP" (better known as the "Soul Train" theme) and many other Top 10 Billboard hits over the past 50 years. The PIR Catalog has some of the most sampled R&B catalogue in the world, appearing on recordings by artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, Destiny's Child, Usher, T.I., Chrisette Michele, Cam'ron, Ja Rule, Jaheim, Avant and many more.

The iconic "Philadelphia International Records" blue neon sign that adorned the historic "Sound of Philadelphia" building at 309 S. Broad Street was permanently removed this week in final preparations for the famous structure's demolition. The lowering of the sign symbolized the end of a legendary record label and an era whose music will continue to resonate deeply with "people all over the world" for generations to come.

"It's a sad day for me," said Charlie Ingui of the Soul Survivors, who recorded "Expressway to Your Heart" in the "309" building. "We had some great times in that building. The energy every day was unbelievable. It was a place that I just used to love to hang out, running in to guys from the Intruders, the Blue Notes, Tommy Bell, and so on. It's just not going to be the same walking up and down Broad Street. I can close my eyes and really remember every day I was there, seeing the writers go in and out of that back section there, and just the parade of hits, man, it was really great."

As the corporate office for Gamble, Huff and their production and songwriting partner, Thom Bell, the monumental brick "Sound of Philadelphia" building served primarily as the source of the vast music catalog's worldwide licensing. Their music has been featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice"), films ("American Hustle," "Ice Age II," "The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Samsung, Coors, Verizon, Old Navy, The Gap) for more than 40 years, entering the musical DNA of contemporary culture.

Prior to the PIR era, this building also was the place where Chubby Checker recorded "The Twist," and Dee Dee Sharp recorded "The Mashed Potato," as the home of the legendary Cameo-Parkway record label. Other famous Cameo-Parkway artists who created hits at the "309" studio included Bobby Rydell, the Orlons and the Dovells.

"I am honored to say that the 309 Building where Cameo-Parkway Records existed is the house that Chubby built and Gamble, Huff and Bell immortalized," said Chubby Checker. "What came out of that building from Cameo-Parkway through to Philadelphia International Records was a result to the greatness of Philadelphia's Sigma Sound founder and engineer Joe Tarsia built the original recording studio in 1963 for Cameo-Parkway Records. That studio became Sigma Sound South, most famously known as the in-house studio at Philadelphia International Records for recording many of the label's artists. Other legends who recorded in the '309' Building included Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder.

"It's the end of an era," added Tarsia. "But the music lives on."

In recent years leading up to the arson fire, the Philadelphia International Records offices had become a major tourist attraction where Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Chubby Checker, Billy Paul, the Soul Survivors, and dozens more created worldwide smash hits. From school children to celebrity VIPs, Philadelphia International Records continually hosted visitors eager to see the historic rooms and hallways where the legendary "Sound of Philadelphia" music was created. The offices and recording studios also have been the site of several film documentaries and television specials and media visits, as well as special receptions, including a recent event honoring Motown founder and friend Berry Gordy. Gamble & Huff also originated their recent radio series on Sirius XM from the third floor recording studios.

The building – owned since 1973 by pioneering songwriting partners Gamble, Huff and Bell – was formally sold this week to Dranoff Properties. The building, ravaged by a 2010 arson fire from which it never recovered, is scheduled to be demolished in 2015, when ground will be broken at that site on the 47-story SLS International hotel and luxury condominium. The span of South Broad Street in front the building was previously renamed Gamble Huff Walk.

Workers on cherry pickers and ladders carefully removed the "Philadelphia International Records" sign and disassembled it into six pieces, then strapped it piece by piece onto the back of a flatbed truck. The sign was then transported to safe storage with other artifacts and memorabilia from the famous recording studios and offices being preserved for future museum consideration. Chuck Gamble, executive vice president of Philadelphia International Records and Gamble-Huff Music, has overseen the closing of the company and the building, and was on site for the sign's removal before a the group of onlookers and TV, radio and print media gathered to witness this symbolic passage in the history of popular music.

Legendary producers and songwriters Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell are among the most prolific professional songwriters of all time, having written and produced over 3,500 songs within 50 years, an output rivaling such famed songwriting teams as Lennon-McCartney, Jagger-Richards and Holland-Dozier-Holland. They are enshrined in American "fabric of music" with a massive catalogue that includes numerous pop #1 hits, R&B #1 hits, including dozens of gold and platinum records that have resulted in Grammy and BMI Songwriter Awards.

As one of the most requested Sync Licensing Catalogues, the PIR/Gamble Huff recordings and songs have been featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice," "Cold Case"), films ("American Hustle," "The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Verizon, Chevrolet, Coors Light, Old Navy, The Gap, Office Max) for more than 30 years, the songs of Gamble, Huff and Bell have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes.

Gamble & Huff have been prestigiously inducted and honored by several Music Halls of Fame including the Grammy-National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Trustees, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Producers Hall of Fame, Dance Music Hall of Fame, and R&B Hall of Fame. In 2008, Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first recipients of the newly created Ahmet Ertegun Award. These music icons are recognized around the world for their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music, joining luminaries like Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.

Their songs also have been covered by a myriad of artists including Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Michael Bublé, Martina McBride, Seal, Simply Red, Johnny Mathis, Lesley Gore, Donny & Marie, Thelma Houston, the Brand New Heavies and more recently, Rod Stewart, who sang four Gamble & Huff classics on his 2009 album, Soulbook.

Gamble & Huff created and are credited for launching one of the most celebrated and historic songwriting partnerships that spawned into a sophisticated sound lovingly crafted in the studio by some of the 20th century's most influential producers and studio teams -- including Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB Orchestra, Baker, Harris and Young, Joe Tarsia (Sigma Sound) and others – Philly Soul set the stage for disco, smooth jazz, adult contemporary music and more.

Gamble & Huff will begin celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015 with the projected release of their Autobiographical Book and the launch of their Theatrical Play on their historic Life Story and creation of one of America's great music catalogues, known as "The Sound of Philadelphia."

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

www.gamble-huffmusic.com

www.tsopsoulradio.com

October 15, 2014
Dance-Pop Icon Jade Starling Named Official Celebrity Spokesperson For National Cancer Awareness Campaign

PRETTY POISON LEAD SINGER-SONGWRITER DONATES USE OF CLASSIC #1 DANCE POP HIT ‘CATCH ME (I'M FALLING)' AS OFFICIAL SONG OF HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB

"Let's catch the spirit of ending breast cancer. It's long overdue."
- Jade Starling

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 15, 2014) – In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dance pop icon JADE STARLING, best known as the vocalizing half and award-winning songwriter of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison and currently enjoying a career resurgence as a Billboard-charting solo artist, has been named Official Celebrity Spokesperson for the national cancer awareness campaign HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB.

In addition to generously offering her time and image, Starling also is donating the use of "Catch Me (I'm Falling)," Pretty Poison's #1 hit dance pop classic, as the official song of the campaign, which raises awareness and money for families battling cancer, brings those families together, and helps them create memories that will last a lifetime. Starling will be making numerous personal appearances and performances supporting HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB, and "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" will be heard wherever the charity has a presence.

Starling is currently charting high on the Billboard Dance charts for the first time since "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" brought Pretty Poison international notoriety. "Think About U," the 2nd single from the flame-tressed diva's new critically acclaimed debut solo album, CAPTIVE (Subpoena/Universal), has cracked the Top 15 on the Billboard Dance chart, the highest position she has experienced on that chart since her No. 1 Dance hit, "When I Look Into Your Eyes," from Pretty Poison's platinum Catch Me, I'm Falling album.

HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB was created by Starling's friend, music industry executive Eric Shipon, who lost his wife, Barb, to breast cancer, leaving him the sole parent of his two teenage daughters, Lexi and Billie. Their story of bonding together to turn their tragedy into positives for countless others in similar situations across the country genuinely resonated with Starling.

"I am deeply touched by what Eric and his daughters are doing," says Starling. "I have friends and family in similar situations, and I just feel that HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB and ‘Catch Me (I'm Falling)' seemed destined to work together. I'm extremely honored to be a part of it."

Starling lost a dear friend last year to cancer. The double irony was that it happened at the same time as Barb's passing. And the wife of Starling's friend also was named Barb.

Shipon describes HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB as "a combination of Alex's Lemonade meets National Night Out, and ultimately envisions Starling "carrying the ball" in the fight against cancer by overseeing a coast-to-coast cross-country "catch," in the spirit of the human chain that symbolized "Hands Across America."

Another goal is for families to go outside on a specific date, at a specific time, for five to 10 minutes, and "Have a Catch," symbolically "tossing cancer aside." At any juncture, "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" can provide the soundtrack.

"My kids and I are so grateful that Jade and her Pretty Poison partner, Whey Cooler, would even consider us," says Shipon. "We couldn't be more fortunate."

Starling's is currently having the great career fortune of charting high on the Billboard Dance charts for the first time in 26 years. "Think About U," the 2nd solo album, CAPTIVE (Subpoena/Universal), has cracked the Top 15 on the Billboard Dance chart, the highest position she has experienced on that chart since her No. 1 Dance hit, "When I Look Into Your Eyes," from Pretty Poison's platinum Catch Me, I'm Falling album.

