New Jersey Stage

Thursday, October 13, 2011 Continues Annual Banding Together Benefit Concert For Spondylitis

Photo of Val Emmich.  Photo credit: Ian Witlen
(SAYREVILLE, NJ) -- For the fifth consecutive year, is bringing together some of New Jersey's best musicians for Banding Together: A Benefit For The Spondylitis Association of America.  After three years as an online benefit airing on &, this year Banding Together is going back to being a live concert event.

"The first benefit we did was a live concert at Buddie's Tavern," says Lazlo, the founder of and the organizer of Banding Together. "Then we brought the benefit to the world with the online webathons. This year, we wanted to make it a live event again where people could both see and hear these amazing musicians."

The benefit will take place Saturday, November 12th, starting at 7 p.m. 100% of the $10 cover charge will go directly to the Spondylitis Association of America to help find a cure for this debilitating disease.

Artists scheduled to perform during Banding Together include:
  • Black Wine
  • Eugene DeRobertis (Dr. Void & The Death Machines)
  • J Orellana (The Tea & Whiskey)
  • Jay Mazeffect (The Break Evens)
  • Jim Testa
  • Jon Caspi
  • Jonathan Andrew
  • Joshua Van Ness
  • Pete Jager (The Extras, Inc.)
  • Scruff (The Tea & Whiskey)
  • Val Emmich

The Spondylitis Association Of America (SAA) is a non-profit organization that was the first and remains the largest resource for people affected by spondylitis. Through their efforts, they help advance education, research and treatment for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and related diseases. More than 50,000 people per month visit SAA's interactive website to access over 1600 pages of up-to-date content for information and support. For more than 25 years' SAA has dedicated all of its resources to help improve the lives of people coping with spondylitis.

"This is a very personal benefit for me as my wife, Naomi, suffers from ankylosing spondylitis (AS).", says Lazlo, "I have seen the debilitating effects of this disease and the chronic pain and discomfort it causes. This benefit is the least I can do to help my wife, and over a million others who suffer from AS."

Buddie's Tavern is located at 277 Johnsons Lane, Parlin (Sayreville), NJ

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