The Candlelight Concert Series for Epilepsy Awareness is a concert series in Pennington, NJ designed to raise awareness about epilepsy. 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. For more on this seris, 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.
Monday October 14th 2013
Live at Trinity ED ROLAND (of Collective Soul) & THE SWEET TEA PROJECT
7:00PM Doors / 8:00PM EST Show $20 Tickets
About Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project
For the past two decades, Atlanta native Ed Roland has been the front man and heart of the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul. He has written seven #1 radio hits, and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. For Roland's new project, Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project, he teamed up with a group of friends and musicians for a new approach to his classic hit-making style.
"The Sweet Tea Project started as a bunch of my friends coming over after gigs and listening to new songs I had written, but not with Collective Soul in mind," said Roland. "Everybody sat around my studio with different instruments --banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, and ukulele - and just had a lot of fun."
Indeed, Roland suggests that the main difference between The Sweet Tea Project and Collective Soul is in the instrumentation. "At this point in my life, the main focus will always be in writing the best songs I can write or co-write with my band mates," he said.
After kicking off 2013 with "Rooted in Georgia" residencies in Atlanta and Athens, Ed Roland the Sweet Tea Project won ESPN's contest to reimagine its NBA theme music, an initiative driven by fan voting. The band was featured on the SportsNation section of ESPN.com, and their version of the song aired during ESPN's exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star weekend.
Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project's debut album, Devils 'n Darlins, is due for release in 2013, and the band will be bringing its live show to select U.S. cities throughout the year to support the new album. The idea is to break the band the old school way, by building its fan base close to home first , and then by kicking off what Roland suggests "will be a solid two years of touring" to support the debut.
So incredibly honored to have Ed bringing his Sweet Tea Project to support this cause as part of their touring efforts! Sure to be a great night and maybe some acoustic Collective Soul tunes thrown in the mix.... Shine, in a church, c'mon!!! I get goosebumps just thinking about it!
About Eric Bazilian
At 16, he started writing songs for his first band, "Evil Seed". He got hooked on performing as his band played all original music at "B-ins" at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmont Park. By the mid 70’s, while attending the University of Pennsylvania, Eric met his musical soul mates and closest friends. Rob Hyman, Rick Chertoff and he created a musical energy, which remains strong to this day.
Eric’s and Rob’s most notable early collaboration founded The Hooters in 1980. "Nervous Night", The Hooters’ debut on Columbia, sold in excess of 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits such as "Day By Day" (#18), And We Danced (#21) and "Where Do The Children Go" (#38). After creating 6 well-received albums, The Hooters achieved superstar status throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. As a result, The Hooters were asked to open 3 of the most important musical events of the century, Live-Aid Concert, 1985 in Philadelphia, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in 1986, and Roger Waters’ extravaganza at The Wall in Berlin in 1990.
Since then, Eric has become recognized internationally as a gifted songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. Eric wore all those hats while involved with Joan Osborne’s debut project. "Relish" was nominated for 6 Grammy Awards in 1996 including Song Of The Year for the #3 Billboard smash hit "One Of Us" which Eric is proud to have single handedly written.
About Marshall Crenshaw
When discussion turns to great singer/songwriters, Marshall Crenshaw's name is frequently invoked. With a catalog of exquisite pop songs, he's been hailed as a "consummate pop craftsman" and "one of America's best and most durable tunesmiths." You might not find Crenshaw in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame ("I've been in there a few times, actually," says Marshall. "I can get in free 'cause I know people"), but he is a walking hall of fame. He played guitar in the reunion of MC5, wrote top hits for himself (Someday, Someway) and for others (Gin Blossoms, Til I Hear It From You), performed with Motown's Funk Brothers and portrayed Buddy Holly in La Bamba and John Lennon in Beatlemania.
About Freedy Johnston
A gifted songwriter whose lyrics paint sometimes witty, often poignant portraits of characters often unaware of how their lives have gone wrong, Freedy Johnston seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the early '90s and quickly established himself as one of the most acclaimed new singer/songwriters of the day. Johnston was born in 1961 in Kinsley, KS, a small town with the odd distinction of being equidistant between New York City and San Francisco. Growing up, Johnston developed a strong interest in music, but living in a city without a music store or a record shop, doing something about it took some effort. When he was 16, Johnston bought his first guitar by mail order, and a year later, a friend drove him 35 miles to the nearest record store so he could buy an album he'd read about: My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello. After high school, Johnston enrolled at the University of Kansas in Lawrence; while his academic career didn't last very long (less than one year), Johnston wasted no time immersing himself in the city's new wave scene and became a passionate fan of local legends the Embarrassment. Johnston also began listening to everything from Neil Young to XTC and developed a taste for country music. After several years of working in restaurants and writing songs on a four-track recorder in the evening, Johnston pulled up stakes in 1985 and moved to New York City. (A collection of Johnston's early four-track recordings was released in 2004 under the title The Way I Were.) After several years of making the rounds, Johnston's work caught the attention of Bar/None Records, a respected independent label based in Hoboken, NJ.