"We're all connected in the universe, and we're all trying to fight the same battle," says Starling. "Let's catch the spirit of ending cancer. It's long overdue."

For the latest JADE STARLING news, check www.jadestarling.com.

More on HAVE A CATCH FOR BARB at www.haveacatchforbarb.org.

October 2, 2014
DANCE-POP ICON JADE STARLING NOTCHES HIGHEST BILLBOARD DANCE CHART SUCCESS IN 26 YEARS WITH 'MASTERPIECE' 1st SOLO ALBUM

Pretty Poison Lead Singer-Songwriter cracks Top 15 with 'Think About U,' 2nd Single from CAPTIVE

"Now a new generation of club kids can fall in love with singer Jade Starling."
- Download.com (CNET/CBS Interactive)

"With the rapidly changing landscape of the music industry, artists are faced with two choices - evolve, or fade away. Jade Starling, of the 80s group Pretty Poison, chose the former, and it's put her right in the middle of today's vibrant EDM scene."
- Arena.com

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 2, 2014) – America loves a comeback, and while this is really a "re-introduction," the fact is this: JADE STARLING, best known as the vocalizing half and award-winning songwriter of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (#1 hit "Catch Me I'm Falling" on Virgin Records), is charting high on the Billboard Dance charts for the first time in 26 years.

More to the point, "Think About U," the 2nd single from the flame-tressed diva's acclaimed debut solo album, CAPTIVE (Subpoena/Universal), has cracked the Top 15 on the Billboard Dance chart. "'Think About U,' hit #14, the highest position Starling has experienced on that chart since her No. 1 Dance hit, "When I Look Into Your Eyes," from Pretty Poison's platinum Catch Me, I'm Falling album.

Indeed, Starling is quite proud of her milestone achievement.

"'Captive,' as a whole, is a very current album," she notes. "And because it was my first solo effort, it was especially important to keep the sound relevant. That's one of the reasons we decided to work with Lee Dagger, who has recently enjoyed No. 1 success on the dance charts. 'Think About U' is a great, well-crafted song, and not only does it fit right in with the EDM movement, but also blends well with the pop sensibilities I've always strived to maintain with my longtime Pretty Poison collaborator, Whey Cooler."

Starling's re-introduction to the dance floors prompted Download.com to proclaim "now a new generation of club kids can fall in love" with her, and Arena.com to note that Starling's decision to "evolve" has "put her right in the middle of today's vibrant EDM scene."

OK!TV, the nationally syndicated entertainment and gossip show, hosted the world premiere of the "Think About U" music video, and hosted Starling as a guest to talk about CAPTIVE and show an exclusive sneak peak clip. Other interviews include Premiere Radio Networks, Westwood One Radio Network, and Associated Press Broadcast Network.

Critical buzz continues to mount for Starling, whose dance-smart album was hailed as a "masterpiece" by AXS.com, and whose "voice is amazing," on CAPTIVE, declared ArtistDirect. The Knoxville News-Sentinel praised the radio-friendly, pop-oriented tracks dominating [the album,] Starling's naturalistic vocals give a touch of humanity" to CAPTIVE's first single, "the explosive 'Insomniak,'" which hit Top 30 on the Billboard Dance chart. TheTrenton (NJ) Times cheered the album's "poppy backbone," "big beats" and "strong groove" while JoelGausten.com proclaimed it "The Perfect Album. ... Best Dance Album of 2014."

"Think About U," was produced by Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue). CAPTIVE also features collaborations with newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona (Universal France).

"I've been doing what I always do, writing, touring and performing," she insists. "It's not a comeback. We never left. It's just a re-introduction. And this is why it's a Jade Starling record, and not a Pretty Poison record."

For the latest news, check www.jadestarling.com.

September 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA MUSIC ALLIANCE, AVENUE OF THE ARTS, INC., AND I.A.T.S.E. UNION LOCAL 8 "MAKE THE STARS SHINE" ON PHILADELPHIA WALK OF FAME

Celebrities and Local Volunteers Polish the Plaques on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (September 18, 2014) - As an official welcome to the fall arts season in the city, the Philadelphia Music Alliance, Avenue of the Arts, Inc. and the I.A.T.S.E. Local Union 8 are proud to announce MAKING THE STARS SHINE, on Philadelphia's Walk of Fame, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 8:00 AM - Noon.

MAKING THE STARS SHINE will highlight the rich musical heritage of Philadelphia as volunteers from I.A.T.S.E. Local Union 8, Philadelphia's music community including Walk of Fame Honorees Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Charlie Gracie, Jerry Blavat, Jerry Ross, and more; and the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts clean and polish the bronze plaques along the esteemed Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame honors Philadelphia's rich musical culture and history through 121 bronze plaques, spanning the Avenue of the Arts from Walnut Street to Spruce Street.

The event will provide a spotlight for The Avenue of the Arts' fall event schedule, and will include an appearance by the Philly POPS. Music by various Philadelphia Music Alliance honorees will be the soundtrack to the event, through sound systems provided by CLEAR SOUND.

Additional sponsors and supporters of the Walk of Fame beautification project include: Center City District, University of the Arts, The Wilma Theater, Opera Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco!, and The Capital Grille. And a special thanks to Starbucks Coffee and the Garces Group. The proud Stage Hands of Philadelphia's I.A.T.S.E. Local 8 will step out from behind the scenes of these grand theater organizations and help "make the stars shine"!

President of IATSE Local 8, Michael Barnes is proud that members of the Local 8 Community Outreach Committee took the initiative to suggest this project to the Philadelphia Music Alliance.

"We always are looking for ways to give back to our Community," says Barnes. "The Avenue of the Arts and the Walk of Fame represent the ongoing history of great artists and culture right here in Philadelphia."

About I.A.T.S.E. Local Union 8
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) was founded in 1893. I.A.T.S.E. is the largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry. For more information, visit www.iatse8.com.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance
Established in 1986, the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Philadelphia's rich musical legacy by increasing awareness of the city's great musical tradition and supporting the current music scene. For more information, visit www.philadelphiamusicalliance.org.

About The Avenue of the Arts, Inc.
The Avenue of the Arts, Inc. (AAI) is the entertainment heart and soul of Philadelphia. The AAI's mission is to support growth and development along the Avenue of the Arts. For more information, visit www.avenueofthearts.org.

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MAKING THE STARS SHINE SCHEDULE

WHAT: As an official welcome to the fall arts season in the city, the Philadelphia Music Alliance, Avenue of the Arts, Inc. and the I.A.T.S.E. Local Union 8 are proud to announce MAKING THE STARS SHINE, on Philadelphia's Walk of Fame, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 8:00 AM - Noon.

WHERE: Philadelphia Walk of Fame

Broad Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets

WHO: Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Charlie Gracie, Jerry Blavat, Jerry Ross, and other Walk of Fame honorees to be announced.

Volunteers from the Philadelphia Music Community, Stage Hands of I.A.T.S.E. Local Union 8, Friends of the Avenue of the Arts, and the Philadelphia Music Alliance.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
8:00 AM - NOON

8:00 AM.: Shining of the Walk of Fame begins along both sides of South Broad Street. Various arts organizations stroll along, handing out information about their upcoming performance seasons.

9:30 AM: Merriam Theater Lobby- Representatives of the Avenue of the Arts and the Philadelphia Music Alliance will welcome the public and formally kick off the event. Participating organizations, and the "stars" of the Walk of Fame, will be available for interviews and comments.

10:00 AM-Noon: Plaque cleaning continues and concludes.

*PLEASE NOTE: In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the following day on Wednesday, September 24 from 8am - Noon.

September 11, 2014
Every Picture Tells the Story of World's Top Touring Band in Coffee Table Book from Official Bon Jovi Tour Photographer

***AUTHOR AVAILABLE FOR TV, RADIO, PRINT & ONLINE INTERVIEWS***

"David is not only one of the finest photographers we've ever worked with, but he's the kind of guy you can be comfortable hanging around with in any environment. At the end of the day, the work speaks for itself. His photos are a work of art.' - Jon Bon Jovi

NEW YORK (Sept. 11, 2014) - This fall marks the worldwide release of BON JOVI: WORK, an extraordinary coffee table book that offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the top touring rock band in the world, by the band's official tour photographer, David Bergman, during two record-breaking world tours from 2010-2013.

Weighing nearly five pounds, the oversized, 210-page hardcover art book is a stunning and incomparable collection of powerful color and black and white photographs, back stage and at home, capturing "what it's like to travel the world with our band, inviting you to be a part of the action," writes Jon Bon Jovi in the foreward to BON JOVI: WORK. "From the happy times to the harrowed, these images let you transcend the frame of the photograph to connect to specific moments whenever you open this book."

WORK (Press Syndication Group, 210 pp., $59.95) is available exclusively at www.bonjovi.com/work.

With unprecedented access personally granted by Jon to document the band in some of its most private moments, Bergman crossed continents to photograph Bon Jovi night after night at the world's biggest concert venues. He traveled with them on their private plane, was able to shoot from the stage during every show, and could walk into the dressing room to take pictures any time he wanted - instinctively knowing when to be in the room and when to stay out of the way so as not to affect the "real" moment.

