Raising Funds to Cure Crohn’s & Colitis

Take Steps for Crohn's

Hello to all,

Many of you we have seen in recent months and for others it has been a while. I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits.

Once again, on Saturday April 30, our Team MikAddy will be participating in the Triangle Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville, NC. CCFA Walks are the nation’s largest events dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Our fundraising goal is $750 for this worthy cause and I need your help to reach this goal!

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for painful and debilitating IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). They have invested more than $200 million in research and they also fund disease-specific education, support, and treatment information. For the 1.4 million Americans who suffer from the debilitating effects of IBD (our daughter, Adelena is one of them) nothing is more important than finding better, more effective treatments, and ultimately, cures.

Take Steps is the foundation’s premier walking event, raising needed funds for their mission of finding cures and improving the quality of life for patients. We hope you will consider supporting our efforts by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. You can donate online or mail your gift to 78 Lauren Rose Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312. If you feel so led, please inquire if your company has a matching gift program. If so, simply complete the required form and mail it along with your donation to the above address. This is a great way to double your support! With your help, we will fund important research, patient education and support for millions of Americans.

Again, to donate online, follow this link: http://online.ccfa.org/site/TR/TakeSteps/Chapter-Carolinas?team_id=190769&pg=team&fr_id=6064

Click on “Donate” found in the upper right corner. From that menu, select the 3rd choice, which is “Donate.”

If you would like to register as a walker you will see that choice also under the “Donate” button.

“Thank you” are words we use to express appreciation. That expression does not really convey enough, but we hope you know our gratitude is sincerely and deeply felt.

Thank you,
Maria, Greg and Adelena

 

(Updated April 15,  2016)


Past Events

April 25, 2015

Take Steps with the Pittsboro Roadhouse to Cure Crohn’s – Walk at Lake Crabtree Park. Overall over $100,000 was raised!

July 18, 2014

Fundraiser for Crone’s Disease and Colitis with Durham Ukulele Orchestra

The event was casual evening of food, friends and music to raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Carolinas Chapter. Optional door donations and raffle proceeds will benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America [CCFA] IBD research, support and education programs.

April 26, 2014

NCSU Centennial Campus Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis walk, the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases

 


*CCFA is Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Last Tuesday

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Listen….

The Last Tuesday band delivers an authentic, polished rock and  soul sound. Mario is a recording artist who has worked with Sprede-lectric and Moxie McCloy. In South Florida he worked with Mo’Scocious. Bob Hartford is a published song writer with local fame stemming from bands like Not Dead Yet. On the studio side, Bob operates Music Studio Live, and has recorded a number of well known artists. Tim Nicholson has played in Europe and the US with a number of groups, and Guy Loranger brings his Bostonian studio experience to the stage as a hand percussionist.

Members

The core members of Last Tuesday are Bob Hartford and Mario Millner. The band is often times joined by talented percussionists, brass players, and keyboard players. Music is a world of communication, and that is what Last Tuesday is all about.

Mario Milner – Lead Vocals and Bass.

Mario is a recording artist who has worked with Sprede-lectric and Moxie McCloy. In South Florida he worked with Mo’Scocious.

Bob Hartford – Vocals and guitars.

Bob is a song writer, studio musician, and performing artist, most recently playing with Not Dead Yet. Bob’s recording company is Music Studio Live. http://www.musicstudiolive.com .

Tim Nicholson – Drummer Extraordinaire

Guy Loranger – Master of the Conga

A number of bands performing a the Pittsboro Roadhouse have members who play in numbers of other bands. It’s very interesting to see a musician play with different band members and watch what emerges in each.

Last Tuesday is a new band with veteran musicians. They’ve performed at the Pittsboro Roadhouse quite a number of times.

Last Tuesday plays Rhythm and Soul. New Originals. Old Favorites.

Last Tuesday’s website: www.chapelhillrockband.com

 

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Hip Pocket

Announcing the first visit of Greensboro, North Carolina’s Hip Pocket Band to the Pittsboro Roadhouse stage!!

Hip Pocket – Coming soon to the Roadhouse! – 8 PM  ($15)

Hip Pocket Band from Greensboro NC USA

Gonna Take a Long Time

Have a listen. This “Gonna Take a Long Time” video is a montage of gigs played all over the Carolina’s and shows some on-the-road footage.

