The Petty Fest, sponsored by Jameson, takes to new stages in 2012/13.
On October 24, Webster Hall will host Petty Fest NYC: A Night To Celebrate Tom Petty. The first ever Petty Fest LA will be held at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on November 14 & 15. The Best Fest is proud to be sponsored by their favorite spirit, Jameson® Irish Whiskey. This new collaboration will help The Fest see its vision of celebrating its musical heroes while giving to those in need come to fruition.
The New York show features special guests Justin Townes Earle, Karen Elson, Father John Misty, Adam Green, Nicole Atkins, Devendra Banhart, Jesse Malin, Delta Spirit, Sammy James Jr. of The Mooney Suzuki, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Ryan Miller of Guster, Har Mar Superstar, Johnny T, Andrew W.K., Matt Sweeney, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Justin Long, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Caveman and many more surprise guests.
The Los Angeles show features Pat Carney of The Black Keys, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, members of Eagles Of Death Metal, Harper Simon, Nicole Atkins, Har Mar Superstar, Bijou Phillips, Ryan Miller of Guster, Justin Barha, Jenny O., Rodrigo Amarante, Adam Busch with more guests to be announced.
All of the performers will be backed by the legendary Cabin Down Below Band and one hundred percent of ticket sale proceeds will go to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the Musicians Cancer Fund.
Over the next eight months, The Best Fest and Jameson will produce a series of landmark shows, beginning with Petty Fest NYC on October 24 at New York’s Webster Hall, to Petty Fest West in Los Angeles on Nov 14 & 15 at The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and on to San Francisco in 2013.
Over the past decade, The Fest has welcomed global superstars like Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, the Strokes, Norah Jones and the Killers alongside developing artists including Dawes, Delta Spirit, Alberta Cross, the Sheepdogs, Cory Chisel and Nicole Atkins. It has also embraced actors and comedians such as Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat.
“The Fests are the perfect embodiment of everything a Jameson night should be – great friends coming together to celebrate and raise a glass to our musical heroes. With Jameson already a huge part of the rehearsals and performances, we are truly excited to have their support to grow the Fests nationwide,” said Alex Levy, Fest founder. “And for the first time, 100 percent of the ticket proceeds will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to help struggling musicians.”
“The FESTS started in the same close-knit NYC East Village and Lower East Side bartender/musician community that adopted Jameson as their drink of choice back in the early 90s,” said Jeffrey Moran, Vice President, Public Relations, Events and Lifestyle Marketing. “Jameson is looking forward to supporting and preserving this event and ensuring it is taken to more cities, musicians and Jameson fans.”
Ten years after celebrating Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday, The Fest -- Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest -- has become a New York tradition, with sold-out celebrations at Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Webster Hall and Irving Plaza. The New York Times described The Fest as “one the most jubilant events of the year,” and Rolling Stone touted it as “an experience that is equal parts concert and celebration."
Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s No 1 selling Irish whiskey and is amongst the elite of the fastest growing international spirit brands in the world. The success of the Irish brand is down to its great quality and smooth taste, coupled with a fantastic heritage, established in 1780 by the legendary John Jameson. It has all the quality credentials to allow it be consumed straight, but is versatile and is equally great when mixed.
Since 1994 Sweet Relief has been offering vital assistance to professional musical artists in need. Many prominent musicians, professionals and music fans have contributed enthusiastically to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.