Petty Fest To Mark 40th Anniversary Of First Album With L.A. Tribute, Sept. 13th, To Benefit Refuge Foundation
August 24, 2016 at 11:29 AM (PT)
Forty years after the release of TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS' debut album in 1976, an eclectic array of artists will converge for PETTY FEST L.A. at the FONDA THEATER in LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 13th.
Ticket sales for PETTY FEST LA; CELEBRATING THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS will benefit REFUGE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS, a non-profit organization supporting the creation of music and art. Located in APPLETON, WI, the 10-acre sanctuary houses recording and art studios and residences.
Said BEST FEST founder AUSTIN SCAGGS: "Celebrating the living legacy of TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS with an amazing line-up is a lot of fun,. But raising money for REFUGE FOUNDATION, and doing our part to help support and nurture a new wave of musicians and artists makes this all worthwhile."
As always, the BEST FEST's house band, THE CABIN DOWN BELOW BAND, will host a cast of musicians, with confirmed artists including JAKOB DYLAN, CARLY RAE JEPSEN, INCUBUS' BRANDON BOYD, CAGE THE ELEPHANT's MATT SHULTZ, DHANI HARRISON, TAME IMPALA's CAMERON AVERY, LISSIE, SUMMER MOON, STEPHEN PERKINS, NIKKI LANE, BRETT DENNEN, THE PIERCES, CORY CHISEL, JONATHAN TYLER, THE SHELTERS, MIDLAKE's ERIC PULIDO, ELVIS PERKINS, DEAD SARA's EMILY ARMSTRONG, ADRIEL DENAE and J-COUNCIL, with many more surprise guests.
"REFUGE FOUNDATION is a way for musicians and artists to take care of our own," says GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter CORY CHISEL, who created the organization with his partner, ADRIEL DENAE. "Our goal is to free the artist's creative and business process from the strictures of the current model, which can often become an economic stranglehold for artists, especially when it comes to musicians, record labels, and the business of making records."
The BEST FEST will focus its partnership on emerging musicians and THE REFUGE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM. Singer/songwriter J-COUNCIL is the first such musician in residence and will be joining the PETTY FEST cast.
"REFUGE FOUNDATION offered me the time, money, and the freedom to help me write and create my own message," says J-COUNCIL, who will release his debut album later this year. "The chance to perform alongside so many incredible artists is just crazy!"
Added SCAGGS, the son of musician BOZ SCAGGS and a one-time ROLLING STONE contriburor: "REFUGE FOUNDATION and the BEST FEST are a natural fit. Music is the thing that keeps our collective of musicians alive, spiritually and economically. By donating the proceeds from BEST FEST concerts to REFUGE, we are waving the flag of togetherness, which is at the core of what we do."