Taken from first live performance in 7 years; in honor of Adam Schlesinger
All proceeds benefit New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
Last week, as part of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund’s “JERSEY 4 JERSEY” benefit raising funds to fight the impact of COVID-19, the surviving members of Fountains of Wayne reunited for their first live performance in seven years to pay tribute to songwriter, bassist and vocalist Adam Schlesinger, who passed away a month ago today. The band’s Chris Collingwood, Jody Porter and Brian Young were joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter and New Jerseyan Sharon Van Etten to fill in on bass and backing vocals on the 2003 Fountains of Wayne song “Hackensack.”
Today, the band released the recording from that performance on Bandcamp, which is waiving its revenue share on all purchases today until midnight pacific time. All net proceeds from the release will be donated to The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. It will be made available for download for one month only. Purchase “Hackensack” on Bandcamp here: https://bit.ly/2yVaThL
Watch the performance of “Hackensack” here:
In previewing the participants performing at last week’s “JERSEY 4 JERSEY” event, Gov. Phil Murphy made a point of calling out Fountains’s inclusion, saying “I’m touched to mention that the surviving members of Fountains of Wayne, will be performing with Sharon Van Etten … in a special tribute to band co-founder and Montclarion Adam Schlesinger, who we lost to COVID-19.”
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund’s “JERSEY 4 JERSEY” benefit, the one-night broadcast fundraiser to fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities, featured New Jersey’s biggest champions and celebrities participating from their homes, including Saquon Barkley, Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, Chelsea Handler, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and SZA.
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund was launched March 24 to marshal resources to meet critical needs and fight the economic and social impact of COVID-19 within New Jersey. NJPRF will provide grants to existing organizations with a demonstrated track record of caring for vulnerable communities. One hundred percent of every dollar received online by NJPRF will go to organizations that provide essential services to those in need and to assist those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NJPRF is proud to be hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey, which has been serving the needs of New Jersey nonprofits and philanthropists for more than 40 years. For additional information, visit https://njprf.org/.