If you are looking for fun, entertainment and all the songs you love. Hip Pocket is it! When Hip Pocket shows up a party is sure to break out and the fun begins. We love to perform, and we will make your event one that everyone will remember. Hip Pocket has been compared to the Band of OZ in the 1980’s and Bill Deal & The Rhondels in the 70’s (Party Bands). We love the comparison. Just ask anyone who has been to a Hip Pocket show and you will know what we are talking about. Check us out and get the party started…………

Check out their Song List on their HipPocketLive.com website.

Find out where they are playing:  Hip Pocket on Reverbnation.

Follow them for updates: Hip Pocket on Facebook.

Hip Pocket Members

* Little John Thompson – Bass, Vocals, Keys, Drums (aka LJ, Little)
* Michael Maffeo – Sax, Vocals, Keys (aka Maffeo)
* Eric Stephenson – Lead Vocals (aka Easy ‘E’)
* Dustin York – Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drums
* Tim Sidden – Keys, Vocals (aka Big Sexy)
* Frankie Hoggard – Drums
* Preston Honeycutt – Sound Tech, Guitar
* Chris Boyette – Lighting & Monitor Tech, Booking Agent, Road Manager

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NC Revelers Big Band Orchestra

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If you love the sound of Big Bands. Love to dance. Love the feeling that only those big bands can create… call now to save your seat for NYE2016

December 31, 2015 New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve Gala 2016, RSVP (919) 542-2432

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NC Revelers Orchestra 2016

7:00 – 9:30

$10 Cover

1st Monday Nights February –  December (except in September)

Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West Street, Pittsboro NC, Chatham County

 Lauren Meehan singing with the NC Revelers Orchestra

You won’t believe this amazing performance. These guys are simply great!

Watch and listen to their sound from a January 2014 performance at the magnificent Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

Big Band at the Pittsboro Roadhouse 1st Mondays, except September and January.

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The BackBeat in Pittsboro – Dec 19

The BackBeat back at the Pittsboro Roadhouse!  ($6 Cover)

BackBeat by Larry Weaver Entertainment

Forming in 2001 to play a one-off gig at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, The BackBeat had so much fun we decided to keep it going for a while. “A while” became an ongoing adventure involving over 500 shows in 5 states for over 100,000 people. From the beginning their goal has been to perform the music of the Beatles and other 60s groups with absolute “like the record” accuracy, with exact 3 and 4 part vocals, striving for the level of excitement produced on stage in the 60s! They play the same guitar models which the Beatles used for the true 60s sound.

There have been personnel changes and different periods over the life of the band. Early on there were college oriented gigs with UNC music professor John Covach, their first lead guitarist. This “academic” period segwayed to the crazy WB Yeats days in Chapel Hill, over 70 shows at the popular venue, with lines out the door once a month for 5 years when Jon Heames was in the lead guitar spot. Increasing outdoor civic festivals, town fairs and concerts have been their more recent pattern. Now, with Zsolt David on drums and Jay Manley on lead guitar the band is in it’s prime. They’re having fun, rocking for all takers on what they consider the greatest rock & roll music ever written!

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

The Sunday Band Series

The Sunday Band Series began in historic downtown Pittsboro in April 2014 with award-winning bands performing on the Pittsboro Roadhouse stage at 39 West Street, Pittsboro, North Carolina. After a solid run of monthly band events at the Pittsboro Roadhouse on Sunday mid afternoons, the Sunday Band Series drew to a close, with the decision to bring these wonderful bands in on Friday nights! Look for the bands with cover charges, some of those are bands we first got to know through the Sunday Band Series.

Bigger Bands on Occasional Friday Nights

Look for these and more:

  • Shoot to Thrill
  • Big Time
  • The Holiday Band
  • Hip Pocket
  • Jim Quick & Coastline
  • Carolina Soul
  • Liquid Pleasure

(Updated December 22, 2015)

Wilson Entertainment Services

John Wilson of Wilson Entertainment Services, is also a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Chatham County’s award-nominated BigTime Party Band. Wilson is organizing the Sunday Band Series in partnership with Greg Lewis of the Pittsboro Roadhouse. “When I met Greg Lewis and we started talking,” said Wilson, “we quickly realized we had a common vision for Pittsboro as a music hub and we could partner to help it grow.”

The Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store

The bands will perform at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, one of the area’s largest restaurant and music venues, in the rear where the stage, dance floor, and bar are located. http://www.pittsbororoadhouse.com There is also a lounge from which one can see the stage and hear the music. Guests on the patio can also hear the bands. “39 West Street used to be a car dealership,” said Lewis. “There used to be a garage where the lounge is now. We installed a screened wall (and door), so when the weather is good, we raise the garage door, and fresh air and music move freely through the screened wall.”

“No other place within 30 miles of here has the caliber of food, environment and entertainment that the Pittsboro Roadhouse has – it’s entirely unique,” says Wilson.

Lynn Hoffman of Hoffman Guitars and Sounds

Lynn Hoffman of Hoffman Guitars and Sounds

Hoffman Guitars and Sound

The sound system was upgraded when the Pittsboro Roadhouse opened, but still needed work due to the large size and features of the back hall. Wilson recommended a talented sound expert, Lynn Hoffman, who makes his own sound equipment, custom electric guitars and amplifiers at Hoffman Guitars and Sound.

Within 10 days Hoffman performed acoustic analytics then designed, constructed, installed and tested a major upgrade. “I was able to put together a sound system specifically designed for the acoustics of this room,” said Hoffman. “We have a very good representation of the entire frequency spectrum, and it’s well equalized. Just about everyone I’ve talked to – performers and guests have loved the difference.”


 A Sampling of Sunday Band Series Concerts

The Invaders won the 2011 and 2012 Best Local Band in the Winston Salem Readers Choice Awards. The Invaders play Rock & Roll, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Beach, Blues, Boogies, Soul and some Country. Len Wilson is on guitar and vocals; Jim Fulp on bass and vocals; and Bryant Bowles on drums and vocals. Though the musicians have many years of experience, they began playing as The Invaders in June 2010.

Music in Pittsboro

“The shared vision that Greg and I have for Pittsboro,” Wilson said, “and I know others see it too, is for Pittsboro’s already strong music offerings to continue to grow and develop in a way that Pittsboro becomes known as an exciting music hub. We want to be attracting people from all over the Triangle and Triad and beyond. Pittsboro and Chatham County are already a draw for art and antiques, and of course Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in April and October.”

“If people come to The Invaders, and SHE BOP, The Castaways and The Holiday Band, and they have a good time, and this grows, we’ll be able to keep doing the Sunday Band Series and bring even bigger bands to town,” Wilson said.

Greg Lewis, owner of the Pittsboro Roadhouse added, “This opportunity to do a Sunday Band Series is happening at the right time. Spring is coming. Our sound system is at a whole new level of quality. The Pittsboro music scene is growing and attracting attention, and we’re ready to start utilizing our space more; the back part of our restaurant is essentially a music and dance hall. We want to be known as the place to come for really good food, really good music and a really good time!”

More Information

For more information about the Pittsboro Roadhouse and event scheduling contact Greg Lewis at 919-542-2432 or at greg@pittsbororoadhouse.com.

 

Dan Blaisdell

Dan Blaisdell is a talented multi-instrumentalist who performs in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Pittsboro area of NC. He plays  acoustic music at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.  Come out and enjoy the music.

From another site:

“Pedal steel and multi-instrumentalist, Dan Blaisdell plays nearly a dozen instruments and has been influenced by traditional country, blues, hard rock, and more. Currently supporting country singer Ryan Daniel, Dan plays pedal steel guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Being a utility player for Ryan Daniel, Dan is also a prolific songwriter and entertains audiences of all sizes. Dan is also known as the “Marathon Man” for playing entire gigs without any breaks.

A fan recently described Dan Blaisdell’s style as: “a little blues, a hint of jazz and a whole lot of country.” Dan brings energy, style and class to every show, and fans can expect entertaining and memorable performances every time with Dan Blaisdell..”

 

Dan Blaisdell NC Multiinstrumentalist

 

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Mr. Wonderful – Dean Martin’s Music

Two of the members of the Swang Brothers, David Quick and FJ Ventre have formed this new finely tuned group called Mr. Wonderful to perform the music of Dean Martin.

