On Saturday, November 9th, the Rockit Foundation, a music academy for aspiring young talent, debuted an exhibit by famous rock photographer Mark Weiss and artist Steve Lacy. The collection for sale to benefit the foundation, is a collaborative work of Mark and Steve's illustrious careers. The event was held at the gallery of the Brookdale Community College Center for Visual Arts. The new home for Rockit Live Academy is also on the campus. The evening showcased Architectural, interior and graphic designs for the newly proposed building in a joint-collaborative effort by Rockit board members, Brookdale students and faculty. In attendance were legendary E-Street Band guitarist/songwriter Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen, iconic drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Blue Murder, Rod Stewart) and Eddie Brigati (The Young Rascals, Joey Dee and The Starlighters).
The Rockit Live Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization where young musicians ages 8 to college level join in a premier rock ’n’ roll band experience at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. Students audition, learn a specific repertoire of songs supplemented with private instruction, and perform live on the ultimate concert stage.
“Rockit gave me an opportunity to bring some of my old friends back. Carmine Appice, and Little Steven. These are people that I shot 40 years ago. On their album covers, on their tour and it's amazing,” Weiss said of supporters during opening comments.
Steve Lacy added, “In life in general you have to pursue your passions and really tend to your gifts, and people like Bruce and Rockit that make that happen, are to be supported and celebrated. So best of luck in the new location. I'm super proud to be a part of it”
Board member Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen were in attendance for support. He states "We help them out whenever we can. Maureen discovered them years ago. We encourage their move here. I think Brookdale is a good place for them and Brookdale seems to very supportive. It will be a nice new home. Bruce is great, Bruce Gallipani . They’re a lot of talented kids and they work very hard. They want to have a nice supportive home and this just seems like a good place.”
The evening closed with amazing performances by current Rockit Live students as well as mentoring alumni supported by Carmine Appice on drums. The talent exhibited was an exciting taste of what is to come Brookdale, New Jersey and the new rock movement,
Rockit CEO Bruce Gallipani adds; “The Rockit Live foundation is honored and grateful to be part of this meaningful partnership, and know that together we will continue to make a great impact on the lives of young artists, and all students in our community”
Rockit Live Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information go to www.rockitacademy.org or firstname.lastname@example.org