Soul Session Edu-tainment, Inc Projects:

Alive @ Five Showcase
Thursdays, June 14, 2012

Bootsy Collins’ unmistakable bass playing and psychedelic sense of style have made him a true trailblazer throughout his 40 years in the music industry. Recording with James Brown’s Original J.B.’s, Parliament-Funkadelic, and his own wildly inventive, Grammy-winning groups, Bootsy helped invent the sound of funk while redefining the role of bass guitar in popular music.

Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve
5pm - 8pm
Alive at Five has kept downtown Albany's spirits high after work on Thursdays throughout the summer for 23 years. The stage comes alive with music from national, regional and local artists; each night plays host to a different genre of music. The weekend kicks off with an early start, as many of Albany's professionals, community members and friends enjoy the diverse musical talent presented during the series. The music is not the only form of entertainment at Alive at Five as great crowd participation, dancing and people-watching all make for a unique blend of concert atmosphere and hometown block party fun. Attendees of Alive at Five can also sample an array of summer favorites such as ice-cold beer, fresh squeezed lemonade, cotton candy and delicious BBQ from some of the area's favorite local vendors. Join us in the fun and music of this wonderful series that is a signature event and a summer staple in the Capital City of Albany, New York. Free.

• • • This event is produced with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Please contact us to be a part of this great experience: (518) 434-5411 or email the volunteer coordinator. For information on accommodations, tours and restaurants in the Albany area, visit

Special ground rules in effect: No alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, bags, containers, packages, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans, flasks, glass containers of any kind; animals or pets (excludes ADA-defined service animals). Any type of recording of the performance or presentation is prohibited without prior written consent. All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time if they intend to consume alcohol. Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items.


Soul Session is IN love with this Concert Series. If you feel like making the trek out to Erie, PA on Wednesday July 11, 2012, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Amazing concert series that we play......
Check out these 11 beaches ....GLORIOUS!!!!


Tag team....back again!
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012


Garland Nelson Ensemble Fundraisder
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Saratoga Race Track


What: A reception showcasing a new photo exhibition by Latino immigrants
living and working in the Saratoga Springs area
To benefit Saratoga County EOC’s Latino Advocacy Program
When: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Where: Saratoga Race Course-Clubhouse Porch
Time: 5-8:00 p.m.
Price: $50.00 per person

Reservations & Sponsorship Information: Contact Dottie Sellers- 518-587-3158
For online reservations & sponsorship opportunities:

Join us for light fare, drinks and music by The Garland Nelson Ensemble
Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
40 New St.
PO Box 5120
Saratoga Springs , NY 12866


Check out pictures from May 5, 2012 (MASSIVE SUCCESS)
2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Day @ Prime-Saratoga National Golf Club;

Soul Session, the Band and Bailey's Sound Systems / Dj Bighead (Marc Bailey)


"Off the hook" - is the only true way to describe 2012's Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Sponsor a Scholar with Beth Alexander/ Hattie's Restaurant; Soul Session, the band; Heather Bohm-Tallman; Modern Mix Marketing; and the Mardi Gras Dancers! Don't ask for yourself!
2012 Mardi Gras Fundraiser - 1/14/12

Press Release

HATTIE’S™ 11th Annual Mardi Gras Raises $26,000 for Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK) – January 31, 2012.

Hattie’s™ Restaurant and Hattie’s™ Chicken Shack located on 45 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs and 3057 Route 50 Wilton NY, raises $26,000 for local charity Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar.

Hattie’s Mardi Gras creator, Beth Alexander, delivers a $26,000 check to Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar’s Volunteer Executive Director, Jim LaVigne, as students in the Sponsor A Scholar program look on.

Hattie’s annual Mardi Gras was held on January 14th in the Canfield Casino. Each year for the past 11 years, Jasper and Beth Alexander, the owners of Hattie’s restaurant, have held the annual Mardi Gras event and donated the entire proceeds of the event to a local not for profit organization, to date they have raised over $200,000 for various non for profit organizations.

This year’s recipient organization was Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar, a four-year-old nonprofit organization that helps financially disadvantaged Saratoga Springs students prepare for and get accepted into college. The program currently has 38 students including 8 who graduated last year and all of whom were admitted to college, including two with full four-year scholarships.

“This program makes a dramatic and direct difference in the lives of these students. I cannot express how incredible a gift this is for the students in our program. It represents over 25% of the yearly budget required to continue to allow 10 new students into our program each year, said LaVigne.” “Jasper and Beth represent the very best of Saratoga Springs commitment to community service. We are honored to have been chosen to participate in this great annual event.”

“This year was very special,” states Elizabeth Alexander. “It was so wonderful meeting the kids and support staff from Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar. It’s heartwarming to know that the kids will benefit directly from the money we raised”
Hattie's™ has been a Saratoga institution since 1938, “people have enjoyed the finest fried chicken in the Capital district for over 75 years, we are proud to have kept the legacy alive” says Jasper Alexander. Five years ago Hattie’s™ opened a spot at the Saratoga Race Course, Hattie’s™ Track Shack, where the now famous Fried Chicken Sandwich was born. Last November the Alexander’s launched their new quick service restaurant, Hattie’s™ Chicken Shack, in Wilton New York.