Johnston made his recording debut in 1989 with two tracks on a Bar/None label sampler, Time for a Change, and his first album, the scrappy and genially eccentric The Trouble Tree, followed in 1990. While the album received largely positive reviews and became a minor hit in Holland, sales were poor in the United States, and in order to finance recording of his second album, Johnston was forced to sell some farmland which had been with the Johnston family for generations (an decision Johnston set to music in his song "Trying to Tell You I Don't Know"). However, the risk paid off as 1992's Can You Fly earned enthusiastic reviews and was named among the year's best albums by The New York Times, Billboard, Spin, and Musician Magazine; Robert Christgau in The Village Voice went so far as to call it "a perfect album." The album also earned a healthy amount of alternative radio airplay, and Can You Fly's success convinced Elektra Records to sign Johnston. His first set for Elektra, 1994's This Perfect World, received similarly positive press and spawned a minor hit single in the song "Bad Reputation." While Johnston's next three albums for Elektra -- Never Home, Blue Days Black Nights, and Right Between the Promises -- didn't fare as well in terms of sales, he maintains a loyal fan following and the respect of critics and peers. He released The Way I Were: 4-Track Demos 1986-1992 in 2004, followed by Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop in 2006. Johnston has also dabbled in film scoring by writing incidental music for the Farrelly Brothers comedy Kingpin, and he performs occasionally with the Know-It-All Boyfriends, an informal cover band featuring Butch Vig and Doug Erikson of Garbage.
About Corey Glover
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. The steps Corey took to reach this point in his career are well known. As a founding member of Living Colour, Corey helped prove that not only could black guys kick out the jams, but that they could be embraced by a vast expanse of fans. 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. As vocal proponents for black self-reliance and pride, they broke down more than their fair share of musical barriers and served as role models for other black bands who had their sights set on hard rock recognition.
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.
Corey describes his music away from Living Colour; "I always wanted to do rock stuff and I did. But I've always wanted to be a loveman and sort of split the difference. I think I've done that with this album (Hymns) and with this band."
The level of performance Corey Glover delivers with this solo effort is unmatched and inspirational; it's sure to entertain you and leave you feeling good.
Corey has one of the most soulful and powerful voices. We're extremely blessed to have him joining us in this fight to raise awareness about epilepsy.
About Jeffrey Gaines
Born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gaines' musical interest was sparked at a young age, owing largely in part to his parents' collection of soul records. But, it was his discovery of Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie that truly sealed his fate, leading to his participation in local bands. After high school, Gaines was offered the singer slot for a New York rock & roll band, but turned it down to move to Philadelphia, where he signed with Chrysalis Records. The first single off the critically acclaimed Jeffrey Gaines record was "Hero In Me." Gaines performed it live on Good Morning America and received radio and MTV airplay. But, it was his cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" which took #22 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart.
This is Jeffrey's fourth time performing for this series - he kicked it off in May 2012, so thrilled to have him returning - ALWAYS AMAZING!!
About Dan Reed
Dan Reed was born in Portland, Oregon, but in early childhood moved to South Dakota after his mother remarried the owner of a cattle ranch. Growing up on 2000 acre's of land as an only child gave Dan plenty of time to daydream and it was here, riding tractor in the summer sun that Dan first fantasized about becoming a musician while listening to the Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Cheap Trick and Van Halen blaring on the tractor cabs' AM radio. All through his high school years he played trumpet in the school band, while studying Shoto-Kan Karate, and participating in every sport he could get his hands and feet in to, but it wasn't until a Japanese exchange student named Tsutomu Oki taught him how to play guitar that Dan realized that this was what he was searching for... the world of writing songs. After graduating from Aberdeen, South Dakota's Central High School, he packed his bags and headed west to Portland, Oregon, his place of birth and the closest 'big city' he could find near the ocean, a place he held in his childhood memory and missed dearly living in the Midwest.
Although there were many incarnations of bands Dan performed with in South Dakota and in Portland it was in December of 1985 where he truly first began his musical journey as the lead singer of a band called “The Dan Reed Network”. Garnering huge local support the band signed to PolyGram Records in the summer of 1987. Home of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Tears For Fears. The Dan Reed Network released three very successful albums to much critical and commercial success between 1988 and 1992.
The band had the honor of 'seeing the world', opening for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie and Bon Jovi, eventually becoming the supporting act for the Rolling Stones’ 1991 European tour. It was at this time Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr. to interview the Dalai Lama for Spin Magazine. It was during this trip that Dan began to hunger for more than the pop/rock music scene had to offer.
Dan returned in 2009 with a busy touring schedule and release of his long-awaited solo debut, Coming Up For Air. He's now settled in Prague and has recently released a follow-up to Coming Up For Air, Signal Fire. Another collection of well-crafted and catchy pop-oriented songs with soulful depth. This is Dan's fourth time performing at this series, and the namesake comes from Dan's song, Candlelight.