Bergman's never-before-seen photos take you inside the operating room as Jon deals with the pain of a potentially career-ending knee injury. Two large fold-out images open up to nearly 42 inches wide, while another section of the book features private photographs personally taken by Jon, giving fans a unique look - for the first time ever - at life through his eyes.

Jon calls Bergman's images "a work of art" and calls him "not only one of the finest photographers we've ever worked with, but he's the kind of guy you can be comfortable hanging around with in any environment. At the end of the day, the work speaks for itself."

Bergman has long dreamed of traveling the world on big music tours, and spent many years turning that dream into a reality. He's been Bon Jovi's official tour photographer since 2010, documenting the band on stage and on the road in more than 30 countries on six continents.

Bergman also has toured with Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, and Gloria Estefan, and worked with celebrity clients including Drew Carey, Avril Lavigne, and Joss Stone.

And that's just in the concert world.

Bergman also has photographed six U.S. Presidents, five Olympic Games, and hundreds of major international events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and more.

His images also have landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated 13 different times, including the unforgettable image of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees raising his son over his head after winning the Super Bowl.

Jon Bon Jovi first noticed Bergman's work through his now-famous GigaPan, an incredibly high resolution, multi-shot panoramic image of President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, which the rock star attended with his wife and two oldest children. Lauded as a pioneer of the technique which contains billions of pixels, allowing the viewer to zoom in and see most of the two million faces in attendance, Bergman's GigaPan has since been viewed by over 20 million people.

"I'll never forget the intense feeling I had on that day," Jon continues in the book's foreward, "a feeling that endures when I see David's photograph. David's photo distilled the spirit of the inauguration and the day’s pure emotion."

The Bon Jovi experience has been "an honor and a pleasure" for Bergman, as he continues on his mission to bring respect back to the "tour photographer" profession.

"Concert photos are so commonplace on the internet that the images have lost some power over the years," he maintains. "I strive to make in their hands and hang on their walls."

Fans of Bon Jovi - and concert photography in general - will no doubt want to hold BON JOVI: WORK in their hands, a project that's sure to be among the very best of this year’s crop of rock 'n' roll coffee table books for the 2014 holiday gift season.

"They say every picture tells a story," Jon Bon Jovi writes. "David's pictures tell our story."

ABOUT DAVID BERGMAN:
New York based music and sports photographer David Bergman has been Bon Jovi's official tour photographer since 2010, documenting the band on stage and on the road in more than 30 countries on six continents. He also has toured with Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, and Gloria Estefan, and has worked with celebrity clients including Drew Carey, Avril Lavigne, and Joss Stone. Bergman is also the founder of TourPhotographer.com, which gives fans the opportunity to own artist-approved, high-end gallery images from their favorite band's shows by creating an archive of dramatic, and in some cases iconic, photos that can be utilized in many different ways via a customizable suite of revenue generating services for his clientele. As a former Miami Herald staff photographer, Bergman covered news and sporting events before moving to New York City in 2001. He since has produced still and video projects for clients including Fremantle Media, Embassy Row, EMI, and SONY Music and has been published in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, Blender, Kerrang, USA Today, and The New York Times. An engaging and passionate public speaker, Bergman has given photo workshops and seminars for Apple, Nikon, Adorama Photo, Best Buy, and Columbia University among others, and is a member of Apple's prestigious Aperture Advisory Board. More at www.tourphotographer.com and www.davidbergman.net.

BON JOVI: WORK
By David Bergman
Press Syndication Group
Hardcover | 210 Pages | ISBN 978-0-9960587-0-4 | $59.99

September 9, 2014
MARCUS GOLDHABER 'WONDERFULLY IMAGINATIVE' JAZZ VOCALIST-SONGWRITER PRESENTS FAVORITE STANDARDS AND NEW ORIGINALS FOR DEBUT WIDE-RELEASE ALBUM, 'A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING'

Street Date: Oct. 14, 2014 via The Orchard on Fallen Apple Records

Goldhaber heads to Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New York on Fall U.S. Tour

"Goldhaber is most memorable." – New York Times

"Goldhaber has something new to say." – Jonathan Schwartz, WNYC

NEW YORK (Sept. 9, 2014) – Poised for breakout success, acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER takes another considerable step forward with the Oct. 14, 2014 release of A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING (Fallen Apple Records/The Orchard) – the first album with major distribution behind this rapidly rising artist who JazzTimes says "rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli." The powerful, 12-track collection reintroduces some of Goldhaber's favorite standards alongside five originals.

Goldhaber will hit the road to support the new record on a fall U.S. tour which includes a headlining performance at The RRazz Room (Oct. 24), the prestigious San Francisco supper club that recently relocated to New Hope, PA; an opening slot for Jane Monheit at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA (Sept. 26); and a return to The Cutting Room in New York for his NYC CD Release Event (Oct. 8). He also has several dates at the Smith Center in Las Vegas reprising his long-running co-starring role in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song (Oct. 17-19), which celebrates the music of the great Harold Arlen, a fellow Buffalo, NY native, and is now touring the country.

The new album spotlights Goldhaber's artistic breadth in a career that's seen him evolve from a "wonderfully imaginative" jazz interpreter to a wistfully undeniable composer & lyricist of modern standards, while remaining "exciting and fresh" (Jazziz) with every progression. Goldhaber has garnered tremendous critical acclaim as a recording artist, with PEOPLE Magazine saying the New Yorker with the youthfully carefree sweet tenor "will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note. ... finding the soul in each note with his no-frills approach."

"A lot of these songs have been inspired by moments in my life," says Goldhaber. "That's really where the joy lies for me. That's the real passion that I have. It's not about simply writing a song or hearing something that swings. It's really about the connection."

Among the many highlights from A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING are Goldhaber originals "Somebody In Love" and the opening track, "As Long As I'm Falling In Love," both produced by drum master Marcello Pellitteri (Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis) at New York's famed Avatar Studios. "Somebody in Love," is a swinging New Orleans-inspired song featuring tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm taking the band to the swinging clubs of the 1950s. His solo is followed by an electric moment from guitarist John Hart. Goldhaber calls it "a playful song that tells a story of a love who is so used to just having casual affairs with no drama. All that he wants is to find someone who is going through what he's going through so he can communicate. Because everyone else he talks to looks at him like he's nuts."

"As Long As I'm Falling in Love," co-written with Goldhaber's longtime pianist and musical director Jon Davis and also heard in the film Going Down in La-La Land, is about that moment of falling in love, "right at the beginning," says Goldhaber, "when you know there's no complication. It's just that calm, easy, sort of saloon style blues feel that just says, ‘Everything's good. I've got love right here on my arm, and it's right in the beginning, and how amazing is that?'"

A high mark on A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING is the album's closing track, "Losin' Your Appeal," a swinging Goldhaber original showcasing a funkier sound and a sexy vibe. It was produced by Billy Jay Stein (Linda Eder, Spider-Man, Beautiful Broadway cast album) and features a marvelous horn section from top rock bands and the Broadway scene, with Stein on vintage Hammond B-3 and Wurlitzer organ.

"But what made the track," says Stein, "was Marcus' performance."

"Billy drove the truck on this one," adds Goldhaber. "He really opened things up and brought the funk out of me. It's a sound that I didn't even know I had. The track really fits the idea of the song, which is put up or shut up. I wanted to write a song with a little bit of attitude, confidence, and something that says I've only got time for people who lift me up, for people who want to be with me. If you're not going to be in my life, nice knowin' ya. It expresses an aggressive yet calm confidence, and it specifically speaks to lovers."

Growing up in Buffalo, Goldhaber was introduced to the Great American Songbook by his mother, who casually played countless standards on the family's 1928 Ivers & Pond upright piano. Goldhaber harkened back to those cherished moments in assembling A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING, and carefully sequenced the tracks to create a sumptuous musical blend with special meaning.

"I wanted to create a collection of songs that really embodied what I would want to sit down and listen to straight through," he says. "That's why the sequencing is so critical here, because it embodies the way they've impacted me in life. The album weaves in and out from songs of my youth to songs I've written. There's a real flow to this record."

Goldhaber made his way to New York City in 2000 through musical theater, developing a vast repertoire that also includes selections from The Wonderful Wizard of Song. When he's not on tour, he regularly performs in many of New York City's greatest jazz venues, such as The Blue Note, Iridium, The Cutting Room and The Metropolitan Room.

