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Music and Lobster Fest

Ever wonder what it would feel like to throw a party and have the whole town show up?

Would you ever dream that it could save children in Cambodia?

You could ask Chris “Woodsie” Woods and Steve Standiford, the duo who brought Lobster Fest back for its second year.



While their goal is to bring lobster and live, local music to town, this year the successful outcome will extend past Carbondale.

Way past Carbondale.



While events like Lobster Fest, which drew more than a thousand people, is just one of the ways the town has changed, the party provoked a few colorful conversations from natives and New Yorkers who talked about what it was like in the old days.

“It was coal miners and cowboys,” Michael Newcomb said.

This is when cowboys rode their horses into the Black Nugget Saloon where they would probably see Newcomb at the bar with his Parrot perched on his shoulder.

Now, according to John Michel, a New York City studio musician, when people talk about Carbondale, they talk about live music.

“Change is inevitable,” said Newcomb.

And that’s what Dr. Jeff Brodsky is hoping for.

For Brodsky, who cooks the Lobster, he said the festival will raise approximately $10,000 for him to continue his work all over the world.

“That’s why we’re here,” he said.

From Bangladesh to Vietnam and 60 countries in between, Brodsky, a doctor of divinity, rescues abused and abandoned children living in garbage dumps and others who are sold into prostitution.

So for Brodsky, who has walked the streets of Calcutta with Mother Teresa, the Lobster Fest is a bit of a paradox for him and he admits that he is probably the only person who wanted to be somewhere else.

“I’d rather be carrying a 10-year-old out of a brothel,” he said, as he watched kids run free, with painted faces, holding cold, bottled root beer.

But Brodsky is grateful for communities like Carbondale.

“Chris is the epitome of the perfect host…him and his whole team,” he said.

Because places like Thailand make Brodksy weep.

“There’s no worse atrocity against a child,” he said.

So he hopes Newcomb is right.

For some places, change is inevitable.

Please visit Joy.org for more information and buy your Lobster tickets early next year.


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