The Candlelight Concert Series for Epilepsy Awareness is a concert series in Pennington, NJ designed to raise awareness about epilepsy. It's grown out of a very popular house concert series and is now held at Trinity United Methodist at 1985 Pennington Rd, Ewing NJ. When you purchase your ticket using Paypal below, you will be added to the list; no physical tickets are printed or sent. You can bring you receipt to be safe. All shows are general admission. For more on this series, check out this article from The Times of Trenton here. The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey will be on-hand for most of these events to provide information and accept donations.
Thursday March 27th 2014
Live at Trinity ED KOWALCZYK I Alone Acoustic
7:00PM Doors / 8:00PM Show $30 Advance/$35 Day-Of Show
About Ed Kowalczyk
Ed Kowalczyk, founding member, songwriter and former Lead-Singer of LIVE, opened a new chapter in his already illustrious career in 2009 with the launch of his solo career.
With over 20 Million Albums sold worldwide, KOWALCZYK has built an impressive résumé in LIVE that includes eight full-length albums that have reached gold and platinum status in 9 countries, and nine Top 10 hit songs, which include the crossover smash "Grace" from his debut solo album, and classics such as "Lightning Crashes", "I Alone", "Selling The Drama", "The Dolphin's Cry" and "Heaven".
Ed’s trademark vocals, electrifying stage presence and sweeping diversity as a performer shines through in his powerful full-band performances and in the new self-produced acoustic production – “I Alone” Acoustic, which debuted in 2012 and has been selling out venues around the globe.
One of the main elements that have enabled Ed to maintain a devoted fan base is the substantial and durable nature of his lyrics, which have often reflected Ed’s personal and spiritual concerns. “My approach as a songwriter is to write songs that are not finite and will resonate with listeners for a really long time,” KOWALCZYK asserts. “Twenty years after my first Live album, Mental Jewelry, I am still able to get something out of songs I wrote and recorded in the early 1990s--and I think that one of the reasons why I’ve had so many fans for so long is that the fans are also continuing to find nuances in the songs.”
Kowalczyk released his widely acclaimed debut solo album, Alive, in 2010 which spawned the hit singles “Grace” and “Stand” and set the stage for sold-out tours throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and South America. In 2012, Ed offered up a shorter set of new music on the follow up EP entitled, The Garden, a collection of 5 new songs plus 5 remixes. Ed is setting up his highly anticipated follow-up album, entitled, The Depths of Heaven, slated for release in September 2013, which features guest performances by Peter Buck of REM and Rachael Yamagata.
Ed is very excited to be sharing this new look at some of the biggest hits of his career along with his new music in his dynamic full-band and acoustic performances.
About Living Colour
During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the '80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands (Rage Against the Machine, Sevendust, etc.). The group (singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Muzz Skillings, and drummer Will Calhoun) first formed in the mid-'80s, with Reid being the only member with real prior band experience; he was a member of Ronald Shannon Jackson's experimental jazz outfit, and had recorded with Defunkt, Public Enemy, as well as issuing a solo album with Bill Frisell, 1984's Smash & Scatteration.
It took the fledgling band a few years for their sound to gel, as they honed their act at N.Y.C.'s famed CBGB's. But the group found an unlikely supporter in Mick Jagger, who took the band under his wing, produced a demo for the quartet, and helped them secure a record deal with Epic (just prior, Glover had to take a brief leave of absence from the band, as he landed a role in Oliver Stone's Vietnam War epic movie, Platoon). Living Colour's debut album, Vivid, was issued in the summer of 1988, yet it would take a few months for momentum to build. By the winter, the band's striking video for their anthem "Cult of Personality" was all over MTV, pushing Vivid to the upper reaches of the charts and to platinum certification. Living Colour also took home their first of several Grammy Awards, as "Cult" won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1989 ceremony, and the band supported the release with a string of dates opening stadiums for the Rolling Stones' first U.S. tour in eight years that autumn.
Starting with Vivid and continuing on future albums, the band showed that rock could still convey a message (as evidenced by such tracks as "Open Letter to a Landlord," "Funny Vibe," among others). The quartet regrouped a year later for their sophomore effort, Time's Up, an album that performed respectably on the charts but failed to live up to the expectations of their smash debut. An appearance at the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1991 kept the group in the public's eye, as did an EP of outtakes, Biscuits. Skillings left the group shortly thereafter (replaced by studio vet Doug Wimbish), as their darkest and most challenging release yet, Stain, was issued in 1993. Although it failed to sell as well as its predecessors, it retained the band's large and dedicated following, as Living Colour appeared to be entering an interesting and groundbreaking new musical phase of their career. The band began writing the following year for what would be their fourth full-length, but an inability to settle on a single musical direction caused friction between the members, leading to Living Colour's demise in early 1995.