A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING: Track Listing
1. As Long As I Am Falling In Love (M. Goldhaber, J. Davis) 4:44
2. Somebody In Love (M. Goldhaber) 4:10
3. Take Me (M. Goldhaber, J. Davis) 4:31
4. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (H. Adamson, J. McHugh) 4:07
5. She Knows (M. Goldhaber, J, Davis) 4:34
6. Old Cape Cod (C. Rothrock, M. Yakus, A. Jeffrey) 5:02
7. No Moon At All (D. Mann, R Evans) 4:17
8. Top Hat, White Tie & Tails (I. Berlin) 5:15
9. You're Gonna Hear From Me (A. Previn, D. Previn) 3:28
10. I Fall In Love Too Easily (S. Cahn, J, Styne) 5:14
11. Lulu's Back In Town (H. Warren, A. Dubin) 4:37
12. Losin' Your Appeal (M. Goldhaber) 3:31
Total Time: 53:30

Marcus Goldhaber, vocalist

Arrangements by Marcus Goldhaber & Jon Davis
Tracks 1-2, produced by Marcello Pellitteri
Recorded at Avatar Studios in NYC
Tracks 3-11, produced by Marcus Goldhaber
Recorded at Acoustic Recording in Brooklyn, NY
Track 12 produced & arranged by Billy Jay Stein
Recorded at Strange Cranium in NYC
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, NYC

Personnel:
Jon Davis, piano (Tracks 1-11)
Martin Wind, bass (Tracks 2-5, 7, 8, 10)
Paul Gabrielson, bass (Tracks 6, 9, 11)
Marcello Pellitteri, drums/percussion (Tracks 2-5, 7, 8, 10)
Kyle Struve, drums (Tracks 9, 11)
Will Terrill, drums (Track 6)
Joel Frahm, tenor saxophone (Track 2)
John Hart, electric guitar (Track 2)
Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica (Track 3)
Billy Jay Stein, Wurlitzer & Hammond B-3 organ (Track 12)

A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING: Tour Dates
Fri., Sept. 26 – Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA (Opening for Jane Monheit)
Wed., Oct. 8 – The Cutting Room, NYC (CD Release Event)
Wed.-Fri., Oct. 17-19 – The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV (The Wonderful Wizard of Song)
Fri., Oct. 24 – The RRazz Room, New Hope, PA (CD Release Event)
More dates to come ...

September 9, 2014
LET THE SIDESHOW BEGIN! RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! SIDE STAGE ADDS CIRCUS ATMOSPHERE AND ALTERNA-FEST NOSTALGIA TO THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL

Nominated Best Local Music Festival by Baltimore City Paper - Voting Ends Friday!

VIP Tickets SOLD OUT! General Admission Tickets ON SALE NOW!

BALTIMORE (Sept. 9, 2014) - A couple of key elements to the upcoming SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL will combine to recall the flavor of the original Lollapalooza, back when it started as a traveling rock circus in 1991.

One of those elements is undoubtedly PERRY FARRELL, who conceived the original alterna-rock extravaganza (now an annual three-day festival in Chicago) as a "farewell" tour for alt-rock legends JANE'S ADDICTION, which co-headlines the second annual edition of THE SHINDIG with punk rock favorites RISE AGAINST to anchor a daylong, two-stage lineup in the city's historic Pigtown district when the festival returns Saturday, Sept. 27 to Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD.

The other key element is the sideshow - in this case, the RIPLEY's BELIEVE IT OR NOT! SIDE STAGE, where festival goers will "step right up" and into the bizarre world of the carnival sideshow, for hours of unparalleled amusement emblematic of the fun and diversity of Charm City's people and neighborhoods that THE SHINDIG represents. At the Vending Village in the Woods, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! will be presenting a stage overflowing with outrageously abnormal entertainment, featuring fire breathers, sword swallowers, aerial acrobats, burlesque shows and other visually captivating oddities, all hosted by The World Famous LIZARDMAN. Among the more than 20 featured acts are Adam Realman, the Coney island Strongman Spectacular; Serpentina, the Snake Charming Contortionist; Marlena Dee, the Daredevel Showgirl and sword swallowing Playboy model; Jonathan Burns, the Sexy Flexy Comedy Contortionist; Danny Borneo, the Wild Man of Sideshow; Candy Del Rio, and her Bodacious Burlesque, and many other fashionable freaks. Seeing is indeed believing!

Adding to the eclectic festivities on this year's two main stages will be musical performances by Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone, Halestorm, Lucero, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devils, and Bad Seed Rising. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $70. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT! Ticket sales are well ahead of the pace of last year’s inaugural, attended by over 10,000 people, and going fast! To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.

The all-day festival - currently nominated Best Local Music Festival in the annual Baltimore City Paper Reader's Poll (voting ends Friday) - will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music. Aside from the Ripley's Side Stage, the Vending Village in The Woods also will offers a variety of Baltimore's best and familiar food and beverage options with plenty of seating and shade available.

"I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival and vibe we've never seen was my goal," says THE SHINDIG's curator, longtime Maryland independent concert promoter, Paul Manna at 24-7 Entertainment "As a fan of every artist playing, I just know that thousands of live music lovers will truly appreciate this lineup as much as I do. Seeing Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction, one of my all-time favorite bands, perform in Pigtown will certainly be the icing on the cake."

The Shindig's inaugural event last year, featuring Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Gaslight Anthem, Clutch, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reverend Horton Heat, The Hold Steady, and more, was a resounding success, prompting Pigtown officials to welcome its 2014 return.

"The Shindig showcased our historic neighborhood to the most people ever gathered for an event in Pigtown or Carroll Park - without any incidents or arrests," says Ben Hyman, Director of Pigtown Main Street. "They are yet another example of our investment in Pigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development."

August 20, 2014
DELAWARE VALLEY'S NEW 'SUCCESS DOC' MEDIA PERSONALITY MOVES WEEKLY WMCN-TV 44 TALK SHOW TO TUESDAYS @ 1:30 P.M.

Dick Cavett (Talk Show Legend), Matthew Quick ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Michael Learned ("Waltons"), Kathie Wakilie ("Real Housewives of New Jersey"), Marala Scott (Oprah's Ambassador of Hope) join Dr. Jo Anne White This Fall as POWER YOUR LIFE Is Fast Becoming THE Place on TV and RADIO to Find Real Solutions to Life's Many Challenges.

"A perfect talk show host. ... Truly a remarkable person."
- Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell

WATCH THE NEW TESTIMONIAL FROM FORMER PA. GOVERNER ED RENDELL

CHERRY HILL, NJ (August 20, 2014) - Legendary talk show host Dick Cavett, The Waltons "Mom" Michael Learned, Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kathie Wakilie, and Oprah Winfrey's Ambassador of Hope, Marala Scott, are among the latest set of stars lining up to join globally known "Success Doc" JO ANNE WHITE on her empowering TV show, POWER YOUR LIFE, as it moves to a new time slot for the fall season – NOW every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. on WMCN-TV (Channel 44).

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a POWER YOUR LIFE guest earlier this summer, was so impressed by his experience on the show that he created a special video testimonial, calling Dr. White "a perfect talk show host" and "truly a remarkable person."

Dick Cavett (Nov. 4) will be discussing celebrity tales from his new book, Brief Encounters. Matthew Quick (Sept. 9); author of the best-seller novel that became the Oscar-winning film Silver Linings Playbook, discusses his latest book, The Good Luck of Right Now. Michael Learned, America's most respected TV Mom from the classic series The Waltons, visits Sept. 30. Kathie Wakilie of The Real Housewives of New Jersey gives a live cooking demonstration from her new cookbook Sept. 16. And Marala Scott, one of Oprah's Ambassadors of Hope, discusses her new novel Sept. 2. And those are just some of the highlights.

According to Dr. White, moving to an afternoon weekday time slot better serves her expanding audience and the ever-widening array of informative and dynamic guests she's attracting to further enlighten her TV viewers, as well as her POWER YOUR LIFE radio listeners. Thanks to Dr. White, a growing number of Delaware Valley viewers are finding a place they can comfortably settle in each week to help sort their most important concerns, find palpable answers, and become more educated, uplifted and entertained.

Dozens more guests have praised Dr. White, saying, for instance, that her on-camera rapport is "as comfortable as two friends sitting together having a conversation about a topic they both are passionate about" (Yvonne Kandi, Host of The Yvonne Kandi Show); and that "you'll love her show [and] you'll learn, be entertained and have a fun time sharing with kindred souls" (best-selling author Sumner M. Davenport). Simply put, Linda Kuepper, CEO of the Autism Cares Foundation, declares Dr. Jo Anne White "is a visionary."

This fall, Philadelphia's newest media personality – whose POWER YOUR LIFE brand extends to books, seminars and beyond – also is planning a special episode to give one lucky winner a televised life coaching session as part of a POWER YOUR LIFE taping from our studios.

Contestants can find more details on entering at www.facebook.com/Dr.JoAnneWhite.

Also this fall, POWER YOUR LIFE will feature a live studio audience for the very time when The Pop Doc, Michael Carbonaro, returns by popular demand, to do appraisals of audience members' pop culture collectibles. More details on how to be a part of the studio audience for the live taping are at www.facebook.com/Dr.JoAnneWhite.

And, as part of National Bullying Month, Dr. White will devote portions of her October programming to the bullying epidemic. Her latest empowerment book, BULLY FREE, just released, gives voice to special needs children and their families in tackling bullying challenges. Stay tuned for updates!

POWER YOUR LIFE with Dr. Jo Anne White – NOW AT NEW TIME! – Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. on WMCN-TV (Channel 44).

