(Clayton, NY)–Save The River is hosting its 12th annual Rock for the River benefit concert at the Clayton Opera House on Saturday, July 4th, 2015. Doors open at 7pm.
Rock for the River is a one of a kind benefit concert developed by Thousand Islands resident and musician Jay Nash. Each year, Nash brings a special River-loving group of recording artists from around the country together with local musicians for a night of great music on the St. Lawrence River to raise funds to benefit the programs and advocacy work of Save The River.
Over the years, Rock for the River has evolved into a musician’s camp of sorts. The now, close-knit group of artists gather on the River several days before the concert and share new songs. During the week, listening gives way to collaboration and contribution and results in spectacular, once in a lifetime group arrangements of the individual artists’ songs. This makes every Rock for the River is a unique musical experience for the audience as well as the artists.
This year’s concert lineup features preeminent voices from today’s folk, alternative and Americana rock scene. The extraordinary group includes The Contenders, Joe Purdy, Garrison Starr, Eliza Moore, Chris Pierce, Amber Rubarth, Natalia Zuckerman, Emilie Cardinaux and Matt DelVecchio.
Tickets for this year’s Rock for the River are $35 for Save The River members, $40 for non-members but tickets bought on the day of the show will be $40 for members and $45 for non-members. This not-to-be missed show usually sells out.
Tickets can only be purchased at the Clayton Opera House at 405 Riverside Drive in Clayton, by calling the box office at (315) 686-2200, or online at http://www.claytonoperahouse.com.
Rock for the River 12 is sponsored by The Duane and Dalia Stiller Charitable Trust, Cerow Agency, Raks Department Store and The Glassberg Family. These generous sponsors ensure that all concert proceeds support Save The River’s advocacy, education and outreach work on the Upper St. Lawrence River. To learn more, please visit www.savetheriver.org.
Published by the Thousand Islands Sun on May 27, 2015.
About the Artists:
Soul singer/songwriter Chris Pierce continues to invite audiences all over the globe to open their hearts and spirits through his soulful, energetic music and honest storytelling. Chris has released five independent albums worldwide. In addition to his own headlining tours, he has shared worldwide shows and tours for such artists as Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Beth Hart, Robert Cray, Dr. John, Blues Traveler, Judy Collins and Jamie Cullum. His voice & music have been heard in numerous films including Soul Men and Crash and has been licensed by such T.V. shows as True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Single Ladies, Eli Stone, In Plain Sight, Dawson’s Creek and Army Wives as well as a Banana Republic T.V. commercial ad campaign. Chris also has been very well received by the TED community with TEDx talks on “The Healing Powers of Music” both in California and Chicago. To learn more visit: http://www.chrispierce.com/, like him on facebook https://www.facebook.com/chrispiercemusic?_rdr, or follow him on twitter https://twitter.com/chrispierce.
About Garrison Starr
To say that Garrison Starr knows her way around the industry would be an understatement. Hailing from Hernando, MS, she released her major label debut, 18 Over Me, in 1997 for Geffen and the rest is history. Her career has taken her from rooms of 12 people (at which she received a standing ovation) to touring with her idols in amphitheaters and back again. But she’s not just a road dog. Starr is a writer and performer with a knack for “marrying pop smarts and Americana grit with a voice of remarkable power and clarity” (gomemphis.com 2012). For her seventh full length, Amateur, Garrison decided to do something different. She threw the idea of labels out the window and released this record on her own. Her follow up to 2010’s live effort ReLive was completely fan funded via PledgeMusic.com and contains some of Starr’s most intimate songs to date. Spanning 13 tracks and co-writers such as Kevin Devine and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Garrison delves into her personal life to take the listener on a journey of heartbreak, self-discovery, and her own vision of perseverance. While Starr is anything but an Amateur, her current effort puts everything in a new perspective for her, including getting her fans involved. To learn more visit: http://garrisonstarr.com, like her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/garrisonstarrmusic, or follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/garrisonstarr.
About Joe Purdy
Celebrated singer/songwriter, Joe Purdy is a communicator of folklore through song– he travels and tells stories using the effective medium of music. Purdy understands that his own live music tradition, has as much to do with commanding captivated, pin-drop silence as it does prompting roars, (which it most definitely has), because in those hushed moments, a solemn and crystal-clear voice, the resonance of acoustic guitar strings into the reverberant din of a music hall, his stories are being heard. Purdy has chosen to release his albums on his own independent label, Mudtown Crier Records, and with the help of national TV placements and that constant conversation with a strong and evergrowing fan base, he has been able to sell a staggering 1 million direct track downloads in the US on iTunes without ever signing to a label. His music has been featured on Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and House. His song “Wash Away (Reprise)” was very notably used in a Dawn Soap wildlife ad, helping to raise thousands to rescue wildlife and aide in the Gulf spill cleanup. Currently Joe is touring throughout the North American continent in support of his new release, This American. To learn more visit: www.joepurdy.com, like him on facebook https://www.facebook.com/joepurdy, or follow him on twitter https://twitter.com/joepurdy.
Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, worked in mural arts in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays and paints in Brooklyn, NY. The daughter of classical musicians Eugenia and Pinchas Zukerman, Natalia found her sound in other strings – those on slide guitar, lap steel, dobro. She found kinship in the earthiness and honesty of folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues music.
