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Love Jam For Jill Benefit Concert

Love Jam for Jill, a benefit concert for Jill Walker, will be held at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO on Feb. 18, 2024 at 6:00 pm (CST). Jill who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is the wife of Head East lead singer Darren Walker. The concert will include performances from Kansas City area acts The Carl Worden Band, London Drive, Krush, Vandelyn Kross, and surprise special guests. At points throughout the concert some members of Head East will perform on stage with these acts and will also perform together as Head East for a brief set. Band set lengths may be abbreviated in order to give all musicians who have donated their time an opportunity to perform. Proceeds from the show will assist Jill and Darren Walker with costs associated with Jill's battle with cancer.

Tickets are now on sale through the Knucklehead's website. General admission tickets are $20 plus tax and fees. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Knuckleheads website at the address linked below:

https://tickets.knuckleheadskc.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1281

If you would like to make a donation to Jill and Darren and can not attend the Love Jam for Jill event, please visit the Go Fund Me page linked below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-jill-darrens-battle-with-cancer



Full Circle Now Available in CD, Vinyl, and Digital Formats

Head East's new studio release "Full Circle" is now available through most online music retailers in CD, Vinyl LP, and digital formats. As of December 29, 2023, CD editions are available through most online music retailers, and all individual tracks of the 13 song digital release are available for download through most online music platforms. As of January 12, 2024, the 10 track Vinyl LP editions are available through most online music retailers.

We currently do not know which brick and mortar stores will carry this release in either CD or Vinyl formats. Fans who do not want to shop online and want to buy at the store should check with their local music retailer to see if they have Full Circle for sale in store or if the store can order a copy for them. Additionally, copies will be available at the Head East merchandise table during our 2024 live concerts.



Hettenhausen Center for the Arts - April 2024


UPDATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2024

Tickets for the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts show are currently sold out. Fans may place their name on the wait list to be notified if more tickets become available (see link below).


Head East will be live in concert at the Hettenhausen Center for the Performing Arts at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois on April 19, 2024. Head East is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 pm and perform a 90 minute set. Tickets are available to the public for $15, $35, and $40 and go on sale at noon (CDT) on August 14, 2023. Tickets go on sale a week earlier at reduced prices for persons with "Friends of Hett" status (see the McKendree University Website linked below for details). Tickets may be purchased at the Hettenhausen Center Box Office in person or by calling (618) 537-6863. Box Office hours are Monday - Friday from noon to 4 pm each day. Tickets may be purchased online through the McKendree University website. This is a small venue holding less than 500 fans so get your tickets before they are gone. * Fans may join the waiting list to be notified if more tickets become availabe - click on wait list link below.

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts Webpage:
https://www.mckendree.edu/the_hett/

Ticket Wait List:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlOwSGiLlCClz08GsfpfWNj-vp0aYs00w4A7PFeGYt4cEmcw/viewform



Head East Full Circle Promo Video

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Video created by Lisa Murtha



Joe's Live Rosemont Show Canceled


Head East's April 26, 2024 show at Joe's Live in Rosemont, IL has been canceled. Fans who have purchased tickets should contact the point of sale for a refund.



Mozark Festival - A Tribute to the 70s

See Head East at the Mozark Festival scheduled for September 20, 21, and 22, 2024 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. The festival will feature both Country and Rock bands. Head East will be perfoming on Sunday, September 22nd along with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Glenn Hughes, Petra, and Black Magic (Santana Tribute Band). The 3-day festival will also have the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall on display, and there will be car shows and craft shows, and a Kid Zone for children. Several food trucks will be on hand where fans can purchase food and drinks.

Single day tickets are on sale online through Etix . For more information visit the Mozark Festival and Etix websites at the addresses linked below:

Mozark Festival Website:
https://mozarkfest.com/

Buy Single Day Tickets:
https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/32866/grandstand-at-missouri-state-fairgrounds





Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Concert Photos

Concert photos from the August 19, 2023 show at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois may be viewed in our 2023 Concert Gallery at the address linked below. Photos from this show are courtesy of photographer Jody Andresen.

Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Concert Photos:
https://www.head-east.com/concertgallery2023pt4.html


Photo by Jody Andresen



RIAA Gold Certification


We are pleased to announced that the Head East anthem Never Been Any Reason has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The gold certification recognizes sales of half a million copies for this single release which was first issued on the A&M Records label on June 11, 1975.

A special thanks goes out to Mary Ingman whose tireless efforts working with Universal Music Group ultimately led to the completion of the required audit to verify record sales and the certification of gold status by the RIAA. Many people have contributed to this accomplishment as noted by Mary Ingman in the paragraphs below.

The success of "Never Been Any Reason" doesn't fall into the hands of just one person. It involves the hard work of many dedicated and talented people. Starting with Mike Somerville, the songwriter, to Roger Boyd who produced an incredible album, the "Flat As A Pancake" band members (Roger Boyd, Steve Huston, Mike Somerville, John Schlitt, and Dan Birney), the A&M Records label, Mary Ann and Jerry Milam of the Golden Voice Recording Studio, etc... All played an integral part in producing a well-known and liked record such as "Reason."

Then it continues with the fans buying and playing the record along with radio stations promoting and playing the song, Head East continuing to be out there touring, putting on shows (thanks to the on-going efforts of Roger Boyd) and all the band members though the years all the way up to the present band (Roger Boyd, Darren Walker, Greg Manahan, Eddy Jones, and Mark Murtha), which by the way is phenomenal. Then there was Adam Brady who kept the Head East Fan page going, playing the Head East "Song of the Day", and Drew Willis, for keeping everyone updated on news via the Head East website and newsletter. I'm forever grateful to each and every one who was involved and continues to be involved in the music of one of the best classic rock bands out there, Head East.

Fans interested in learning more about the RIAA certification process and the critieria for certification should visit the RIAA website at the address linked below:

https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/certification-criteria/


 

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