About Dr. Jo Anne White

Dr. Jo Anne White, an award winning author, speaker, TV and radio show host and certified professional coach, known globally as the "Success Doc," has helped millions of individuals and businesses realize their dreams and reach success. The POWER YOUR LIFE TV Show (Tuesdays, at 1:30 p.m. on WMCN-TV 44) and POWER YOUR LIFE Radio Show (Thursdays @ 6 p.m. EST on Health Café Live, repeating Mondays @ 8 p.m. EST on Women4Women Network, and now available on iHeart Radio) present an upbeat and inside look into the many pressing issues and cutting-edge trends affecting men and women 35+ and their families.

Learn more about Dr. Jo Anne White and POWER YOUR LIFE at www.drjoannewhite.com.

WMCN-TV is an independent broadcast TV station reaching 3 million homes in southeastern Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey, and Delaware. WMCN is owned and operated by Lenfest Broadcasting LLC, and distributed by Comcast, Verizon Fios, Directv, and Dish Network.

August 14, 2014
JANE'S ADDICTION, RISE AGAINST ANCHOR RETURN OF THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL

GOGOL BORDELLO, CLUTCH, FISHBONE, HALESTORM, LUCERO, MANY MORE JOIN THE PARTY FOR BALTIMORE'S ONLY TRUE ROCK & ROLL FESTIVAL

Daylong Celebration Captures Spirit and Work Ethic of Charm City's Neighborhoods Saturday, Sept. 27 @ Carroll Park

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"My favorite thing about this festival was the overall vibe of the good people of Baltimore. The festival was packed in tight with positive, sincere people who all were there to see some great music and have fun.
- The Vinyl District (DC)

BALTIMORE (Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014) - A "Shindig" is defined as "a large, lively party celebrating something,” and in this case, that "something" is the DIY Rock & Roll spirit and work ethic of Baltimore at the core of THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL, returning Saturday, Sept. 27 to Carroll Park with alt-rock legends JANE'S ADDICTION and punk rock favorites RISE AGAINST anchoring a daylong, two-stage lineup in the city's Pigtown district that's as fun and diverse as Charm City's people and neighborhoods.

Adding to the eclectic festivities on this year's two main stages will be Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone, Halestorm, Lucero, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devils, Bad Seed Rising. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $60 until Aug. 16 (early bird); $70 thereafter. VIP tickets also available. To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music. The Vending Village in The Woods offers a variety of Baltimore's best and familiar food and beverage options with plenty of seating and shade available. The Woods is also home to the Ripley's "Believe it or Not" Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including sword swallowers, fire breathers, aerial acrobats, burlesque performances and other visually captivating oddities.

"I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival and vibe we've never seen was my goal,” says THE SHINDIG’s curator, longtime Maryland independent concert promoter, Paul Manna at 24-7 Entertainment "As a fan of every artist playing, I just know that thousands of live music lovers will truly appreciate this lineup as much as I do. Seeing Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction, one of my all-time favorite bands, perform in Pigtown will certainly be the icing on the cake."

The Shindig's inaugural event last year, featuring Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Gaslight Anthem, Clutch, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reverend Horton Heat, The Hold Steady, and more, was a resounding success, prompting Pigtown officials to welcome its 2014 return.

"The Shindig showcased our historic neighborhood to the most people ever gathered for an event in Pigtown or Carroll Park - without any incidents or arrests," says Ben Hyman, Director of Pigtown Main Street. "They are yet another example of our investment in Pigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development."

Carroll Park is located 1/2 mile from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395 in the heart of Baltimore's beloved Pigtown. To eliminate any parking concerns, 24-7 Entertainment has reserved several large, secured parking lots that border the festival grounds conveniently landmarked by the monstrous Montgomery Park building.

The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, MD for another year of great music and memories.

August 11, 2014
OUT TOMORROW! DANCE-POP ICON JADE STARLING'S 'MASTERPIECE' 1ST SOLO ALBUM 'CAPTIVE' BOWS AUG. 12 AS CRITICAL BUZZ MOUNTS AND 2ND STRAIGHT SINGLE HITS BILLBOARD DANCE CHARTS

Pretty Poison Lead Singer-Songwriter Appears TODAY on OK!TV; Syndicated Entertainment Show Hosts Exclusive Music Video Premiere of 2nd Single, 'Think About U'

'THINK ABOUT U' IS #2 BREAKOUT SINGLE THIS WEEK ON BILLBOARD DANCE CHART

Summer & Fall U.S. Tour Continues with DJ Expo in Atlantic City, Plus More Dates on Live Nation's Super Freestyle Explosion Tour

"Starling writes addicting songs that grab you and refuse to let go. ... [Captive is] Starling's masterpiece."
AEG Live's AXS.com

"'Captive' is an explosive ride from start to finish. Jade Starling snatches the wigs off of all the other dance floor divas!"
G PHILLY/PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 11, 2014) – JADE STARLING, best known as the vocalizing half and award-winning songwriter of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (#1 hit "Catch Me I'm Falling" on Virgin Records), TOMORROW releases her acclaimed first-ever solo work, CAPTIVE, hailed as a "masterpiece" by AXS.com (AEG Live), on Subpoena/Universal. Critical buzz continues to mount as the dance-smart album's 2nd single, "Think About U," becomes the second consecutive single to hit the Billboard Dance Chart, bowing this week as the #2 Breakout track.

Starling appears TODAY on OK!TV, the nationally syndicated entertainment and gossip show (check local listings) to talk about CAPTIVE and show an exclusive sneak peak clip from the new "Think About U" music video, shot in and around Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Watch the TV segment here! The full music video premieres exclusively today on the OK!TV website, www.oktvusa.com. Official video release date is Wednesday, Aug. 13.

ARTISTdirect says Starling's "voice is amazing," on CAPTIVE, while the Trenton (NJ) Times cheers the album's "poppy backbone," "big beats" and "strong groove." Times Square Gossip calls CAPTIVE "a certified smash" and TheImproper.com hailed it "one of the superior releases of 2014" while JoelGausten.com proclaimed it "The Perfect Album. ... Best Dance Album of 2014."

"Think About U," was produced by Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue). CAPTIVE also features collaborations with newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona (Universal France).

Starling's Summer-Fall 2014 CAPTIVE U.S. Tour continues TONIGHT with a CD RELEASE EVENT in Atlantic City as a special guest of DJ Expo 2014, produced by DJ Times. And in September, Starling returns to Live Nation's Super Freestyle Explosion Tour in Orlando (Sept. 12) and Tampa (Sept. 13), following a wildly successful appearance before 15,000 people on the Los Angeles stop in June. More dates continue to be added. For the latest tour news, check www.jadestarling.com.

Bringing the CAPTIVE theme further into focus, Jade went with Gretchen Johnson Photography inside the historic Eastern State Penitentiary, which once "held captive" some of America's most notorious criminals, including gangster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton, to capture all of the photos for her album cover and the complete album package design.

According to the flame-tressed, Philadelphia-based diva, CAPTIVE, two years in the making, ended in a much different place from where it started. Jade and her long-time partner, keyboardist-producer Whey Cooler, originally intended to create something in the vein of their dance-popping predecessors, released under the Pretty Poison banner. But along the way, they decided to bring in outside collaborators to give their tracks a more contemporary sound.

"This is a dance record," says Jade. "Collaborating with international DJs gave it a fresh new sound, and inspired us to write many new songs."

Not that dance music is new territory for Jade and Whey. "We've been doing electronic music since the beginning of our careers," says Jade. "Now it just has a label – 'EDM.' We're about what's happening next. We've always tried to stay ahead of the curve and not follow it."

Despite its infectious beats, CAPTIVE is about far more than just dance floor grooves. Lyrically, Jade examines the human condition in ways that are instantly relatable and relevant to club kids and everyone else.

"The record takes you on an emotional journey from start to finish," she explains. "From the opening track, 'Everything in the World,' which really sums it up - 'I want it all, I want it now, I want everything in the world' – it covers the gamut of emotions from breakups to falling in love. The new single, 'Think About U,' captures the first time you fall in love, getting back to those pure feelings that you felt."

For Jade and Whey, new material, new sonic partnerships and the desire to reach new audiences meant the old moniker had to go.

"We wanted to put something out that was current and had relevance," Jade reasons. "If it was called 'Pretty Poison,' people may have a preconceived notion. It's still Jade Starling with Whey Cooler and our collaborators. By using my name it's a fresh way of re-introducing myself to the music world. If people make the connection, it's great. If they don't, they should just judge the music on its own merits."

The one thing Jade doesn't want anyone thinking is that CAPTIVE represents some kind of "comeback." She and Whey have pretty much gigged and recorded continuously for more than two decades.

"I've been doing what I always do, writing, touring and performing," she insists. "It's not a comeback. We never left. It's just a re-introduction. And this is why it's a Jade Starling record, and not a Pretty Poison record."

TRACK LISTING:

1. Everything In The World
2. Only Love
3. Insomniak
4. Love Of A Lifetime
5. Better And Better
6. Think About U
7. Spontaneous
8. Runaway Hearts
9. Step By Step
10. Place In The Sun
11. Dance Revolution
12. Every Lil Beat
13. Subliminal

JADE STARLING ON TOUR:
8/11 – Scores Atlantic City, DJ Expo 2014 – CD RELEASE EVENT - Atlantic City
8/16 – 97.5 The Fanatic Fantasy Football Fest, Xfinity Live! – Philadelphia, PA
9/12 – Super Freestyle Explosion, Amway Center – Orlando, FL
9/13 – Super Freestyle Explosion, Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL
MORE DATES BEING ADDED ...

