The Ultimate Musical Family Reunion
Saturday, October 5th, 2013 & Sunday October 6th, 2013
McAvoy's, Putty Hill Shopping Plaza, Parkville, MD
(to benefit Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cancer Center)
In early 2012 Stan Gibson created a Facebook group page entitled Baltimore Bands from the 70s 80s 90s as a social media gathering place for people interested in the topic. Stan’s motivations stem from his being an active musician in those decades, and was done solely out of love for the Maryland music scene in that period.
The page rapidly grew in popularity, garnering musicians and fans from the era. Today the page boasts over 2,000 members, many active members. The Baltimore Bands page has had the effect of reuniting a large number of musicians in the area who had lost touch with each other over the years. The comradery today between the musicians, especially of those who were in competition with each other back in the day, is remarkable; it evidences the strength of the Maryland musical community. Several musical groups have reunited for performances as a result of Stan’s efforts in providing a community watering-hole to gather around.
The page is active in reinforcing that community spirit, and has evolved to a tacit family, where members share in each other’s’ lives, celebrating birthdays together, mourning losses together, and responding to special needs of other members.
It is apparent that cancer has touched everyone’s lives, in one way or another; it followed suit that raising funding for cancer research became the de facto fundraising goal of the Band Page. Stan had the vision of producing a multi-day, multi-cultural event, providing a performance outlet for many more artists to support the cause. The idea for Stanstock was born.
Stan enlisted the efforts of local veteran musicians Tom Carson, himself a cancer survivor and active in fundraising for cancer research, and Lee Townsend, proprietor of Real Time Controls, LLC, a Maryland company that provides event and tour management services. They were tasked with organizing the Stanstock event. Both are seasoned professionals in the field, with over a century of combined experience in event production and promotion.
The event is becoming a reality, but it requires funding to make it happen. All of the musicians and over 40 staff members are donating their time and talents to making Stanstock the ultimate musical family reunion. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and to the Nicole Van Horn Foundation for the benefit of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cancer Center.
We can use your help. Please donate any amount to this very worth cause.