Bernie's show July 15 sheds light on lung cancer survival

At one time, music clubs were hotbeds for smokers. Whether or not you were a smoker you had to put up with it if you wanted to hear the music.

Times have changed (you can't smoke in bars or night clubs anymore), but unfortunately lung cancer, a direct result for many smokers, remains a problem for many, whether or not they are smokers (fact; you don't necessarily have to smoke to get lung cancer). 

The iconic Chester music club, Bernie's Hillside Lounge, will help bring awareness to the prevention of lung cancer survival when it hosts a special charity event on Saturday night July 15 featuring Above Ground Blues Band. Show time is 8:30. Folks can pay $10 at the door with a portion of the proceeds going to the organization, Free to Breathe. 

The show is intended to bring more attention to a disease that doesn't always get the attention it deserves.  The survival rate for lung cancer patients currently is very low at a mere 17 percent. Free to Breathe, a national nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization, hopes to double the survival rate by 2020 with the help of Above Ground Blues Band and Bernie's. 

Above Ground Blues Band has become one of the region's most exciting bands led by lead singer Carol Fredricks and her fiery style on stage. She is joined by seasoned musicians Tom Sternadori on bass, Bobby Reed on guitar, James Smith on keyboards, and sax player Nick Conti, also the band leader. 

You can find out more about the band on Facebook. 

Bernie's is located just off of Route 206 at 125 Hillside Road, Chester. For directions and other information about Bernie's call 908-879-7120 or visit

Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders who are united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. The organization focuses on accelerating research, helping patients understand treatment options and ensuring patients benefit from innovative therapies that save lives. To learn more visit

Bardwell putting up the mileage with new projects

Jesse Bardwell has been putting up some serious frequent flyer mileage over the past year. And it's added up to some exciting new projects along the way.  

The former lead singer of the Quimby Mountain Band, who was also a contestant on Season 10 of The Voice, has been criss-crossing the country with his band, Jesse Bardwell and The Free Union, as a duo with Elliott Peck performing as Peck & Penn, as a solo act, and guesting with many other bands from New York to Savannah, Nashville, and Northern California.

"I've been busy," understated Bardwell, who grew up in Hackettstown and currently resides in the Delaware Water Gap area. "I've got a lot of exciting projects going on, I'm meeting a lot of great people, and there's a lot of good things on the horizon."

Including a European Tour Nov. 29-Dec. 24 with another Hackettstown native, Joe Cirotti, and Peck. That tour includes stops in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Belgium, so far. 

"It's going to be a lot of work, but it should be fun," said Bardwell, who has never toured outside the U.S. before. 

He recently let loose a new EP/Vinyl, produced in Nashville, that also features Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth and others.

A month ago he appeared with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead at Terrapin Crossroads in California and more recently has opened up for and accompanied Steve Forbert on guitar and mandolin. In fact, Bardwell was also selected to produce a track on a new release of artists covering Forbert tunes. 

In August he returns to California again, for another tour with Peck. For more about Bardwell and what he's up to, visit

Photo by Doug Clifton. "Grahame Lesh and Friends":  Elliott Peck, Grahame Lesh, Jesse Bardwell, Phil Lesh (in back right), and Alex Koford, at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA 


A unique fundraiser that benefits rescued farm animals is all set for Sunday July 23.    

With The Brian Dean Moore Band, Electric Gumbo, and Paul DiGiorgio providing the music, vendors offering an array of products, and food, wine beer and soda available, the first annual Rock It For the Barnyard Sanctuary concert is slated for the Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope from 1-6 p.m.

The event, which will be held under the Big Tent at the Inn, is sponsored in part by WXPN Radio.

All proceeds from the day will be presented directly to The Barnyard Sanctuary located in Columbia. The Barnyard Sanctuary currently houses over 700 rescued farm animals such as cows, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, donkeys, horses, and goats, among others, that have lost their homes, that have been abandoned, or that have been saved from cruelty and/or slaughter situations.    

Tickets are just $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.Tickets can be purchased directly at

The Barnyard Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit charity, organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey, located in Columbia, N.J. For more about the Barnyard Sancturary, visit