Since 2001, Zukerman has released five studio albums and one live album – 2013′s Gypsies & Clowns, which was recorded live at SPACE in Evanston, IL. For the shows, Zukerman invited a big group of her musical friends to present over twenty songs from her catalogue, including the well-known tracks “Gas Station Roses,” “Brand New Frame” and “Howard Hughes.” To learn more visit: http://www.nataliazukerman.com/, like her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/nzukerman or follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/zukertweets.
The Contenders The legend Levon Helm said that if you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart, and good performance, the song will play you. If that’s true, then Jay Nash and Josh Day are well and truly played by the set of songs in their debut EP, “Meet The Contenders.” The collection breathes with musicality and grit in the tradition of heroes—The Band, Tom Petty, The Dead, Dylan. Thrumming and heady, with a steady heartbeat and a hint of honky-tonk, this EP speaks of wanderers and highways, lovers and losers, good times and missed chances, swimming pools and movie stars, all with a ferocity born of hard work and honed skill. Nash and Day have been players and poets for the better part of two decades; they have been making music, telling tales, drinking whiskey, and having fun touring together as The Contenders since 2012.
http://www.wearethecontenders.com/, like them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/wearethecontenders?_rdr, or follow them on twitter https://twitter.com/contenderssongs.
About Amber Rubarth
Amber Rubarth has been recognized repeatedly for her insightful songwriting and unique musicality. Her unique sound makes her songs sound like classics from another era. At 21 years old, Amber decided to quit her career as a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada in order to pursue her hidden passion for music. Amber’s a natural musician and a self taught guitar player. Amber’s career has taken her throughout the US, Europe and Japan including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, sharing stages with many eminent artists including Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, and Colbie Caillat. In 2011, Amber’s fifth album “A Common Case of Disappearing” debuted at No. 13 on the iTunes songwriter charts. On November 23, 2011, Jason Mraz invited Amber to perform with him at his sold out Carnegie Hall concert, which included their new unreleased co-written song “Rated Ours.” In addition to her solo work, Rubarth formed a band with songwriter Alex Wong, called The Paper Raincoat. Their debut EP (Safe in the Sound) was featured as an iTunes Indie Spotlight Artist. To learn more visit: http://www.amberrubarth.com, like her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/AmberRubarthMusic, or follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/AmberRubarth.
About Eliza Moore
Rooted in the classical tradition, Eliza Moore’s music is best described as Modern Day Art Song. Using poetry and inspiration from greats such as W.B. Yeats, Pablo Neruda, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she paints a musical picture of the text with both her voice and violin. In 2003, Eliza released her first record “Simplicity” with NYC producer Scott Mann. Then in 2008, she recorded “Beauty in Mystery” with Los Angeles producer and internationally acclaimed jazz musician Deron Johnson. Her latest EP, “Everything to Me”, on which she collaborated with Jay Nash, marks a courageous and exhilarating step toward a more exposed and authentic sound As a soloist, Eliza accompanies her voice with a weave of repeated rhythmic and melodic phrases which she pulls from her laptop, her violin, voice and Moog analog keyboard. For more information please visit: http://www.elizamoore.com/, or like her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/elizamooremusic.
With Slow Down, her self-produced debut, Emilie Cardinaux establishes herself as an insightful, savvy songwriter with a voice decidedly her own. Drawing from the rich traditions of blues, folk, rock, and country music, Cardinaux crafts compelling songs with thoughtful, intelligent lyrics. Her strong melodic sensibility veils subtle harmonies, which invite repeated listening. As a lyricist, Cardinaux portrays complex, often conflicted characters sustained by humor and optimism. Her tone easily shifts from sassy and streetwise to contemplative and intimate. As a singer, she conveys emotional depth and soul, while her tone remains direct and unaffected. A versatile musician, Cardinaux plays keyboards, guitars, banjo, bass, melodica, and cello on the album, sculpting sophisticated arrangements that showcase her smoky, sultry voice. Slow Down features standout performances by some noteworthy New York-based musicians, including bassist/guitarist Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones) and drummer Shawn Pelton (SNL, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan). To learn more visit: http://www.emiliecardinaux.com , like her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/emiliejcardinaux , or follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/emiliecardinaux.
Matt has been on the LA music scene for 13 years, cutting his teeth on the road with the likes of Jay Nash and Cary Brothers. Many gigs with many artists at the famed Hotel Cafe transpired, where he worked himself up to a top call player on the scene. Over the years the touring experience elevated, taking him many places including Canada, Japan, Singapore, Ireland, England, and Portugal. He’s played on many amazing stages and festivals including Red Rocks, Fuji Rock Festival, Super Bock, and ACL. His bass resume includes Capitol artist Katy Perry, Atlantic artist Matt Hires, and recording and touring with Virgin/Capitol artist Tristan Prettyman for over 8 years. Additional bass gigs have included Sara Barellies, Garrison Starr, Joe Purdy, Chris Pierce, and Reverend Tall Tree as well as opening for artists such as Ray Lamontagne and G Love. He’s a founding member of the indie rock band Kingsize, who have been featured in several film and TV soundtracks. His current projects range from a traditional blues quartet on upright bass to an alt country band to hard rock, keeping him both busy and creatively involved with a multitude of musical adventures. To learn more visit: https://mattdelvecchio.wordpress.com/ or like him on facebook https://www.facebook.com/matt.delvecchio.56?fref=ts.