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.
Saturday March 28th 2015
Live at Trinity ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO MARVIN GAYE featuring Darlene Love Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) Sarah Dash (LaBelle), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) Corey Glover (Living Colour) Danielia Cotton Mutlu Paul Pesco (Hall & Oates) and more!
7:00PM Doors 8:00PM Show $55 Advance/$65 Day-Of Show
About Marvin Gaye
Brilliant, enigmatic, and headstrong, Marvin Gaye was an innovator. In 2009, he would have been 70 years old, and it has been 25 years since his tragic death. But today Marvin remains as influential and exciting as ever: Rolling Stone recently named him one of the greatest singers of all time.
He was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C., where he dreamed of singing before large crowds; he joined a co-founded a local doo-wop group, the Marquees, who were spotted by Harvey Fuqua, who made them his new Moonglows. Marvin arrived in Detroit on tour with the Moonglows and stayed, as did Harvey, and Marvin was signed to Motown just based on raw singing talent. He was also a songwriter, an OK drummer-and handsome as hell. He wanted to sing jazz, to croon Tin Pan Alley standards, but that didn’t pan out. Motown founder Berry Gordy encouraged Marvin to sing R&B, and once Gaye sang the soulful (and autobiographical) “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” in 1962, stardom enveloped him. The incendiary “Hitch Hike,” “Pride And Joy,” and “Can I Get A Witness” sold like crazy in 1963, and Marvin oozed silky sexiness on the 1965 classics “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “I’ll Be Doggone” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.”
By 1968’s immortal “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” and on a series of electrifying duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston (“It Takes Two”), and his ultimate singing partner, the ravishing but ill-fated Tammi Terrell (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” et al), Gaye was a commercial force. He soon became recognized as an artistic one as well.
At decade’s turn, Marvin seized full control of his output with the deeply personal, socially aware 1971 masterpiece What’s Going On, which produced three hit singles: the title track, “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” and “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology).” He defied expectations again with “Trouble Man,” a 1972 hit single featured in his haunting, jazzy score of the movie of the same name. He zoomed to the top of the charts with his passionate Let’s Get It On, while delivering a pop confection in Diana and Marvin, his duet album with Motown’s queen, Diana Ross. I Want You, released in 1976, was another sensual masterwork, a meditation on obsessive love that was also No. 1. Marvin made his personal life public through his songs, and it was never more evident in 1978’s Here, My Dear, a sprawling double-album chronicling his divorce from Anna Gordy, Berry’s sister. Even his No. 1 dance classic from 1977, “Got To Give It Up,” a studio cut added to flesh out the double-LP Live At The London Palladium, was about the singer’s reluctance to get loose on the dance floor.
Marvin left Motown in 1981, with the politically tinged album In Our Lifetime. He fled to London, then Belgium, where he created for Columbia Records “Sexual Healing,” his first Grammy® winner. But another hit was not salvation from his demons. On April 1, 1984, one day before his 45th birthday, Marvin was shot to death by his father.
Marvin’s influence reaches across the generations. He was rightfully among only the second group of artists honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987. More recently, Marvin was No. 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time. “Motown Week” on American Idol 2009 (Season 8) featured remaining contestants singing not one but two of Marvin’s songs. His records-and his ringtones and his DVDs-are still going gold.
About Darlene Love
It’s no wonder the New York Times raves: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances.
Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ hit factory, this great lady has done it all…from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease. She even starred as herself in Leader Of The Pack, credited as Broadway’s first ‘jukebox musical.’ Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock.
An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board and another recent film Twenty Feet from Stardom that prominently features Darlene, just landed the Academy Award this March. When Darlene went on stage to be greeted with the Oscar on behalf of all the film participants, she burst into song and won a standing ovation from the Academy audience led by the wildly applauding Bill Murray. Soon after this, it was announced by Oprah Winfrey that a film on Darlene’s life was in production and will star Toni Braxton as a young Darlene Love. This is expected for early 2015. Darlene is currently working on a new CD being produced by Stevie Van Sandt. Steve wrote a special song for her, “All Alone on Christmas,” which Darlene sang on screen in Home Alone 2 – a holiday TV favorite every year.
