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Rockland-Bergen Music Fest: Meet the man behind the music

The Rockland-Bergen Music Festival returns June 24-25 to the German Masonic Park in Tappan - the fourth year Joe D'Urso has presented the outdoor event. There's even a kickoff June 23 at Piermont's well-known music venue, The Turning Point. D'Urso, 52, is a singer-songwriter who fronts the band Stone Caravan. He has released more that a dozen records and played to audiences around the world. D'Urso, who grew up in Tappan, also is on the board of directors for the nonprofits WhyHunger and the Light of Day Foundation, which raises money and awareness in the battle against Parkinson's disease.

Rock Out in Rockland, June 23-25

Break out your picnic blankets, sun hats and summer shades. The 4th annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival comes to Tappan's German Masonic Park and two other venues on June 23-25. Producer Joe D'Urso, who has been promoting, performing and managing talent since the early 90s, has curated an impressive line up of national and local acts.

Al via il tour Italiano di Joe D'Urso

Prosegue il tour Italiano Joe D'Urso che per il decimo anno consuntivo si fa accompagnare dagli ormai inseparabili The Backstreets. Atterrato ieri in tarda mattinata a Fiumicino, Joe nel pomeriggio ha incontrato gli allievi del Prof. Gianni Squarzanti nella sede dell'Art Logos Studio, i ragazzi hanno sorpreso il Rocker Statunitense imbracciando gli strumenti e suonando la sua "Tell me Why". Dopo una serata all'insegna della musica e del divertimento trascorsa con pochi amici, adesso si comincia a fare sul serio, ecco le date da mettere in agenda:

Just Around The Corner to the Light of Day

It's common for musicians in New Jersey to donate their time and perform at benefit concerts for good causes, but there's nothing like the annual Light of Day concerts. What began as a birthday party to celebrate the 40th birthday of Bob Benjamin, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, has turned into a worldwide movement to raise money to help find a cure. In addition to raising millions of dollars, Light of Day has become its own music community, spreading the sounds of Jersey Shore across the globe. New Jersey Stage spoke via email with Joe D'Urso, one of the founders of the Light of Day Foundation, while he was on tour with Light of Day in England.
"We were going to play a lot longer tonight, but Jesse's got great stories," joked Joe Rapolla, who along with Joe D'Urso hosted another brilliant "Songwriters at the Sea" show October 30 at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ.
Joe is blessed with one of those unmistakable whisky tainted Asbury Park New Jersey voices that makes the story in every song come alive, and storytelling is what he obviously does best - straight ahead rock and roll mixed with subtle acoustic tones making for an evening full of wistful melancholy that both enthralls and at times gently tugs on the heartstrings.
[United States] Throughout "Down Here By The River," D'Urso gives his band plenty of chances to flex its muscles, and Stone Caravan consistently delivers, whether it's on the snarling, locomotive rock of the album-opening "Waiting for the Train," the Allman Brothers at a beach party mellow groove of "Brass Ring" or the cool, accordion-fueled folksiness of the Dylan-esque "Once Again."
Hosts Joe D'Urso and Joe Rapolla present "Songwriters by the Sea," on April 10, a concert featuring these artists performing their own songs while discussing the craft of song-writing. Guest artists include Glen Burtnik, Jesse Malin, Christine Martucci, Casey Schuber, and Quincy Mumford.
[United States] "I know on a given night when we go out there, and I organize a lot of these events, when I go to bed at the end of the night, to actually quote Harry, it's a "good tired." I feel like I did something that made a little bit of a difference with a lot of help from a lot of people, and that my music served a purpose that night, or in general. And, I don't know, in all honesty, why I do all that. I just know that it feels good. I get to help people, and it just seems like the right thing."
[United States] "I've never seen any other art form be able to move people, as many people," he said. "I really believe it had something to do with the revolution during the late '60s and I think it's going to have something to do with the next one, wherever that goes."
[United States] "I was never interested in communicating with musicians, I was only, and I'm still only, interested in communicating with people. Maybe that is why I gravitated towards folk, folk-rock, roots, rock and roll as that music was more about communication than the language of music."
[United States] Stone Caravan's Joe D'Urso set to play Rockland before heading to the U.K.
[United States] Joe D'Urso Believes In the Cause ...
[Italy] D'Urso il live; Stasera il rocker in concerto a Latina, Suonerà con la band pontina "The Backstreets"
[Italy] Download the full edition of a fanzine devoted to Joe that was published by Giacomo Squintani. Unfortunately, only a single issue was published, but it's 40 pages that's still worth reading. We're very happy to be able to offer it for download here in its entirity.
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