July 30, 2014
MISS AMERICA vs. 'PROJECT RUNWAY's JAY McCARROLL: Co-Hosting BATTLE ON THE RUNWAY @ Hamilton Mall, Atlantic City

The Fashion Event of the Year!
MISS AMERICA 2014 vs. 'Project Runway's' JAY McCARROLL
To Co-Host 'BATTLE ON THE RUNWAY' Saturday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton Mall
Three-Hour Spectacular “Back to School” Fashion Event to be co-hosted by Nina Davuluri and Fashion Ambassador of South Jersey Shore’s 'Super Regional' Shopping Mall.

MAYS LANDING, NJ (July 30, 2014) - Internationally known fashion and textile designer Jay McCarroll, the original winner of the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated reality show Project Runway, is bringing the South Jersey Shore’s ultimate Runway event to a whole new level this summer when he returns to square off against none other than MISS AMERICA 2014, Nina Davuluri as his co-host of BATTLE ON THE RUNWAY, a spectacular three-hour "Back to School" fashion event, Saturday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton Mall, the area's "super regional" shopping mall.

McCarroll, Fashion Ambassador for Hamilton Mall, will co-host the event with Miss America from 5-8 p.m. The show will feature the hottest "Back to School" looks from your favorite Hamilton Mall stores: Sears, JC Penney, Macy’s, Aeropostale, Buckle, Delia's, G by Guess, Gymboree, PacSun, Wet Seal with accessories by Littman Jewelers, Charlotte Russe, Nail Pro, Norman's Hallmark-Vera Bradley accessories, and others. The Barbizon Modeling agency is supplying models and coordinating the fashion show looks with participating merchants.

"This is a great event for all of South Jersey, to be able to bring high fashion and the glamour of the Miss America Pageant and Project Runway to the Jersey Shore's greatest mall," says McCarroll. "And for me, personally, it's a dream come true to be working with Miss America. I've been watching the pageant since I was a kid and truth be told, I really think I'm going to be star-struck when I meet her. It's such an honor. I've been practicing my waves and trying on different tiaras. I'm sure my inner Miss America is going to come out."

New to this year’s event is The SOJO 104.9 Recycled Fashion Challenge, in which contestants on teams led by Miss America and Jay McCarroll, will be designing and constructing wearable items during the event. The winning team will get tickets to the final night of the Miss America Pageant and a Hamilton Mall gift card. Contestants can register by calling SOJO 104.9 at 1-800-586-1049.

Hamilton Mall will reward attendees who sign up for the Mall's mobile message program, the Red Carpet Club, with an exclusive VIP pass to meet Jay McCarroll, a Swag Bag containing a Hamilton Mall T-shirt, and coupons and merchandise from various Hamilton Mall merchants.

The Philadelphia-based celebrity designer is in his second year of working with Hamilton Mall in conjunction with its "Making Waves" promotion to celebrate an extensive redevelopment project currently creating a fresh look, enhancing the overall ambience, and expanding the largest shopping mall within a 40-mile radius of Atlantic City.

BATTLE ON THE RUNWAY is just one of several major events McCarroll hosts for the Hamilton Mall. He also has designed a special T-shirt exclusively for Hamilton Mall, and is writing an interactive column, "Ask Jay," in the mall's monthly newsletter. More event announcements will be made in the coming months.

Fabric, color, pattern, and texture are among the great loves of McCarroll's life. The greatest part of his job is manipulating those elements into functioning products for people to use and enjoy. He finds inspiration for his work in many different things, and always has been drawn to the vastness and beauty of nature. He also is fascinated by how other humans utilize nature so industriously.

"I love that Hamilton Mall has a very eclectic mix of shops," says McCarroll, who also teaches at his alma mater, Philadelphia University, the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. "It offers an array of well-known international chain stores sharing the same space with some really great independent specialty shops. This makes for a very unique shopping experience."

Kravco Company LLC, developer and manager of Hamilton Mall, is in the midst of an 82,000 square-foot redevelopment project, the most recent of which will be completed in August - Zona Fresca Mexican Grill, an award-winning casual Mexican dining experience. The Mall also has been repaved and newly expanded as part of the project.

"This is indeed a very inspiring time for the Hamilton Mall," says McCarroll, who also studied at the London College of Fashion. "I fully understand the concept of growing a brand and as the brand grows, more and more thrilling opportunities present themselves. I am very much looking forward to that exhilarating growth. I have seen the expansion plans and all I can say is, 'Wow!' Hamilton Mall really is 'Making Waves!'"

WHAT: Internationally known fashion and textile designer Jay McCarroll, the original winner of the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated reality show Project Runway, is bringing the South Jersey Shore's ultimate Runway event to a whole new level this summer when he returns to square off against none other than MISS AMERICA 2014, Nina Davuluri as his co-host of BATTLE ON THE RUNWAY, a spectacular three-hour "Back to School" fashion event, Saturday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton Mall, the area's "super regional" shopping mall.

WHO: Jay McCarroll - Original winner of "Project Runway," internationally known fashion and textile designer, and Fashion Ambassador of Hamilton Mall.
Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri.
Models from Barbizon Modeling.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 9, 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: HAMILTON MALL
4403 Black Horse Pike (Route 322), Mays Landing, NJ.
Just minutes from shore points, Exit 12 off the A.C. Expressway.

Jay McCarroll on the web:
www.jaymccarrollonline.com
www.jaymccarrollfabric.com

About Hamilton Mall
Hamilton Mall is located on the Black Horse Pike (Route 322) in Mays Landing, NJ, just minutes from shore points, Exit 12 off the Atlantic City Expressway. Hamilton Mall is a super regional mall anchored by Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears and has over 140 shops and services. For additional information on Hamilton Mall, visit www.shophamilton.com.

About Kravco
For more than half a century, Kravco Company has been a leading private real estate developer and property management company, one of the largest retail shopping center organizations in the United States and the largest in the Philadelphia area. Still based in King of Prussia, where a cornerstone of the company's stability and achievement was the execution of the country's largest mall development project, the current Kravco Company LLC executive and management team has managed, leased, developed and redeveloped over 30 million square feet of commercial real estate, primarily in the retail sector. Kravco continues to build on its excellent reputation among local, regional, and national tenants, and among its investment partners. Kravco is well positioned to capture retail real estate opportunities, with positive results for itself, its equity partners, investors, lenders, retailers and, most importantly, for the communities that are home to its properties. For additional information on Kravco, visit www.kravco.com.

July 23, 2014
BULLY FREE, 13TH BOOK FROM 'POWER YOUR LIFE' DR. JO ANNE WHITE GIVES VOICE TO SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES IN TACKLING SPECIAL BULLYING CHALLENGES

Available NOW at www.drjoannewhite.com

PHILADELPHIA (July 23, 2014) - Take a look at the bullying epidemic among children and then magnify it two to three times. That's the challenge facing children with special needs. And it's the special challenge that Dr. Jo Anne White expertly tackles in her 13th and latest empowerment book, BULLY FREE.

Dr. White, the internationally recognized "Power Your Life" TV and Radio host, author and speaker who has helped millions holistically transform their lives and businesses to success and wellness, has heard the stories first-hand from these children and their families. And she's worked with many of them to help overcome the horrific demons this "unacceptable" reign of terror is causing at a frightening rate in the special needs community. Making it even worse in many cases, is that the special needs of these children impede their ability to recognize and understand that they're even being victimized.

Dr. White holds a special understanding because she has worked with children and adolescents who've been bullied, as well as special needs children and their families, for much of her career. For her, exploring the special needs side of bullying in BULLY FREE made perfect sense.

With full - and often eager - parental cooperation, Dr. White shares the stories in BULLY FREE, recounting the hardships and victories of bullied children and youth with special needs. The results already have earned the new book the Blue Ribbon Award & Elizabeth's Best Seal of Excellence for its remarkable job of making the reader understand the effects that bullying, teasing, and exclusion has upon special needs individuals. BULLY FREE is available NOW at www.drjoannewhite.com/bully-free.

"This is about the voices of these children and their families," says Dr. White, a recent speaker at the Listen to Our Voices Anti-Bullying Campaign Launch in Washington. "Many people are not realizing that children with autism, special needs children, are being bullied more extensively or repeatedly and are unable to bring their own voices to this scourge and be heard most effectively. Their struggles are already intense, and the damage can be immense.

"I have been so moved by listening to the stories and in hearing the concerns of parents and family members," says Dr. White. "What I've discovered in the true stories is the also courage, resiliency and the strength of the human spirit."

There's the story of Luke, a child with Aspberger's Syndrome who recalls the stress and anxiety of being teased by his high school social coach about his friendship with a girl and the strain it caused that rare relationship.

Then there's Anna, medically frail with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, characterized by easy bruising and breaking of the skin, and in an electric wheelchair. Her elementary school principal outright refused to accommodate her mother's request for a "life or death" specialized evacuation plan and screamed at her to "get out" of his office. Now 13, problems with an often antagonistic school board continue to this day.

