AEG Presents, in partnership with Entercom Radio Group and the City of Pompano Beach, is proud to host #ParklandStrong, A Benefit for the Victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School at the Pompano Beach Amp on May 16, 2018. All of the proceeds including ticket sales, concessions, merchandise and sponsorships will be donated to the official Broward Education Foundation Stoneman Douglas Fund. The concert will feature New Found Glory; Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, playing an intimate acoustic set; and Ryan Key, formerly of Yellowcard. Tickets for #Parkland Strong go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 5 at 10 AM and can be purchased at pbamp.com and axs.com.
“We are honored to be partnering with an outstanding array of community organizations to help support the victims’ families, survivors and those impacted by the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” said John Valentino, Senior Vice President of AEG Presents. “This concert will provide the opportunity to unite through an evening of music, while funding the official organization overseeing the distribution of donations.”
Broward Education Foundation, in close coordination with GoFundMe, announced an agreement with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) to develop and implement a fund distribution plan to provide direct financial support to the families of those killed or injured in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Broward Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for students and teachers in Broward County Public Schools, serves as the central repository for the Official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund and will organize a local steering committee responsible for setting the fund’s distribution policy.
“We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of compassion, generosity and support for our Marjory Stoneman Douglas family and Parkland community,” said Broward Education Foundation Board Chair Christina Fischer. “And we greatly appreciate the united efforts of so many outstanding performers, organizations and volunteers who are giving of their time and talent to make this benefit concert a successful fundraiser.”
The evening will feature an array of globally renowned performers with Florida roots.
Band members from headlining act, New Found Glory, graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and are honored to be participating in this concert. The members of New Found Glory had this to say:
The members of New Found Glory would like to start by saying this is a statement that we wish we never had to write in the first place. Our hearts are broken, and we cannot imagine the pain the victim’s families, friends, students, teachers and anyone else impacted by the recent tragedy at MSD must be feeling. While we feel there are no words that we can say or do to fix this in any way, we wish to let you know that our hearts are heavy with the pain that this event has caused to so many. We want to stress that the most important part of the grieving process is to focus on the healing of those affected by this senseless act. As some of you may or may not know, half of our band went to MSD so it is important to us that we do as much as we possibly can to help the school and families of the victims. They deserve our love, support, and help, and we will help in any way we can.
New Found Glory emerged as part of the pop punk scene of the late 1990s, and critics have hailed them as a pioneer of that genre. Joining them in tribute this evening will be former lead vocalist of the band Yellowcard, William Ryan Key, who will be debuting his new ambient, acoustic sound along with the release of his first EP. Chris Carrabba, who will also be playing an intimate acoustic set, is the lead singer of Dashboard Confessional, which recently released their new album, Crooked Shadows. The evening will also feature a silent auction of donated items. A soon-to-be announced dedicated web page will feature all available auctions items
“I couldn’t be more proud of our community coming together and paying tribute to the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. There is no better way to begin the healing process than through music,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President of Entercom Radio Group.
The City of Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Department has been working closely with AEG Presents, Entercom Radio Group, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Pompano Beach Fire and Rescue and a host of other supporters and volunteers to organize this event.
“Pompano Beach unites with Parkland to share in your grief and help in your healing,” said Mark Beaudreau, Pompano Beach Recreations Programs Administrator. “As neighbors, we are here for the long journey. This event is just a start. We hope that we can come together to support the victim’s families and friends and be an agent of change for the betterment of our children.”
New Found Glory
Jordan Pundik – Vocals Chad Gilbert – Guitar Ian Grushka – Bass Cyrus Bolooki – Drums
The word resurrection invokes the act of rising again, the possibility of revival despite opposing circumstances. There is no better for the title of New Found Glory’s eighth album. The collection of songs, produced by the band and engineered by Paul Miner, reflects four musicians determined to overcome no matter the odds. The Florida band, who have been creating infectious pop-punk since 1997, has learned to embrace the struggle and allow it to spawn a new beginning, opening a chapter where New Found Glory is stronger and more unstoppable than ever.
Following the release and promotion of 2011’s notably successful album Radiosurgery, New Found Glory found themselves pared down to a four-piece. With this new tightened lineup, the musicians were interested in creating a new album that embraced the combined sound of four instruments. They went back and listened to some of their favorite records to seek inspiration, studying how four musicians can build the same level of anthemic sound as if there were more. “The goal for the new record was to make it sound really authentic and natural and not filled in,” Chad says. “It was trying to make the biggest sounding record stripped down as four people.”
The musicians, who live split between Florida and Southern California, began writing in early 2014. They were interested in expanding beyond the recurring themes of relationships that often pops up in New Found Glory lyrics. For Jordan, Resurrection is an expression of the overall human experience and what it means to take the cards you’re dealt and move on in a positive way. “We’ve always a been a band that has written about life experiences from a deeply personal place,” Jordan says. “Some of it fictitious and some of it not fictional, but it’s all been stuff we’ve dealt with in our lives.”
The songs on the album were recorded in Miner’s studio in Orange Country in the summer of 2014 over the course of a month. The process marks the first time New Found Glory has gone into the studio with all the songs written and prepared. The band elected to produce the music themselves as a way of showcasing their independence and confidence in the band. Chad, who has produced albums for A Day To Remember, Lisa Loeb, as well as others, brought that experience to the process. It was a notably stress-free experience that resulted in a boisterous, infectious album that aptly balances polished hooks with a raw punk rock edge. “This is the most prepared we’ve ever been,” Chad notes. “Writing as a band now has never felt so easy. We really came together with ideas. We’ve gone through a lot and figured a lot of things out. This album has been very cathartic for us.”
“Selfless,” the album’s rollicking opener, sets the tone for Resurrection. The song is grand and driving, revealing how big four instruments can sound together. “We’ve been through ups
and downs,” Jordan explains of the song. “At the end of the day, it’s how you are as a person and how people view you as a person.” The album’s title track features Terror’s Scott Vogel on guest vocals and, in many ways, uses its catchy chorus to sum up the band’s experience over the past few years. Bayside’s Anthony Raneri pops up on rock-heavy “Stubborn” and Turnstile’s Brendan Yates appears on propulsive album closer “On My Own.”
One of the album’s standout moments arrives on “Ready and Willing,” an immediate number that grapples with the idea of struggling against the odds. The song reminds the listener that if they have a dream they should pursue it no matter what, always remembering why you had that dream to begin with. “It’s about trying to find that feeling again that you had as a kid,” Chad says. “You have to know why you do it. We want to challenge our fans to one day do the same thing.”
For New Found Glory, it’s eternally important to remember why they do what they do. The band has been playing together since the musicians were only in high school, breaking out of Florida to become one of the most influential pop-punk bands of our time. The group has headlined Warped Tour, toured with Green Day and performed on the mainstage of festivals like Reading and Leeds, their songs connecting positively and universally with fans around the world. Their message of encouragement continually resonates: never settle for what life has dealt you because you can do better. It’s that passion and optimism that has kept New Found Glory together for all these years and all these albums and all these tours.
“Bands have a lot of different reasons for being bands, but we are 100 percent in this band for the music,” Chad says. “All my life, this was my passion. That’s true for all of us. That’s why we still do it. We love writing and playing songs so we’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Our band can get through anything and nothing would stop us from doing that and that’s because we genuinely love it. Our passion is our music and that dominos into everything else. And it makes our fans happy, too.”
“We are always appreciative,” Jordan adds. “We appreciate each other and we appreciate our fans. Those are the two things that have kept us doing this, happily, for so long.”