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The Tribe’s ‘Peace, Love and Understanding’ Charity Gig Lights Up CSU Northridge

Written by: Jim Nelson and Lauri Reimer

Supremes Founding Member, Mary Wilson having a musical moment with Peter Asher. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Supremes founding member, Mary Wilson having a musical moment onstage with Peter Asher. Photo: Jill Jarrett

On Sunday, December 4th, LA-based musical collective The Tribe returned to Cal State University, Northridge’s Plaza del Sol Performance Hall for its second annual all-star charity concert.

The “Peace, Love & Understanding”- themed show was sponsored by The Get Together Foundation and Rock Cellar Magazine. 100% of the proceeds benefited the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation — a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury — and the ABC7’s and Southern California Firefighters’ Spark of Love Toy Drive, which has collected more than nine million toys for underserved children and teens in its 24 years.

Photo: Glenda McConnell

Los Angeles Fire Fighters representing the Spark of Love Toys Drive. (Far left: Mike Marquez.) Photo: Glenda McConnell

For those unaware, The Tribe is a collective of session and touring musicians and vocalists that puts on all-star musical fundraising events at least twice a year for various causes. Since 2015, The Tribe has raised over $63,600 for local charities, and for Haiti Relief following Hurricane Matthew, through sold-out shows at LA-area venues, including a two-night multimedia event at the El Rey Theatre and a Beach Boys tribute at The Canyon in Agoura Hills.

Photo: Jill Jarrett

Photo: Jill Jarrett

Said the Tribe’s Executive Producer, Kevin Wachs:

“It’s been so wonderful to gather this talented bunch of musicians once again. We are very grateful to the many people who contribute both on and off stage to making The Tribe’s events magical and beautiful.”

Proceeds from previous Tribe shows have gone to City of Hope, MusiCares®, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, TreePeople, The Beauty Bus Foundation, The Rescue Train, Project Play!, and Pure Water for the World.

Photo: Jill Jarrett

Musical Director Jeff Alan Ross. Photo: Jill Jarrett

The Peace, Love & Understanding concert featured an incredible ensemble of musicians, star singers, and backing vocalists led by Musical Director Jeff Alan Ross.

Photo: Glenda McConnell

Mary Wilson with Tribe members Rob Bonfiglio, Steve Ferrone and Chad Watson. Everyone is having such a good time. Photo: Glenda McConnell

Rosemary Butler and Lauri Reimer singing backgrounds on The Supremes medley including "STOP In the Name of Love" with founding member Mary Wilson. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Rosemary Butler and Lauri Reimer singing backgrounds on The Supremes medley including “Stop! In the Name of Love” with founding member Mary Wilson. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Mary Wilson of The Supremes got the crowd on its feet (and many of them onstage dancing) during a medley of hits, including “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.”

Peter Asher regaled the crowd with the story of how he convinced Paul McCartney to finish writing “A World Without Love” so Peter & Gordon could record it…

The Tribe was honored to have Legendary singer/songwriter, producer Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon join this show. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

The Tribe was honored to have legendary singer/songwriter/producer Peter
Asher of Peter & Gordon join this show. Photo: Jill Jarrett

…before playing the song with the full band (and sparking a major sing-along moment with the crowd).

Carnie Wilson sang “Get Together,” a Youngbloods tune that her band, Wilson Phillips, previously covered in 2004.

Carnie Wilson. Photo: Glenda McConnell

The radiant Carnie Wilson singing her version of “Get Together.” Photo: Glenda McConnell

Rosemary Butler, who’s sung with Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt, got a “dance train” going in the audience during her rendition of The O’Jays “Love Train,” while American Idol finalist Carly Smithson of We Are the Fallen brought the house down with her performance of Barbra Streisand’s “The Woman in the Moon.”

The night was filled with great singers, including Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) and John Wicks (The Records) of Broken Sky performing Robert Palmer’s “Every Kinda People,” Kiki Ebsen (Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs) doing “What the World Needs Now Is Love” together with The Tribe’s background vocalists, who also complemented Adam Daniel’s version of U2’s “One.”

Adam Daniel. Photo: Jill Jarrett

Adam Daniel singing his version of U2’s “One.” Photo: Jill Jarrett

The Honeys (Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford and Ginger Blake) performed Ringo Starr’s “It Don’t Come Easy,” which was a definite crowd-pleaser.

The Honeys. Photo: Jill Jarrett

The Honeys are, left to right, Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford and Ginger Blake. Photo: Jill Jarrett

Rob Bonfiglio offered the audience a tender moment with “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth,” and Marcella Detroit aka Marcy Levy (Eric Clapton, Leon Russell) delivered a stirring rendition of the night’s titular song, “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.”

