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Banding Together 2019

I’m happy to be participating again this year in Banding Together, an annual benefit run by Lazlo of BlowUpRadio.com for the Spondylitis Association of America. It gives me great pleasure to be part of this fundraising effort and to donate my time and music to this cause.

If you donate $10 or more, you’ll receive a code to download an exclusive compilation album that contains a brand new recording of my original song, “Until You Let Me In.”

Here’s the link to donate: https://www.spondylitis.org/webathon

I’ll also be performing on the live webathon, which will be taking place all weekend long – Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th. You can catch me on Sunday at 6:40pm live on blowupradio.com.

Sunday, October 20th
Solo Acoustic
Live online for Banding Together – www.blowupradio.com

Banding Together 2017 and Maxfield’s Recap 10/14/17

Doubleheaders aren’t only for sporting events.

This past Saturday, I spent the afternoon playing as part of the Banding Together 2017 fundraising show at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ and the evening playing with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors for three sets at Maxfield’s on Main in Boonton, NJ.

If you haven’t done so yet, please consider donating to the Spondylitis Association of America. As a fun way to donate, you can purchase a digital compilation album, which includes exclusive tracks from local musicians. I have a track on there, too!

Donate at https://spondy.bandcamp.com today!



Banding Together 2017: A Benefit for the Spondylitis Association of America

I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s benefit for the Spondylitis Association of America, Banding Together 2017. Lazlo from blowupradio.com organizes this successful effort each year. His wife suffers from Spondylitis, so this is a very personal cause for him.

Spondylitis is a genetic rheumatoid arthritic condition that causes inflammation and fusion in the vertebrae of the spine. To date BlowUpRadio.com has raised thousands of dollars for the cause, and raised awareness of the genetic disease which the Centers For Disease Control says affects more than 2.7 million adults in the US.

Want to help out?

There are two ways to contribute:

  1. Attend a Live Performance
  2. Purchase the Digital Compilation

Attend a Live Performance on Saturday Afternoon


I’m playing a solo acoustic set at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ on Saturday, October 14th at 2:30pm. Come at 2pm to see fellow Toll Collector Jonathan Andrew perform before me!

There are also shows featuring other great NY/NJ artists on Friday at 8pm at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ and the Clash Bar in Clifton, NJ on Saturday October 21st at 8pm.

Purchase the Digital Compilation Now


There’s an exciting compilation full of 36 exclusive tracks from local New Jersey/New York-based musicians. I’ve donated a live recording of one of my new songs “Don’t You Ever Want to Be In Love.” This is the only place you will be able to listen to this track! 

Suggested donation is $10, but you can always donate more! It all goes to the Spondylitis Association.

Click the image above or click this link to access the exclusive compilation album: https://spondy.bandcamp.com

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Listen to a Live Recording from Banding Together

After a battle with traffic on the NJ Turnpike extension, I was able to make it to Lazlo’s Banding Together live acoustic music marathon at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. If you haven’t done so already, please download the compilation record to donate to the Spondylitis Association of America.

For those of you who missed the performance, you can now listen to a live recording below. If the embed doesn’t appear below, click here to listen directly on Soundcloud.


Here is a nice photo captured by Lola.


And here is the setlist.


Banding Together Live Show on Saturday


Join me on Saturday afternoon at one of the best places in New Jersey to listen to acoustic music – Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. I play at 4pm, but be sure to get there at least by 3:30pm to hear fellow Toll Collector Jonathan Andrew play, too! The entire day of music runs from Noon-10pm.

This show will benefit the Spondylitis Association of America, which provides research and services to over 2.7 million Americans that suffer from this arthritic condition. In the past, I’ve contributed to the online webathon, but this year it’s going to be a live show! Can’t wait. Hope you can make it too!

PS – You can also download the Compilation Album to help benefit the cause. I have contributed a brand new recording. Check out track #3 on the album!

Saturday, October 15th 
Josh Bicknell solo acoustic
Banding Together – A Benefit for the Spondylitis Association organized by blowupradio.com
Espresso Joe’s
50 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ
Event runs noon-10pm
Josh set: 4pm

Still Time to Donate

Some good news. Some bad news.

The good news is that the listenership for Banding Together is up this year! The bad news is that donations are down.

Don’t worry. The webathon is re-airing through Friday evening, so there is still time to make your donation to the Spondylitis Association of America. Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of progressive arthritis due to chronic inflammation of the joints in the spine. It can be very painful to those who are affected by it.

Please consider donating today!

P.S. If you missed the first airing of my set, you can listen to it again on Friday, October 23rd at 11am!

Banding Together Donation Link and Compilation Album

Banding Together begins tomorrow – Friday, Oct 16th at 11am and runs through Monday evening at blowupradio.com.

But you don’t have to wait until tomorrow to make a donation to the Spondylitis Association of America and receive this year’s special compilation album download!

Make your donation here.

