In 2019, Rock Against Dystrophy (RAD) celebrated its 10th anniversary of rocking out to knock out Muscular Dystrophy with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Founders John “Turbo” and Josh “Jay Scorpion” Shateskty (brothers who have Spinal Muscular Atrophy) were geared up for the next several years of rocking for their cause and then the pandemic hit.
“Not doing our benefit last year hurt so much,” says Turbo. “We’ve never let anything stop us and we literally had no choice. But now we are as fired up as ever!”
Their effort to rock out to knock out Muscular Dystrophy is ready to rock for Saturday September 18, 2021 at 1PM, and just as loudly as ever. This year, it returns to The Headliner in Neptune, New Jersey, and returning to lead the charge as the Emcee for the night is a man with a heart as big as himself is “Tattoo” Tony Rodriguez.
This year, RAD 2021 also will honor Chris Homeny, a member of who recently passed away during the planning of this years event. Because of his support of music on all levels through Old Bridge Metal Militia and Militia Nations, he and his wife Pattie have been a part of the cause for several years. Part of this year’s proceeds will be going to the family of Chris Homeny.
“The news of losing Chris was a huge blow,” says Turbo. “We literally just finished working together getting the local bands playing this year booked. This year we rock for Chris, his family, and the cause.”
Rock Against Dystrophy continues to combine the local music scene with names the world knows with Incognito Theory, BLUD RED ROSES, and Psychoprisms ready to crank it to eleven to get the crowd ready for this years All Star band.
Who may you ask is the R.A.D. All Star band for 2021? Well this year get ready to rock with Mark Tornillo (Accept), Bumblefoot, Chris Caffery, Ron Lipnicki (Overkill), Danny Watts (Bullet Boys), David DiPietro (TT Quick), Scott Metaxas (Prophet), Ken Dubman (Prophet), Russ Arcara (Prophet/Edgar Cayce Band), Jimmy Callahan (Prophet/ Edgar Cayce Band), and Ed Avila (Shotgun Symphony). Plus, you never know who could show up.
You can get your tickets in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. Don’t miss the return to doing your part to help rock out to knock out Muscular Dystrophy and help them honor the memory of friend.