The Battle of the Bands for Autism Awareness concert at Moe’s Southwest Grill last night was a huge success! The music was absolutely incredible, the food was great, as always, and the support was unparalleled.I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting all of the bands that played and also for supporting my project! Every Piece Counts is a labor of love and I am so thankful for the support and kind words I have been receiving.
For those of you that are new to my project, last night I organized a Battle of the Bands that was held at Moe’s Southwestern Grill in Mahwah, NJ. The concert featured young musical talent from all over Northern New Jersey. Moe’s not only supported the concert efforts, also will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to Autism Speaks! In an effort to create some friendly competition between the bands playing, we asked that each band advertise the performance heavily, and day of, we would be keeping tally of who was coming to support which band. At the end of the evening, we tallied up the attendees and awarded The Escape Directors with a $100 Gift Certificate to Sam Ash. For the runner-ups, we awarded additional Sam Ash Gift Cards so all of the bands can go to Sam Ash and pick up some necessary band supplies. In addition,Guitar Center of Paramus donated the PA System that we used for the evening, and we are incredibly grateful that we had their support.
We are still waiting to hear back from Moe’s regarding how much money was raised, but we are pretty sure that the crowd that showed up definitely took advantage of all of the great food! I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the bands that came and rocked out with us, the staff at Moe’s for being such a big help, my family for supporting my project and my idea for having a benefit concert, my friends, Emily, Keimya and Melissa for being there for me all night, and to everyone that showed up, thank you!
Read more about the bands that played:
The Escape Directors – an alternative- rock and indie inspired quartet based in the heart of Bergen County. Within the last year, the band has been extremely busy making their music heard and putting their stamp on the music industry. After a successful debut album “Ladders” the band decided to go back in the recording studio, this time in Cleveland, Ohio with multiplatinum recording producer Jim Wirt to record, “The Crowded Room EP” due out July 15thth!
Raised Platform – a blues- rock jam band that plays mostly covers by The Black Keys and Grace Porter and the Nocturnals. The three-member band is in its early stages, only being together for 2 months, but nonetheless excited to get out and make their sound heard.
FlyByWire – an alternative acoustic rock band that plays mostly original songs, or what they would say “chill and jam band stuff.” The three-member band is not new to the music scene, having been together for over year and playing various events.