While Paulie Z and the 4th graders at P.S. 119 were writing and recording their song “Multiplication”, the 5th graders and their Photoshop teacher Walter Atkinson were hard at work illustrating the lyrics to the song. Check out the gallery…. http://rockasylum.org/gallery/photoshop1.html
Every music fan owns a t-shirt of their favorite band. We know. Between our founder, our board, and frankly the RA staff, we have enough KISS, Poison, Blues Traveler, Police, and AC/DC t-shirts to clothe Rhode Island. So it only made sense that Rock Asylum should provide our main constituency - the children - with the opportunity to have their own t-shirts.
The Rock Asylum tee isn’t just a band or organization’s t-shirt, it’s their t-shirt. Since the students took part in writing the music, your kids are “with the band”, and they should have the t-shirt to prove it. So get these newly on sale tees, help support your kids, and help the organization that’s there to support them. Help support Rock Asylum. Click here to order yours now…. http://stores.factory77.com/rockasylum/kids-t-shirt-in-rock-asylum-purple.html
Rock Hard. Rock Strong. Rock Smart. Rock the purple!
Encore! Encore! That’s what the children living at the Mr. Manresa shelter wanted from Paulie Z, founder of Rock Asylum Foundation, and that’s exactly what they got. On Saturday, December 1st, Camp TLC provided transportation from Mt. Manresa to Gateway Academy on Staten Island for another full day of fun activities and events. Because of how much the kids loved Paulie’s performance last week, he was invited back.
In typical Paulie Z fashion, he wanted to make this week’s concert bigger and better than the last one so he brought some friends. Cherie Martorana, lead singer of Rubix Kube, the most original 80’s tribute band, brought her larger than life personality and enthusiasm to the concert. Marin Silverman who is 11 years old and Rock Asylum Foundation Junior Committee Chairperson did a rockin’ duet with Paulie. They sang two songs they co-wrote including “Drafting” a song about one of the steps of the writing process. Singer Laura Hankin, who sings for kids for a living, also generously donated her time and talent to make the concert even more special.
All this singing, dancing, and playing was bound to work up an appetite. Thankfully, our friends at Bella Mama Rose of Staten Island, generously donated a delicious buffet for all to enjoy.
It was a day full of good friends, old and new, good food, good music, and great fun.
Fox News stopped by the camp this weekend. Here is their news coverage: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2005459540001/camp-provides-retreats-for-kids-affected-by-hurricane-sandy/
Paulie Z of Rock Asylum Foundation spent some quality time with the kids living in the shelter at Mt. Manresa on Staten Island on Saturday, November 24th.
The kids were treated to an upbeat, fun, interactive musical performance that included some original Z Brothers songs like “In the City” and “The Stop Song”, along with some classic kids’ songs like “The Wheels on the Bus”.
There was even an impromptu sing along of “Party in the USA” when the kids requested a Miley Cyrus song. The kids got an extra special treat when Paulie let them take turns strumming the guitar.
One of the parents commented on how it was so good to see her kids acting like kids again. A great time was had by all.
Special thanks to Camp TLC for sponsoring and running the event and for inviting us to participate.
For more information about the event, please view the NY1 segment.
Rock Asylum Foundation is honored to announce that our founder, Paulie Z, will be providing a free acoustic set for children and their families this Saturday, November 24th at 2pm.
This concert, sponsored by Camp TLC (Together Living a Challenge)*, is part of a day of music, activities, and lunch for families that have been displaced to a shelter because of Hurricane Sandy.
This event will take place at the shelter at Mt. Manresa located at 239 Fingerboard Road on Staten Island.
While we would love to open this event to all of our supporters, it is a private event for the people living in the shelter only. We want to focus on bringing some joy and music back into their lives.
It is through your support that we are able to participate in worthwhile events such as this one. Thank you.
*Camp TLC (Together Living a Challenge), a program of the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation, is an “on the move” camping program that delivers a week of recreational and performing arts camp to children living in hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, and shelters at no charge to the families or organization we serve.
Tickets are now available for “The Edge Rock Ball” to benefit Rock Asylum Foundation atWebster Hall New York City! Join us and special guest, Rock Legend, Dee Snider as we honor NYC Principal, Lisa Fernandezand raise money to teach children through music!
Purchase tickets here: http://rockasylum.org/events/index.html
Last week, Rock Asylum Foundation joined forces with Camp TLC to bring music to the kids of St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Queens, NY. Camp TLC is a non-profit organization that brings the “camp experience” to children at hospitals and homeless shelters around the country.
Music is a big part of Camp TLC’s programing and they reached out to Paulie Z to come in and do a week’s worth of music classes and performance at St. Mary’s. The ages of the kids ranged from infants to teenagers. There was instant bond between Paulie and the children and in true Rock Asylum spirit they even wrote an original song together called “Makes Me Happy”.
Read Paulie’s description about his experience there:
Last week was an amazing experience. I was fortunate enough to work with the beautiful kids and staff at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Queens, NY thanks to Camp TLC which is a non-profit organization that brings the “camp experience” to kids in hospitals and homeless shelters around the country.
I was called in to work with the kids of St. Mary’s all of last week and they let me design my own music program which was great. I really wasn’t sure what to do exactly because I didn’t know what the vibe was going to be when I got there. I have worked with special needs kids before, but it was a while back and they were mainly on the younger side whereas these kids were mixed ages all the way up to 18. It can be tricky when working with mixed ages at once because what works for little ones can be boring for the older ones and vice versa so you have to be creative and ready to improvise if need be.
I decided to do a mixture of sing-a-long and song writing which worked out great! We sang and danced to classic kids songs and a bunch of my original ones as well and then we focused on writing our own song called “Make Me Happy” which had a very simply melody where everybody got to choose something that made them happy, and then they played their instrument. For example: “Jennifer likes puppies, because it makes me happy, and every time she’s happy, she makes this little sound” (plays instrument).
They were so excited when it was their turn and we showcased the song at the end of the week to all of the staff at the hospital. It was great. More importantly it reminded me once again how grateful we should all be with what we have because there are always people out there less fortunate than us. The amazing thing was that even though the kids were sick or disabled in some way, they all filled up with joy when they sang and danced which just proves once again the power of music.
For more information about Rock Asylum Foundation, please visit our website.
For more information about Camp TLC, please visit the Joey Dipaolo AIDS Foundation’s website.
P.S. 196’s career day has become an annual tradition. Each June, around 100 professionals spanning different lines of work - firefighters, police officers, salespeople, reporters, politicians - descend on the Bushwick Avenue school to discuss their jobs with the students.
This year the school invited Paulie Z to come and speak about his life as a rock star, TV star and more recently founder of a non-profit organization. Paulie Z spoke about writing, recording and touring and how it is important to stay healthy in order to be successful which is why he doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs. He also shared one of his secrets to happiness which is to figure out what you’re good at and love to do and do that as often as possible and aim to make that your vocation.
Needless to say after an empowering speech and rockin’ dance song (of course he brought his guitar) the kids were super inspired. Paulie has already said that he is looking forward to next year.