Mr. Beery’s 21st Annual CF Band Battle
Story & Photos by Cowboy
On February 19th another one of my favorite charity music events took place at Mr. Beery’s in Bethpage, ‘The 21st Annual Band Battle’ which benefits Cystic Fibrosis. This year’s event included 25 awesome bands (I made it through 22 this year) from every genre of music you could imagine, all gathering together to help put an end to Cystic Fibrosis. Hosted by the one & only Steve Beery himself, the music kicked off with The Band of Dwellers and included sets from the Sweet Blues Band, Kerry Kearney, Kid & the Koots, The Dead Cats,Borgo Pass, and a host of many other amazingly talented musicians.
The festivities included an endless amount of raffle prizes donated by local businesses, distributers and groups totaling over 100 prizes and resulting in thousands of dollars being raised for the cause and still coming in every day. The Mr. Beery’s grill was out back cooking up delicious foods including burgers, hot dogs, sausage & peppers, home-made Chili (My personal favorite), and meatballs.
This year’s unusually warm weather had folks gathering outside and keeping the grill crew busy with orders all day and deep into the night.
One of these years I will make it all the way to the final band! Thank you to Steve Beery and his wonderful staff, all the musicians who donated their time and talent, and to all who came out to show their support for this great cause. Because of this event and everyone who supports events like this, one day CF will stand for Cure Found! See y’all next time. Rock on!