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Charles Laurita EP          The Trentonian         Thursday, September 30, 2010


Photo and text by Brian McCarthy

Charles Laurita, Papa Carl, Ernie WhiteHow did a 19-year old guitar prodigy and a 65-year old transplant recipient become friends? The answer is really quite simple: through the power of music.

Charles Laurita, a young Hamilton Township guitarist met "Papa" Carl Anderson one night when they had both gone out to see singer Lisa Bouchelle perform. Lisa knew both Anderson and Laurita but they had never met before. That night they both jammed with Bouchelle.

The results of that meeting prompted Papa Carl to ask Charles if he would play on a track of the CD he was recording with local legend Ernie White. Both Anderson and Laurita were students of Ernie's, as was Lisa.

The common factor that united them was Ernie White, a true guitar virtuoso and first-class performer. It was Ernie that encouraged Papa Carl to record some of the songs he had written and eventually became "Song to Soul", an 11-track CD available on CD Baby. Charles plays lead guitar on "Dark Night." Lisa and Ernie are on several of the tracks with Papa.

All four will be performing live on Sunday Oct. 3, at Kat Man Du for the Sixth Annual Papa Carl's Jam for Life. The event features more than, two dozen bands from around the region and is designed to raise organ and tissue donor awareness as well as to raise funds to support related causes. The beneficiaries this year will be the Gift of Life Family House, The Penn Transplant House, and The NJ Sharing Network.

The show kicks off at noon, and doors will open at 11am. Tickets are available at The Music Box of Hamilton, Triangle of Hamilton, Glen Roc Gallery and Kat Man Du. The cost of a ticket is $15 pre-event and $20 the day of the event.

Papa Carl is living proof that transplants work. Come out and celebrate life and hear some fantastic music featuring Ernie White, Charles Laurita and Lisa Bouchelle among many others.

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