This Thursday night at Temple Bar, join an eclectic lineup of local musicians for a great cause as Mick Stone, the Big Otis Blues Band and Beast Warrior headline "Jammin' on Ashland" in an effort to raise money and awareness for the fight against Alzheimer's Disease...
According to the Alzheimer's Association, five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease (a disease that despite being the sixth leading cause of death in the United States remains the only one among the top ten in this country that cannot be prevented let alone cured).
"Together we remember" reads the slogan of the MaeBell Ward Foundation. Founded in August of 2011 by Chicagoan, D. Terron Edmonds, the local charity aims to raise awareness for the disease and money for the Alzheimer's Association ("Built on the hopes of ending Alzheimer's Disease through philanthropy and exchanging wisdom and services" explains the foundation's mission statement). Since its inception, the MaeBell Ward Foundation has raised nearly $14,000.
"'Jammin' on Ashland' will bring the audience a unique blend of sound featuring folk, blues, and metal" said Edmonds via email of this week's fundraiser.
In addition to local folk artist Mick Jones, Thursday's event will also feature the scorching blues guitar and soulful vocals of Rob Blaine courtesy of the Big Otis Blues Band. Equally capable of tearing it up or slowing it down, Blaine and company are impressive to behold in the live setting as past performances throughout the city at renowned blues clubs like Rosa's Lounge, Buddy Guy's Legends and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted all make clear.
Beast Warrior, on the other hand, is a local, metal quartet a bit more hell bent on volume and speed. From the 2010 album None Shall be Saved, "The Iron Price" is reminiscent of Slayer while "The Enchanted Blade" conjures up images of the mighty Iron Maiden.
Thursday's show at Temple Bar is one of many fundraisers the MaeBell Ward Foundation frequently hosts throughout the city. In addition to an increased presence coming up this September along Montrose Harbor at the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's, the Foundation is also gearing up for what looks to be an active summer. "[We have] a bright horizon for 2013. Already scheduled is the, 'MaeBell Happy Hour,' 'MBW Golf Outing,' 'MaeBell Stand Up Night,' and 'Think Tank Sketch night'" adds the founder.
(In the interest of full disclosure, D. Terron Edmonds have been friends for over ten years... but don't let that keep you from attending Thursday night)
All the details on this Thursday's "Jammin' on Ashland" event after the jump
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Jammin' on Ashland
(A Benefit For The MaeBell Ward Foundation)
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Live at Temple Bar
3001 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Performers: Mick Stone, Big Otis Blues Band, Beast Warrior
Doors open at 7:30PM
$20 at the door
*** Each paid admission includes two drink tickets ***