EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ July 2, 2003 -- Jersey Jams Fund, a fiduciary fund of Bergen County United Way created and run by the New Jersey music scene, will continue to raise money for its Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares Music Education Program with a series of concerts and a CD in tribute to the late, great Jerry Garcia. The Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Concert Series will feature six shows from July 4 to Halloween.

The first shows will be 8 p.m. Friday, July 4 with Juggling Suns ( and One-Eyed Jack ( and 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 with Juggling Suns, Beyond and The Remedy. Both shows will be at Paul's Tavern, 1703 Main St., Belmar, and admission will be $7. Paul's can be reached at (732) 280-9411.

The popular Jersey Shore-based multi-instrumentalist J-Pat Dalton will produce two additional shows: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, featuring J-Pat Dalton ( & the Jersey Jams All-Stars, featuring acoustic duos and trios, Tumulty's Pub, 361 George St., New Brunswick. $3. (732) 545-6205. Another J-Pat show in September with Secret Sound (, Beyond and The Remedy will be announced soon.

Another September Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares show will feature Water and Confusion's Prince, plus special guests. And the final Garcia tribute concert will be: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, The Pattenburg House, Pattenburg Road, Pattenburg, with One Cat Left, Dyer Weed, Joe Stuby & Rocking Horse and special guests. Tickets are $5. For more info about the Pattenburg House, a restored 18th century roadhouse in scenic Hunterdon County, call (908) 735-2547 or visit

The Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares shows will feature original sets sprinkled with tunes either written or covered by Garcia in the Grateful Dead, solo or in side projects. They also will feature all-star jams on such Dead epics as "Dark Star," "Terrapin Station" and "Franklin's Tower."

Donations for Jersey Jams Fund and its Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares Music Education Program will be collected at all six shows. Such prizes as a complete set of David Grisman-Jerry Garcia Acoustic Disc CDs signed by Grisman will be raffled for the all-volunteer, grass-roots music charity. Some of the shows also will benefit Jersey Jams Fund either with complete or partial proceeds from ticket sales.

A "Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares" charitable tribute CD will be co-produced by J-Pat Dalton, Dan O'Dea of Beyond and Bob Makin, co-founder of Jersey Jams Fund and its Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares Music Education Program. The CD will be released in August of 2005 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead and Garcia's birthday and in honor of the 10th anniversary of Garcia's death. The disc will feature individual tracks by favorite Jersey jam bands, all-star acoustic duos and trios and the aforementioned epic all-star jams.

"I think it's great to pay tribute to Garcia in support of music education," says Marc Diomede, founding vocalist-guitarist of Juggling Suns, who'll play "U.S. Blues" into "Eyes of the World" on July 4. "The Dead were pioneers of free music by allowing their audiences to tape their shows. I think Jerry would be into trying to make music lessons free and affordable to kids, especially for those who can't get it right now because of cuts to school budgets and arts funding. And I think it's great that Jersey Jams Fund got its start by offering music scholarship to the New Jersey Children of 9/11 in order to make them feel better."

Jersey Jams Fund has raised a total of $25,762 through donations and sales of a series of charity compilation CDs and benefit concerts. The charity has given $18,000 in music scholarship to 30 New Jersey Children of 9/11 between the ages of 4 and 16. There also have been five Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares music mentorship events that have reached 350 children. Four of them were free to kids.

While continuing to raise money to provide music scholarship to the New Jersey Children of 9/11 and free music mentorship events to all New Jersey children, Jersey Jams Fund is pursuing matching grants from corporations and foundations to restore music education programs in New Jersey schools and to bring its music scholarship and mentorship programs to schools. Jersey Jams Fund also aims to help build Jersey Arts Centers to enrich children with the positive impact of music and art.

Those interested in sponsoring or volunteering at the Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Concert Series should email Jersey Jams Fund also has free tickets to many shows for volunteers who run its promotional/merchandise booth. Nominations for college scholarship are available to high school and college-age volunteers. For more info, visit

To make a donation to Jersey Jams Fund, send a check or money order made out to Bergen County United with Jersey Jams Fund in the memo to Cheryl Moses, Grants Coordinator, Bergen County United Way, 690 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649.

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