This year will be the kick-off for a brand new 4-day music and art festival at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, New Jersey called the Festival for Humanity. The festival has been created and aims to benefit charities of suicide prevention, health and nutrition. Set to headline the festival this year includes: Third Eye Blind, From Good Homes, The New Pornographers, The Misfits, Sister Hazel, Soul Asylum and many more! Early Bird Tickets are currently offered at half face value through April 1st. For tickets and more information, please go to: www.festivalforhumanity.com.
Festival for Humanity is a cooperative effort of business, charities and artists both visual and musical to create an eventful holiday weekend that attracts fans to support the work of people dedicated to a greater good. With the partnerships of Woodfired Management and Mountain Creek-Crystal Springs Resort, this event was made possible to support and encourage charities from all over the U.S. to continue spreading their message.
Woodfired Management will share 33% of all Festival for Humanity related merchandise directly with the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and has pledged 10% of all Net Ticket Sales to the charities of Humanity Village. These shared revenues should accumulate into the hundreds of thousands as the festival unfolds. There is no cover charge for a charity to set up an information booth at the festival and they are still accepting applications. To have your charity at the Festival for Humanity, please go to: http://festivalforhumanity.com/?page_id=61
Founder of the Festival For Humanity and Woodfired Management, Anders Thueson is an advocate for a number of causes and artists. He has over 30 years of management, design and production experience in several disciplines including television, print media, music, art and the culinary arts. Anders has been commended in numerous publications for his work with music, art and food most notably in Vail Colorado, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York’s Hudson Valley. As co-founder of the Hudson Valley Blues Society with the late NYC filmmaker Fred Jackson, he produced seven highly successful festivals featuring Blues luminaries Rod Piazza, the late Son Seals, Jimmy Vivino with John Sebastian, The Holmes Brothers, Mighty Sam McClain, Ann Rabson, Little Sammy Davis, the late Bill Perry, Doug MacLeod, Steve Guyger, Queen of Slide Ellen MacIlwaine, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines and many others. In 1998 he was asked and produced a memorable outdoor benefit with Jazz greats Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. Later under Woodfired, he produced four successful Emerging Songwriter Series. Thueson stated that, “Festival for Humanity represents the ultimate opportunity to create an annual cultural celebration of music and outreach to bring attention to those who make a difference through selfless service to humanity through charitable causes.”
40 BANDS – 2 STAGES – 20 CHARITIES
For 2011, Humanity Village will be anchored by Kristin Brooks Hope Center, the founders of 1-800-SUICIDE and the many affiliated charities related to Suicide Prevention. There will be a Graffiti Art Therapy Project led by abstract artist, Franck de Las Mercedes during the entire Festival along with a Post Secret Exhibit where concert attendees can add their own secrets. QPR Trainings for suicide prevention will occur throughout the 4 day festival at no cost to the trainee.
The American Red Cross, YMCA, Feeding America, Vet2vet, Cop2Cop, Music for Humanity, DALI, Farm Aid Member Regional Growers led by Abundant Life Farm’s Linda Borghi and a long list of others will be joining in support with a focus on health and nutrition as a foundation for strong mental health. With weekend attendance expected to reach 25,000 to 30,000 people, we are confident that the awareness, outreach and fund raising achieved through the festival will set a new standard for a “first of its kind” event.
There will be two stages for entertainers, the Main Stage or Humanity Field will be an outdoor venue with a capacity of approximately 13,000 and a Second Stage or Humanity Village Stage will accommodate up to 3,000 in a covered setting. Headlining artists are falling into place with the signing of The Misfits, Subcommittee and CC Coletti for Friday, Third Eye Blind, Soul Asylum, Coolie Ranx, Bronze Radio Return, Good Charlotte, A Clear Blurr for Saturday, Pick Up the Phone Tour Headliner Rebbie Jackson, American Idol’s Caleb Hawley, Scissor Sister Chrissi Poland and Las Vegas Stars Modern Science withYouTube Phenomenon Lisa Scinta, Lovebettie and Duwende on Sunday, and on Monday, the legendary New Jersey reunion band From Good Homes co-headlines with Canada’s top band The New Pornographers, Sister Hazel, Amber Rubarth, Matt Lowell, Runaway Dorothy, The Gallery and James Maddock. With a few more big name artist announcements left to be shared for Sunday, they will all be supported by the finest Rock, Soul, R&B, Folk and Jazz original artists emerging today. We are confident that our line-ups will rival those of some of the biggest festivals across the nation and draw to near capacity levels. Unique to this Festival, all artists will play in succession from 9:30am to 11pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday rather than simultaneously to allow the attendee to enjoy every moment of performance!
MOUNTAIN CREEK & CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT
Located just 47 miles from the George Washington Bridge, Mountain Creek is the New York metro area’s closest ski resort, offering 167 skiable acres on four mountain peaks, 100% night skiing, the region’s highest vertical and the East Coast’s only true All Mountain Terrain Park south of Vermont. The resort also offers Mountain Biking at their Diablo Freeride Park, home of the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, coincidentally held during the same weekend. There are seven golf courses on the resort property, a large water park, full-service spa, miles of hiking trails and Gondola rides. Ample lodging is available on-site and in adjoining towns as well as several camping options nearby. Mountain Creek and Crystal Springs Resorts will be the exclusive food and beverage providers for the event aligned with the theme of health and nutrition featuring whole food options to elevate a finer experience for the fan.