"Rock for the River" Concert Hits Upstate NY to Raise Funds & Awareness. Amazing Artist Line-Up Hits the Stage

Singer-songwriter Jay Nash (his CD ‘The Things You Think You Need’, is on iTunes) returns to his upstate New York roots for the annual Rock For The River event he founded.
The performers joining Nash include Chris Pierce, Eliza Moore, Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Chris Seefried, Garrison Starr, Joey Ryan, Meiko. Monica Behan and Deron Johnson.
The 5th annual Rock For The River event benefits conservation of the Upper St. Lawrence River, in association with the Save The River organization (a Riverkeeper advocacy group), will happen this July 4th and 5th at historic performing arts center The Clayton Opera House in Clayton, NY, on the St. Lawrence River about 80 miles north of Syracuse.
Advance tickets are available via Save The River at striver@savetheriver.org
Jay Nash’s music is deep and thoughtful. He’s a fun and funny guy but he has a serious side and has issues that he supports. Nash promotes sustainable living by example: one thousand advance copies of his latest album, ‘The Things You Think You Need’, were released as special limited edition green versions in recycled, undyed cardboard sleeves.
The album’s initial release was digital, the most eco-friendly format, and reached an impressive #22 on the iTunes chart on its first day, the only true independent release in the top 25 that week.
Nash, who once studied environmental engineering, said, “It’s great that after five years, Rock For The River is expanding into a multi-day event with more and more artists participating. I didn’t have to work hard to get everyone to rally around this cause…we all believe music can help raise awareness and act as a catalyst for change.” The St. Lawrence River is #4 on American Rivers’ 2008 “Most Endangered Rivers” list. If Jay Nash has his way, that could change soon.
Visit Jay Nash on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jaynash
Watch Jay Nash perform “Over You”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHnYgKZARiE
Learn more about Rock For The River: http://savetheriver.org/rock.html
About the Other Artists.
Amber Rubarth:
amber-rubarth.jpgChris Pierce:
Chris Pierce speaks to the heart and soul of his listeners, and offers his music as a celebration of life, love and the pursuit of joy. When you listen, you feel the heart of Curtis Mayfield and the spirit of Marvin Gaye. Creating a name for himself on the Los Angeles music scene has transformed him into an international sensation – he makes a stop at the River after having returned from a tour of Japan.
Chris Seefried:
Photo by Funky Jen
Chris Seefried is best known as the founding member and producer of the bands God’s Child (signed by Quincy Jones), Joe 90 (signed by Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows), and Low Stars (Hear Music). In between making records and touring as Roseanne Cash’s guitar player, Seefried also scores numerous films and commercials. His solo record, “Denim Blue,” was released this year and features musical contributions from David Immergluck of the Counting Crows and Richard Lloyd from Television.
Eliza Moore:
Rooted in classical tradition, Eliza further honed her skills in London, where she developed her passion for world music and collaborative composition. Moore’s art thrives on travel and diversity, as it enables her to constantly reinvent her already eclectic style. This spring, she wrapped up recording on her newest solo album, “Beauty in Mystery,” produced by Los Angeles producer and internationally acclaimed jazz musician Deron Johnson.

Garrison Starr:
Photo by Jeremy Cowarth
Garrison Starr’s fans count from comedian Margaret Cho to musician Mary Chapin Carpenter. They all celebrate the “affecting, emotion-bearing songs” (Billboard Magazine) she performs with her “gorgeous, full, rough, passionate voice that can be ultimately pensive, intimate, hurt, consoling, libidinous, or scornful – sometimes during the same verse” (MSNBC). Her self-described “best work” can be found on her latest release, “The Girl That Killed September,” released on Media Creature Music.
Joe Purdy:
Joe Purdy has released nine self-produced/-released albums to date, and is currently mixing his tenth, “Last Clock on the Wall.” Each of these albums act as a travel guide for his experiences, which include European touring (“You Can Tell Georgia,” “Paris in the Morning”) as well as a stop on the river (“Julie Blue”). His songs have been featured on primetime network television hits (“Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House”) as well as a national KIA ad.
Joey Ryan:
Joey Ryan is an artist who delivers compelling performances with poetic ease. His songs have been in the Top 20 of the iTunes folk charts in 3 countries, following features on television programs “One Tree Hill” and “Veronica Mars,” the 2006 Toronto Film Festival winner, “Bella,” and airplay on Los Angeles’ Indie 103.1FM. Most recently, Ryan donated his song “California” to UNICEF for use in a television commercial publicizing their TAP Project, which provides drinking water to the world’s poorest children.
Meiko is a gifted songbird whose intimate, confessional performances have been attracting a building buzz via support from Los Angeles’ KCRW and the nationally-syndicated “Sounds Eclectic” program. and placement in such hit TV shows as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Kyle XY,” and “Good Morning America.” In 2007, her self-titled, self-released debut album peaked at #35 on the iTunes Top 100 Albums Chart, and she is featured in their 2008 “Next Big Thing” spotlight.
Monica Behan & Deron Johnson:
Monica Behan
Deron Johnson
The lilting voice of 1000 Island native Monica Behan and the jazz experience of keyboardist Deron Johnson (Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke) team up to create music that pulls the listener into another world.
This is one of those quintessential musical events that is hard to duplicate and even if you had the CD or DVD, it would not come close to getting the energy that will be created within the walls of the venue. It’s going to be smokin’– don’t miss this if you are in upstate NY or can get there.
Stevie Wilson

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