Iraq Refugee Benefit Concert
Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons / Jamie McLean Band
Sun, April 30, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm
New York, NY
$20.00 - $22.00
This event is 21 and over
This spring, Jerry Joseph, critically acclaimed songwriter and international touring artist, is traveling to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to perform, provide music education and bring guitars to refugees living in camps near the city of Sulaymaniyah. To raise money for the trip, Jerry organized three benefit shows with his band, the Jackmormons, and very special guests. The first two at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR on April 1 and at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA on April 2 sold out. The third show is on April 30 at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Originally scheduled for May 1 at Brooklyn Bowl, the show, the show was moved. Those who already purchased tickets to the May 1 show can receive a refund at point of purchase.https://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/1472560/
Growing up internationally as the son of a renowned fisheries scientist, Joseph has always had an interest in global politics and cultures, and a curiosity in seeking out and exploring the human condition in the dark corners of the world. Sharing his songs as he’s explored the world, Jerry has experienced firsthand the power of music to unify, and to promote peace, dialogue and understanding. This understanding led him to travel to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2014 to work at an underground rock school. Teaching guitar to kids in the middle of a conflict zone, Jerry saw how music provided hope and healing to those directly impacted by war and violence.
In our current anti-Islamic climate, Jerry feels he can make the most impact by showing support to those in crisis by sharing music with, and amplifying the stories of, people in the refugee camps, especially children. Jerry states, "I think particularly now...in these days of Islamaphobia and xenophobia in general…it's crucial that these young people know there are many people over here who actually give a damn about them and their futures. If I didn't have my own children at home...I would be doing nothing but this..."
In addition to these benefits, Joseph launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds and awareness. The money from both of these fundraisers will be used to pay for trip and project expenses. Any money raised over and above expenses will be used to purchase items from the US as requested by the refugee camps and/or will be given directly to the NGOs that run the various camps in Sulaymaniyah.
“It was certainly a tough choice to leave my bread and butter gig but I
could feel it in my heart that I needed to be singing and recording and
performing my own music. I’ve never been happier!”
For the last five years McLean has never looked back and he’s been relentlessly touring and recording with Jamie McLean Band. Jamie McLean Band, which also features Brian Griffin on drums and Ben Mars on bass has released 5 albums Sunday Morning (2011), Time Of My Life (2011), Completely (2010), American Heartache (2008) and This Time Around (2006).
Touring is a staple for Jamie McLean Band and they’ve hit the road with the
likes of Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi,
Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars, Joan Armatrading, Drive By
Truckers and Gov’t Mule. Jamie Mclean Band has also appeared at festivals
such as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Gathering of the Vibes, Bele Chere, Ottawa
Blues Fest, Quebec City Summer Fest, and Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam to
name a few. McLean has also enjoyed the sponsorship of Gibson Guitars, Fuchs
Amplifiers, La Bella Strings, Blue Microphones, John Varvatos and Esquire
Jamie McLean Band is now set to release their first and long awaited live album. Recorded at the famed Gibson Showroom in New York City Live At Gibson captures the band in its element. Live and in front of a captivated crowd is where Jamie McLean Band truly shines and this night was no different. The band dug deep into their catalog to produce a set list and album that features their original brand of blues, rock and soul. Special guests like American Idol winner Taylor Hicks and Robert Randolph keys man Jason Crosby add some great flavor to the set. Bluesy staples like “Crazy About You” and “Country Living” get turned up even more in front of a crowd and JMB does more than justice to covers like Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” and Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful.”
Jamie McLean Band will tour behind their new album throughout the US and
Canada this summer. Don’t miss their amazing live set when they roll into a
town near you!
"McLean and company ooze drops of southern roots rock, blues, R&B, funk and soul out of every note... the rock & roll swagger of the Rolling Stones combined with the songwriting
prowess of Ryan Adams."
“Jamie McLean Band is completely original and completely fabulous... The live version of this band is a three-dimensional experience not to be missed”
– Hittin The Note
“A honkin' collection of Southern-style blues rock, Americana, and soul.... as bawdy as anything the Black Crowes tried to snag from The Faces or The Stones circa 'Sticky Fingers' and 'Exile on Main Street' and as groovy and gutsy as Bowie's 'Young Americans.'"
- Charleston City Paper
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