The Northern Westchester Examiner

Livingston Taylor to Perform in Yorktown Event to benefit Justin Veatch Fund

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10579979_818565911511666_255175630520213323_nYorktown Stage will be transformed into a teaching stage and later a concert hall on Saturday, September 20th as The Justin Veatch Fund hosts Livingston Taylor as headliner for its end-of-summer benefit concert. Taylor–a singer/songwriter/musician who has written and recorded more than a dozen albums, including hit songs for his brother, James, and travels around the country performing–is also a full professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  On the afternoon of the show, Taylor will teach a two-hour condensed version of his class on stage performance which is among the most popular at Berklee. “We are hoping area performers, both young and old, will sign up,” said Jeffrey Veatch, President of The Justin Veatch Fund. “Signing up for the class also includes general admission to the evening concert, where those attending will see that Livingston doesn’t only talk the talk but also walks the walk when it comes to thrilling an audience. Those interested can sign up on line at

But music fans needn’t sign up for the class to enjoy a wonderful evening of music. Reserved seats for the concert start at $38 with special VIP meet-and-greet tickets at $60.  General admission is $25 and there is a special $15 ticket for students.  Tickets are available on line at The 7pm concert will be opened with a short performance by The Justin Veatch Fund All Stars, a select group of young area musicians who have participated in Justin Veatch Fund programs and are now making their own marks on the music scene.

On stage, Livingston Taylor brings together the pure joy of performance with professionalism gained from 40 years experience.  From top 40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.  One fan recently wrote, “When you go to see Livingston Taylor perform on stage, he transforms love, joy and spirituality into something so tangible that you can carry it home with you when the concert it over.”

All ticket holders will be included in a special drawing for a Baby-Taylor guitar donated by Taylor Guitars.  There will also be a full sized Taylor guitar similar to Livingston’s model of choice, donated by Guitar Center and signed by Livingston exclusively for auction at the concert. “Guitar Center has been a great supporter of The Fund,” says Veatch.  “They have conducted workshops for us as well as provided us with sound equipment and a piano for this concert.”

The Justin Veatch Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization and recognized New York charity which presents annual music scholarships to graduating high school seniors and co-sponsors monthly open mic nights with the Yorktown Teen Center. More information about The Fund and its programs are available at its  The story of Justin Veatch and The Fund will be the subject of the soon-to-be released documentary film “Whispering Spirits” produced and directed by Sean Gallagher who also directed the award winning documentary “Brothers of the Black List.”  Plans are in the works for a special screening and community program this fall in the Westchester area. Details about the event will be announced soon on the Justin Veatch Fund website.

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