Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gregg Kirk is ticked off......


In an effort to help raise awareness about tick-borne illnesses, singer/songwriter/publisher Gregg Kirk, of the New York Metro area, founded The Ticked Off Music Fest, which will occur Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the World Cafe Live, in Wilmington, Delaware. 
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kirk has spent many years working in the music industry, launching his career by playing with Philly legend Robert Hazard shortly after Hazard penned “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for Cyndi Lauper. Kirk then went on to form his own bands, including The Killtoys, Shovelhead, The Figurados and The Zen Engines.  He has spent the past decade battling chronic Lyme Disease. Lyme and tick-borne diseases are the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country and Pennsylvania in particular has had the most reported cases of Lyme in the last year. The goal of the event is to drive awareness, give tips on prevention, connect those suffering from illness with Lyme-educated doctors, and to educate on the many symptoms of the diseases.

Gregg will be my guest tomorrow on Recipe Records Radio Show and he will share his purpose in founding this all-day music festival which features performers such as John & Brittany, Laura Cheadle, Cliff Hillis, Schroeder, Melissa Cox and Gregg's band: The Zen Engines. Speakers & renowned authors will also appear at the event in support of the cause.

Listen and call into the show live tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CST:

If you can't listen can always listen to the archived episode --use the same link.

Don't miss the Benefit for Lyme Disease Research
Ticked Off Music Fest
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm
World Cafe Live - Wilmington, Delaware
Tickets:  $24.00  -  All Ages Welcome

John's Blurb with Jude Southerland Kessler
What a week! My mom has been suffering with a thyroid condition. My father-in-law had surgery for a leg broken in three places. And both Lanea and I have faced some rather serious health issues.
Maxine, Ron, Lanea, Jude: different people of different ages in different cities with different ailments, different doctors, and different methods of treating our conditions, but the bottom line is this: we all dropped everything to get well. 
My mother used to say, “When you are ill, the world ends at the foot of your bed.” It’s true.  When you have a broken bone or your eyes malfunction or you endure a serious infection, nothing “normal” happens until the cure is found or the treatment, applied.

What if we reacted that way when our world was sick? What if we dropped everything when some maniac guns down school children or blows shrapnel into the legs of innocent families at a marathon? What if everything stopped until society’s illness was cured?
We watch these tragedies on TV, and we feel awful for the people involved. But because it wasn’t our child, our friend, or our problem, we just shake our heads and move on.

John Lennon said, “If the world demanded peace instead of another television set, there’d be peace.”
Okay, John. We’re with you. But how…tell us how to get from here to there! 
I love the quote and the passion, but I need to have a step-by-step plan of action.
Any ideas?   -Jude Southerland Kessler





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