The group’s first performance was at the City Tap, its second at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, and there will be more, 2nd Monday nights at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

Mr. Wonderful – A Celebration of Dean Martin’s Music

7 – 9:30 pm $5

Mr. Wonderful is a fabulous retro show led by David Quick of The Swang Brothers. Every second Monday night, you have a rare opportunity to revel in the relaxing jazzy sound of a great by-gone era, Dean Martin’s.

David Quick leads the group and is very excited about being able to bring back these amazingly beautiful and songs. He loves the sound, and has attracted a team of masterful musicians.

FJ Ventre, also with David in The Swang Brothers, plays stand up bass. He is as solid as they come, and used to holding down the beat for The Swang Brothers. He’s exciting to watch.

Brad Maiani plays guitar. He’s versatile, excellent in many genres. For this act, he plays nylon string guitar which lends itself to the sexy bossa nova style that is part of the cocktail scene at its best.

Richard Tazewell is on keyboards. A very talented guy, he plays a lot of solo gigs. His part in Mr. Wonderful is a “right-hand” gig, like serving the olives and limes with the cocktails. He does a great job.

Jeff Brown is a masterful sax player – he blows alto, tenor and soprano, and hard to say which he does better. The quality of his tone is excellent.

On drums, they have Dave Shore. You couldn’t find a better drummer for the mellow jazzy sound Mr. Wonderful is aiming for. Davis plays with restraint and subtlety and delivers a class sound.

Mr. Wonderful at the Roadhouse

Come enjoy the music of DEAN MARTIN ! There’s nothing else like it in the Triangle!

Great dancing music, and excellent musicianship – just come and hear the shouts and applause by the audience at the end of each solo. There’s something special happening here!

 

The Rest of Mr. Wonderful's Band

Bag of Llamas – Nov 21

No we’re not talking about transporting Llamas in a bag, or a bag of Llama wool, this is a band of seasoned musicians from Durham NC.

They play original and Llama-lized classic and alternative rock. That’s what they say “llama-lized.”

“It’s time-travel rock and roll from the 60s to today! Enjoy Llama-flavored Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Lifehouse, The Black Keys, Jason Derulo, Melissa Ethridge, Maroon 5 and more!”

Bag of Llamas Flyer

Dean Driver

Dean Driver is a talented North Carolina Singer Songwriter from Greensboro, NC. If you love Americana, you’ll enjoy Dean’s music. We look forward to having him back.

 

About Dean Driver 

I was the shy kid – the one who was too afraid to go up to the counter and ask for a packet of ketchup. I would never have imagined myself even speaking to a large group of people, much less performing original songs in before hundreds of people. But something fundamentally shifted inside of me several years ago. Now, rather suddenly, I find myself with a lot to say about the world, and I’m no longer afraid to say it.

Though I’ve played guitar since my teens, I never really sat down and figured it all out until aound 2008, after our kids were grown and I had a little more space in my life. Now I can finally reconstruct the songs that I’ve always heard playing in my head. It’s a huge thrill for me to have acquired this ability at the ripe old age of 50. This is all wonderfully new to me. When I write songs and play them, I swear I feel like I’m 24.

So my music has a unique flavor. I bring this youthful, never-done-this-before energy to my songs, but I write from the perspective of someone who has been around the block a few times. I’ve raised a family, I’ve seen relationships come and go, I’ve seen parts of the world I never expected to see, and I’m in many ways much more awake than I’ve ever been. I’m actually thankful that music came to me so late in life, because now I have much bigger palette of experience to draw from.

My genre, you ask? I truly have no idea. I’m simply playing what I hear in my head, and each song is as unique as an embryo. I guess I tend to construct them in the styles that I’ve experienced, so you’ll hear some Beatle influences, some Dylan, some Prine, Simon, and even a little classical. Cliff Eberhardt is my singer-songwriter hero, and if I’m guilty of mimicking anyone, it’s him.

I dig distinctive melodies, and I love songs with honest, heartfelt lyrics that engage and surprise, so I focus on those aspects when I’m putting songs together. I’m drawn to songs with big ideas behind them, but that don’t take themselves too seriously. Mostly, I see the inspiration to write a song as a precious gift, and I feel obliged to honor that gift and make the song happen. My hope for each song is that it reaches people, allows them to see things from a different perspective, and maybe makes the world a little less lonely.