The live music that begins early Saturday afternoon at RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road, won’t end until closing time, and it’s all for a good cause.
Starting at 2 p.m., 10 bands will perform until the early hours of Sunday morning. The show benefits the Camps for Kids summer program at Joshua Center, a haven for children with Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, high-functioning autism and other neurological conditions.
The bands and performers, in order of performance: Chico Siera; David George; Jordan Thompson; the Pale Blue Dot; the Feel Bad Hit of the Winter; Drunkard’s Dream; Drew Black the Dirty Electric; Leering Heathers; Whiskey for Miles; and the Jorge Arana Trio.
The benefit was organized by Cori Fain. Her son, Dorian, will attend the Joshua Center camp this summer. She was looking for help after Dorian began having difficulties at school.
“My son had been having a terrible time at school, being bullied constantly, emotionally and intellectually,” she said. “He began to shut down.”
She heard about the Joshua Center from another mother whose son had received its support.
“She told me about the struggle she and her son had gone through and mentioned that there was a place that was amazing and had really helped them,” Fain said. “I attended parent support groups, and my son has been doing great with social skills classes.”
Then in mid-April, the center offered Fain and her son the chance to attend Camp for Kids.
“I was completely overwhelmed,” she said. “We would never have been able to afford to send him to a camp that would be able to deal with his behaviors and have a staff available for his needs.”
The center offers worthwhile support programs for parents and children, and the summer camp is one of the center’s premier features.
“Kids have tons of activities like archery, crafts, karaoke, nature hikes, cookouts, skits, team-building and swimming,” Fain said. “They want the kids to be able to experience a traditional camp, like children without disabilities, in an environment where their symptoms are accepted. They want to give them the opportunity to form lasting friendships and develop an appreciation for nature.”
The nonprofit center relies on donations and sponsors. The Camp for Kids has a program that runs from April 1 to July 31 through which every dollar donated is matched by participating philanthropies, up to $1,500 per individual.
“I felt an overwhelming need to repay their generosity and to be able to help more children to receive a gift like ours,” Fain said. “That’s why I’m having the benefit. The (center) relies solely on donations, so this money will be extremely important for the camp.”
At the RecordBar event $10 will be taken at the door, and a benefit auction is planned. All proceeds will go to Camp for Kids. For more information about the Joshua Center and its Camp for Kids, go toJoshuaCenter.com.