There also is Laura, mother of 8-year-old triplets, two of whom have autism. One of them, Michael, is high-functioning, but has social and behavioral issues that often attract the wrath of bullies outside of his community.

There are 12 such emotional vignettes in BULLY FREE, each confronting a different case study.

"More awareness is needed regarding the impact, especially from the voices of those who’ve been bullied and their families," says Dr. White. "When we hear their first-hand accounts we can truly understand the impact, isolation and pain that these individuals and families experience. Children with special needs are more often the likely victims because they are viewed by bullies as more vulnerable, more visibly different, and may not be able to defend themselves."

Dr. White hopes that by sharing these true stories about people who have undergone and endured bullying, we can truly understand, be more sensitized to the harmful and destructive experience, and actively participate in the mending and healing process. Her ultimate goal is to inspire real change on every level so that everyone is truly BULLY FREE!

"Bullying is everyone’s problem from the teachers, bystanders, professionals and other children and youth who often bear witness to its thoughtless and demeaning acts. If you are a parent, an educator, or work with children, let BULLY FREE open your eyes."

About Dr. Jo Anne White
Dr. Jo Anne White, an internationally recognized author, speaker, TV and radio show host and certified professional coach, known as the "Success Doc," has helped millions of individuals and businesses realize their dreams and reach success. The POWER YOUR LIFE TV Show (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on WMCN- TV 44; moving Aug. 12 to Tuesdays @ 1 p.m. EST) and POWER YOUR LIFE Radio Show (Thursdays @ 6 p.m. EST on Health Cafè Live and Mondays @ 8 p.m. EST on Women4Women Network) present upbeat and inside looks into the many pressing issues and cutting-edge trends affecting men and women over 35 and their families. The TV and radio shows have now become part of the POWER YOUR LIFE NETWORK, which also includes a series of videos and info/curriculum featuring expert coaches, authors, master teachers and the POWER U ONLINE UNIVERSITY. Dr. White also will soon be announcing details of the SELF SUSTAINABILITY® SYSTEM, her online coaching service that includes videos and webinars. Learn more about Dr. Jo Anne White and POWER YOUR LIFE at www.drjoannewhite.com.

July 8, 2014
DANCE-POP ICON JADE STARLING TO RELEASE FIRST SOLO ALBUM, 'CAPTIVE,' AUG. 12

PRETTY POISON SINGER TEAMS WITH TOP INTERNATIONAL DJs TO CONJURE SOUNDS FOR A NEW GENERATION OF MUSIC

Summer & Fall U.S. Tour Includes CD Release Events in New York and Atlantic City, Plus More Dates on Live Nation’s Super Freestyle Explosion Tour

PHILADELPHIA (July 8, 2014) – JADE STARLING, best known as the vocalizing half of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (#1 hit "Catch Me I'm Falling" on Virgin Records), will release her first-ever solo work, CAPTIVE, Aug. 12, on Subpoena/Universal.

Starling's Summer-Fall 2014 CAPTIVE U.S. Tour is already under way, with CD Release Events in New York at Resorts World Casino (July 18) and Atlantic City at the DJ Expo 2014 (Aug. 11), produced by DJ Times. And, following a wildly successful appearance before 15,000 people on the Los Angeles stop in June, two more dates have been added for Jade on Live Nation's Super Freestyle Explosion Tour in Orlando (Sept. 12) and Tampa (Sept. 13).

CAPTIVE features collaborations with Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue), newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona (Universal France). The disc has already yielded the hit single "Insomniak," which cracked the Top 30 on Billboard magazine's dance chart.

Bringing the CAPTIVE theme further into focus, Jade went with Gretchen Johnson Photography inside the historic Eastern State Penitentiary, which once "held captive" some of America's most notorious criminals, including gangster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton, to capture all of the photos for her album cover and the complete album package design.

According to the flame-tressed, Philadelphia-based diva, CAPTIVE, two years in the making, ended in a much different place from where it started. Jade and her long-time partner, keyboardist-producer Whey Cooler, originally intended to create something in the vein of their dance-popping predecessors, released under the Pretty Poison banner. But along the way, they decided to bring in outside collaborators to give their tracks a more contemporary sound.

"This is a dance record," says Jade. "Collaborating with international DJs gave it a fresh new sound, and inspired us to write many new songs."

Not that dance music is new territory for Jade and Whey. "We've been doing electronic music since the beginning of our careers," says Jade. "Now it just has a label - 'EDM.' We're about what's happening next. We've always tried to stay ahead of the curve and not follow it."

Despite its infectious beats, CAPTIVE is about far more than just dance floor grooves. Lyrically, Jade examines the human condition in ways that are instantly relatable and relevant to club kids and everyone else.

"The record takes you on an emotional journey from start to finish," she explains. "From the opening track, 'Everything in the World,' which really sums it up - 'I want it all, I want it now, I want everything in the world' – it covers the gamut of emotions from breakups to falling in love. The new single, 'Think About U,' captures the first time you fall in love, getting back to those pure feelings that you felt."

For Jade and Whey, new material, new sonic partnerships and the desire to reach new audiences meant the old moniker had to go.

"We wanted to put something out that was current and had relevance," Jade reasons. "If it was called 'Pretty Poison,' people may have a preconceived notion. It's still Jade Starling with Whey Cooler and our collaborators. By using my name it's a fresh way of re-introducing myself to the music world. If people make the connection, it's great. If they don't, they should just judge the music on its own merits."

The one thing Jade doesn't want anyone thinking is that CAPTIVE represents some kind of "comeback." She and Whey have pretty much gigged and recorded continuously for more than two decades.

“I've been doing what I always do, writing, touring and performing," she insists. "It's not a comeback. We never left. It's just a re-introduction. And this is why it's a Jade Starling record, and not a Pretty Poison record."

JADE STARLING ON TOUR:
7/18 – Resorts World Casino NYC – CD RELEASE EVENT – Jamaica, NY
8/11 – Scores Atlantic City, DJ Expo 2014 – CD RELEASE EVENT - Atlantic City
9/12 – Super Freestyle Explosion, Amway Center – Orlando, FL
9/13 – Super Freestyle Explosion, Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL

MORE DATES BEING ADDED ...

July 8, 2014
BILL & HILLARY CLINTON PORTRAIT COMMISSIONED TO PHILADELPHIA ARTIST TO BE UNVEILED EXCLUSIVELY BY EX-PA. GOV. ED RENDELL THIS WEEK ON SPECIAL EDITION OF 'POWER YOUR LIFE' WITH DR. JO ANNE WHITE ON WMCN-TV CHANNEL 44
Power Your Life

Special Edition of Weekly Empowering New TV Show, Hosted by Delaware Valley's 'Success Doc,' Scheduled to Air TOMORROW (Wednesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.) on WMCN-TV (Channel 44).

PHILADELPHIA (July 8, 2014) - A new portrait of Bill & Hillary Clinton commissioned by former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell to Philadelphia artist Caryn Kunkle was unveiled exclusively by Mr. Rendell during a recent taping of a special installment of the empowering new TV show POWER YOUR LIFE with Dr. Jo Anne White, the Delaware Valley's new "Success Doc," on WMCN-TV (Channel 44). The episode airs tomorrow (Wednesday, July 9) at 8 p.m. As part of the story, Miss Kunkle - who also was commissioned by philanthropist Lewis Katz just days before his death to create a portrait of his grandchildren - will display the personal hand-written thank you note from President Clinton to the "Power Your Life" audience.

Dr. Jo Anne White, an internationally recognized author, speaker, TV and radio show host and certified professional coach, known as the "Success Doc," has helped millions of individuals and businesses realize their dreams and reach success. She also has a new book out this summer titled BULLY FREE, which was just awarded the Elizabeth's Best Seal of Excellence. BULLY FREE recounts the hardships and victories of bullied children and youth with special needs and their families through 12 emotional vignettes, and is available NOW. More info at www.drjoannewhite.com/bully-free. The POWER YOUR LIFE TV Show and POWER YOUR LIFE Radio Show (Thursdays @ 6 p.m. on Health Cafè Live and Mondays @ 8 p.m. on Women4Women Network) present upbeat and inside looks into the many pressing issues and cutting-edge trends affecting men and women over 35 and their families.

The TV and radio shows will soon become part of the POWER YOUR LIFE NETWORK, which also includes a series of videos and info/curriculum featuring expert coaches, authors, master teachers and the POWER U ONLINE UNIVERSITY. Dr. White also will soon be announcing details of the SELF SUSTAINABILITY® SYSTEM, her online coaching service that includes videos and webinars.

PHOTO CAPTION (ABOVE) - credit Natalie Grygo
L-R: Ed Rendell, "Power Your Life" host Dr. Jo Anne White, and Philly artist Caryn Kunkle, exclusively unveil the new portrait of Bill & Hillary Clinton commissioned by Rendell, on this week's special installment of "Power Your Life with Dr. Jo Anne White," Wednesday at 8 p.m. on WMCN-TV (Channel 44).

