An Evening of Art, Music and Awareness: A Benefit for the Jason Foster Tribute Concert. Saturday, May 1st, 2010.
The evening kicks off at 5:00pm with an Art Exhibit Opening Reception:
10 Years Gone: A Mixed Media Retrospective featuring the art of Jude DeFalco. (A portion of all sales from the art exhibit will be donated to The Jason Foster Project)
Beginning at 7:00pm there will be a suggested donation of $5 for the show. Ages 21 & up to enter
DJ Mike Longto will be spinning tunes between sets.
This event is a fund raiser. 100% of the money raised at the door will help to cover expenses related to the production of The Jason Foster Tribute Concert which will be held on September 19, 2010 at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY.
At the time of his passing, Jason Foster was recording his Donovans Dreamers material at Applehead Studio with Producers Chris Bittner (former 3 bandmate) and Mike Birnbaum. Jason and his band (Matt Mason on bass guitar and Dustin Travis on guitar & backing vocals) were amidst a search for a full-time drummer, but in the meantime utilized former 3 bandmate, Josh Eppard in the studio. There’s no word of what will come of those recordings yet, but I hope we hear them someday!
Jason Foster moved on from this dimension September 22nd, 2009… what would have been his 40th birthday. R.I.P.
3 in 1998. Chris Bittner, Josh Eppard, Joey Eppard, Jason Foster
photo by: Nicole Terpening
Dear Jason, Thanks for those incredible nights in New Paltz with Lunch Meat. They will not be forgotten.
by: John W. Barry
While attending SUNY New Paltz in the early 1990s, my friends and I often saw a band called Lunch Meat play at Snugs and Cabaloosa.
If I remember correctly, they were VERY outside of the box, a guitar driven, instrumental, almost symphonic cavalcade of electric music. Topping it all off would be some performance art right on stage, as the band played – two people playing chess, someone painting on a canvas.
The two main personalites were guitarist Ken McGloin and guitarist Jason Foster. They tore it up. They shredded it. They overlapped each other, they avoided each other, they played cat and mouse, they were, quite simply, great.
My friends in college knew Foster and would often talk to him during set breaks. I was always taken with how he seemed like a very down-to-earth, friendly guy, who took his incredible talent on the guitar in stride, and had no ego to obscure his ability.
For all of these reasons, I was very sorry to hear late last week that Foster had died. I could only think of all those great nights in New Paltz, watching a band that shared their love of music with everyone at the bar and on the dance floor. Lunch Meat wil always remain one of my favorite bands, in large part because of Jason Foster.
I heard about Foster’s passings from one of those friends who I saw Lunch Meat with. His name is Thad Scott, he plays bass and here is what he had to say about Jason Foster:
Besides the fact that he was a really good guy, he was a prodigy on the guitar. His genre was metal (at least in the 80’s when I knew him). He was naturally gifted – probably one of the best musicians in our school. He was charismatic, likeable, good-looking, funny – people were just drawn to him. And he shredded the guitar.
Here is another recollection, from musician Kyle Dannert:
The Hudson Valley lost a musical giant this week with the passing of guitarist/songwriter Jason Foster. As a child, Jason was a prodigy. Like the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorious; Jason had double jointed thumbs which allowed the guitar neck to sit on his hands like wood on work bench. In the 80’s Jason played in number of heavy metal bands and he was the star musician at Kingston High School’s class of 88. I remember watching Jason work. He would play a song on the stereo one time and be able to tell his band mates exactly what to play after just one listen. Jason’s first love was metal but after high school his style really started to expand. I remember visiting him while I was in college and he played me all the songs on a new Jane’s Addiction album & I thought that was such a departure from the Maiden & Dio that I always remembered him playing. In the early 90’s Jason began playing in the band Lunchmeat which was a very exciting, experimental rock/jazz band. They were known for wild performance art and amazing musicianship. Lunchmeat was one of the few bands that could entertain an audience of college kids with no vocals; but they were not a jam band. Jason fit right in with Lunchmeat playing his amazing guitar riffs over beautiful chord changes and crazy rhythms. Jason went on to have many musical sucess’; but more importantly he is remembered as being an incredible friend. He had a smile that sucked you in & when you spoke with him you wanted to be his best friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Here is the obituary, from http://www.dapsonchestney.com/fosterjason.html:
Kingston – Jason Stephen Foster, 40, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at his home in Kingston.
Jason was born September 22, 1969 in Rhinebeck to the late Edwin Stephen Foster and Patricia Ann (Greene) Foster of Kingston. He was raised in Kingston and graduated from Kingston High School in 1988. He was a die hard Pittsburgh Steelers Fan.
Jason began his life of music at the tender age of 11. Previously a drummer, he was drawn to the guitar; as well as every other instrument for that matter. He excelled with rhythm and melody at a very young age; and with this incredible sense of both, Jason immediately began creating his own music. Later on in his career this would become his signature.
Originally self taught Jason sought professional guidance in such genres as blues, a smidgeon of jazz, truckload of rock and enough classical guitar to improve dexterity. Courtesy of Ken McGloin, Greg Dinger and the late Rob Leo, God rest his soul!, who were the 3 main teachers. His depth and diverse background as well as Jason’s adaptability allowed him to log numerous hours as a studio session musician, but his biggest was yet to come. Performances onstage had transformed him into a local legend. Some of the projects included; Talon, The Guild, Dixie Rockets, Perfect Thyroid, Scratch Baxter, The Reptiles, Johnny Most Project, Chris Max, Peacebomb, Taylor Made, Outloud Dreamer, Three, Lunchmeat, Paxton and now finally, his own project DONOVAN’S DREAMERS. He has also performed on stage with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, and Matt Chamberlain. (Pearl Jam, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, the Wallflowers…) one of his most memorable moments, was being fortunate enough to be a guest alongside Joey Ramone on WDST radio during “A Day in the Garden” festival.
Jason’s been fortunate to play… N.Y.C. clubs, Webster Hall, Cog’s, The China Club and Irving Plaza, The Chance, the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. and Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Jason has opened for bands such as, the Spin Doctors, Cake, Bad Brains, B-52’s, Fiona Apple, Fishbone, Joan Osbourne, Tower of Power, Goo Goo Dolls, Marcy Playground, Third Eye Blind, Live, Collective Soul, Sheryl Crow, Dishwalla and Candlebox, to name a few. “There’s nothing quite like playing in front of a packed house.” Whether its 100 or 400,000, he always comes ready to perform. Jason has been fortunate enough to perform at Woodstock ’94, Woodstock ’99, A Day In The Garden ’97 (Bethel, NY), ASCAP ANNIVERSARY Party, Grassroots Festival ’96, ’97, ’98 (Trumansburgh, NY), CMJ Music Marathon ’94 (New York, NY) and the 1994 KISS Convention.
In addition to his mother, Jason is survived by a brother John, and his wife Alice, of Rhinebeck; a sister Susan Colburn, and her husband Joe, of Westminster, CO; a brother Marty Foster of Phoenix, AZ; a brother Joseph Kaiser, and his wife Doreen, of Germantown, NY; a brother Jeff Kaiser of Blowvelt, ND; a sister Julie Thomas, and her husband Troy, of Chestertown, MD; a brother Austin Foster of Rhinebeck; A brother Cody Foster, and Ashley, of Chandler, AZ; one Uncle Larry Greene, and his wife Michelle, Daytona Beach, FL; his beloved friend Regina Buonfiglio, and friend Keith Hines; many nieces and nephews, and too many friends to mention.
I’ll let my friends speak on my behalf! And let my music do the walkin’ because where I come from harmony reigns!
Fare thee well. May you rest in peace.