gaga-logo.jpg Benefit To Support Music & Performing Arts; GAGA Arts Festival After-Hours Celebration Like No Other! Garnerville, NY - Grammy award - winning musicians. Gourmet cuisine. New York Times author book signing. Wine tasting. Plein air painting. Custom, handcrafted guitar demonstrations. And FREE GAGA Arts Festival Passes. All of this to support the growing vision for music and performance arts at Rockland Countys historic GAGA Art Center. On Saturday, May 1st , immediately following the first day of the weekend-long 10th GAGA Arts Festival, which draws about 5,000 visitors annually, will be Creekside Under the Stars. The benefit evening of music begins at 6:30PM and runs until 10:00PM in GAGAs Creekside Sculpture Garden and Dye Works Square. Tickets for the non-profit fundraiser are $60/person or $100/couple. Bring a lawn chair and a bottle of wine. Then enjoy 3 hours of nonstop music. Donating their time and musical talent are the Lower Hudson Valleys own Wayne Cobham, Russ DeFilippis, and Charlie Lagond. Wayne Cobham is a two-time Grammy Award -winning trumpet player whose career credits include work with Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder. Joining Wayne on stage will be R&Bs AndJam Band. Renowned jazz guitarist, Russ DeFilippis will be taking time out working as news editor for the CBS Early Show to bring together his trio known as RD3. Featured with Russ at CREEKSIDE Under the Stars will be bassist, Harvie S., and drummer, Tony Jefferson. Charlie Lagond is an accomplished professional in the music world whose credits include work on Broadway, TV, and movies. Charliess passion project is The Lagond Music School, a preeminent, nonprofit in Westchester. This year alone, 7 out of 7 Lagond students who auditioned for Berklee College of Music were accepted. It is this caliber of young artists that will provide the backdrop of jazz to kick off the evening at CREEKSIDE. The other main attraction will be the presence of author, Bruce Frankel. Bruce has had an extensive career as a journalist. He began in the Lower Hudson Valley with Gannett before going on to USA Today. In 1997, Bruce was a senior writer at People magazine. Best known as co-writer of the New York Times bestseller World War II: Historys Greatest Conflict in Pictures, Bruce has just released his latest What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life?, featuring GAGA CREEKSIDE sculptor Ted Ludwiczak. Both Bruce and Ted will be on hand to meet the public and sign books. Released March 1st, this non-fiction work is a collection of true stories of finding success, passion and fulfillment in the second half of life. The subject matter perfectly aligns to the national creative aging initiative that some Rockland County nonprofit organizations have been showcasing. Ticket purchasers will find great value in the purpose and participants joining this star-studded benefit. We want those impassioned about performance art and music to feel at home at GAGA, says GAGA President Robin Rosenberg. For years, our complex of historic Civil War-era buildings has welcomed first class visual artists. They create their works here. Our vision for performance and music is similar. What: Creekside under the Stars: A Gaga Arts Center Performing Arts & Music Benefit When: May 1st, 2010, 6:30pm 10:00pm (Following The 10th Gaga Arts Festival) Where: Gaga Arts Center 55 W. Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY 10923 Admission: $60/Person or $100/Couple Ticketing & Information: Www.Gagaartscenter.Org/Creekside Gaga Arts Center Office (845) 947-7108 LINKS: http://www.creativeaging.org/about-ncca/#Historical%20Background http://www.nationalguild.org/programs/creativeaging.htm http://www.waynecobham.com/ http://www.rd3jazz.com/ http://www.lagondmusic.org/ http://www.brucefrankel.net/

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