Jamming for a Cause in Jersey
This past Sunday a number of New Jersey-based musicians came together for the Jessica Blain Epilepsy Benefit. The show which took place at the Fastlane in Asbury Park, NJ featuring ten acts as well as an educational component with materials and representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey on hand. The evenings musical highlight was a collaborative improvisation that featured many area artists. Brothers Past drummer Ilya Stemkovsky was joined by Juggling Suns guitarist Mark Diomede, bassist Gene Lantigua (Natural Breakdown), keyboardist Ben Feld (Turtle Soup), and Days Awakes Jeremy Korpas and Eric Safka on guitar and keys respectively. The instrumental set also offered a brief appearance by Juggling Suns drummer Andrew Lenaghan as well as teenage keyboardist Mark Masefield (Outside the Box). The show took place in memory of Jessica Blain, a 20 year old Monmouth University student who lived with Epilepsy and passed away this past October. Proceeds from the night will be made in her memory to the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey.