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.
Friday October 24th 2014
Live at Trinity Singer In-The-Round All on one night!! EMILY KINNEY, CHRIS BARRON (The Spin Doctors), & DAN REED
7:00PM Doors 8:00PM Show $20 Advance $25 Day-Of Show
About Emily Kinney
Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC's hit television series "The Walking Dead." Kinney's musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-Broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of "Spring Awakening" in 2008 and the first national tour of "August: Osage County." In 2011 she released her debut EP, "Blue Toothbrush," and started working on "The Walking Dead" where she would later become a series regular. Her singing has been prominently featured on the show, notably a moving cover of Tom Waits' "Hold On," and a haunting rendition of the traditional Scottish song "The Parting Glass" with cast-mate Lauren Cohan, the latter of which appears on The "Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1." Kinney has also been seen in reoccurring roles and guest appearances on television series such as "The Following," "The Good Wife," "The Big C," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and "Law & Order: SVU."
In between shooting the current season of "The Walking Dead," Kinney wrote her latest EP "Expired Love" in Los Angeles and New York and released it in October 2013 (Em-K Music and Thirty Tigers). "Expired Love" was re-released on March 18, 2014, with a new original song by Kinney and a cover of Waxahatchee's "Be Good." She regularly performs at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall and LA's Hotel Café, has been praised by Rolling Stone for her "heartfelt, emotional indie rock," and has been compared to Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and Nellie McKay.
About Chris Barron
Chris Barron is many things to many people: the voice of the Spin Doctors, the face of the jamband scene, an MTV superstar, an East Village troubadour, the author of some of the 1990s’ most enduring radio hits, a father and a teacher. But these days, the Spin Doctors singer is most at home when he’s simply playing rock and roll.
Chris Barron was born in Honolulu, HI, in 1968, while his father, a Vietnam veteran, was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the divisive war. Barron spent his childhood in the Bronx and Rye, NY, before moving to Australia for over three years. When his family returned to the States, Barron attended the same high school in Princeton, NJ, as members of Blues Traveler. Barron and John Popper were close high school friends; the two shared feelings of being an outsider. Barron felt like he was neither an Australian nor an American at that point -- he was just out there.
While at Princeton High, Barron and Popper would jam together after school. Barron was actually in the first incarnation of Blues Traveler, when it was the Blues Band, but was eventually kicked out. (This may have even been before that first version of the band was even considered a band.) Barron has often described Princeton as "the wall that we were all banging our heads against." In his youth, he was quoted as saying that he wouldn't care if the whole town burned down, except for a famous sandwich shop called Hoagie Heaven. His feelings changed in adulthood, but Barron's youth was defined by a certain amount of soul-searching.
New York City is where Barron met the future members of the Spin Doctors: Mark White, Aaron Comess, and Eric Schenkman. The band released Up for Grabs and Pocket Full of Kryptonite in 1991, but the latter took nearly a year to break through. When it did, the band was embraced by MTV, mainstream radio, and Apple Computers, who sponsored their biggest headlining tour; a Grammy nomination followed. The band never had a successful follow-up to the multi-platinum album, due in large part to personality conflicts. Guitarist Eric Schenkman left the band before the release of Turn It Upside Down, and was barely part of the odds-and-ends CD, though he is credited on many of the songs. In fact, the first album with all-new material was 1996's You've Got to Believe in Something, which came out a full five years after their debut. Mark White would also quit the band, leaving only two original members as part of the group.
Chris Barron's legacy is significant. He has a Grammy nomination, a Rolling Stone cover, and two Top Ten hits -- "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes" -- for which he won a BMI award. While now considered a one-hit wonder, the Spin Doctors were one of the most popular and ubiquitous bands of the early-'90s rock scene.
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.
Dan Reed - All I Need Is You
Dan Reed - Rainbow Child
Dan Reed - Candlelight
Saturday January 10th 2015
Live at Trinity ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO SAM COOKE featuring Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Jeffrey Gaines, Chris Trapper, Paul Pesco (Hall & Oates/Madonna), Danielia Cotton, Lili Anel and MANY more to be announced!
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 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 Mary Fahl
Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group, October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. Her expressive, transcendent voice has been called “a voice for the gods” (Boston Globe), “a powerful, beautifully proportioned contralto” (Variety), “soul-permeating” (Portland Press), and “supernatural” (author Anne Rice). Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists.
Most recently, Fahl has been previewing songs from her soon-to-be-released album, Love and Gravity, on tour. The highly anticipated album is filled with flowing, folk-etched ballads produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time – including producing Leonard Cohen’s classic recording, “Hallelujah.”
Seven of the 10 songs on Love and Gravity were composed or co-written by Fahl, including the powerful tribute to true love, “Move Mountains, Turn Rivers Around” (written for her husband, renowned deep-sea oceanographer and marine ecologist Richard Lutz); the unflaggingly romantic “When Johnny Loved June” (honoring Johnny Cash and June Carter); and the rousing “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” The album also Includes two already-released singles: an inspiring re-imagining of the Joni Mitchell classic, “Both Sides Now;” and Fahl’s tribute to 9/11 rescue workers, “Dawning of the Day,” set to a traditional Irish melody.
Fahl will also be releasing a live album and DVD of her September 7, 2013, performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA, which was taped for an upcoming PBS special. The concert included songs from Love and Gravity, favorites from her October Project days, and selections from her celebrated interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Fahl and author Anne Rice (“Interview with the Vampire”) have a mutual admiration. Rice mentions both Mary and an October Project song, “Take Me as I Am,” in her new novel, “The Wolves of Midwinter” and asked Fahl to compose a theme song for the audiobook. With John Lissauer as co-writer, Fahl created the powerful and haunting “Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter,” which was released concurrently with the novel on October 15, 2013.
“I referenced ‘Take Me as I Am’ because I was hearing that song in my head, and Mary Fahl singing it, as I wrote the scene,” said Anne Rice. “I am so honored and thrilled that Mary was inspired to write ‘Exiles’ as a result. It’s haunting and beautiful and exactly conveys the mood of the novel.”
Fahl, who hails from Rockland County, NY, lives in an idyllic setting in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband. Their 17th century house overlooking the Delaware River — complete with waterfall and surrounded by acres of gardens and woods, inspires Mary’s ongoing songwriting.