In the wake of Living Colour's split, all of its former members pursued other projects. Reid issued a solo album, 1996's Mistaken Identity (as well as guesting on other artists recordings), while Glover attempted to launch a career as a solo artist, issuing the overlooked Hymns in 1998 and finding time to appear as a VJ on VH1 and acting in the 1996 movie Loose Women. Calhoun and Wimbish remained together and launched a new outfit, the drum'n'bass-inspired Jungle Funk, who issued a self-titled debut release in 1997 (Wimbish also issued a solo album, Trippy Notes for Bass, in 1999). With Living Colour out of commission for several years by the early 21st century, Calhoun and Wimbish teamed up once more with Glover in a new outfit, Headfake, playing often in the New York City area. A few days before Christmas in 2000, Headfake played a show at CBGB's, and were joined on-stage by Reid, which led to rumors of an impending Living Colour reunion. The rumors proved to be true, as Living Colour launched their first tour together in six years during the summer of 2001. In 2003, Living Colour returned with a deal with Sanctuary and their most experimental release to date, Collideøscope. Two years later the rarities collection What's Your Favorite Color? was released, followed by Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour in 2006 and the all new Chair in the Doorway in 2009.
Living Colour is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark release Vivid with a series of sold-out shows around the globe. It is a true honor to have them coming to support the cause of epilepsy awareness. They are going to blow the roof off the joint!!
About Joan Osborne
Considered one of the great voices of her generation, Joan Osborne is a multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee.
Her debut album, Relish, wove together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals, and produced the massive MTV and international radio smash, "One of Us.” The song occupied the number one spot on the U.S. singles chart for two weeks, Relish eventually racked up sales of over three million copies, and Osborne found a large and appreciative audience, especially during touring as part of Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair tour.
Since then, the soulful vocalist, who counts such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, has released several acclaimed albums, toured extensively with her own band and as a member of The Dead, appeared in the Grammy Award-winning documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and performed alongside many notable artists, including Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, the Chieftans and Patti Smith to name a few.
Osborne has produced two albums for Americana stalwarts the Holmes Brothers, and is co-producing her forthcoming album, Love And Hate (set for an April 1, 2014 release on eOne Music) with Jack Petruzzelli, who she also teamed with on her most recent release, Bring It On Home, which garnered a Best Blues Album nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
“It’s about romantic love, but not necessarily the pop song version of romantic love,” Osborne says of Love And Hate. “Of course it’s an endlessly interesting subject: there have been millions of songs written about it. As a songwriter, it’s been this very rich vein of material, and I just feel like these are definitely some of the best songs I’ve ever written. To be able to say that at this point in my working life is exciting.”
2013 was a busy year for Osborne. In addition to recording her new solo album and an extensive North American tour, she hosted her First Annual Mother’s Day Benefit Concert at City Winery in New York on Mother’s Day. She was joined by special guests Ollabelle and Elizabeth Mitchell to raise funds to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation and Save The Children. A second installment of the Mother’s Day Benefit Concert is planned for 2014. Osborne was also invited to perform at The Recording Academy Honors in honor of friend Melissa Etheridge in New York, the 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute in New York, and Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock fundraiser in Nashville.
According to other music critics and fans, Osborne also nailed the performances on her eighth solo album, Bring It On Home, released in 2012.
“I knew when the time was right and my voice was ready, I wanted to make a recording like this one,” Osborne says of Bring It On Home, a raw, wooly collection of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs that make up the seventh album from the multi-platinum artist. It’s an apt title—for Osborne, Home marks a return to her musical roots. “I cut my teeth in New York blues clubs singing songs like this,” Joan remembers. “I’d do three or four one-hour sets per night. That’s where I really learned to sing.”
Osborne’s 2014 will be jam-packed with tour dates to support the release of Love And Hate, including several intimate acoustic duo gigs with Keith Cotton, as well as live performances with her Trigger Hippy bandmates. Plus, there’s motherhood, listening to new music (“The Black Keys…they get it. We’re not doing polite music. There’s a rawness to it, and they understand that”) and discovering the wonders of Glee, the hit TV show that just used her breakthrough single “One of Us” in a recent episode. “My college-aged nieces were thrilled,” Osborne says, laughing. “I got a lot of excited text messages when that happened.”
About Paula Cole
Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. In April 2013, she released her seventh solo album titled Raven. The release comes on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger.
With Raven, Paula returns to her Harbinger-styled, storytelling roots. Her songs "Life Goes On" and "Eloise" tell the tales of family, heartache, love; "Sorrow-on-the-Hudson" paints the image of the river as Self; mighty, yet lonely. The anthemic "Strong Beautiful Woman" is Cole's mantra for mothers, partners and daughters. Fear and the danger of losing one's voice in "Scream" resolves in finding her voice through the cathartic writing and singing, not unlike Cole's personal journey. Longing, sex, fantasy and feminism are all themes evoked in Raven.
Paula has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee to name a few.
From a small town in Massachusetts Paula Cole was raised in a musical family with whom she and her daughter remain close. Cole is a scholarship alumna from Berklee College of Music with a background in jazz, received her first record deal with a jazz label (which she declined), and has collaborated with many jazz artists. Paula teaches and gives clinics in a spirit of giving back to the circle of music. With a loving allegiance to her fans, she maintains loyal communication online and after her live shows. And it is her fans that helped Raven take flight, as she turned to fan-funding via Kickstarter and achieved 150% of her goal. Raven will mark her first independent release on her own 675 Records with distribution through United For Opportunity (UFO).
As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, This Fire, Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her top ten hits of the 1990’s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization.