Two musicians who were born and raised in the Gerritsen Beach area of Brooklyn are coming home to headline a one-time homecoming tribute to Gerritsen Beach on July 26, 2009. The concert, called Monuments in the Desert, will be staged at the Dicapo theater in Manhattan. Jim Hubbard, who lives and performs in Honolulu with The Jim Hubbard Band, and Jeff Jolly, who lives and performs in San Francisco with The Jeff Jolly Band, have discussed staging such an event for several years. The musicians will be joined in their performances by a trio of accomplished musicians who have performed together intermittently for nearly three decades under the name of Sidestep.
Jim Hubbard's music is a synthesis of rock and folk music. He received the Hawaii Music Award for Most Popular Folk Music Artist in 1999 after the release of his first CD called "The Window of Innocence". He was nominated for Hawaii's prestigious Hoku award after the release of his third album, "Noisy Dreams", in 2001. His most recent CD, "It Never Ends", was composed while he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy as he fought cancer after undergoing surgery.
Jeff Jolly, who bought his first guitar after he saw Neil Young in concert, wrote his first song, "You Can't Play The Blues On A Banjo" when he was nine years old. In 1994 The Jeff Jolly Band received critical acclaim after releasing their first CD called "The Runner". Through the years Jolly has opened for artists that have included David Crosby, Edgar Winter, Bad Company, Little Feat, George Thorogood and Elvin Bishop. His band played before 60,000 people in 2007 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park where the city celebrated the 40th anniversary of "The Summer of Love" Sidestep members include Barbara Truex, Vince "Phil" Pasternak, and Ken Lovelett. Truex is well known for her mastery of dulcimer, guitar, and banjo ukulele in New England.
Vince Pasternak has been a producer, composer and journeyman session musician for hundreds of television and radio commercial jingles. Ken Lovelett creates, builds, and plays unique percussion and sound instruments. Ken has appeared on records or in live performances for artists and groups that have included James Taylor, David Bromberg, John Wesley Harding, Karl Berger, Joe Beck, Warren Bernhardt, Lou Soloff, Livingston Taylor, REM, and The Memphis Symphony Orchestra.