Here’s the track list of the compilation album you’ll receive:

1. Josh Bicknell – a new start [live at Espresso Joe’s]
2. Jersey Drive – if minds could kill [single version]
3. The Deafening Colors – jerry ryan
4. The Extras, Inc. – some people in this world
5. Lifeguard Nights – bible girl [rough mix]
6. d.smith – alcohol [live]
7. Shotgun Bill and the Red Hot Pistols – one too many
8. David Van Orden Jr. – stories of a man with my name
9. HAL – dichotomy
10. The Clydes – the lie escape
11. Jonathan Andrew – silver screen [live]
12. Diego Allessandro & Lot 25 – restless heart
13. Keith Beck’s Zigman Bird – dry tears
14. Fun While You Wait – lost [live]
15. Christian Beach – paper ships [live]
16. Son Of Dov – breathing fire [live]
17. Fairmont – bad time
18. Suspecting Victim – wolves in sheep clothing
19. Colie Brice – delicate flower (out loud)
20. Weird and Wonderful Words – canoodle
21. Catherine Wacha – the ballad of marion crane
22. Deena – been so crazy lately
23. Faust Fulton And Friends – something real [live]
24. LHCisco – mr. gloom [chill version]
25. A Halo Called Fred – I haz a sad
26. The Blurry Minds – I just want to be gold
27. Little Big Toe – build a boat
28. The Wag – I’ll be all right (F#m7)
29. Naked Ant – the scene
30. Don Lee – brand new star
31. Hat & Boots – I could be
32. 1L – the 1L show
33. Melissa Anthony – 4/14
34. Just Waiting – useless
35. The Accelerators – beat generation
36. Frank & Bill – purple corvette
37. Joe Canzano – ride thru wyoming
38. The Wailing Kids – de la pueblo
39. The Way Out – deep end
40. Bruce Tunkel – friday’s here [live]
41. Mike Clifford – on a friday night

So don’t wait! Make your donation today.

Banding Together 2015

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be performing as part of Banding Together, a webathon to benefit the Spondylitis Association of America. October 16-19th.

This year marks my fourth year of playing this webathon as a solo acoustic artist.

Lazlo is the man behind this benefit. He is someone who works tirelessly in service of independent artists. His internet radio station Blowupradio is one of the longest-running stations on the web. Long before you could stream Pandora on your iPhone, long before iPhones even existed, you could stream his radio station over the Internet.

This benefit is a personal one for him, as his wife suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis. In his spirit of giving, Lazlo will be giving a ton of his time and all donations to the Spondylitis Association of America.

How do you donate?
Throughout the webathon there will be a link on blowupradio.com to donate to the SAA.

What do you get for donating?
Besides the release of positive endorphins from donating to a worthy cause? Everyone who donates will receive a compilation album to download. It includes special tracks from artists performing during the webathon. I’m adding a live performance of my song “A New Start” to this compilation. It will not be available anywhere else. The recording was captured this past year at Espresso Joe’s coffee house during one of Lazlo’s Guitar Pull events.

How do you learn more?
The official press release and schedule of performances is here: http://blowupradio.tripod.com/newsletters/2015/spondypr.html

What else do you need to know?
More posts about this will be forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to stream and download my performances from the three previous years.

Banding Together Air Times

Banding Together, a benefit webathon to benefit the Spondylitis Association of America is now underway!

Be sure to listen at any time during this weekend and remember to donate at blowupradio.com. Below are the days, times, and websites where you can listen to my performance.

Saturday 10/18 @ 1:10pm on 40FootHoleStudio.com

Sunday 10/19 @ 1:10am on 40FootHoleStudio.com

Monday 10/20 @ 4:20pm on Blowupradio.com

Monday 10/20 @ 10:20pm on Blowupradio.com

Hope you are able to tune in!

Banding Together: A Benefit Webathon for the Spondylitis Association of America

Each year, it gives me great joy to record a live set of original music to benefit a great cause.

Lazlo, who runs NJ’s blowupradio.com, has put together a webathon of epic proportions… all in the name of raising money for the Spondylitis Association of America. He combines his talents for gathering some of the best local original music artists with his dedication to finding a cure for this disease. It’s truly a labor of love for him. And for that reason, it gives me great pleasure each and every year to take part in this webathon.

I’ve pre-recorded a live acoustic set of original music specifically for this event. Just me, my acoustic guitar, my voice, and my songs. All songs were recorded live in one take.

From Friday, October 17th through Monday, October 20th you can tune in online to listen to the benefit webathon and donate to a great cause. There are two online stages. Each will be broadcasting live sets beginning noon on Friday and not finishing until 11:30pm on Monday! That’s a lot of live music! I encourage you to check out the full schedule of performances right here.

My set will air four times over the course of the webathon:

40FootHoleStudio.com Stage
Saturday 10/18 at 1:10pm
Sunday 10/19 at 1:10am

Blowupradio.com Stage
Monday 10/20 at 4:20pm
Monday 10/20 at 10:20pm

I’ve donated one of my songs to the exclusive compilation album for this event. It’s only available to those who contribute a tax-deductible donation!

It was a lot of fun to pre-record this year’s set from my apartment. I took a different approach on the technical side of things. I’ll share some of those details in a future post.