GEMA Rocks Concert Showcases Georgetown Alumni Musicians, Including Grammy-winning Talent

Co-presented by the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance and Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts, concerts April 29-May 1 are part of John Carroll Weekend events

April 23, 2010 — Washington, D.C. — The Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance, in conjunction with the Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts presents the fourth annual GEMA Rocks concert, featuring an amazing array of Georgetown University music talent spanning six decades. Performances will be Thursday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m., Friday, April 30 at 10 p.m., and Saturday, May 1 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Performing Arts Center’s Gonda Theatre, located on Georgetown University’s main campus (3700 O Street, NW).

Performers in this annual alumni concert will include Grammy award winner Bill Danoff (I ’68) (“Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Afternoon Delight”), platinum selling artist Walter Egan (C ’70) (“Magnet and Steel”), alt country artist Greta Gaines (C ’89) (“L is for Loser”), critically acclaimed band Honor by August, led by Michael Pearsall (B ’06) and Evan Field (C ’98) (“Found,” “Into the Light”), Teddy Zambetti (C ’80) (Music Director/Producer/Composer/Drummer –The Groundling Theater, Sirius XM Radio), Johnny Zambetti (B ’09) (guitarist from top-selling artist Shwayze), Rich Battista (B ’86), veteran performer of Georgetown’s Cabaret.

GEMA Rocks Founder, Executive Producer and Show Director Teddy Zambetti says, “With my work at Sirius XM Radio I am surrounded by ‘what’s happening’ in the Music World. GEMA Rocks is about hitmakers of yesterday, today and discovering talent of tomorrow.”

Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts Chair Anna Celenza says, “Most people don’t realize the impact Georgetown alums have had on American musical culture: as songwriters, filmmakers, and leaders in the media industry. GEMA Rocks helps our students network with alums and, alums get the chance to see how quickly the arts are growing at Georgetown.”

The GEMA Rocks concerts are part of GEMA Entertainment Fest, an exciting four days of music, comedy, film and panels celebrating the talent of numerous prominent Hoyas at the helm of the entertainment industry and at the height of their artistic careers, including Academy, Emmy and Grammy awardees. Other GEMA Entertainment Fest events include “GEMA Laughs,” a night of stand-up comedy from the legendary Improv Comedy Club featuring nationally renowned alumni comedians; GEMA presents “The Digital Media Revolution,” an alumni panel comprised of some of the media industry’s foremost executives and advocates as they discuss these challenges and explore new opportunities in the fast-changing and fascinating digital media world; “GEMA on Screen: The Making of the HBO Film ‘Grey Gardens’ with co-writer, director & producer Michael Sucsy (SFS ’95)”; and “GEMA on Screen: Screening of Academy Award-winning documentary ‘Smile Pinki’ with director and producer, Megan Mylan (F ’92).” More information at

The festival is offered in conjunction with the Georgetown University Alumni Association’s John Carroll Weekend, a series of educational, social and cultural events in a different city each year which gathers the local Georgetown community and alumni, students, faculty, parents, family members and friends from around the globe to celebrate the best of Georgetown. For more information about John Carroll Weekend 2010 in Washington, D.C., visit

Ticket prices for GEMA Rocks include the following:
for April 29 and 30 performances:

$30 general, $27 young GU alumni (classes of 2005 – 2009), and $10 student

for May 1 performance:
$30 general and $5 current GU students with valid ID


To order tickets, visit our box office section.

About Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance
Founded in 2002, The Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance (GEMA) aims to elevate Georgetown’s profile in the entertainment and media community, by strengthening the ties between the University and its alumni and by developing relevant programs and resources for both alumni and current Georgetown students. Comprised of alumni, students, parents and friends affiliated with the media and entertainment industry, GEMA has grown to over 2,000 members representing a diversity of specialties including film, television, theater, publishing, music, sports, journalism, public relations and many other fields in media and entertainment.

GEMA encompasses a diversity of industries in entertainment and media, including:
Graphic Design
Government & Lobbying
Home Entertainment
Museums & Galleries
New Media
Publishing & Print Media
Performing Arts
Talent Agency/Management
Video Games
Visual Arts & Photography

About the Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts
The GU Department of Performing Arts integrates creative and critical inquiry, emphasizing artistic excellence, interdisciplinary learning, socially engaged performance, and the spirit of collaboration. Now offering two new dynamic majors in American Musical Culture and Theater & Performance Studies, the Department features a nationally recognized faculty and new, state-of-the-art performance and recording venues. The Department is also home to the co-curricular program and supports an active program in dance.


Laura Mertens
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