April 1, 2014
Boston-based band, ROOT NINE, releases Boston Marathon tribute song
ROOT NINE, a Boston-based band that performs along and around the Route 9 corridor, is proud to release “Ode to Java Joe,” a tribute to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which occurred on April 15, 2013.
All proceeds from sales of the song will be donated to Boston’s One Fund and The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation www.teamMR8.org. Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino formed the One Fund, with the purpose of helping those most affected by the tragic Marathon bombings. The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation. Is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed at the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.
“We hope that the words and meaning of the song resonate with listeners, and we are proud to dedicate ‘Ode to Java Joe” to the memories of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier, and to everyone that was affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013” said Rick Schiffman, ROOT NINE guitarist and song co-writer.
“Rick and I were along the course when the blasts occurred and we witnessed together the chaos of that day and the days to follow. I put words on paper after reflecting on the photos I had taken. It was my way of processing the magnitude of what happened and the realization that our stop for coffee that day may have saved us from being closer to the second bomb blast. “ says Lis Guisto, song co-writer .
To support the cause, Root Nine has released a video that can be viewed here:
Members of ROOT NINE are Rick Schiffman, Jeff Vetstein, Todd O’Neil, Matt Barber and Michael Lee. More information about ROOT NINE can be found at www.rootnineband.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RootNine and on Twitter @RootNineBand.