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Benefit for local musician- Joe Maniscalco

I first met Joe Maniscalco when I joined the folk group at Holy Trinity in Norfolk VA in the mid 1970’s . He was a great mentor , musician and friend.

It was saddening to hear of his recent illness.

Friends of Joe’ will hold a fundraising event entitled, ‘Benefit for Joe Maniscalco – Let’s Keep the Music Playing’ on January 31, 2010.  It will take place at Knuckleheads Roadhouse on 401 North Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach from 1:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public is invited . A donation at the door is requested.

A talented musician onstage, Maniscalco has been sidelined during the past four months by health issues caused, in part, by second-hand smoke inhaled during his 30+ years performing in public venues. (Maniscalco never smoked himself.). The outcome this year for Maniscalco has been a week in ICU (pneumonia) and a torn retina (four times). The torn retina, most likely, was caused by the high fever and/or high dose of steroids administered to fight the pneumonia. Unable to work from the end of September through December, he is now also dealing with mounting medical bills. (Actually, the health situation began about one and a half years ago and last winter he was sidelined for about four months with similar problems, also caused by second-hand smoke.) The fundraiser promises a memorable afternoon of music, dancing and games to help pay for some of the expenses associated with Maniscalco’s illness. The event will celebrate the friends, the bands and the music and the memorable journey.
There will be silent and live auctions as well as other events.
The ‘Benefit for Joe Maniscalco – Let’s Keep the Music Playing’ will showcase Hampton Roads entertainers. There has been an outpouring of support for this event by fellow entertainers and more than 35 acts/bands/entertainers have offered their time to perform. Long-time friends –Norman Harrell and Warren Seaburg — are co-MCs. The final roster includes the act/band/entertainer who will highlight one of the 17 time slots. However, others may also join in. We’re requesting that anyone who is not on the roster and has volunteered to perform, please attend the event. And be sure to bring your musical instrument. This cooperation says a lot for the community who will gather on Jan 31 to support Joe.
For more up-to-date information, there is a "Friends of Joe Maniscalco" fan page on Facebook as well as “Let’s Keep the Music playing page also on Facebook and Joe’s website : www.joemaniscalco.com
Sponsors for the event include: www.vbnightlife.com , AcoustEvents, EventRealizations, Inc., Jack J. Maniscalco & Son Insurance, Mainsail Communications and J. Wright & Associates, Inc.

Let’s Keep the Music Playing / Benefit for Joe Maniscalco Act/Band/Entertainer Roster/ Schedule:

1:00 – 1:15 Tammy Gardner w Charlie Austin
1:20 – 1:50 One Hit Wonders
1:55 – 2:10 Eddie Sal
2:15 – 2:35 New Direction
2:40 – 2:55 Acoustaholics
3:00 – 3:30 Suzy–Ray-Vaughn
3:35 – 3:50 Don and Anne Butcher
3:55 – 4:25 Baddadz
4:30 – 5:00 Mike Aiken Band
5:10 – 5:40 Lewis McGehee and Karl Werne
5:45 – 6:15 Carbon Jam
6:20 – 6:35 Doug Dunn
6:40 – 7:10 Broke By Sunday
7:15 – 7:30 Don Gill Richard Spano
7:35 – 8:05 Stingrays
8:10 – 8:25 Kevin Mac
8:30 – 9:00 Joe and Friends (including Sherri Holland, margaritaBill, Bruce Todd and others

 

Sponsors for the event include:  Audio, Light and Music, EventRealizations, Inc., Jack J. Maniscalco & Son Insurance and www.vbnightlife.com.

As a solo act, duo or trio, international performer and Norfolk native Joe Maniscalco (shown right) has been entertaining professionally for more than three decades.  He blends Steel Pan/Caribbean style music with 60s, 70s, 80s, Reggae and Motown tunes.  With his laid back and easy going style, he covers Island and Caribbean, blues, country rock, easy listening and rock music.  Maniscalco’s song list comprised of more than 1,000 songs.

At 55, Joe Maniscalco is a multi-instrumentalist playing six- and 12-string acoustic guitars, flute, harmonica, autoharp and steel drum/steel pan.  He frequently amazes his audiences by playing two trumpets — simultaneously and in harmony.  According to Maniscalco, most horn players play in the middle of their mouths and use the muscles from both sides, but he plays off to one side.

On the national stage, Maniscalco has opened for a long list of acts including Jimmy Buffett, Faith Hill, Chicago, Hall &  Oates, Daryl Worley, B52 and Lee Greenwood.  The talented singer/songwriter has performed in 38 states and 11countries.

A long time Hampton Roads musician, Maniscalco has appeared in venues from Portsmouth and Richmond to Key West and Seattle. Portsmouth residents will recall Maniscalco performing at a number of local establishments including: Griff’s Restaurant, Barons Pub, The Circle Restaurant, The Flagship Restaurant, Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel, the former Olde Towne Holiday Inn, Armory’s Wharf, Mario’s Restaurant and Revolution.  Regionally, he has performed a numerous festivals including: Black Beard Festival, Suffolk Peanut Festival, Norfolk’s Harborfest and Hampton Bay Days. Some of Maniscalco’s musical groups over the years include: Phoenix; Maniscalco & Daley; The Maniscalco Review; Sweetwater; Nyte Flyte; Two*Can Jam Band; Joe Maniscalco (Mr. Two*Can Jam).  And in 2009: Joe Maniscalco Live and Joe’s Trop Rock-ers.

