Trumbull native unites 'Hollywood Allstars' in honor of World Cancer Day
Trumbull resident Steve Gaspár is getting the band back together.
To be more specific, the Hollywood Allstars — a collection of world-class touring musicians who will perform at Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, to pay tribute to World Cancer Day and celebrate the strength of all those survivors who've beat the disease as well as honoring the lives of all those who've lost the battle.
The Allstars are the brainchild of Gaspár, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and keyboardist, who handpicked the supergroup of diverse musicians.
"It's a 10-piece band," he explained on HAN's Arts and Leisure last week.
"To see them in these smaller venue is a really neat experience," he added. "Going to out to FTC is like seeing a concert in your living room."
The lineup of top-flight musicians include: Timmy Maia and Christine Tambakis on the vocals, Andy Abel on the guitar, Dave Livolsi on the bass, Lee Finkelstein on the drums, Bill Harris on the saxophone, Don Harris on the trumpet, John Fumasoli on the trombone and Eddie Torres handling the percussion.
It's a band that exemplifies the six degrees of separation of the rock industry.
"We have a drummer who's played with Sting, a trombone player who toured with the Average White Band," said Gaspár, who's a former Epic/CBS recording artist.
And the list goes on and on.
With ten musicians and ten busy schedules, The Hollywood Allstars are a rare commodity, coming together between tours for fleeting and unforgettable performances, according to their keyboard player and leader.
"When assembled, The Allstars throw down high-octane rockin’ funk with blazing horns and a crunchy hammond organ," a press release said.
A good cause
Besides the music, residents should come out to the show to pay tribute to World Cancer Day — a date that was at first coincidental but has been used to build the show around thanks to Gaspár's vision and leadership.
"I got this date from FTC without even realizing it was World Cancer Day," he said, quickly recognizing the importance he and his band could have in bringing light to somebody's world that has been covered in years or darkness.
"There isn't anybody who hasn't been touch by that horrible disease in one way or another, whether it's family or friends," he continued. "And I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to dedicate this event for survivor — to celebrate life; celebrate that they beat this disease."
For tickets, call 203-259-1036 or go online to www.fairfieldtheatre.org.
StageOne is located at 70 Sanford Street right next to the Fairfeld Train Station.