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Jefferson Starship Will Kick Off East Whiteland Concert Series

The first free concert will be held Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Jefferson Starship is coming to East Whiteland.

The legendary rock band—whose members were behind hits like "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit"—will be perform a June 20 at .

The concert is the first in a series being produced by Friends of Summer Stage, a new nonprofit group dedicated to bringing free music to the East Whiteland park.

Jason Dempsey, who founded the Friends, said he loves music and summer shows, and saw great potential in the amphitheater at Valley Creek Park.

"We wanted to put on a super high-quality event that’s free and accessible for residents of township and visitors," Dempsey said.

Concerts will be held once per month on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The June concert will have some activities for children but no food sales—the focus will mostly be on Jefferson Starship.

The July concert date and headliner haven't been announced yet. Dempsey did say that it won't be held on July 4, and he is close to locking in a great band.

No municipal funds will be spent on the concerts, said Dempsey, who sits on the township's Parks and Recreation committee. They are being paid for by individual donors and bigger sponsors like Atwater Corporate Center and Liberty Property Trust.

The Friends have raised about about a third of their projected budget, and are hoping residents will donate via PayPal on the group's website.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can contact Dempsey by phone at 610-727-3752 or by email at info@dempseydb.com.

This isn't the first Jefferson Starship performance in East Whiteland Township. The band reportedly played years ago at restaurant.

The concert series press release gives a bit of history of the band (and a video of "White Rabbit" is attached to this article):

Jefferson Starship was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner; and, David Freiberg. The band, descended from Jefferson Airplane – who performed at Monterey and Woodstock, at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, and shared the bill countless times with Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin.

Chris June 21, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Just wanted to let you know that the Jefferson Starship concert was an absolute blast! They were so good - I didn't know what to anticipate since the lead singer was not going to be with the band, but it "was not" a disappointment! A beautiful night and a great way to get people out to enjoy the community! Thanks again!
Chris June 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Uh, my daughter of 15 thought it was a great concert! No joke! Given the age of the band members, I was impressed!
john June 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Great. Glad you enjoyed them. I'll still take the original Airplane anyday.
Mega Acidtrip August 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
no joke, Paul Kanter is the only original member... but 2 others have been with the band since the 70s
Mega Acidtrip August 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM
well, Grace Slick is somewhat irreplaceable...i will agree to that

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