Raise the Roof – A Benefit for Sandy Recovery in Ocean Grove June 15th
Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Presents…..The Jersey Shore’s Historic Fundraising Event to support the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. Five Grammy, Emmy and Dove Award-Winning artists – Maureen McGovern, Michael W. Smith, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, and Glen Burtnik – will come together for one-night only, on Saturday, June 15, 2013, in “Raise the Roof – A Benefit for Sandy Recovery,” to restore the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ.
Tickets are $60, $45 and $35 and may be ordered online at www.oceangrove.org, or by calling 1-800-590-4064. 100% of the proceeds from “Raise the Roof” will go to restoring the roof and interior of this historic and deeply treasured landmark, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The Great Auditorium is located at Pilgrim and Ocean Pathways in Ocean Grove, NJ
Michael W. Smith
Maureen McGovern, celebrated as “The Stradivarius Voice,” marks the 40th anniversary of the release of her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure, which garnered her a Grammy Nomination in 1973 for “Best New Artist.” Maureen received her second Grammy Nomination in 1998 for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal” for her solo piano/voice album, “The Pleasure of His Company,” with Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, Mike Renzi. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning CD, Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.
Other hits include, “Can You Read My Mind” from Superman, the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from The Towering Inferno and “Different Worlds” from the TV series Angie. Her many critically acclaimed recordings include tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. Her current PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road, has been praised by The New York Times as “A captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960′s to the early 70′s. Ms. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.”
With 3 Grammy Awards, 9 Grammy nominations and 40 Dove Awards, singer-songwriter, composer, author and actor Michael W. Smith is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in contemporary Christian music today. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 29 # 1 hit songs, 14 gold and 5 platinum albums. Smith is an American Music Award recipient and was also named one of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People.”
A native of West Virginia, Michael left college and moved to Nashville to pursue a music career. After getting married, he made his first record in 1983, The Michael W. Smith Project, with lyrics by his wife Deborah Kay Davis. Over the next 2-1/2 decades, he recorded 22 albums and wrote 10 books while raising a family. In 2012, he released his 23rd album, Glory, which was recorded with a 71-piece symphony orchestra at AIR Studios in UK, where soundtracks for Pirates of the Caribbean and The Chronicles of Narnia were also done.
Michael is active in many charities and is an avid spokesperson for Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry.
Peter and Noel
Folk icons Mary Travers and Noel Paul Stookey met in a Greenwich Village coffee house in 1961. The young singers teamed up with Peter Yarrow and formed Peter, Paul and Mary – and the rest, as they say, is history! During their legendary career, the trio won five Grammy Awards, produced 13 Top 40 hits as well as eight gold and five platinum albums. The group’s self-titled 1962 debut on Warner Bros. Records, “a stunning oasis of content in a sea of musical fluff,” brought folk music of consciousness and concern to the top of the charts. Fueled by the enormous hits “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer,” the album went straight to #1, remaining in the Billboard Top 10 for 10 months and in the Top 20 for two years.
In 1963, Peter, Paul and Mary released the LPs Moving and In The Wind, which hit #2 and #1, respectively, and continued to hold Top 20 positions alongside the first album. Their commercial high water mark occurred in the third week of November 1963, when they held three of the top six positions on Billboard’s album chart. That same year, their recording of “Puff (The Magic Dragon),” co-written by Yarrow and Leonard Lipton, won the hearts of millions, and went on to be an enduring children’s classic. Meanwhile, their recording of Blowin’ in the Wind helped introduce a fellow Village songwriter named Bob Dylan.
Peter Paul and Mary’s songs have always intertwined with social causes like civil rights, political accountability, global peace and more recently, school bullying. Through the years, their message has been expressed through traditional ballads written by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Laura Nyro, and John Denver, songs like Cruel War, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, 500 Miles, Lemon Tree, In the Early Morning Rain, and All My Trials, among others. Mary’s death in 2009 renewed Peter and Paul’s commitment to social justice and makes their songs ever more poignant.
Glen Burtnik has written and performed in bands since he was a teenager growing up in New Brunswick NJ. After graduating high school, he answered an ad in the Village Voice for Beatles sound-alikes and was hired to play Paul McCartney in the Broadway show Beatlemania. During the run, he forged a lasting friendship with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, who played John Lennon. Still close friends, Glen often appears with Marshall during his live shows.
Glen has always been involved in the Asbury Park music scene. He played with LaBamba and the Hubcaps and famed Stone Pony house band Cats On A Smooth Surface, with whom Bruce Springsteen would often perform. Glen was invited, but declined, an invitation to work with another NJ musician who was forming a band at that time: Jon Bongiovi (later Jon Bon Jovi).
In 1989 Glen joined successful arena rock band STYX as guitarist, bassist and songwriter. He penned five songs on their 1990 album, Edge Of The Century, co-wrote all the music on their 2004 album Cyclorama and toured internationally with the band for 10 years.
Glen’s compositions have been recorded by many artists, including his chart-topping hits Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (recorded by Patty Smyth and Don Henley, which reached #1 on the pop charts), and Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom Of A Man, which Randy Travis took to #1 on the country charts. He has performed on recordings by Celine Dion, Meatloaf, John Waite and many others.
Glen’s love for the Beatles manifests in his annual “Beatles Bash” series when he carefully replicates note for note recreations of albums by The Beatles, complete with orchestra, choir, Indian instrumentalists, bells, whistles and everything heard on the original recordings. Glen also appears nationally at the popular Beatlefest conventions annually throughout the year.
For 20 years, he produced his annual charity show Glen Burtnik’s Xmas Xtravaganza raising money for local New Jersey food banks.
Glen’s Mattison Avenue Hillbillies are comprised of a number of Asbury Park’s finest folk, country and rock musicians including Marc Muller (Shania Twain guitarist), a rising 22 year-old star Emily Grove, and others. Glen’s Mattison Avenue Hillbillies will “raise the roof” – hootenanny style – at the Great Auditorium on June 15. Don’t miss this exciting, one-time only concert.
For more information Contact David Lotz 609-203-2342 or Shelley Belusar 732-775-0035
For Information on this and other great Jersey Shore events and festivals please check out the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.visitthejerseyshore.com or contact Robert Hilton Executive Director at 732-244-9283. The Jersey Shore is OPEN come visit us today!