Pop/Rock Singer Charlie Scopoletti Sets 11/6 Headlining Show at The Ridgefield Playhouse
(Published: October 23, 2013)
Pop/Rock Singer Charlie Scopoletti Sets 11/6 Headlining Show at The Ridgefield Playhouse
Wide Range of Print and TV Coverage Runs for Scopoletti's March 2013 Benefit Concert at Capitol Theatre and Album, ‘Truth'
Singer-songwriter Charlie Scopoletti has confirmed an 11/6 headlining performance at The Ridgefield Playhouse. He comments:
"Recently I've been doing a lot of thinking, about when I received my test results diagnosing me with cancer and everything that set in motion from that day forward. I will never forget the day after one of my chemo treatments when I got introduced to the recreation room in the hospital. Feeling tired and sick I made my way down the long hallway to that room, I couldn't have imagined how that day would change my life forever.
Twenty-seven years later after picking up my first instrument, almost twenty years of being a full-time musician, I am still so fortunate and grateful that I am able to share my music and inspire others with my story of survival.
On Wednesday November 6th 2013, a day before my 38th birthday, I will be headlining a show at The Ridgefield Playhouse for The Bruce Bennett Nissan LEAF Emerging Artist Series.
It is with great pleasure I invite you to come celebrate life, love and the power of music with me.
Wednesday November 6th, 2013 -
Charlie Scopoletti & The Truth (Josh Dodes-Keys, Tony Tino-Bass, Jonny Giamara-Drums). With Special Guest Bobby Paltauf (14 year old guitar prodigy)
*Limited tickets available for this special show.
The Ridgefield Playhouse - 80 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877
Doors: 7:30pm Tickets: $28 Phone: (203) 438-5795
Scopoletti received a broad range of press support in advance of his March 2013 Benefit concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. From a lengthy cover story in the major daily Journal-News to a television interview/performance segment on WTNH's popular CT Style, to a preview pick in Westchester Magazine to feature interviews in CT Patch, Westmore News and much more, Scopoletti raised awareness for two important charities and fulfilled a lifelong dream of performing at the Capitol. He will return to the storied venue for a concert on Friday, May 9th 2014. The full-band show will benefit another charity that will be announced in the coming months, as will a very special opening act.
Links to live coverage:
Beautiful Day: http://youtu.be/WpL1L4tHM...
New Constellation: http://youtu.be/qNUDFVVKu...
Full range of videos, here: www.charliescopoletti.com...
Watch Charlie on "Better Connecticut" WFSB-TV Channel 3:
As for his CD, ‘Truth', mainstream writers praised it as "so uplifting that you can't help but get lost in the music," adding that Scopoletti "has learned to keep on fighting, and this music is testimony to that fight." The ‘fight' referenced by journalists is enough to make most people give up. In fact, Scopoletti has endured a life of challenges, beating back cancer twice (including once as a child,) overcoming other physical adversity (a collapsed lung and a horribly broken leg,) and more. Rather than be undone by these battles, they've inspired him, and the result is his acclaimed pop/rock collection, ‘Truth', which he defines as ‘perspective music'. Learn more about Charlie here: http://www.youtube.com/wa...
The Journal News - cover story interview
2/21/13 By Bill Cary
Notable Neighbors: Capitol Theatre always a draw for Charlie Scopoletti
For a would-be musician growing up in Port Chester and Rye Brook, the Capitol Theatre on Westchester Avenue was pretty much the coolest place on Earth. Janis had played here, Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Dead.
"It was my Madison Square Garden," local boy Charlie Scopoletti remembers. "I passed by it thousands and thousands of time growing up here and always dreamed of playing the Capitol one day." Well, sometimes rock 'n' roll dreams do come true. On March 7, Scopoletti, a two-time cancer survivor who's just 37, is playing the Cap. It's a benefit concert for two worthy cancer groups and a chance for a hometown kid, after a year of touring nationwide to promote his first solo album, to take the stage of his favorite local venue.
That 2012 CD, a pop-rock collection of his own songs called "Truth," will be at the heart of his show, along with "some new songs that no one has ever heard," he says, and if all goes well some very special surprise musical guests.
"This is the first time the Capitol is giving a local artist a chance to play and host a charity event," Scopoletti says. "This is a huge deal, for me and, hopefully, for others after me."
