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 May 30th 2015
Live at Trinity ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO PAUL MCCARTNEY featuring Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens), Ginger Coyle, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) Paul Pesco (Hall & Oates) and MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
7:00PM Doors 8:00PM Show $55 Advance/$65 Day-Of Show
About Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney was the first of the Beatles to work on an extracurricular recording project (the soundtrack to the 1966 film The Family Way) and also the first to release a bonafide solo album of songs (McCartney, which appeared as the Beatles were dissolving in 1970). McCartney has been the most prolific ex-Beatle and has also enjoyed the greatest measure of commercial success.
Between his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist and leader of Wings, McCartney has written or co-written more than 50 Top 10 singles. With and without Wings, McCartney has been extremely prolific, averaging an album a year since the appearance of McCartney. Moreover, he’s been eclectic as well, not only recording pop and rock but also dabbling in various classical forms and ambient dance music. In the post-Beatles era, McCartney has cracked the Top 40 35 times. When combined with the Beatles’ 49 Top 40 U.S. singles, it is a matter of statistical fact that Paul McCartney is the most successful pop-music composer ever and the second greatest hitmaker, behind Elvis Presley. Without question he is one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.
Beyond the numerical achievements, McCartney’s career is noteworthy for the purposeful way in which he demystified himself as a rock star in the wake of the Beatles. During the Seventies – a decade of ego-tripping superstars, flamboyant glam-rockers and defiant punk-rockers – McCartney modestly presented himself to the world as a family man who happened to be a working musician. His songs often celebrated the mundane pleasures of everyday life. As a songwriter who delights in the quotidian, as opposed to edgier rock and rollers steeped in mystique and risk-taking, McCartney has rarely been a favorite of rock critics. However, his body of work – some of it admittedly lightweight, much of it unjustly dismissed – has given boundless pleasure to the music loving public. Having been the primary melodist within the Beatles, it is not surprising that McCartney’s knack for an ear-catching pop tune remained very much in evidence.
McCartney’s low-key solo debut belied the turmoil that attended the simultaneous breakup of the Beatles. Recorded on a four-track machine, this collection of simple songs and fragments found him playing keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. A one-man show that added up to an evocation of (in his own words) “home, family, love,” McCartney anticipated the singer-songwriter movement that would fill the early-Seventies void after the chaos and clamor of the Sixties. McCartney appeared in April 1970, two weeks before Let It Be, the Beatles’ last studio release. A year later came Ram, credited to Paul and Linda McCartney. (The couple were married in March 1969; it was the second marriage for Linda.) Ram became a favorite with FM rock deejays and even yielded a Number One single, the whimsical, ambitious “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.”
For the rest of the decade, save for the odd solo single, McCartney devoted his creative energies to Wings. Under the banner of Wings, McCartney worked with Linda (who played keyboards and sang) and a fairly stable lineup of musicians. Technically, Wings were an entity longer than the Beatles, though there occurred several personnel changes between their formation in 1971 and disbanding 10 years later. McCartney clearly intended Wings to be perceived as a band, and he willingly submerged his identity within the group framework, especially on Wings’ much-maligned 1971 debut, Wild Life. Their best recording – it was, in fact, attributed to Paul McCartney and Wings – was Band On the Run (1973). Recorded in Africa by the McCartneys and singer/guitarist Denny Laine (formerly of the Moody Blues), it struck many as McCartney’s attempt to deflect criticism that his post-Beatles’ work lacked substance. The album and its three Top 10 hits ("Jet," “Band on the Run” and “Helen Wheels") were catchy, energetic and fun, much like the best of the Beatles.
With the addition of guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Joe English, Wings expanded to a five-piece band for Venus and Mars. Commercially, McCartney had his finger on the pulse of the Seventies. Five consecutive Wings albums – Red Rose Speedway, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound and Wings Over America (a triple live album) – topped the album charts. At the height of punk rock in 1977, McCartney must be considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Wings’ sentimental tribute to hearth and home, “Mull of Kintyre,” became the best-selling single in British history. So popular were Wings that in 1978, the group could fill a 13-track best-of, Wings Greatest, with nothing but hits. In 1979, Wings switched labels, from Capitol to Columbia, and released their last album, Back to the Egg. The group officially disbanded in April 1981.
McCartney resumed his solo career with 1980’s McCartney II. He followed it with Tug of War (1982), which reunited him with Beatles producer George Martin and was regarded as his strongest outing since Band On the Run. McCartney duetted with Stevie Wonder on Tug of War‘s “Ebony and Ivory” and sang with Michael Jackson on “The Girl Is Mine,” which appeared on the latter’s Thriller. Another duet with Jackson, “Say Say Say,” turned up on McCartney’s Pipes of Peace (1983). Give My Regards to Broad Street, a feature film and accompanying soundtrack, released in 1984, included his reworkings of several Beatles songs.
The McCartney catalog has swelled since the mid-Eighties as he’s tackled an eclectic assortment of projects. These include a solid run of solo albums (Press to Play, Flowers in the Dirt, Off the Ground, Driving Rain, Memory Almost Full), live albums from world tours (Tripping the Live Fantastic, Paul Is Live, Back in the U.S. and Good Evening New York), an acoustic session for MTV (Unplugged: The Official Bootleg), an album of vintage rock and roll covers (Choba B CCCP, initially released only in the Soviet Union), and a pair of electronic “rave” albums issued under the alias “The Fireman.” McCartney also explored classical forms with his Liverpool Oratorio (1991), written with conductor Carl Davis, and the orchestral piece Standing Stone (1997), composed in celebration of the 100th anniversary of EMI, his record label. Also in 1997 came Flaming Pie, a modest masterpiece that nodded to the past while reaffirming his skills as a pop craftsman. McCartney claimed to have been inspired by his involvement in the Beatles’ Anthology, the 1995 TV miniseries and three-volume retrospective of the Fab Four’s recorded work: “The Anthology was very good for me because it reminded me of the Beatles’ standards and the standards that we reached with the songs,” he said.
