Our Best of the Eagles concert was a great success on October 9th, 2015 as The Justin Veatch Fund held its fourth fundraising concert at the historic Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill before an enthusiastic crowd.
Opening for the evening were performances by the Westchester Youth Choirs and The Justin Veatch Fund All Stars. The All Stars–produced by Steven Wright-Mark of the Jessica Lynn band–impressed the crowd in a stunningly solid performance with Ari Perakis and Kayla Paige Fuhst on vocals, Justin Giacchetto on guitar, Eddie Fiscella on keys, Wilson Yarnell on bass and Harrison Dolan on drums. It was a fitting opening before the Best of the Eagles had the crowd dancing in the isles for more than 90-minutes. Perakis and Giacchetto joined the veteran central New Jersey band for a high energy finale.
The Justin Veatch Fund’s mission, in addition to awarding annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan further study of music, is to create musical opportunities for talented teen musicians. It started in 2009 with monthly open mic nights co sponsored with the Yorktown Teen Center and two-day summer music workshops which began in 2010.
In order to showcase the most talented young musicians we encountered we created a concert series to afford them the opportunity to open for a well known headliner. In 2012 it was Bernie Williams and his All Star Band, last September it was Livingston Taylor and on October 9th the Best of the Eagles, considered one of the premiere tribute shows in the country.
All proceeds from the Paramount concert are going toward Justin Veatch Fund scholarships and other music programs for teens.