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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bob Banerjee & The Banervan

Put this date and venue on your calendar -- "RIDE FOR RINTY" -- Sunday, August 21st from 11:00 a.m. until Midnight at the Harmony Ridge, 1280 Breitenstein Road, Ambridge, PA.

Bob Banerjee, is one of Pittsburgh's most talented musicians on fiddle and mandolin; he is also the 'Curry' in 'Corned Beef & Curry' -- a very descriptive name for an American Irishman, John McCann, and a Delhi, Indian, Bob Banerjee; together with their third bandmate, Todd Hartman, make up one of the most dynamic groups on the Pittsburgh music scene. Bob's wife Rinty suffers from MS and has no use of her muscles below her neck, but that doesn't stop her. What has stopped Rinty is the fact that their accessible van 'bit the dust'; no longer can she get to her doctor's appointments or go out of the house as there is not transportation to accommodate her. The Banervan needs replaced. You can only imagine what it must cost!!

There could be an answer to this prayer! Some of Bob and Rinty's musical friends are getting together to play some excellent music to raise very needed funds to purchase a new van -- Goal is $50,000. So far, they have raised about $12,000.

Bob Banerjee has been performing in the Tri-State area and around the world for decades. He has performed solo, toured over a year with Gaelic Storm, and also is a member of 'Common Threads' a local Folk Group. Bob has performed with most of the local Pittsburgh Irish talent, and has been a musician on many of their recordings.

Now Bob needs all of his friends to come to his aid next Sunday, August 21st. At the Harmony Ridge venue, there will be two stages, Indoor and an Outdoor Acoustic Stage. Some of the individuals and groups performing various genres include: Chris Semonik, Switchplay, Cue Ball, T & A (Terry & Alex), Joel Lindsey & the Boulevard of the Allies, Acoustic Jamage, Cahal Dunne, Bob Banerjee & Friends, Jimbo and the Soupbones, Dallas Marks Band, Garrett & Mandy and the Mudslingers, Mike Gallagher, Maddie Arnold, Mike Strasser, Mike Conroy, Sean McIntyre / Mark Murtisch, Leanne Regalla, Frank Piscopo, Rob Lord, Casey & Dan, Maddie Georgi, Nathan Zoob, Jeremy Colbert, James Hovan, Susan Powers (Devlish Mary). This is some line-up of talent!

There is an Admission: $15 for Individuals; $20 per couple; $25 family of up to 4, $5 each for additional family members. Food & drink are separate.

If you are unable to attend this event you can still donate to the cause. Go to www.banervan.com. Click on 'donations' and contribute via Paypal or credit card. You can also send a check, made payable to 'Achieva Trust for Anuka Banerjee' to Banervan.com c/o Ken Doerbecker, PO Box 606, Wexford PA 15090. You can check out the venue at http://www.harmonyridgeevents.com.

Any help you can provide to Bob & Rinty Banerjee will be greatly appreciated by them. Over time and years I have seen Bob Banerjee give so much of himself, gratis. Let's help them out!!


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