Luna Fusion Fest in NJ July 28-29

Mahavishnu Project & Eddy's Chemistry Set are among the performers

Gregg Bendian
Ed Palermo

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The Luna Fusion Fest will take place in West Orange, N.J., July 28-29. The program begins at 3 p.m. on the 28th with Short Fuse, a free children’s workshop with percussionist and educator Gregg Bendian (Cecil Taylor, Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman, William Paterson, Yale).

At 8 p.m., the Mahavishnu Project will feature Bendian joined by guitarist Jesse Gress, keyboardist Neil Alexander and bassist Doug Lunn.

On July 29 at 3 p.m., the festival features Sounds Like Fun, a free recording and production seminar hosted by freelance audio engineer and sound designer Steve Brown (National Public Radio, WBGO-FM, Institute of Audio Research), who will sample, chop, and remix classic fusion records utilizing the award-winning Pro Tools audio production software.

At 7 p.m., alto saxophonist and bandleader Ed Palermo (Tony Bennett, James Brown, Lena Horne) will debut his latest ensemble Eddy’s Chemistry Set, offering their perspective on the music of Frank Zappa. The group includes electric violinist Katie Jacoby, guitarist Bruce McDaniel, saxophonist Cliff Lyons, saxophonist Barbara Cifelli, drummer Ray Marchica, bassist Paul Adamy, keyboardist Paul Kooshian, and pianist Bob Quaranta.

For information on this festival and all other events and programs at Luna Stage, or to purchase tickets, visit the company website at Luna Stage. Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. 973-395-5551. The theatre is handicapped accessible and assisted listening devices are available.