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Benefit Show for MUSIC FOR HUMANITY featuring SLAM ALLEN; with special guest Jon Shain & FJ Ventre

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Benefit Show for MUSIC FOR HUMANITY featuring SLAM ALLEN; with special guest Jon Shain & FJ Ventre
Sunday, September 15, 2019 7:00 PM
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
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  • Ticket Price: $25.00
This concert is a benefit for MusicForHumanity.org, a not-for-profit. They have given $100,000 in music scholarships. The feature is the dynamic Slam Allen Band. Opening act is Jon Shain & FJ Ventre.

MusicForHumanity.org exists to spread the international language of music. Music builds the invisible bridges, roads and tunnels that connect our hearts. More connections, more music means a better world for all of us. Music for humanity has given $100,000 in music scholarships. Most of the profit from this show will go into the scholarship fund for 2020. You can make additional tax-deductible donations at the website or send a check to Music for Humanity, PO Box 359, Chester, NY 10918.

The internationally renowned Slam Allen is a messenger of love. He is donating his performance for this show. This dynamic entertainer uses the genres of blues, soul, R&B and a touch of rock and roll to deliver powerful, soul-stirring performances. Slam captures you with a voice that echoes Otis Redding, a guitar that immerses you in B. B. King and stage energy reminiscent of James Brown, all while captivating you with his own original music. An inductee into New York's Blues Hall Of Fame, Slam developed his stage craft and artistry with nine years on the road as James Cotton's lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and he’s been raising the bar every year since then!

Jon Shain is the 2019 International Blues Challenge winner in the solo duo category. Shain had the good fortune to learn directly from a number of NC's older blues players, and became a member of Big Boy Henry's backing band. He got his start playing his own music with old area favorite roots rockers Flyin' Mice. Jon was a finalist (along with FJ) in the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and the 2008 and 2018 winner of the Triangle Blues Society’s Blues Challenge and 2006 winner of NC’s Indy award for Best Folk Act. He has shared stages with the likes of Keb' Mo', John Hiatt and Jackson Browne.

FJ Ventre and Jon began playing music together in 1982 when they met in high school. FJ went on to University of Massachusetts-Lowell, earning a B.A. in Music Performance and Sound Recording. He remained in the Boston area, performing in the city's vibrant music scene. Since relocating to Chapel Hill, NC in 2000, Ventre has performed with his own group The Swang Brothers, as well as most of the Triangle's roots acts. In addition to performing as a sought-after sideman, he spends his time behind the mixing board, engineering at his own Good Luck Studio.

$25 advance/ $30 at the door