Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Gift at the Pearl to Honor Fallen Buffalo Firefighters

All-day, five-floor concert to benefit the future of the children of Jonathan Croom

When Buffalo firefighters Jonathan Croom and Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy made the ultimate sacrifice in an East Side fire last August, they both left behind children with full lives ahead of them – in the case of Croom, whose second child was born after his death, children who will never know their father.

In response to the personal and financial void Croom’s children now face, his friends have rallied the Buffalo music community to gather for The Gift at the Pearl, an all-day event set for Sunday, April 11th, across all five floors of Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. The event will feature more than a dozen local bands on four stages, along with a host of raffles and auctions, with 100% of the proceeds going to a trust fund for Croom’s children.

“This gift will show Jon’s kids how much he meant to his friends, and how much this community appreciates the sacrifice he and Lt. McCarthy made for us,” said Jason Hall, owner of Sessions Studio in Black Rock, who graduated with Croom from the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. “Jon’s kids have a hard road ahead of them, but it was easy to line up support in their honor.”

Hall has assembled some of Buffalo’s best performers, including Abraxas; Dee Adams; John Lombardo & Mary Ramsey; Myron & the Id; Alison Pipitone Band; Gretchen Schulz & Doug Morgano; Maria Sebastian; Skiffle Minstrels; The Stone Bridge Band; the Stone Country Band; That 80’s Hair Band; Tuco; Alan Whitney; and Mark Winsick – all of whom are donating their time and talents for the cause.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and are available now through Eventbrite at or by contacting Sessions Studio at 716-447-1508 or

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