Darlene’s background vocals as a lead member of The Blossoms for Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: “He’s A Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home,” a song that she performs annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman (December marked her 27th appearance).
In 2011, Darlene Love received her industry’s highest award when Better Midler, a great fan of her work, inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the celebration, the two ladies enjoyed performing “He’s A Rebel” together. As part of the festivities, Darlene also sang “He’s A Fine, Fine Boy” backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen.
Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time” and that certainly rings true, but perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: “Darlene Love is Rock N’ Roll!”
About Dawn Robinson
Dawn Robinson has made a unique and significant mark in the music business as the lead singer of both R&B/Pop supergroups En Vogue and Lucy Pearl. Since the very early 1990s, her work has sold over 50 million records worldwide as well as having six #1 singles and four #1 albums. She's been nominated for or won every domestic or international music including American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards and Grammys.
More than just a talented singer, Dawn co-wrote a majority of the En Vogue and Lucy Pearl hit records including three Top Ten hits from En Vogue's 1992 triple platinum Funky Divas - My Lovin (Never Gonna Get It), Free Your Mind and Giving Him Something He Can Feel. She is also co-writer on Ed Sheeran's 2014 massively popular, #1 single "Don't."
She has spent a remarkable 2,500 weeks on various billboard charts around the world. Her music and songs have been and are currently used for various Hollywood Movies and advertisement campaigns. In 2015, she is largely focusing on a new solo album, which would be the followup to her 2002 self-titled solo debut on Atlantic Records, Dawn.
A truly legendary and iconic talent, it's a real honor and thrill to have Dawn performing to support this cause and series.
About Sarah Dash
Sarah has sung with some of the greatest names in pop, rock and R&B – try The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, The Marshall Tucker Band, Laura Nyro, The O'Jays, Wilson Pickett and Bo Diddley among others. She has appeared on shows with hundreds of renowned recording artists – from Keith Richards to Stevie Wonder. She is, of course, a founding member of Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, morphing into Labelle in the '70s (now reuniting in 2008 for a new album and tour) and has had her own hits with the dance music classics "Sinner Man" and "Low Down Dirty Rhythm." In more recent times, her 2007 appearance in San Francisco's 'Teatro Zinzanni' theatrical production drew rave reviews.
Even a cursory glance at Sarah Dash's career accomplishments reveals a woman steeped in music who has lived through everchanging trends and times in the world of entertainment and remains as vital and vibrant as ever. She is quite simply, a soul survivor. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, it's a real thrill to have Sarah joining us on this special night.
About Doug Wimbish of Living Colour
Doug Wimbish of Living Colour will be serving as musical director for the evening. Doug is a legendary musician and bass player - having been with Living Colour for over 20 years. Not only that, Doug is famous as the guy laying down the grooves to some of raps biggest and earliest hits including White Lines and The Message. Doug has also played with the likes of The Rolling Stones (Bridges To Babylon), Mick Jagger (Primitive Cool, Wandering Spirit), Madonna (Erotica), Annie Lennox (Diva, Medusa), Joe Satriani (The Extremist, Time Machine), Jeff Beck (Flash), Seal (Seal), and Billy Idol to name but a few. Doug blew the roof off with Living Colour at Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness back in April and we're thrilled and honored to have him returning for this amazing night!
About Corey Glover of Living Colour
You know Corey Glover's powerful voice. Corey is the lead singer and one fourth of the pioneering, Grammy winning, platinum selling rock band Living Colour. Living Colour earned numerous industry awards including back-to-back Grammys for Best Hard Rock Performance of 1989 ('Cult of Personality') and 1990 (Time's Up) and emerged as one of the most influential rock acts of all time: regularly selling out arenas and selling millions of albums.
But that is only a portion of his musical journey to date. In 1998, Corey released his debut solo record, Hymns, to much critical acclaim. He's been featured on records around the world as a premier vocalist, acted in motion pictures including the 1986 Best Picture Platoon, performed theatrically onstage in such shows as Jesus Christ Superstar and tours extensively with funk-rock legends, Galactic.
