2013-07-24 / Features

Vallone Jams With Musicians Making A Difference



On July 13, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. (l.) attended a charity concert at the annual Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) Festival in Long Island City. The packed festival – which was spearheaded by Anne-Margaret Redding (r.), a musician and owner of The Giving Tree yoga studio in Astoria – celebrates the power of music in changing lives and brings awareness to a wide array of musicians’ efforts. During the concert, Vallone, an avid musician, joined Redding and her band, including drummer Steven “Taco” Ortega (c.), onstage and played bass guitar on a rendition of Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing”. “I was honored to play with such great local talent for a great cause,” said Vallone. Redding explained, “I wanted to create a community of like-minded musicians passionate about making a positive difference in this world. Music is such a powerful source of healing for people from all cultures, races, and religions. When music is combined with conscious action and community, anything is possible. Each year this festival grows and inspires so many. Next year, we are aiming to host a festival in each borough.” The event was open to people of all ages and free of charge, with suggested donations supporting the Live Your Passion Tour – a workshop touring the country to help high school and college students identify their true passions and formulate a vision for their lives. 
Photo Gustavo Rodriguez On July 13, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. (l.) attended a charity concert at the annual Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) Festival in Long Island City. The packed festival – which was spearheaded by Anne-Margaret Redding (r.), a musician and owner of The Giving Tree yoga studio in Astoria – celebrates the power of music in changing lives and brings awareness to a wide array of musicians’ efforts. During the concert, Vallone, an avid musician, joined Redding and her band, including drummer Steven “Taco” Ortega (c.), onstage and played bass guitar on a rendition of Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing”. “I was honored to play with such great local talent for a great cause,” said Vallone. Redding explained, “I wanted to create a community of like-minded musicians passionate about making a positive difference in this world. Music is such a powerful source of healing for people from all cultures, races, and religions. When music is combined with conscious action and community, anything is possible. Each year this festival grows and inspires so many. Next year, we are aiming to host a festival in each borough.” The event was open to people of all ages and free of charge, with suggested donations supporting the Live Your Passion Tour – a workshop touring the country to help high school and college students identify their true passions and formulate a vision for their lives. Photo Gustavo Rodriguez

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