The evening also included one of the Tribe’s newest member, Bill Cinque (Neil Diamond, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks), who wowed the crowd with the unexpected Three Dog Night cover “Easy to be Hard,” and John Pratt’s rendition of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” was truly a moment.

The concert began when Steve Goddard opened the show with his powerful rendition of “Peace Train,” but not before poet Stephen Kalinich (The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mary Wilson) recited his “Love Alone Can Heal.”

Stephen Kalinich. Photo: Jill Jarrett

Poet Stephen J. Kalinich opened the show with an original piece about Peace, Love & Understanding. Photo: Jill Jarrett

Gary Stockdale showed the audience true soul with his performance of The Rascals’ “People Got to be Free.”

Gary Stockdale performing an incredible version of “People Gotta Be Free”. (Photo: Sal Gomez Photography)

Gary Stockdale performing an incredible version of “People Got to be Free.” Photo: Sal Gomez Photography

The concert also featured a special cameo acoustic performance by trio King Washington and Jeff Alan Ross’s original tune, “Love is Raining Down.”

King Washington. Photo: Sal Gomez

King Washington – a special cameo performance. Photo: Sal Gomez Photography

The musicians and singers that comprised the house band were stellar, including Rob Bonfiglio (Wilson Phillips) on guitars, Marc Mann (Danny Elfman, Jeff Lynne) on guitars and keyboards, who also sang lead on “Across the Universe,” drummer Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Average White Band and countless others, Dave Pearlman (Dan Fogelberg, Phil Everly) on pedal steel, Kevin Wachs also on drums, Jay Cohen and Chad Watson sharing the bass role, Michael Stern on guitars, background vocalists Lauri Reimer and John McNeely; Al. Keith on percussion, and Scotty Mitchell on saxophone.

Jim Nelson doing the emcee thing. Photo: Jill Jarrett

KCSN’s  Jim Nelson was Master of Ceremonies. Photo: Jill Jarrett

88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson was the emcee, and it’s safe to say all who attended had a great time.

The Tribe is already planning its next charity event for some time next spring. For more information give The Tribe a ‘Like’ on Facebook, and call the Get Together Foundation at 818-727-7884 to learn more about the organization.

Enjoy additional photos from the night below:

Nicknamed the Von Pratt Family Singers, this group (from left to right) Bill Cinque, Rosemary Butler, Lauri Reimer, John Pratt and John McNeely sing backgrounds as a section for more than half of the songs in the show. (Photo: Sal Gomez Photography)

Nicknamed the Von Pratt Family Singers, this group (from left to right) Bill
Cinque, Rosemary Butler, Lauri Reimer, John Pratt, and John McNeely sing
backgrounds as a section for more than half of the songs in the show. Photo: Sal Gomez Photography

 

Executive Producer, Kevin Wachs (back center) with many of the females who performed in this show. Left to right: Rosemary Butler, Debbi Peterson, Carnie Wilson, Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, Lauri Reimer, in back: King Washington's Tyson Kelly. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Executive Producer, Kevin Wachs (back row, right) with many of the females who performed in this show. Left to right: Rosemary Butler, Debbi Peterson, Carnie Wilson, Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, and Lauri Reimer. In back, on the left: King Washington’s Tyson Kelly. Photo: Jill Jarrett

 

Eight of the incredible men who performed in this show. Left to right: Michael (guitars), Jeff Alan Ross (Musical Director, keys, guitar), Stephen Ferrone (drums), Chad Watson (bass), Dave Pearlman (pedal steel), Marc Mann (guitars), Peter Asher (special guest singer), Kevin Wachs (drums) - Photo: Jill Jarrett

Eight of the incredible men who performed in this show. Left to right: Michael Stern (guitars), Jeff Alan Ross (Musical Director, keys, guitar), Steve Ferrone (drums), Chad Watson (bass, trombone, mandolin), Dave Pearlman (pedal steel, guitar), Marc Mann (guitar, keyboards), Peter Asher (special guest singer), and Kevin Wachs (drums). Photo: Jill Jarrett

 

Kevin Wachs playing tambourine and stealing a moment with background vocalist Lauri Reimer. (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Kevin Wachs stealing a moment with background vocalists Lauri Reimer and Bill Cinque. Photo: Jill Jarrett

 

Co-founders of the Get Together Foundation Kevin & Mare Wachs (Photo: Jill Jarrett)

Co-founders of the Get Together Foundation, Kevin & Mare Wachs. Photo: Jill Jarrett

One Response to The Tribe’s ‘Peace, Love and Understanding’ Charity Gig Lights Up CSU Northridge

  1. Glenda Reply

    December 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    What a wonderful evening! Looking forward to many more magical music events in 2017…..thanks for using some of my pictures. Sure gave me an A Plus grin!!!! lol

    Love ya!

    glenda

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