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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!

Watch Three New Toll Collectors Videos

Captured during a live performance at Finnegan’s in Hoboken, NJ on Saturday, October 17th, here are three original songs by Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors. Enjoy!

“Leave the Light On” https://youtu.be/NjqzH7R8gnA

“My Little Sin” https://youtu.be/HkhaWwjIhV0

“Rescue Me” https://youtu.be/Z-dNwKGeV3Q

Banding Together Starts on Friday

Banding Together, the online music festival to benefit the Spondylitis Association of America begins Friday, October 18th and runs through Monday, October 21st. It’s a three “stage” show, meaning that it is being hosted on three websites. There are five opportunities to listen to my solo live acoustic set during the course of the weekend:

Friday, October 18th 7:30pm EST www.40FootHoleStudio.com →

Saturday, October 19th 7:30am EST www.40FootHoleStudio.com →

Saturday, October 19th 4:35pm EST www.ThePenguinRocks.com 

Sunday, October 20th 4:35am EST  www.ThePenguinRocks.com 

Monday, October 21st 12noon EST www.BlowUpRadio.com →

Hope you are able to virtually tune in!

Live from My Dining Room

In case you missed the broadcast last weekend… I’m releasing my entire performance from the Spondylitis Association Benefit Webathon as a digital album.

Live from My Dining Room

Live from My Dining Room was recorded live in front of a not-so-captive audience of my two cats. The recording is purposely quiet, intimate, and raw.

No auto-tune. No overdubs. No editing. Just my voice, guitar, and whatever other sounds occured during the performance. The recording features eight original songs in their simplist form.

Download it for FREE here: http://joshbicknell.bandcamp.com/

HINT: You’ll need to click on the Buy Now button to download the full recording. You can buy it for $0 if you wish.

In leiu of paying me for the recording, please consider making a donation to the Spondylitis Association of America. From now through the end of October, your donation will be matched if you use this link: http://www.spondylitis.org/store/productlist_sm.aspx?department=41