July 2, 2014
'COME HOME AMERICA' TOUR TO HONOR AMERICA'S MILITARY HEROES AT NATION'S LARGEST INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, JULY 4 @ Wawa WELCOME AMERICA IN PHILADELPHIA

NEW YORK (July 2, 2014) - Fresh from a sold-out tour kickoff and official Fleet Week New York event that was singled out by the New York Times, the 2014 "COME HOME AMERICA TOUR" will be rocking the Cradle of Liberty on the Fourth of July at the nation's largest Independence Day Celebration, Wawa WELCOME AMERICA in Philadelphia. With continued support from the USO, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER will be singing to honor the troops with his 6-piece band as they celebrate "The New Greatest Generation" before expected crowds of up to 500,000.

The "Come Home America" performance to honor America’s military heroes, starring the MARCUS GOLDHABER BAND and special guests, will be held Friday, July 4 on the Global Music Stage of Wawa WELCOME AMERICA, 20th & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. Show time is from 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wawa WELCOME AMERICA is FREE to the public. More information at www.welcomeamerica.com.

"I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of this year's Welcome America festival," says Marcus. "The most important element of the Come Home America project is to bridge the gap between civilians and military families. It is an absolute honor to be able to bring this project to what many feel is the birthplace of our independence and the beginning of our ideas about citizenship. If civilians and service men and women can naturally come together to enjoy music, my hope is that we can help kick-start that conversation and eventually start taking better care of one another."

"Liberty USO is proud to be affiliated with the Come Home America Tour," adds Joseph P. Brooks, President & COO of Liberty USO. "Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It's the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country."

The show features the premiere of original new material from Goldhaber's forthcoming Come Home America album. COME HOME AMERICA, a pop anthem produced by Ke$ha collaborator Cliff Goldmacher, is unbound by musical genre and inspired by America's military heroes, honoring our troops and supporting our veterans abroad. All Voices calls the song "poignant and emotional" and the Jewish Journal declares it "sure to become a patriotic standard for the new millennia."

COME HOME AMERICA is the centerpiece of the tour which will hit stride this year in concert halls, stadiums, military bases, and parades around the world. Proceeds from the tour and the song benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Goldhaber was recently tapped by official Super Bowl event organizers for the live world premiere of his inspiring new original song for the troops before military members and their families at the star-studded 2014 Super Bowl Celebrity Sweat. He was joined for the sold-out event at the Teaneck Armory by Hip Hop star Nelly, NFL star alum Doug Flutie, and boxing legend Evander Holyfield. COME HOME AMERICA made its TV debut during a performance-interview segment on Power Your Life with Dr. Jo Anne White.

Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber "finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach" (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan's top clubs, he's performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and recently surpassed his one-year anniversary being featured in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen.

Goldhaber released COME HOME AMERICA (Fallen Apple Records) on Veterans Day as a stirring ode to our nation's two million service members across the globe, and the 24 million veterans back home, both embraced and discarded. The mission is simple: to benefit the needs of this new generation of returning veterans, while improving and strengthening the dialogue between civilians and military families for years to come.

"Much of this comes down to education and the absence of a continuing dialogue between civilians and military families," says Goldhaber. "I have a strong wish to bridge this gap so that we can all feel more connected to each other."

Goldhaber was careful to construct a broad, sweeping melody and rousing chorus that "you want to wrap people in like a blanket," to help transmit his message in an inclusive and accessible way. By countering his vocals with restrained nuance, Goldhaber was able to marry the intimate approach more natural to his style with the expansive message of COME HOME AMERICA.

"I needed to connect people who don't know a lot about this subject and help bridge that gap," he says. "If it's something that's accessible and memorable, it's something that people can get closer to."

WHAT:
Fresh from a sold-out tour kickoff and official Fleet Week New York event that was singled out by the New York Times, the 2014 "COME HOME AMERICA TOUR" will be rocking the Cradle of Liberty on the Fourth of July at the nation's largest Independence Day Celebration, Wawa WELCOME AMERICA in Philadelphia. With continued support from the USO, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER will be singing to honor the troops with his 6-piece band as they celebrate “The New Greatest Generation” before expected crowds of up to 500,000.

WHEN:
FRIDAY, July 4, 2014
4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

WHO:
The Marcus Goldhaber Band and special guests

WHERE:
Wawa Welcome America
Global Music Stage
20th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103

February 14, 2014
Sony Music Entertainment Secures Global Rights to Entire Philadelphia International Records; Catalog with Acquisition of Post 1975 PIR Recordings; New SME Acquisition Deal Brings All PIR Recordings Together Under Single Worldwide Umbrella

Sony Music Entertainment has completed a historic deal with Philadelphia International Records, securing global ownership of all recordings made for PIR, the groundbreaking hit-making label founded by music icons Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971.

The landmark deal adds all post-1975 PIR recordings to the PIR titles already owned by SME, reuniting the entirety of the Philadelphia International Recordings catalog under a single global licensing and reissue entity.

In late 2013, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of SME, made a number of PIR titles available in the digital realm, including Essentials collections by The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls as well as various artists anthologies - Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia in San Francisco and The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits - mapping the breadth of the Sound of Philadelphia, one of the most influential and abiding catalogs of soul/pop music ever recorded.

In 2014, Legacy will be offering a series of new physical and digital releases created from the PIR catalog, including a definitive Philadelphia International Records box, budget single artist anthology titles, 12" and 7" vinyl replica collectibles and more.

The first round of these new PIR titles will be released in the UK on April 21, 2014 and will include single CD best-of collections from Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, The Intruders, The O'Jays, Billy Paul and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes to be issued on the Camden line.

The UK PIR spring launch will center on the release of a 20 CD Philadelphia International Records box set containing:

1. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
2. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
3. 360 Degrees of Billy Paul - Billy Paul
4. Save The Children - The Intruders
5. The Three Degrees - The Three Degrees
6. Ship Ahoy - The O'Jays
7. Love Is The Message - MFSB
8. Keep Smilin' - Bunny Sigler
9. Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
10. All Things In Time - Lou Rawls
11. Life On Mars - Dexter Wansel
12. The Jacksons - The Jacksons
13. Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy Pendergrass
14. Jean Carn - Jean Carn
15. The Jones Girls - Jones Girls
16. Edwin Birdsong - Edwin Birdsong
17. McFadden and Whitehead - McFadden and Whitehead
18. When You Hear Lou You've Heard It All - Lou Rawls
19. I'm In Love Again - Patti LaBelle
20. Life is A Song Worth Singing - Teddy Pendergrass

Each title in the lift-top box comes in a sleeve replicating the original album artwork.

About Philadelphia International Records and Gamble & Huff

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound, aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971, and continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, Grover Washington Jr. and many more.

The label produced some of the world’s greatest hit songs, such as "Love Train," "If You Don’t Know Me by Now," "For The Love Of Money," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now." "TSOP" (better known as the "Soul Train" theme), and many other Top Ten Billboard hits over the past 50 years. The PIR Catalog has some of the most sampled R&B catalogue in the world, appearing on recordings by artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, Destiny's Child, Usher, T.I., Chrisette Michele, Cam'ron, Ja Rule, Jaheim, Avant and many more.

Legendary producers and songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (Gamble & Huff) are among the most prolific professional songwriters of all time, having written and produced over 3,500 songs within 50 years, an output rivaling such famed songwriting teams as Lennon-McCartney, Jagger-Richards and Holland-Dozier-Holland. They are enshrined in the American "fabric of music" with a massive catalogue that includes numerous pop #1 hits, R&B #1 hits, and 100 gold and platinum records that have resulted in Grammy and BMI Songwriter Awards.

As one of the most requested Sync Licensing Catalogues, the PIR/Gamble & Huff recordings and songs have been featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice," "Cold Case"), films ("American Hustle," "The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Verizon, Chevrolet, Coors Light, Old Navy, The Gap, Office Max) for more than 30 years, Gamble & Huff's songs have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes.

Gamble & Huff have been prestigiously inducted and honored by several Music Halls of Fame including the Grammy-National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Trustees, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Producers Hall of Fame, Dance Music Hall of Fame, and R & B Hall of Fame. In 2008, Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first recipients of the newly created Ahmet Ertegun Award. These music icons are recognized around the world for their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music, joining luminaries like Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.

In 2005, Gamble & Huff appeared on American Idol in a show devoted entirely to their music, and in 2010 they were presented honorary doctor of music degrees from the Berklee College of Music.

Their songs also have been covered by a myriad of artists including Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Michael Bublè, Martina McBride, Seal, Simply Red, Johnny Mathis, Lesley Gore, Donny & Marie, Thelma Houston, the Brand New Heavies and recently, Rod Stewart, who sings four Gamble & Huff classics on his 2009 album, Soulbook.

Gamble & Huff created and are credited with launching one of the most celebrated and historic songwriting partnerships that spawned a sophisticated sound lovingly crafted in the studio by some of the 20th century's most influential producers and studio teams - including Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB Orchestra, Baker, Harris and Young, Joe Tarsia (Sigma Sound) and others. Philly Soul set the stage for disco, smooth jazz, adult contemporary music and more.

Gamble and Huff will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary starting in the fall of 2014 with the projected release of their Autobiographical Book and the 2015 launch of their Theatrical Play on their historic Life Story and the creation of one of America's great music catalogues, known as "The Sound of Philadelphia."