Maniscalco has released several CD’s throughout the years.  ‘Cruisin’ With Joe’ was released in 2008.

As a professional entertainer, Maniscalco has been recognized with a number of awards over the years.  These include: Entertainer of the Year (Back Street Magazine) and MEONA AWARDS several years running as Best Solo Acoustic Entertainer and Best Maritime and Island Music Entertainer. In 2009 he was nominated by Port Folio Weekly as "Best Cover Band." In addition, he has been nominated for the Jefferson Awards / Hampton Roads.  Footers Sports Pub in Virginia Beach has even given Maniscalco a unique honor – they have a sandwich on the menu named for him.

One thing for sure, Joe Maniscalco is no ordinary Joe.  He’s quite an entertainer with an extraordinary career.  Get well soon, Joe and let’s keep the music playing.

Here are other ways you can help the ‘Friends of Joe’:

Make a Donation. 

If you want to make a donation, you may go to any Chartway Federal Credit Union branch and make the check payable to "Joe Maniscalco."  You can also mail the check to Joe Maniscalco Medical Trust Benefit, c/o Mainsail Communications, LLC, 363 Mainsail Drive, Hampton, VA 23664.

Donate to the Auction.  If you want to donate an auction item, please contact Fran Pigott Harding at 757.353.0711 or fpharding@gmail.com

Perform.  If you have a band and would like to perform, you may contact: Fran Pigott Harding as well.

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3 Responses

  1. Hey there…Thanks for the writeup. I’m hoping you can make the following changes to your blog. The entertainer information has changed quite a bit. Thanks, Fran. (PS: I am the organizer of this event and also handle marketing for Joe. I can be reached at 757 353 0711. )

    Friends of Joe will hold a fundraising event entitled ‘Benefit for Joe Maniscalco – Let’s Keep the Music Playing’ on January 31, 2010. It will take place at Knuckleheads Roadhouse on 401 North Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The public is invited. A donation at the door is requested.

    A talented musician onstage, Maniscalco has been sidelined during the past four months by health issues caused, in part, by second-hand smoke inhaled during his 30+ years performing in public venues. (Maniscalco never smoked himself.).

    The outcome this year for Maniscalco has been a week in ICU (pneumonia) and a torn retina (four times). The torn retina, most likely, was caused by the high fever and/or high dose of steroids administered to fight the pneumonia. Unable to work from the end of September through December, he is now also dealing with mounting medical bills. (Actually, the health situation began about one and a half years ago and last winter he was sidelined for about four months with similar problems, also caused by second-hand smoke.)

    The fundraiser promises a memorable afternoon of music, dancing and games to help pay for some of the expenses associated with Maniscalco’s illness. The event will celebrate the friends, the bands and the music and the memorable journey. There will be silent and live auctions as well as other events.

    The ‘Benefit for Joe Maniscalco – Let’s Keep the Music Playing’ will showcase Hampton Roads entertainers. There has been an outpouring of support for this event by fellow entertainers and more than 35 acts/bands/entertainers have offered their time to perform. Long-time friends –Norman Harrell and Warren Seaburg — are co-MCs.

    The final roster includes the act/band/entertainer who will highlight one of the 17 time slots. However, others may also join in. We’re requesting that anyone who is not on the roster and has volunteered to perform, please attend the event. And be sure to bring your musical instrument. This cooperation says a lot for the community who will gather on Jan 31 to support Joe.

    For more up-to-date information, there is a “Friends of Joe Maniscalco” fan page on Facebook as well as “Let’s Keep the Music playing page also on Facebook. http://www.joemaniscalco.com

    Sponsors for the event include: http://www.vbnightlife.com, AcoustEvents, EventRealizations, Inc., Jack J. Maniscalco & Son Insurance, Mainsail Communications and J. Wright & Associates, Inc.

    Let’s Keep the Music Playing / Benefit for Joe Maniscalco
    Act/Band/Entertainer Roster

    1:00 – 1:15 Tammy Gardner w Charlie Austin
    1:20 – 1:50 One Hit Wonders
    1:55 – 2:10 Eddie Sal
    2:15 – 2:35 New Direction
    2:40 – 2:55 Acoustaholics
    3:00 – 3:30 Suzy–Ray-Vaughn
    3:35 – 3:50 Don and Anne Butcher
    3:55 – 4:25 Baddadz
    4:30 – 5:00 Mike Aiken Band
    5:10 – 5:40 Lewis McGehee and Karl Werne
    5:45 – 6:15 Carbon Jam
    6:20 – 6:35 Doug Dunn
    6:40 – 7:10 Broke By Sunday
    7:15 – 7:30 Don Gill Richard Spano
    7:35 – 8:05 Stingrays
    8:10 – 8:25 Kevin Mac
    8:30 – 9:00 Joe and Friends

    Joe Maniscalco of TwoCanJam Musician and Entertainer
    http://www.joemaniscalco.com

  2. You may also include the following with the changes:

    Make a Donation. If you want to make a donation, you may go to any Chartway Federal Credit Union branch and make the check payable to “Joe Maniscalco.” You can also mail the check to Joe Maniscalco Medical Trust Benefit, c/o Mainsail Communications, LLC, 363 Mainsail Drive, Hampton, VA 23664.

    Donate to the Auction. If you want to donate an auction item, please contact Fran Pigott Harding at 757.353.0711.

  3. Thanks so much. Hope to see you at the event. Be sure to stop by to say hello. Fran

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