There is an undeniable restorative power to good music.
That’s the message behind ALEOproductions‘ ambitious “3 Days of Peace & Music,” coming to three venues over three nights this week in Jersey City, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival.
“This is not a Woodstock Tribute. We’re honoring the 50th Anniversary of that magnificent event by putting together 3 Days of Peace and Music,” says ALEO’s Jaime DeJesus. “The bands on the roster are all doing their original music—expressing themselves in the glorious way that they always do. I have left it all to them to honor the spirit of what Woodstock was in their own way.”
That said, there will be a noticeable influence of the music from Woodstock. “There will be a sprinkle of some songs from the 1969 event all throughout the 3 days,” says DeJesus, “culminating with a set of favorites from the 1969 show utilizing musicians from the community. The ALEOcollective, so to speak.”
The event will kick off on Wednesday, July 31st with Liam Brown & The Pounds, Matt Scuteri & The Jive Stewards, Rob Nicholas Band, the Gerry Rosenthal Trio, Ariel Guidry, Dave Lockhart Group, Jon Andrew, and James Calleo at PS Wine Bar. Thursday, August 1st has Tiphanie Doucet, Brendan Hartnett, Viktor.digital, Anna Oh, and Dirty Water Dogs at Porta Rooftop; followed by Debra Devi, Apus Opus, and Sun Dogs at FM Bar. On Friday, August 2nd, Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors, James Calleo, BWQ, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes appear at the Grove Street PATH; followed by Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, The Love Network, and the ALEOcollective for the finale at Headroom Bar & Social* that evening.
Says DeJesus, “I’m hoping that the platform of the 50th anniversary is enough to entice an audience to experience what they already should have been experiencing—the beautiful and glorious and exciting and passionate music that our next door neighbors are working on every day.”
“My personal goal is to bring joy and positivity to counter the negativity that we have been experiencing. The musicians in our community are so damn skilled, but more importantly, as artists, they are connected to the ineffable “stuff” that allows them to put that ‘stuff’ into a form and to bring joy to the listener/viewer. And it is our RESPONSIBILITY to work at our craft to maintain that positivity,” says DeJesus, adding, “I’ll quote Joni Mitchell:
‘By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong
and everywhere there was Song and Celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bombers – riding shotgun in the sky
and they turned to butterflies, above our Nation.'”
We’ll have what she’s having…
Tickets are available at the venues for $10 or by clicking HERE.
(*NOTE: The Friday night show was originally scheduled for White Eagle Hall, but will now move over to Headroom.)