Hattie’s™ Restaurant was featured on “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay” back in the summer of 2006. The Food Network filmed at the restaurant on Phila Street with Chef Jasper and his staff under the impression they were being featured on another Food Network show. The actual “Throwdown” took place inside the Saratoga Race Course. Three celebrity judges unanimously chose Hattie’s Fried Chicken as the winner of the Throwdown.

Hattie’s™ Restaurant is open 7 days a week 5pm-10pm. Hattie’s™ Chicken Shack in Wilton is open 7 days a week 11am-10pm


Post Event:

We had a special surprise guest speaker, 2012 C.V. Whitney's Hall of Fame inductee to The National Dance Museum.....Mr. Ben Vereen (Roots, Pippin).
Photo by Ciara Austin

Black History Month 2012 Event with Garland Nelson, Professor MaryNell Morgan, Artist
Daesha Devon Harris, and More.

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
National Museum of Dance
99 South Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
2pm - 4pm
Free Admission

More information: 518.584.2225
Come celebrate Black History Month at the National Museum of Dance. The celebration of Black History month is only complete by recognizing those individuals who used the arts to express their thoughts and feelings during the Civil Rights Movement. During turbulent times the arts became a sanctuary and symbol of the movement. Our event celebrates the influence and expression of those who contributed to the arts and culture during this time.

Featuring: Mary Nell Morgan, inspirational speaker & Professor of Cultural Studies, Historical Studies, and Social Theory at SUNY Empire State College; Garland Nelson, Lead Vocals of Soul Session; and refreshments donated by Christel and Colin MacLean, owners of Circus Cafe and Sperry's.

Program PDF


Soul Session, the band was honored to compose and co-produce "Into the Light" with Legendary Engineer/Producer Joel Moss.  These divinely inspired lyrics were written by his amazing nephew Alex Hale, who's living with Asperger's Syndrome.

What is Autism?

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). The other pervasive developmental disorders are PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Many parents and professionals refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders. How common is Autism?

Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Government statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually. There is not established explanation for this increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered. Studies suggest boys are more likely than girls to develop autism and receive the diagnosis three to four times more frequently. Current estimates are that in the United States alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism.

The Organziation:

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead. To read more about Autism Speaks' awareness, fundraising, science, and advocacy efforts, or to read about some of our other exciting initiatives, please visit our News Section.

"Into the Light"

Lyrics Written by Alex Hale and Joel Moss
Music Composed by Garland Nelson and Tim Williams
Horns Arranged by Tim Williams and Pete Giroux
Produced by Joel Moss, Garland Nelson, Tim Williams

Engineer: Charlie Eble
Recorded at Woods End Studios
   55 Middle Grove Road
   Greenfield, Center, NY 12833

Video Link via Youtube: "into the light"

Downloadable MP3:   "Into the Light"


The Official Lip Dup Video:

A Saratoga Lip Dub production task force from the Chamber and Modern Mix Marketing is working to engage the county in this unique promotion of Saratoga County attractions and destinations. Dozens of local organizations have been invited to take part by providing unique props and people to be featured in the music video. We also want the general public to participate and to appear in the video on our main stage at Congress Park.

Background information
Todd Shimkus, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President, the inspiration for a Saratoga Lip Dub came from his daughter, a student at Emerson College. “My daughter emailed me a link to an Emerson College lip dub that now has been viewed more than one million times online. This lip dub is used by the college to give prospective students a unique way of touring the college campus online. I thought why not do the same here in Saratoga to showcase our beautiful county and all we have to offer,” said Shimkus

Press After this AMAZING day in Saratoga Springs!

Thank you for making this such a great success! The spirit of Saratoga County was shining yesterday and YOU were a large part of it. If you have any photos you would like to share be sure to post them to our facebook page,

MARK YOUR CALENDARS The premier has been set for September 27 at the Saratoga Springs City Center 6 to 8 p.m. Check out our facebook page for updates, Look forward to seeing you there. Saratoga Lip Dub Team

The Edu - cation part of Soul Session Edu-tainment, Inc.:
- Activities, showcase, and school programs executed by Garland Nelson throughout New York State.

Saratoga County Program for Arts Funding (SPAF)
Shout it out!
The Evolution of the Black Vocal Tradition Workshop – Based Vocal Community
Program Coordinator: Garland Nelson (                 
Toll Free: (888) DIG-SOUL (344-7685)

If you'd like these workshops or truncated version in your school during Black History Month, please contact us.  References and programs specifics furnished upon request.

Program summation   -  

Saratoga County Program for Arts Funding.pdf

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