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Michael Patrick’s 3rd annual Jersey Country Revival taking place this Saturday, Sept. 5th at Brewster’s in Bradley Beach, is going to be bigger and better than ever!
Featured artists include John Eddie, Bob Polding, Michael Patrick & The Suburban Hillbillies, Victory Gin, Old No. 7, Chuck Schaeffer, Anthony Manno, Rodeo Clowns and many, many more! I recently spoke with Michael Patrick about this annual event.
Michael Patrick is the undisputed Country music Evangelist of New Jersey. Not only has he founded the Jersey Country Revival, but also Suburban Roots Concert Series; a series of intimate concerts in the New Jersey area featuring national and local Americana, Roots, Folk and Country music artists.
Michael also fronts his own bands, “The Suburban Hillbillies,” and his Johnny Cash tribute band, “Ring of Fire,” and both will be featured players in this year’s Jersey Country Revival. In recent years he has shared the stage with many national artists including Randy Travis just last month, Marty Stuart, Roseanne Cash, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Justin Townes Earle and David Allen Coe to name a few.
This year’s Jersey Country Revival’s mission is two-fold in that it is celebrating its 3rd year of showcasing Country music artists in New Jersey, while raising awareness of and donating proceeds to The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation. Cooley’s anemia (or Thalassemia) is a fairly common blood disorder, and one that is close to Michael’s heart as it affects members of his family.
In layman’s terms, Thalassemia is a genetic disorder that occurs when there are not enough red blood cells being produced. The treatments, which include blood transfusions (sometimes bi-weekly), lead to an overabundance of iron in the blood, which then leads to even more severe medical complications which also need to be treated. Cooley’s anemia can be a very expensive, physically debilitating and fatal disorder, one which takes a toll not only on the sufferers, but also their family members and loved ones. The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF) is participating in the event by volunteering with staff, many of whom are sufferers of the illness.
There will be raffles and prizes supplied by donors Colts Neck Custom Shop (Finest Guitars on the Jersey Shore), Mattison Marquette, Robin Trower Concert Tickets, The CBS Late Show with David Letterman and others, with proceeds benefiting CAF. The biggest contributor helping to get this year’s event off the ground is Michael Patrick’s good friend and Suburban Roots Concert Series co-promoter, Emma Birchill, who along with Michael Patrick, has been pounding on doors and working her special breed of charm to secure great artists, prizes, promotions and PR.
This year’s JCR headliner is singer/songwriter and NJ rocker John Eddie, a legend on the Jersey Shore who has also left his mark across the map. In recent years John has added a more Country/Folksy flair to his musical repertoire. This is most apparent in his latest, critically acclaimed CD, “Who The Hell Is John Eddie?” on Lost Highway Records. His songs are witty and honest, and his performances are gritty and electrifying.
The other acts in this year’s Revival are no slouches either. The show begins at Noon when The Rodeo Clowns take the stage leading up to the final acts which include Michael Patrick’s “Ring of Fire” at 7:00, Bob Polding (who just this past Sunday opened for Peter Frampton at The Stone Pony) at 9:00, “The Suburban Hillbillies” at 10:00 and John Eddie at 11:00 til’ the cows come home!!!
The 3rd Annual Jersey Country Revival on September 5th is about bringing people together for a day of music, awareness and most importantly fund-raising. Whether people come out because they are already familiar with the effects of Cooley’s anemia/Thalassemia, or they come because they are fans of great Country music and know little to nothing about Cooley’s, they’re certain to leave entertained, excited, informed and feeling good knowing they did their part to help out a great cause.
Whatever it is that brings people to the show, the word about New Jersey Country and Cooley’s anemia is sure to reach a whole new, larger audience and achieve record-breaking donations. The event is an all day affair starting at noon for a $10 admission fee, and $20 admission after 9:00pm. Guests can leave and re-enter once they purchase their wristbands.