FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IRA AND MAXINE STONE (BERT SOMMER) TO PERFORM JENNIFER AND AMERICA AT A MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL 1967 TRIBUTE CONCERT ON JUNE 19 TO BENEFIT "SAVE ONE PERSON. SAVE THE WORLD", A PROJECT OF THE MEANINGFUL LIFE CENTER.
New York, NY, Monday May 12, 2008: On June 19, 2008 Retro69 and an ASCAP House Band will host a Monterey Pop 1967 tribute concert to benefit Save One Person. Save The World, A Project Of The Meaningful Life Center. Ira and Maxine Stone, who recorded and performed with Bert Sommer on the first day of Woodstock 1969, will be headlining the event around 8PM. Although the majority of the show will feature songs from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, Ira and Maxine Stone will be playing a selection of songs they performed together with Bert Sommer at Woodstock.
The concert will closely follow the songs of the bands that performed at the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival event. Artists to be covered at the event may include The Association, Lou Rawls , , Simon & Garfunkel, The Animals, Canned Heat , Big Brother & The Holding Company , Country Joe & The Fish , The Butterfield Blues Band , Quicksilver Messenger Service , The Steve Miller Band , The Electric Flag, Moby Grape, Hugh Masekela , The Byrds , Jefferson Airplane, Booker T & The MG's , Otis Redding, , The Blues Project , Buffalo Springfield , The Who ,The Grateful Dead and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The Benefit will take place on June 19, 2008 at The Triad Theater http://www.triadnyc.com located at 158 West 72nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. The music will run non-stop from 6:00 to 11:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $18, $10 minimum. All musicians are performing for free, and Peter Martin, owner of the Triad will assure that all money collected at the door will go to the charity.
For sponsorship and volunteering opportunities please contact Allan Spielman at 917-583-2505 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Visit http://www.retro69.net for details.
For more information on Save One Person. Save The World, please visit http://www.saveoneperson.org/ or email Lauren Finkelstein, Founder, at email@example.com.
About Bert Sommer
Bert Sommer (February 7, 1949 – July 23, 1990) was a folk singer who performed at Woodstock in 1969 and had a hit with the song "We're All Playing In The Same Band." He was briefly a member of baroque-pop group the Left Banke, co-writing and singing lead on the "Ivy Ivy"/"And Suddenly" single. He also played Woof in the original Broadway production of "Hair (musical)" and "Flatbush" of Kaptain Kool and the Kongs on The Krofft Supershow in 1976, he did not reprise the role in the second season. He died in Troy, NY after a long battle with respiratory illness. His last performance was in Troy on June 11, 1990 with his friend Johnny Rabb. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Bert had put together an incredible hour long set with studio musician Ira Stone on electric guitars, Hammond organ and harmonica. Charlie Bilello is on bass in this performance that has been 'lost' for over 35 years. Despite many inaccurate printed reports and song set lists that have Bert only performing 'Jennifer' & 'America' at Woodstock ~ the actual 10 song set sequence was: Jennifer / The Road To Travel / I Wondered Where You'd Be / She's Gone / Things Are Going My Way / And When It's Over / Jeanette / America / A Note That Read / and Smile.
Artie Kornfeld said of Bert in his book '30 Years of Peace & Music & Other Things' "Bert's performance fit right in the string of Richie Havens singing 'Freedom' and John Sebastian singing 'Younger Generation' and of course Country Joe McDonald's protesting against the war. Bert Sommer should have been someone accepted on the same level as any of the Superstars that played at Woodstock." Adapted from http://www.bertsommer.com
About Ira Stone
Most 21-year-old musicians play at local bars and cafes to showcase their talent. At that tender age, Ira Stone had a gig playing at the "Holy Grail" of musical events, Woodstock '69. To people who haven't lived it, Woodstock conjures up images of grainy hand-held film footage, but to Stone, who was there, the colors are vivid and alive. "It was amazing. As we came over the hill, we saw thousands and thousands of colors," the manager of the Georgetown office of Coldwell Banker/Shaker Real Estate office recalls. Ira Stone has performed the Fortunes, Stonehenge Circus. the Music Explosion ("A Little Bit of Soul." ) Chad Mitchell as well as Bert Sommer. He has opened up for the Allman Brothers and Delaney and Bonnie and Friends at the Capital Theater as well as Poco. Ira has been performing since 1995 with the Stoneband. The band has expanded to include Pierre Guertain , Joe Meo, and Randy Brody .Adapted from http://www.thestoneband.com and the Fairfield County Business Journal 2005
About Save One Person
SAVE ONE PERSON. SAVE THE WORLD is a new non-denominational consortium under the banner of The Meaningful Life Center (a non-profit organization) that began as an awareness media campaign following 9-11 to show how helping just one individual can help others and maybe ultimately Save A Life. The more people who are able to learn about a person in need through a variety of media outlets (TV, radio, Internet and print) the more likely somebody will be alerted who is able and willing to help.
Founded in 2001 as a response to the loss of more than 3,000 lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Save 1 Person began as a Web site http://www.saveoneperson.org that is a clearinghouse that brings together people in need with people who are willing to help. Now, Save 1 person also has placed TV, radio and Internet advertisements asking people to help by directly contacting those in need. If terrorists can destroy, we can build and create.
Imagine, for example, that Sally, a mother with five children, has Leukemia and needs to find a person suitable for a bone marrow transplant immediately or she will die within weeks. How is she more likely to get the help she receives? If the local newspaper in the Illinois town she lives in runs an article about her, only 30,000, 40,000 or even 50,000 people would be alerted to her need for a donor. But what if Sally's story reaches people living in cities throughout the U.S. and the world by appearing as a newsbreak on television and radio networks in major media markets across the globe. Needless to say, the more people that are aware of Sally's plight, the more people are likely to get tested and the more likely Sally is to find a match.
So far, matches initiated by Save 1 Person have come to the aid of people in a variety of situations:
· A young girl from Britain with cancer received donations to help her fund a trip to a U.S. hospital for her treatment.
· People were tested for bone marrow matches to aid a man from Long Island with Leukemia
· Donations helped keep a NYC woman from losing her home.
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