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Grateful Dead Tribute Concert Supports Early Childhood Education May 6

The following is from Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel

Dead Space musicians are (left to right) Ed Petersen, Ben Davis, Todd Weiss, Howard Bialos, Rick Cantor, Jed Goldstein, and Albert Cesario.

Deadheads and classic rock fans will have a chance to rock out to their favorite tunes when Dead Space, New Jersey’s premier Grateful Dead tribute band, performs at Two Town Shakedown, a benefit concert on Saturday, May 6 at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood, N.J. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include one drink ticket each; a cash bar with wine and beer as well as food will be available for purchase at the venue.

Proceeds from Two Town Shakedown will raise funds to expand the play spaces and outdoor classrooms at The Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education, the preschool program at Temple Sharey-Tefilo Israel (TSTI) in South Orange. Concert tickets are available at twotownshakedown.evenbrite.com

“I’m determined to preserve outdoor spaces in which children have the ability to explore nature at TSTI, surrounded by beautiful trees and natural elements,” said Carol Paster, early childhood education director. “This fundraiser will enable us to replace the plastic climbing structures with more open-ended outdoor experiential equipment and materials.”

Dead Space, formed by guitarist/singer Howard Bialos of Kenilworth (center in photo), includes guitarist Jed Goldstein from South Orange (2nd from right), a TSTI preschool parent with one daughter currently attending and an older daughter who also attended. He is thrilled to be playing his first show in SOMA in support of the school and as a father at age 41, he feels lucky to be playing music that he loves.

“I’m having a total blast playing with this great group of guys,” said Goldstein. “When I started playing with Dead Space almost a year ago, it was the first time I was truly diving head-on into the Dead’s music, and the band has been so supportive as I was getting my legs under me. I completely fell in love with the music all over again but on a much deeper level, studying Jerry Garcia’s playing.”

Dead Space plays tunes from the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band with original interpretations of the music that Deadheads have revered for decades. The concert is sponsored by the Kate Elliott Group of Coldwell Banker, a real estate agency in Maplewood and KB On The Go, a catering firm based in Roselle.

The Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education is the community preschool program at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) in South Orange. It offers a play-based, Reggio-inspired approach to learning, and includes indoor and outdoor classrooms and a nature curriculum. The program’s unique, individualized approach focuses on each child’s developmental needs and promotes a positive, secure and accepting environment. Through their play, children are exposed to math, language, science, creative movement, games and storytelling while balancing active and relaxed activities. Specialists also offer music, nature, cooking and drama. For more information, visit https://www.tsti.org/early-childhood-center.

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