Friends of musician/writer/former Magnetic Field bartender Jonah Eller-Isaacs are throwing a benefit concert for him at the Bell House [149 7th Street] on November 13th. Eller-Isaacs, known to his friends as not only a fun guy to be around but an actual living breathing altruist, has been battling cancer this year and his medical bills are piling up.
If you can’t be at the show, buy a “Groinstrong bracelet” to show your support.
Steve “King of All Live Band Karoke” Reynolds posted information on Facebook about the show:
What is Groinstrong-a-thong? In one sentence: Great people, fantastic music, incredible prizes at an amazing venue all coming together to raise money and support for one of the world’s most wonderful people – our good friend Jonah Eller-Isaacs. We’re combining the power of music and the power of Groinstrong to create a night to remember.
When: November 13th
Where: The Bell House http://www.thebellhouseny.com/
Cost: Suggested donation at the door is $25
Details: What is “Groinstrong?” Groinstrong is a state of mind, a way of thinking, and a way of living. It’s about goin’ and groin’ stronger each and every day, regardless of what life might throw at you, and inspiring everyone around you to do the same themselves and for each other. In short, it’s Jonah. http://groinstrong.com/
Who is Jonah Eller-Isaacs? He’s a Brooklyn singer-songwriter, a former bartender — the kind who knows exactly when to cheer up a depressed soul on the other side of the bar — and one of the most positive, giving individuals we know. (Not to mention the best shirtless live-band karaoke singer in the five boroughs.)
Throughout his 29 years, Jonah has championed the healing power of music. Over a six-month period in 2004, he traversed Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, documenting music’s crucial role in helping Africans deal with HIV/AIDS. Once back in the States, he shared his inspiring findings through countless lectures nationwide. Jonah came to New York City in 2006 and found his niche in the Brooklyn musical community. A year later he joined the staff of Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization which puts performers bedside at local hospitals.
But earlier this year, Jonah became the patient, not the performer. Diagnosed with lymphatic melanoma in his left groin, he underwent surgery and radiation, documenting his ups and downs at Groinstrong.com. The prognosis was good…until recently, when the cancer returned in his right groin as well as two other spots. This week Jonah underwent successful surgery again to remove those spots, and in mid-November he starts chemotherapy. Unlike many musicians, he does have insurance but that alone won’t begin to cover the tens of thousands of dollars in expenses he’ll be facing over the next few months. Your support of Groinstrong-a-thong will affirm that music does have the power to help, and will allow Jonah to continue his important mission for many years to come.
Music will include a couple of great local (but well known) bands (TBA) in addition to Live Band Karaoke with Bunnie England and the New Originals. To help raise money for Jonah, Bunnie will be auctioning off our most popular songs for our set throughout the evening. So if you want to sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” or “Living On a Prayer” in front of a crowd of 300 drunk and screaming folks, bring your wallet and get ready to bid. If you already know what song you’d like to bid on, we will be taking early bids at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just put “Groinstrong-a-thong” in your subject line so Steve can keep track of the bids. It would mean a lot to all four of us if you could come out and help us help out a dear friend.
Oh, and there’s a raffle/auction too:
Some of the prizes that have already been donated:
$25 GC Last Exit
$50 GC to the Bell House
2 bottles of nice wine
$50 GC to Sephora
GC to Boy Luv Girl hair salon
GC for Brooklyn Tattoo
GC to Apartment 138 Restaurant
Dead Flowers Productions Gift Bag
Skateboard and helmet
Jewelry/Cufflinks from Wabisabi Brooklyn
Autographed copy of The Encylopedia of Rock
And much more to come!