It’s been said that music bypasses the psyche and goes straight to the soul, this I believe. Music has the power to bring people together as well as the power to heal. August 11th 2011 was meant to do just that.
“Aidan Has a Posse” A benefit concert featuring Buckcherry and friends, held in Williamsburg Brooklyn had an incredible turn out. The intention of the night was to raise money to help ease the financial burden for young Aidan Seeger’s medical bills. Aidan, a precious, sweet boy who recently celebrated his 7th birthday, has been unfairly struck with a devastating illness, a rare brain disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), in which he is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Long time family friends of the Seegers, rock band Buckcherry, admirably put together this event in hopes of helping out the family in their time of need.
The evening was a success. They managed to sell out The Music Hall of Williamsburg as well as inspire people to show their support and generosity by donating what they could, either by buying items such as t-shirts sporting the “Aidan Has A Posse” logo or limited edition posters, designed by street artist EWOK as well as bidding on a silent auction for things like autographed memorabilia, custom guitars and even an Indian Larry Motorcycle.
In addition to organizing the event, the band also wasn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, helping until the wee hours before the show, preparing all the items donated for the silent auction. “Anything I could do to make things easier for Aidan’s dad Bobby”, said guitarist Keith Nelson. And once on the stage, to the delight of their fans, Buckcherry didn’t hold back, playing a full set, including their expected hits, All Night Long, Sorry, Lit up, Crazy Bitch, as well as the Allman Brothers cover of “Whipping Post” not to mention the very apropos “Brooklyn”.
|Buckcherry – Brooklyn|
|It was a special night to say the least with a feeling of hope in the air. Most of the attendees had Rock n’ Roll on their minds and love in their hearts. People came out in droves ready for a good time & for a good cause. People were nicer than usual and we even made a few new friends. Maybe thoughts of Aidan had everyone being just a little kinder to one another? One concert goer described the night as “Fun hanging with old friends, new friends, and rockin out to Buckcherry for a good cause! Had a blast!” I’ll agree to that.|
|Buckcherry – Lit Up
|Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the eternal optimist, always wanting to see the good in others. I live my life following a few simple mantras… Ask, Believe & Receive. Hope, pray and don’t worry. I trust that things happen for a reason. So far, this way of thinking hasn’t failed me. But when a beautiful child like Aidan ends up in a situation such as this or when your sister gets Cancer, it’s not so easy to have faith and trust that things are happening for the greater good. Or that there will be a lesson to be learned in all of this. In that case I look to do anything I can to be of service.. to somehow help in a somewhat helpless situation. It’s all any of us can do and the least we should do. I write this blog in part so that people can see what I do through my eyes and maybe it will make someone just a little less cynical about life.|
|As some of you may already know, I am on the board of directors & am in charge of digital promotions for a Nonprofit organization of my own called Bridges of Peace where we help children whose lives have been adversely affected by war and poverty as well as raise awareness for peace and love through music and the arts. No child should ever have to suffer. Their lives should be filled with joy and happiness. And although I’m not a mom, I take my title as “The Cool Aunt” quite seriously. So when asked to get on board to help promote this event to help out lil Aidan, I didn’t give it a second thought. It’s safe to say that I had a blessed childhood and much of my joy during that time came from discovering the love of music which helped to make me the passionate lady I am today.
The out pouring of love received for Aidan, from people, be they friends of the family or virtual strangers who were touched by lil Aidan’s story wanting to help and do their part for a sick boy makes me proud. And to think it takes only the influence of someone’s favorite Rock band to make people want to be better and to do more. Other bands should take a page out of Buckcherry’s book.
|If you still want to help, there is a Paypal account set up in which 100% of the donation will go towards Hospital costs for Aidan. If you are interested in making a donation, please go to Paypal.com, sign in, (or sign up) -then to “Send Money” in the to section put Bobby@Indianlarry.com and of course add anything you would like to donate. Feel free to add a message in this section to go along with the donation to also help raise spirits in these times.
A second way to make a donation, for anyone who does not have Paypal you can send a check payable to Aidan Seeger and mail it to:
c/o R. Veglak
For more information goto: www.aidanhasaposse.org
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. – Helen Keller
What is true happiness? It’s not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. – Helen Keller
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. It’s the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
Act, & God will act. – Joan of Arc
I hope you enjoyed my night out. Until next time remember, that you can make a difference in people’s lives if you just try. xoxo – Toni
For more photos check out The Gallery: Buckcherry: Music Hall of Williamsburg
For more videos check out: The official Toni’s Night Out youtube channel