The concert will benefit Imerman Angels, which matches cancer survivors with cancer patients on a one-on-one basis, and the Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation. Eirin was Scopoletti's closest friend, who died of brain cancer in 2006 at the age of 30. The cancer had first been diagnosed 14 years earlier. Scopoletti, a singer-songwriter who has managed to work full time in music for nearly 20 years, has drawn comparisons to Ryan Adams, Kenny Loggins and Jason Mraz. He calls his style "perspective music." He plays by ear, mostly on acoustic guitar, and is completely self taught.
Among his musical influences, he considers Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews and Hall & Oates to be the most important and long lasting.
He just loves it that Thomas and Matchbox 20 are playing the Cap the week before his gig, on Tuesday. As a student at Blind Brook High School (Class of '94), he played baseball, soccer and football, but he really excelled at basketball. He was at the point of snagging an athletic scholarship to college when a freak accident - "I just twisted something the wrong way," he remembers - left him with a horribly broken leg.
The break, which ended his college basketball hopes, may have been a result of the heavy-duty radiation and chemotherapy he endured as a 10-year-old with Hodgkin's disease. In 2006, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, again probably a result of the earlier treatment for Hodgkin's. Looking back on the many months of grueling cancer treatment, Scopoletti, who recently moved to Stamford, Conn., remembers being a frightened little boy in a scary-big hospital in the city, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "In the end, that scariness became a motivation," he says. "It made me the person who I am today. If I can get through that, my mentality is that I can get through anything." Including debuting at the Cap - congrats to Charlie Scopoletti for a job well done.
WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE ‘Favorite Events' photo preview, 3/2013:
Musician Charlie Scopoletti is a two-time cancer survivor so, when he names his most recent album Truth, you know he means it. You can hear some of those truths at The Captiol Theatre , where Scopoletti will give a concert to benefit both Imerman Angels and the Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation.
PortChesterPATCH - Interview Feature - syndicated
1/28/13 by Liz Giegerich
Charlie Scopoletti Turns Adversity into Melody
Port Chester native, two-time cancer survivor and local musician Charlie Scopoletti will live out a life dream of playing at The Capitol Theatre and donate a portion of his sales to charities close to his heart. As a young teenager, Port Chester native Charlie Scopoletti stared at the Capitol Theatre stage in awe during his first visit there when his dad took him to a doo-wop show in the late 80s.
That experience came just a few years after he had developed a love for music as a ten-year-old cancer patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While he was being treated for Hodgkin's disease, a musician visited the children regularly to play acoustic songs and teach them how to play a variety of instruments.
"That was the first time when music impacted me to my soul and I thought this is powerful," Scopoletti said. "During that hour, we didn't feel sick. So I always took that away and now being able to go back and do those things for other children is really touching for me."
Scopoletti, 37, now works as a professional musician who plays at hospitals and for other organizations, in addition to regular music venues, and aims to raise money for charities through his work.
This March 7, he will fulfill a life dream of playing at Port Chester's Capitol Theater for the "Truth Concert and Charity Event." The evening will raise money for programs close to Scopoletti's heart - the Imerman Angels, which connects cancer survivors with patients, and the Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation, formed and named in memory of Scopoletti's childhood friend who died of brain cancer at a young age. The Foundation works to shape grant-making programs to projects related to brain cancer awareness and research, and to support families and individuals struggling with brain cancer.
Most recently, Scopoletti traveled to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital, and performed at the Ryan Seacrest Foundation's media center, built in the middle of the hospital. The program is a larger version of what sparked Scopoletti's interest in music when he was a Sloan Kettering patient.
After Scopoletti recovered from Hodgkin's as a child, he maintained an interest in music while he pursued a sports career in high school and then college at Ohio University.
A broken leg ended his basketball career early and while in the hospital again, he passed the time honing in his guitar skills. He then left college to focus on his music. While building a career as a guitar player and singer, who plays self-described "perspective music," Scopoletti was again diagnosed with cancer when he was 30 years old. The diagnosis of thyroid cancer came shortly after his first album was released. He underwent treatment and recovered from that cancer as well. Scopoletti maintains a positive attitude despite, or perhaps because of, the unusual hardships he experienced as a child and then as a young adult. Many of Scopoletti's songs connect with his experiences being young and being sick, he said.
"I think being 10 and being so young having to be in the hospital kind of set me up for life," he said. "No matter what, I got through this when I was young so I can get through anything that comes my way."