Another project close to his heart was Wide Prairie, an album of songs by his late wife, Linda McCartney. Highly regarded in her own right as a photographer, animal rights activist and vegetarian cook (not to mention wife, mother and inseparable companion) Linda died of breast cancer in 1998. McCartney returned to his rock and roll roots for the 1999 album Run Devil Run, whose 15 tracks were cut in only one week-much like the Beatles had worked back in the early days. Erasing any doubts that he’d “gone classical,” McCartney asserted, “I still love my rock and roll.”
McCartney has remained extremely active into the 21st Century. In 2001, he helped organize the Concert for New York City for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, which he witnessed from the tarmac of JFK Airport in New York. He also released an album, Driving Rain, which included a song, "Freedom," about the attacks. In 2005, he performed at the Live 8 concert in London, and in 2012 - the year he turned 70 - he released Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards, and he performed at Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Concert and at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
McCartney has scored more than 60 gold records, and he has sold more than 100 million CDs and 100 million singles. Despite his age, it appears that Paul McCartney will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
About Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens
Pat DiNizio is the founder, principal songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist for the platinum recording artists The Smithereens.
As a youngster, he was inspired by the pop music emanating from his transistor radio in the ‘60s and the hit tunes being written by his musical idols Buddy Holly, The Beatles, and The Beau Brummels among others. He soon began crafting his own 3 minute and 3 chord hook-laden masterpieces. Perseverance paid off for Pat’s band, The Smithereens, with their chart-topping hits appearing on the radio in rapid succession like “Behind the Wall of Sleep”, “Only a Memory” and “A Girl Like You”.
The Smithereens racked up gold and platinum records, and they performed on top-rated television programs such as The Tonight Show, MTV Unplugged and Saturday Night Live as well as on stages all over the world. After 32 years together as a band, The Smithereens continue to tour and record. Their latest album, Smithereens 2011, spawned the hit radio singles “Sorry” and “One Look at You”.
Although Pat DiNizio has never strayed very far from his band of brothers, The Smithereens, he has made a foray into solo side projects. Pat was a program director for XM satellite radio’s “Unsigned Channel”, traveled across the country with his revolutionary living room tours, and ran the grants program for Jim Beam Brands’ “Benefiting Emerging Artists in Music”. Pat has also recorded four critically praised solo albums.
Pat also performs his “Confessions of a Rock Star” venues around the country. “Confessions of a Rock Star” presents the next step in the evolution of The Smithereens’ Pat DiNizio. Part rock raconteur and part power pop pioneer, he continues to expand the boundaries of rock and roll concerts. Pat’s show has grown from its original “one man, one car, one guitar” concept into a compelling example of multimedia performance art.
About Ginger Coyle
People have always loved Ginger Coyle's music. She's gotten radio airplay effortlessly, since her first original demo at age 14. She's been signed to two major labels, won national talent competitions and dominated industry showcases. A music biz veteran still in her mid-20s, she is at long last making the kind of music she wants to make. Conscious lyrics brimming with radio-friendly hooks and universal themes, Homeward Bound is her first collection of original songs. Ginger Coyle sings beautifully, and maybe that's the problem. She belongs to a lineage that stretches from Carole King through Fiona Apple, vocalists who borrow confidently from a soul music vocabulary while working mainstream pop territory. And Ginger is a gorgeous, post-millennial mashup of styles, combining the glamor of a 1940s movie star with a dash of vintage eclecticism and a passel of tattoos. She has all the raw material for a factory cranking out pop-music confections — except that she simply doesn't want to be that vessel.
It was, after all, Ginger's own song that got that got her spins a decade ago on WXPN as a teenager, and it was her own song that she sang on a video demo recorded in the family bathroom in Southampton, N.J., and submitted to (of all things) The Wayne Brady Show. When she got to L.A., they prepped her with a vocal coach and choreographer who told her how to work the audience and play to the cameras — and they told her to sing someone else's song. She killed on national TV, won the online voting, got a demo deal with Hollywood Records — and then walked away. "They were Hilary Duff's label," she explains. "They treated me like an obligation and didn't seem to care about my desires as an artist, so I moved on."
Her songwriting gifts were more appreciated in her next gig as lead singer of the dance-pop group "T!Katz". Signed to Universal-Motown. The band toured nationally with Third Eye Blind in 2007 and was featured on MTV, yet somehow broke up before making their first record. "That whole experience taught me what I didn't want to do," Ginger says now. "Those songs were all about partying and getting wasted, and I eventually grew out of them. The world was getting worse and worse, and felt the need to put some positive messages out there."
That basic idea led to her first song she wrote as a newly solo artist, "Moon And Back", a dark meditation on the emptiness of materialism that comes well disguised as a gorgeous ballad to a lover. "Homeward Bound", on the other hand, was written "at a moment when I was my happiest and most at peace. I felt like I had finally found myself, on every level, and that's what that song is about." Only later did she realize that she was pregnant with her daughter Georgia when that feeling came over her.
Other songs on Homeward Bound have moments of considerable modern-rock edge mixed with the intimate vibe of an indie singer-songwriter. For the new record, Ginger teamed with young producers Ross Bellenoit and Charlie Patierno, each with a track record of launching careers of female solo artists. Despite their strong presence, however, the album is very much driven by Ginger's vocals and piano hooks. It's undeniably her own songs and her own sound — finally.
"If I'm gonna make pop music," she says. "It's gonna be my kind of pop music."
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 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.