I just want to wish everyone a merry christmas, happy holiday, and a very awesome new year in 09. This year has been the most surreal thing that I've ever known. Just did the Hope Benefit at the Count Basie theatre with jon bon jovi and bruce springsteen. whoaaaaaaaaaaaa! the place was insane. it was just so awesome to see a few generations of jersey artists and see how much affect they have on people. i really can't even explain it. me and brian from the gaslight anthem were kinda just standing on the side like dude, this is insane. i'm really glad they included me and i think that it is so great that people like bruce and jon bon are beyond huge and busy and still make some time to give back to the local community and jam with their old friends.
then last night i did a benefit for the mercy center in asbury park over at the downtown in red bank. it was one of my little acoustic shows that we usually do over there and sikamor rooney, the black jesuses and rick barry joined me. these shows usually have like 30 or 40 people there mostly friends but last night it was so packed i couldnt even believe it. what a great time and we raised $600 from the basket pass for the mercy center! thank you guys so much for being so generous! Mercy Center is a great organization on main street in Asbury Park that helps families with job assistance, healthcare, parenting classes, substance abuse counseling, help for local homeless, and also has a program for teenage girls to help keep them on the path. Please help spread the word on all the great work they do for our town and visit them at www.mercycenternj.org