The concert series, sponsored by ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty), usually seeks to expose emerging songwriters, but this time out rock and pop covers will be performed. The price of admission is a jar of change — to help bring change to the lives of kids in need.
Cassidy most recently appeared on Broadway as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels performing opposite both John Lithgow and Jonathan Pryce. His other Broadway credits include Les Misérables, 1776 and Show Boat, as well as the New York engagements of A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden), Feeling Electric (NYMF), Listen to My Heart (Off-Broadway) and Joe Cassidy: Rock Star (Joe's Pub/Ars Nova).
Cassidy was also a featured soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, the Nashville Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. He can be heard on several Broadway cast albums and has recorded with artists varying from The New York Philharmonic's Lorin Maazel to James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins.
He recently appeared in the popular and acclaimed Make Me a Song, a revue of the work of William Finn, in Hartford, CT. That show is expected to play Off-Broadway this spring.
Along with Cassidy (vocals/guitar), the Feb. 26 ArtCents concert also features Ben Schrader, Stephanie Palumbo and Ashley McHugh (vocals), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (piano), Damien Bassman (drums), Alex Walker (guitar) and Tony Steele (bass). The concert begins at 7 PM. There is also a two-drink minimum. The Triad is on New York's Upper West Side at 158 W. 72nd St.
Reservations can be made by calling (212) 706-1516 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from the concert benefit ASTEP. Visit www.createsomethinggood.org to learn more.
ASTEP was founded in 2005 by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the music supervisor and orchestrator for Broadway's new Company. A music director and pianist living in New York City, Campbell spent a summer volunteering in poverty stricken India to gain world perspective.
While in India she volunteered for six weeks at an orphanage in Bangalore and for two weeks at Mother Teresa's missionary. After returning to New York, Campbell began work on forming an arts based organization designed specifically to combat worldwide childhood poverty.
ASTEP strives to connect artists who wish to share their talents with children who can benefit from artistic encounters to create meaningful change for children.
ASTEP's programs capitalize on these artists' talents to help children see themselves in a new way, see the world in a new way, and to break the cycle of poverty.
ASTEP's programs take place in communities with populations of impoverished children who have limited access to arts education.