5th Annual BomberJam
September 18, 2016
Here are a few words from one of this event’s biggest supporters, originally published in Out On The Town Magazine:
What started out almost 5 years ago as an intimate backyard fundraiser that featured local bands and musicians donating their time, energy, and talent has evolved into one of the area’s top music events of the summer. Joseph Scialabbo and his wife Debbie, along with neighbors Mike and Amelia Massimino started BomberJam as a way for friends and neighbors to enjoy a budget and family friendly day of great music, food, and fun while raising money for the National Brain Tumor Society. This organization is a charity that has significant meaning to the couple from Marlton NJ whose 27 year old son Kris was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor when he was in his early teens. Last year’s event held at Indian Acres Tree Farm on Tuckerton Road in Medford NJ became the new home as the popularity of BomberJam outgrew the spacious backyard it had been held in the previous 3 years. As the crowds grew so did the amount of money raised. Last year’s BomberJam raised close to $10,000 through ticket sales, raffles, donations, sponsorships, and T-shirt sales.
This year’s BomberJam is scheduled for September 18th, 2016 at Indian Acres tree Farm from 1 pm to 10 pm. For the cost of a $25 ticket you’ll get entry to the event, delicious food and barbeque which is donated by Ravitz Shop Rite of Marlton, Rastellis Market and others. Also included are all beverages like water, soda, and even beer, also donated by local businesses. To make BomberJam more budget and family friendly all kids under the age of 16 are admitted free with a paying adult. The younger kids can take advantage of the activities Indian Acres offers like a bouncy pillow, train rides, and a hayride through the tree farms pumpkin patch at no extra cost. Sounds like fun and I haven’t even gotten to the music!
This year’s BomberJam lineup features 7 of the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas top bands and musicians all donating their time, energy, and talent for a great cause. Returning from last year’s BomberJam are favorites like the folksy Quixote Project, classic rockers 23 North, and the gritty badass trio Whiskey Grin. All three bands are returning by request and demand. New to this year’s event is the hard rocking The Flying Circus, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Another band making their first appearance at Bomber Jam is the extremely talented and highly regarded trio known as the Hess Brothers. With an average age of 13 the Hess Brothers pack a mighty punch and are proving that the future of rock music is in very good hands! Packing one of the biggest punches to ever grace the BomberJam stage is the multifaceted 5 piece rockers, Stone. Filling venues throughout the area, Stone brings amazing harmonies and musicianship along with high level song writing and performance you won’t want to miss. All these bands bring high energy to every stage, but the one band that puts the “fun” in “funk” and raises the energy level to the extreme is one of Philly’s fastest rising bands, Swift Technique. Swift Technique has been selling out local venues like the Ardmore Music Hall as well as Brooklyn, New York’s famous Brooklyn Bowl. They’ve also opened for acts such as The Disco Biscuits at the new Fillmore, and George Clintons Funkadelic. You’re guaranteed to have a good time whenever Swift Technique brings the party and takes over the stage!
To put it in a nutshell, if you come late you’re gonna miss something special. If you leave early you’re gonna miss something special. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of food and beverages to go around! Mark your calendars for September 18th from 1 pm to 10 pm. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your chairs, but you won’t be sitting long because BomberJam will have you up and dancing while raising money for a great cause.
For tickets and info visit the BomberJam website at BomberJamtix.com
By Barry Brandow – Out On The Town Magazine