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 January 10th 2015
Live at Trinity ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO SAM COOKE featuring Gary U.S. Bonds Sarah Dash(LaBelle), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Jeffrey Gaines, Chris Trapper, Paul Pesco (Hall & Oates/Madonna), Danielia Cotton, Lili Anel Carsie Blanton and more!
7:00PM Doors 8:00PM Show $40 Advance/$45 Day-Of Show
About Sam Cooke
Considered by many to be the definitive soul singer, Sam Cooke blended sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie-idol looks and gospel-singer poise. His warm, confessional voice won him a devoted gospel following as lead singer for the Soul Stirrers and sent “You Send Me,” one of his earliest secular recordings, to the top of the pop and R&B charts in 1957. It was the first of 29 Top Forty hits for the Chicago-raised singer, who was one of eight sons born to a Baptist minister.
Cooke’s career was defined by his early embrace of gospel and his subsequent move into the world of pop music and rhythm & blues. Joining the Soul Stirrers at age fifteen, he served as lead vocalist from 1950-56. He recorded his first pop song, “Lovable,” as Dale Cook, choosing the pseudonym so as not to jeopardize his standing within the gospel community. Nonetheless, he’d crossed a line that made it impossible for him to carry on with the Soul Stirrers. Cooke’s first solo successes came on the Keen label, for which he recorded “You Send Me,” “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” and “Wonderful World,” among others. In 1960 Cooke signed with RCA, where his hits included “Chain Gang,” “Cupid,” “Another Saturday Night” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.” A versatile singer who never really settled on a style, Cooke tackled everything from sophisticated balladry and lighthearted pop to finger-popping rock and roll and raw, raspy rhythm & blues.
In addition to being a performer, Cooke established himself as a successful and even groundbreaking black entrepreneur operating within the mainstream music industry. Cooke produced records for other singers, founded his own publishing company (Kags Music) and launched a record label (Sar/Derby). He also helped such fellow artists as Bobby Womack, Johnnie Taylor, Billy Preston and Lou Rawls make the transition from gospel to pop. Tragically, Cooke was shot to death at a Los Angeles motel on December 11th, 1964, under mysterious circumstances. RCA posthumously issued “Shake” b/w “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Regarded as one of the greatest singles of the modern era, it matched a hard-hitting R&B number (later cut by Otis Redding) with a haunting song about faith and reckoning that returned Cooke’s voice to its familiar gospel home.
About Gary US Bonds
With over 50 years in the business, not only is Gary US Bonds an R&B/rock legend but he was a personal friend and touring partner of Sam Cooke in the 1960s. Bonds’ first hit was the song “New Orleans”, which was followed by “Not Me”, his only Number One hit, “Quarter To Three” in June 1961. Subsequent hits, under the name Gary (U.S.) Bonds, included “School Is Out”, “Dear Lady Twist” and “Twist, Twist, Senora” in the early 1960s. In a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above The Beatles. “Quarter To Three” appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. In the early 1980s, Bonds had a career resurgence, working off collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band. Later hits included “This Little Girl”, “Jolé Blon” and “Out Of Work”. It's a real honor to have this legendary performing supporting this cause and singing some of his friend's songs on this once-in-a-lifetime night of music.
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 Jeffrey Gaines
Philly legend Jeffrey Gaines brings his soulful and powerful style to this special night of Sam Cooke. A mainstay in the Philly scene for the past 20 years, Jeffrey has toured the world with the likes of Heart, Joe Jackson, Stevie Nicks and dozens more. He's scored hits of his own including Hero In Me, Always Be and reach wide audiences with his famous cover of Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes. Jeffrey is guaranteed to blow the roof off on this night of Sam Cooke music!
About Chris Trapper
Chris Trapper's favorite singer-songwriter is Sam Cooke and he's over-the-moon to be performing some songs for this cause. Chris, a prolific singer-songwriter, fronted The Push Stars in the late 1990s, has released a string of successful and critically acclaimed solo records. His song, This Time, was featured on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for August Rush. Proud to have Chris returning to Candlelight for a night of Sam Cooke.
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!
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 Lili Anel
Prolific singer-songwriter Lili Anel has been described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a "vocal powerhouse whose earthy, jazz-laced tunes stretch the boundaries of traditional singer-songwriter turf." In 2010, she earned three prestigious NY Music Awards - Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Jazz Album and Best Female Jazz Vocalist and has performed with such amazing talents as Raul Midon, Alejandro Escovedo, B.B. King, Boz Scaggs and Robert Cray. Thrilled to have Lili returning to Candlelight!
About Carsie Blanton
Carsie is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in rural Virginia, logged time in Eugene, San Francisco and Philadelphia, and landed in New Orleans in 2013. Carsie’s songwriting is known for its wit, insight, and melodic sensibility, and her live performances are lauded for humor, wit, and the clarity of her voice. Since 2007, Carsie has toured extensively throughout the U.S. as a headliner and as support tour for Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby, Joan Osborne, The Weepies, Loudon Wainwright III, John Oates, The Wood Brothers and others.
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 Mary Fahl
“Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC-based chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. Since the band disbanded, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" for V2 Records; her wonderful, original studio album "The Other Side of Time" on Sony Odyssey; and her acclaimed album “Love and Gravity”.
She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Now Mary returns with her album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House”, a collection of twenty-three tracks recorded live at one of America's oldest vaudeville theaters and filmed for PBS to be aired starting in late 2014. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms”.
Along with her music director, virtuoso instrumentalist Mark Doyle on electric guitar and piano, and members of Syracuse-based Grupo Pagan, her upcoming performance will include “Exiles”, a song written for Anne Rice’s new audiobook “The Wolves of Midwinter”, a stunning cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now”, and any October Project favorites.