About Danielia Cotton
Hopewell's own Danielia Cotton joins us for the evening to sing some Sam Cooke. Danielia's brand new EP Woodstock continues to demonstrate her intelligent, soulful and powerfully unique style as a singer and songwriter. Such a thrill to have Danielia joining us on this amazing night for epilepsy awareness!
Mutlu is a soulful, Philadelphia-based artist. Over the last few years he has toured extensively across North America and Europe with Amos Lee, Hall & Oates and Joe Jackson and has shared the stage with Adele, Eric Hutchinson, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell and G. Love & Special Sauce amongst many others. His debut album "Livin' it" was released by Manhattan/EMI records in 2008 and produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk. "Livin' it" featured guest appearances by Amos Lee, Daryl Hall, G.Love and Raheem DeVaughn.
About Paul Pesco
Paul Pesco is a legendary guitarist, producer and composer. Paul has served as musical director and lead guitarist for Hall & Oates, and also for Daryl Hall's Live From Daryl's House TV program. He's also played guitar on tour or record with Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Winwood, Mary J Blige, Celine Dion, Al Green, Donna Summer, Eddie Murphy, Atlantic Starr, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Kitaro, C&C Music Factory and dozens more! Such a thrill to have this amazing talent joining us for a great night of music to raise epilepsy awareness!
About Grant C Weston
Philadelphia's own Grant Calvin Weston became interested in drums at the age of 6, when he discovered his talent for rhythm as he beat on every car on the block. He lived in North Philadelphia where he saw musicians like Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and James Brown at the Uptown Theatre. Seeing his attention focused on the drummers, his Father bought him a small set. In high school Calvin learned to read music and played second snare in the drum ensemble. He co-founded the group Bad Influence which played in cabarets and clubs around Philadelphia. At age 17, Calvin joined Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time Band, with bass player Jamalaadean Tacuma, a close friend from philly and Charlee Ellerbe, which toured extensively in North America and Europe. After recording four albums with Prime Time, Calvin went on to play and record with guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer, until he joined John Luries Lounge Lizards in 1990. During the late 90s Calvin recorded and toured with Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood, Tricky, Eyvind Kang, Derek Baily, Mark Ribot, and James Carter. He also played on several movie soundtracks including "Get Shorty".
About David Dzubinski
While a young piano student at Philadelphia's well-known Settlement Music School, David Dzubinski was chosen to perform for the composer Vincent Persichetti. Persichetti called David's performance "spirited and warm" and that description still has resonance today. After attending Temple University for jazz composition and arranging, David pursued advanced studies privately with internationally known and vastly divergent jazz pianists Joanne Brackeen, Dave Burrell and Edsel Gomez. David has performed for/with interactive dance and movement, he has directed group improvisations employing the use of crowd movements and interactions in public spaces, and he has used video and paintings as fodder for writing ensemble pieces and improvisational frame works. As well David has composed and performed music for radio shows, the theatre, and fashion shows. Some of David’s accomplishments include a jazz CD (‘Recyclical’), a Jazz Suite ('Strange Loop') with improvised interactive video commissioned by Philadelphia University, a Music Suite ('Paint') for live painting performance with the fine art painter Nathan Distefano that was commisioned by and performed for Doylestown Health and Wellness Center, performances on three of jazz vocalist/composer Kayle Brecher's CDs ('Spy Music', 'Urban Objects' and 'Apirals and Lines), a score for the Society Hill Playhouse production of Sam Sheppard's 'Suicide in Bb', and one of Dzubinski's compositions has been published by Freddie Hubbard's Hubtones. Additionally, he was composer/performer at Philadelphia's TLA in the stage show 'The Little Big Broadcast of 1939' as well as the play 'Shooting Magda' at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater. Other performances have included the jazz and third stream group the Klein Four, the Junior Mints, Sotto Voce, Stravinsky Rhythm, Marilyn Flanagan, Mischa Machez, G. Calvin Weston's treasures of the Spirit - the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and The Network for New Music at the Painted Bride Art Center.