This is a very special post. This show was personal in so many ways. April 8th was the launch party for the GROW Foundation which is a non-profit I started. The GROW Foundation provides financial assistance via grants to groups and individuals working on the research, prevention, and treatment of addiction in all its forms. The launch party was held at Webster Hall in NYC and featured two terrific bands; Last Love from LA, and Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution both shined all night.
Last Love is a newer band spurred by the reinvigorated musical musings of singer/ guitarist Rick Sorkin. He and drummer James played a 30 minute set of deep and passionate rock. When I first heard Last Love in January, the reference that came to mind was Something For Rockets. You probably don’t know them either but I knew their drummer. Their singer was Rami Perlman (son of Itzhak the famous violinist/ conductor) who happened to be friends with Rick. I had no idea. His mind was blown when I made the connection. Rick also happened to be in town near the date of the event so we booked the gig.
Brother Joscephus was brought to my attention by Elements. She took me to see them twice in NJ and she was clearly in love. BroJo (for short) plays secular gospel, mardi-gras, jazz/ funk with 12 amazing musicians. The stage at Webster Hall was far larger than others I’ve seen them on and they were grateful to have room for everyone. Each show starts with a parade through the crowd. Having three rooms really boosted this experience. They started near the food in the side bar and moved through the lobby and into the main room pumping up the crowd before taking the stage. 2 sets of fantastic originals, some Chuch Berry covers (RIP), and after assessing the crowd, the second set contained an amazing Shakedown Street!
The event also featured a number of raffle items and the winners were announced live. Prices included a trip to a safari in Ghana, a Cancun resort stay, a custom cake, and more. All of this was wrangled, infused, and enrobed in the loving presence of the amazing author, speaker, and all around kind soul that is Jeffrey Marsh. They inspired and had us all laughing throughout the night.
All in, the event raised over $7,600 for The GROW Foundation. The feedback was incredible and I’m confident we will host more events in the future. This was just the beginning. What a way to start!0 likes