Scopoletti also recognizes the Blind Brook school district's commitment to the arts during his time there (he entered the Blind Brook school district once Rye Brook created it's own village, separate from Port Chester, in the 80s), and appreciates his local support system that came to seem him play when he performed music at any and every place in the Port Chester area that would have him.
In recent years, Scopoletti has worked with award winning producers and music directors to create soulful and soothing music, and with organizations that help cancer patients manage and cope with their conditions. He released his latest album, "Truth," in January, 2012. At the March 7 "Truth Concert and Charity Event" at The Capitol Theatre, which Scopoletti calls a belated album release party, he hopes to reach his audience on a personal level with uplifting music. He will perform with a 12 or 13 piece band and donate a portion of ticket sales to the two organizations mentioned above.
"I want people to listen with an open ear and open heart and take the songs in and maybe it will help the situation, whether it be relationship or health issues, hopefully it will get you through hard times you are going through."
Portchester Patch also ran an additional concert preview with color photo: http://portchester.patch....
PATCH's concert review ran here:
Scopoletti Lives Out Dream of Playing The Cap; Raises Money for Charity;
The Charlie Scopoletti Truth Concert and Charity event drew an enthusiastic crowd of friends, family and fans.
With horns, backup singers, keys, drums and even string instruments behind him, Charlie Scopoletti lived out a lifelong dream at The Capitol Theatre last night.
Scopoletti, a Port Chester native, gave a crowd of a few hundred friends, family and fans a passionate performance on the stage on which he had hoped to play since he was a child.
The Scopoletti "Truth Concert and Charity Event," raised money for programs close to Scopoletti's heart - the Imerman Angels, which connects cancer survivors with patients, and the Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation, formed and named in memory of Scopoletti's childhood friend who died of brain cancer at a young age. The Foundation works to shape grant-making programs to projects related to brain cancer awareness and research, and to support families and individuals struggling with brain cancer.
Scopoletti himself has struggled with adversity. He is a two-time cancer survivor and was first diagnosed when just ten years old. Read his full story here .
During his performance, Scopoletti stopped to honor Natalia Crespo, describing her as a person who was always there to help others.
"That is what life is about, making other people feel good," Scopoletti said, explaining that was what Natalia did for the friends and family in her life. He then played "Perfect Day," a song he wrote for her just before she died and had only had the chance to play for her one time.
Scopoletti also thanked all his supporters and played the song "Heaven Could Wait," which he dedicated to his family. He explained that when he was sick, he saw his family suffer through the pressure, burden and pain and wrote the song for them.
"My love and spirit is always there for them no matter what happens," he said.
Click through the photos to see some of Scopoletti's performance. Also, feel free to upload your own photos and videos from the concert.
Westmore News - interview feature
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BLOGCRITICS - CD Review
By Jack Goodstein 1/7/13
Singer-songwriter Charlie Scopoletti calls the seven songs on his 2012 solo debut release Truth "perspective music." As he explains in a WFAS radio interview, having survived Hodgkin's disease (diagnosed when he was only 10 years old) and a 2006 attack of thyroid cancer which interrupted a budding musical career with his band, CSB, not to mention a severe leg fracture that kept him from trying out for his college basketball team as well as a collapsed lung, he has developed his own unique perspective on life. That perspective informs his music. Despite the kind of Job-like adversity that would stop many of us in our tracks, he has learned to keep on going. He has learned to keep on fighting, and this music is testimony to that fight. Certainly some of his lyrics reflect this perspective. "Truth," the album's title song advises that when the world comes for you, "Cut the restraining thread/Let yourself be free instead/Nobody can hold you down." In "Heaven Can Wait" the voice of the song asserts that "My will is so much stronger than it's ever been" and what was thought to be "rearranging in my mind" is a "breakthrough I'm caressing/A spiritual blessing." This is not to say that he looks at the world through rose-colored glasses. "Forecast" begins with a girl throwing his clothes "out of the tenth floor window." The voice in the album's opening song "Handprints" feels that something is "broke inside of me" as he tells the woman in his bed to "Rise and shine there's no breakfast in bed/Gather your clothes and pack your feelings instead." Relationships don't always last. Even worse, "Beg or Borrow" has a man in a parking lot putting a gun to his head and throwing him down on the cold pavement. Still we can "come together" to "bring each other to a better day." Life will throw you curves; there are mountains to climb. But as he asserts in "Heaven Can Wait," "It's a mountain I've been climbing/I'm on the top." It is nice that the album comes with the lyrics for all the songs. They are worth pondering.
