Blues For a Cure Festival & Recording Session

The idea behind Blues For A Cure was born during a phone call with my friend Dr. Paul McCarthy, owner of Honeybee Records. We discussed the notion that Blues music can effect positive change in the world. We then discussed how to support that notion by raising money for a charity, paying the artists a reasonable wage, and presenting an awesome showcase of live Blues worthy of festival designation. At the time, my mother was undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. My younger sister and stepmother are cancer survivors and my piano player, John Popovich, is in remission. The charity was clear.

I spoke with Lori Popovich, of The American Cancer Society, and got the official go-ahead to move forward with this concept. Soon after, I met Blues enthusiast and Mediu CEO Mike Berichon, who lost his sister to cancer the year prior. Mike loved the idea and wanted to be a part of it. In the summer, Mike and I met with Tracy Moran and Steve Chaykowski at The OSU James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. They embraced the idea and educated us about the different ways we could donate.

Around this same time, I met Mark Puskarich, of A Christmas To Cure Cancer, through mutual friend and musician Brian Duress. I learned that Mark and I shared a personal motivation to raise money for cancer research. He had been doing so successfully for several years through his amazing work producing and selling CDs, promoting live music events, and donating 100% of the proceeds to cancer research through A Christmas To Cure Cancer. Mark dedicated his time and resources to our new idea, and Blues For A Cure was born.

-Sean Carney

We were so excited to be a part of this year's Blues for a Cure festival and recording session in Cadiz, Ohio. We drove all the way up there to take some photos, sell some copies of "Blues on Beale Street" and hang out with some awesome musicians! 15% of all of the "Blues on Beale Street" sales that day was donated to the Blues for a Cure foundation. You can still order your book and select "Blues for a Cure" as a benefitting organization in the dBlues store!

Check out some of our favorite shots below from the two days in Ohio, taken by Jenn Ocken. 


The Beale Street Mess Around - Digital e-Book

dBlues had an AWESOME time at The Beale Street Mess Around last Friday during the BMA's! We have put together an e-Book that serves as a photo documentation of Brandon Santini's 4th Annual fundraising event benefiting The Blues Foundation's Hart Fund. The moments captured are more than stage shots of the performers. If you attended the event there is a great chance your are on one of the 49 pages filled with over 140 photos from the day. Also, by purchasing this book you are not only reliving the amazing day of music and friends but 100% of the profits from the sales of this eBook will also be donated to the Hart Fund to continue fundraising efforts inspired by Santini. This book and the 4th Annual Beale Street Mess Around are dedicated to the memory of Ted Todd.

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