Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
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Contemporary Music Series:
Peace, Love, and Come Together
A Concert and Photo Show
Guy De Rosa
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present Peace, Love, & Come Together, a Concert and Photo Show featuring the music of Guy De Rosa, Papa Carl, Ernie White, and Lisa Bouchelle and a photo show by C. Anderson. Come celebrate live and love with music and art in the beautiful setting and acoustics of the historic landmark 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!
Papa Carl met Lisa Bouchelle in 2004 only two months after he’d had a life saving double organ transplant. They met in Ernie White’s studio. Papa had gone back to music after many years of letting it go to relearn how to play guitar. Over the next few years Papa formed a bond with Ernie and also with Lisa. Lisa, in fact, became like part of the family for Papa and his wife Jean. It was Lisa that encouraged Papa Carl to take his music serious and to get out and perform and record the music. Ernie White became his mentor and guide. In today’s concert, also accompanied by Guy DeRosa they want to take us all back to a time when Papa Carl was deeply influenced by the music of the day, the mid to late 1960’s and the Greenwich Village scene. That period was a tremendous influence on a lot of music to come after that period. One continuing theme was taking an introspective look at what was going on in the world and then trying to spread a message of Peace, Love and Coming Together. Along with the music, Papa Carl will present some of his photography featuring Lisa as one of the models. Also featured with be Ernie White in a live performance shot and two other models who have recently worked with Papa, Lacy Von Vorhees and Paige Tortillas. Music paints a picture, and photography can blend in with that concept and portray the theme of today’s show. So...let’s drift back, and enjoy some Peace, Love, and Come Together!
"Papa Carl" grew up in Northern NJ, in Morris County. He graduated from high school in 1962 and went off to college at Lebanon Valley where he played football and participated in other student activities. On occasion he would sing with some guys in his fraternity. That was during the folk music craze and on many campuses you could find duos, trios, and quartets doing the music of The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary or Papa’s favorite The Chad Mitchell Trio. After college he went into teaching in North Jersey but spent a lot of time on weekends and evenings in Greenwich Village where he was influenced by the music revolution taking place. Folk music was blending with rock ‘n roll and the new sound were exciting. That was a very magical time. Papa found himself hanging out and listening to many artists who would go on to become major stars and are still played today. Those early influences stay with him now.
One spring night in 1969 he went to a party on MacDougal Alley. He knew he was in the right place when he walked in the door and saw a beautiful blonde over on one side of the room. He introduced himself, they went for a walk and 8 weeks later they got married. He and Jean have been together ever since. Papa says she is the best thing that ever happened to him. One of his songs, NYC 1969, tells the story of this particular night.
Papa Carl worked as a teacher, football coach and eventually as a counselor in a psych hospital. Over the years his love of music never died, but it wasn’t until he had been stricken with a serious illness that he decided to pursue it more seriously. In 2004, after a rapidly progressing illness fueled by a devastating infection lead to a double organ transplant he began to look at life a lot differently. With the help of some musician friends he began to play guitar (with the guidance and mentoring of Ernie White) and began writing songs (with the encouragement and direction of Lisa Bouchelle). He created Papa Carl’s Jam for Life Foundation that worked to raise organ donor awareness and also provide funds to transplant related causes. Since Papa was unable to return to his former work he devoted a lot of his time to music. He will tell you that, I received a gift of love with the transplants that kept me alive, and there is no better way to express myself now than with music. My music is about life, stories, and people. When I was close to death I realized the only things that ever really matter are the people in your life. Every day I thank my donor, his family, and my wife, Jean, son Erik and all those who supported me. I hope I can bring some joy to your lives with my music.
In 2010 Papa Carl released his first CD “Song To Soul.” This was followed up in 2016 by “My Legacy” which focuses on critical points in life that are seen as turning points or crossroads in life. Hence, the subtitle is “Quatervois” which means just that, a critical time of decision in one’s life. The album features both serious and some rather amusing takes on life and is generally a mixture of rock, Americana, and blues.
Like the sign on the bridge from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, what “Trenton Makes the World Takes”, Ernie White has taken his music from his small home town to the world stage.
Born and bred in New Jersey, Ernie honed his musical skills in the same juke joints as Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. He first picked up guitar at the age of ten and wasted no time starting a band. By twelve, Ernie was playing and singing in local groups in his home town of Trenton, NJ. In bands with names like “Wind” and “Holy Smoke” he built a solid name for himself as a local rocker, one to keep an eye on. He played guitar in his high school jazz band and went on to Trenton State College.
His first “big break” came when he was asked to join the New Jersey super group Sam The Band. Ernie’s duties with “Sam” included: lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. He recorded one record with Sam for the infamous Casablanca Record Label. His next climb up the Rock and Roll ladder was with the group Aviator. This hard rock group signed a management deal with entertainment mogul, Tommy Mottola and a recording contract with RCA Records. With Ernie as front man, guitarist and writer, the group released its self titled record in the late 80’s to much critical praise. The record was re-released on CD in 1997 by the English label Escape Records.
After his stint with Sam the Band and Aviator, Ernie decided to go solo releasing a series of CDs. His first CD, Scenes From America was produced by Grammy nominated producer Tom Marolda and was later re-released in Europe on the MTM label. His follow-up CDs were recorded at Ernie’s 24 track studio and they include: Rude Awakening, Unplugged, and Rock and Rarities.
Ernie’s style can be summed up in one word, “eclectic”. With his band, Tom Reock on keys, Frank Wirtz on bass and Marty Paglione on drums, they serve up a virtual musical jambalaya. On any given night, EWB can combine rock, blues, folk, jazz R& B and reggae for one wild ride.
In addition to his solo career, Ernie has become a sought after singer, songwriter, producer and studio musician. He has produced and performed songs for network television, written for artists such as Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi and has sung on a major motion picture release. Besides touring with his band, Ernie splits his time these days between recording, teaching guitar and song writing.
Lisa Bouchelle is one of those rare artists that can bring you to tears one moment, such as on Where You Are, a heartfelt tribute to her mother, whom she lost to alcoholism at a young age, and then have you laughing out loud with songs such as Only The Tequila Talkin, a playful duet with John Popper. Her style has been compared to Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow, and Jewel, but what sets her music apart is an edge reminiscent of classic artists such as Neil Young and Tom Petty.
Lisa has two National releases via INGrooves/Fontana/Universal, sold close to 10,000 units of her CD’s dueted with Jon Bon Jovi and sung backup for Bruce Springsteen and toured with and / or opened for Blues Traveler, Meat Loaf, Nils Lofgren, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many more. She has appeared in an episode of the hit TV show “Gossip Girl”, and had songs placed in TV shows and movies in both the US and Japan. She is now touring in support of her critically acclaimed new album, Whole Lotta Highway.
Lisa is also hosts the top-rated TV show Rock Star Kitchen, which airs weekly on The Comcast Network in the mid-Atlantic region. As host of the show, she has talked music and performed with artists such as Foreigner, Eddie Money, Chubby Checker, Lisa Ford, Candlebox, Night Ranger, Bowling For Soup, Peter Mayer of Jimmy Buffett’s Corral Reffer Band, and Corey Glover of Living Colour.
Lisa first started singing at a young age, and sang non-stop because although her parents loved her deeply, the only time they would stop their constant arguing was when little Lisa sang. Now, after losing her father to complications from a heart operation, and her mother to alcohol she still finds refuge in her music. And that music has kept her going, whether it be going out on tour by driving herself thousands of miles around the country in her car, or flying to Japan to perform for Japanese fans. Look for Lisa in 2016!
Guy DeRosa has been involved in the music scene in NJ for quite some time. In fact, he is a member of the New Jersey Blues Hall of Fame. His instrument is harmonica or as it is known, the blues harp. Guy can fit into any type of music and has the rare ability to use his instrument to enhance and enrich the music without being obtrusive. As his friend Papa Carl says, he is a real professional and plays with class. Guy is also a teacher / professor at Mercer County Community College.
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The 1867 Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.
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April 4, 2017
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