But lyrics aside, it is Scopoletti's way with melody that is the real joy of this album. Every one of the songs echoes beautifully in the ear. He points to artists like Dave Matthews and Hall and Oates as his musical influences. You can listen to "Truth" and "Heaven Can Wait" during the WFAS interview to get a good indication of Scopoletti's sound and see what you think.
Those in Scopoletti's hometown of Port Chester, NY will have an opportunity to see him headlining a benefit concert for the Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation (which supports, among other things, projects related to brain cancer) and the Imerman Angels, which fosters one-on-one cancer support. The concert is scheduled for March 7 at the Capitol Theater. Also ran in Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
THE RECORD-JOURNAL (CT)
1/14/2013, By Jim Pasinski
From New York comes singer/songwriter Charlie Scopoletti as he returns to his roots with his inspiring new album, "Truth." The album was released almost a year ago, but is coming into the spotlight because of a benefit concert that Scopoletti will headline on March 7, 2013. The benefit show will take place at the Capitol Theatre in New York and Scopoletti, being from Port Chester compares the Capitol Theatre to "Madison Square Garden." The evening's concert will also include special guests and area musicians. His 7-song album was inspired by his battles with cancer and overcoming other adversities. The words of the songs like "Truth" and "Heaven Can Wait" are so uplifting that you can't help but get lost in his music. Charlie also shows a bit of diversity in his songwriting with the blues sound of "Forecast," the jazzy "Feel Some More" and the mainstream pop of the album closer "Marry Me." Charlie Scopoletti has one other live date on his schedule before his benefit show in March. He will be performing this Wednesday at MacDaffs Pub in Greenwich, CT.
Scopoletti considers Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews and Hall & Oates among his musical influences, and he does them proud on his album -- from the stunning ‘Forecast' to the forthright title track, to the blunt, poignant ‘Heaven Can Wait' to the funky groove of ‘Feel Some More', Scopoletti's ‘Truth' marks his arrival as an honest storyteller with a terrific ear for melody and a unique life story delivered through song.
March 7th, 2013 was proclaimed ‘Charlie Scopoletti Day', as Scopoletti gave something back to his hometown of Port Chester, NY. See additional coverage here: Port Chester Salutes Local Musician, Cancer Survivor: http://portchester.patch....
As a kid growing up in Westchester County, Scopoletti recalls that the Capitol "was my Madison Square Garden...I passed it every day, hoping that one day I would perform there. Dreams do come true."
Listen to Scopoletti discuss the event, and hear two tracks from ‘Truth', via this recent interview on WFAS Radio:
Scopoletti's ‘Truth Concert & Charity Event' Benefitted two worthy causes: Imerman Angels, and the Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation. More information about the charities, here:
Natalia Crespo Eirin Foundation
Natalia Crespo Eirin was Charlie Scopoletti's best friend who lost her 14-year battle with a brain tumor in 2006 at the young age of 30. NCEF mission is to celebrate the power of how a single person can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation intends to shape grant-making programs to support several projects including, but not limited to, brain cancer awareness and research, college scholarships, helping the lives of others who have been diagnosed and/or living with cancer-related illnesses, making donations to families in need of support or relief, making grants to hospitals to improve care; and any other ways to help society, the community and individuals.
Imerman Angels (One-on-One cancer support) Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors. These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. Scopoletti is in the community to become a Mentor Angel.
For Scopoletti, who has drawn comparisons to Ryan Adams, Kenny Loggins and Jason Mraz, 2013 is shaping up as a breakthrough year during which this local hero aims to assert himself on a broader stage. He also has a new EP in the works, which includes his homage to Darryl Hall, in the form of Scopoletti's versions of the beloved tracks ‘Sara Smile' and ‘Rich Girl'. Additional tour dates and other news will be announced soon.
Charlie Scopoletti BIO:
Charlie Scopoletti defines his music as "Perspective Music". A two-time cancer survivor, his debut album "Truth" draws from the unique perspective of someone who's faced and overcome adversity. With his artistic blend of passionate lyricism, melodic hooks, and intense approach to acoustic guitar playing, his music will take you places only you can go.
Scopoletti was only ten when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a debilitating disease of the lymphatic system. Looking back on the months spent in treatment, Scopoletti remembers how the painful process of recovery started his life in a new direction. As chance would have it, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC, where Scopoletti underwent treatment, provided its patients with instruments for recreational therapy. The instruments fascinated Scopoletti, who tried every instrument the hospital provided, even a drum set reportedly donated by Madonna. Scopoletti's obsession with music continued through his recovery and remained with him through his adolescence into adulthood. Even today Scopoletti says: "If you put any instrument in front of me I'll find some way to get a noise out of it."
Scopoletti recovered from his fight with Hodgkin's and eventually rejoined the other kids at school where he found a home for his music. He joined band, choir, musicals and any other activity that would give him license to try something new. With a dedicated passion for singing, Scopoletti was driven to excel as an artist. At age 16, Scopoletti was given his first electric guitar and at 18, his first acoustic. From that point on he tried to learn as much about the guitar and his voice as he could, imitating the performances of his favorites and teaching himself chords and most importantly, songwriting. Even though Scopoletti had a childhood fascination with music, through high school, music took a back seat to sports. Scopoletti played baseball, football, soccer, but his number one joy was basketball. He practiced night and day with the hopes of winning a coveted scholarship to play for a college team. Scopoletti was offered many small scholarships but decided to go to Ohio University. While in the process of training for basketball tryouts Scopoletti suffered a horrible accident that left him with a badly broken leg. While his leg was healing, Scopoletti spent day after day playing his guitar, and singing, writing and creating songs. Gradually music became his main focus. Scopoletti never took any serious music lessons, but his innate talent for music allowed him to imitate anything he heard. Scopoletti's biggest education came when he would sneak into a local bar on Thursday nights to watch one of his favorite local musicians. Scopoletti would go home and imitate everything he watched the man do, learning new techniques. He began performing solo acoustic shows weekly and also went through several different bands over the years singing and playing guitar and even playing drums on occasion. He's a believer in live performances and practicing his art in front of an audience. With that belief, Scopoletti has been gigging steadily through all stages of his career.
In late 2004, Scopoletti decided to make his musical compositions come to life, and under the band name CSB, released his first full-length album entitled "Circles" on Rock Ridge Records. Scopoletti's intimate songwriting and brilliant compositions had the ability to reach audiences by touching on topics that everyone can relate to- love, loss, and new possibilities. CSB's songs received airplay across the country and the band toured to support the new release. They performed regularly in the NYC Music Scene, at countless venues in the U.S, and in Italy, Portugal, Spain, the islands of St. Bart's, St Martin and Aruba. In 2006, Scopoletti hit another road block on life's path in the form of thyroid cancer. While that brought a halt to the momentum he'd been building, Scopoletti was not to be undone. He recovered and in 2009, CSB opened for alternative rockers Better Than Ezra as part of the Alive at Five outdoor summer series at Columbus Park in Stamford, CT.
Although Scopoletti had achieved some success with CSB for several years, in 2010 he decided to return to his roots as a singer/songwriter in order to cultivate his career and further explore his abilities as an artist. With a fresh outlook and perspective on life, Scopoletti began creating a compilation of songs that would serve as the catalyst for several promising opportunities. Through a mutual friend, Scopoletti met Vanessa Ferrer of InFocus Artist Management. The two began discussions on how to achieve Scopoletti's goals and a management agreement was signed soon after. As part of their strategy, they decided to approach Hal Winer, Grammy nominated sound engineer and proprietor of Bicoastal Music (Rob Thomas, Allan Toussaint, Robert Randolph) about the possibility of recording in his studio. After several "auditions", Winer agreed to take on the project and enlisted Clifford Carter (James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, Jewel, Black Crowes) as co-producer and music director of the project. Pre-production work was complete by late 2010 and the recording process began. With Scopoletti on vocals and acoustic guitar, Clifford Carter on keys, Joe Bonadio (Sting, Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin) on percussion, Mike Visceglia (Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Avril Lavigne) on bass and the Grooveline Horns (Jason Mraz) were brought in who were featured on the high-energy track "Feel Some More". Scopoletti's highly anticipated debut solo album "Truth" is now complete and was released on January 31st 2012. Charlie has been touring the country to support the album's release and headlined the "Truth Concert and Charity Event" at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on March 7, 2013.
In recent months, Charlie has been working on songs for his new EP. He also has been sharing his story of survival and years of experience of being a full time musician at speaking engagements at music workshops, conferences and charity events. Charlie is very passionate about giving back and is in the process of starting his own foundation.
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