Category Archives: Giving back

#SummerOfSharing is Back!

 Save U.S. Pets Logo  Oradell Animal Hospital Logo

Your Jungle Gym Jam Digital Download Purchases Will Be Shared 50/50 with Save U.S. Pets!

Last year we launched #SummerOfSharing, giving a portion of our music and merchandise sales proceeds to causes like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and young heart patient Xavier Ross’ hospital expenses.

Oradell Animal Hospital teams up with Jungle Gym Jam to support Save U.S. Pets in Summer of Sharing 2017This year, we’re teaming up with Oradell Animal Hospital to give to SAVE U.S. PETS, an independent, all volunteer 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to ensuring that no pet is denied lifesaving veterinary treatment because of its owner’s inability to pay.

50% of our digital download sales in the month of July will benefit Save U.S. Pets, including sales from:

If you’d rather have the physical product from us, you can pick up a CD at our live shows in July and we’ll donate 20% to Save U.S. Pets! We’ll also share 20% of proceeds from any online store purchase of a physical product. You can order CD’s or T-shirts in our online store.

* for Patreon gift levels involving a live party or preschool performance, we’ll donate $2.50 from your first monthly payment.

Thanks for supporting our #SummerOfSharing drive – remember to use that hashtag to tell others how you’re joining us to make New Jersey a better place for pets!

We’re back on again! New date for Light of Day Family Concert!

After snow scuttled our original plans to play a Light of Day Foundation family concert at Crossroads in Garwood in January, we have a makeup date of February 4 for the show.

Most of the lineup is the same, but Miss Nina couldn’t make the new date, so our good friend (and producer) Baze – from Baze and His Silly Friends will add his brand of zesty family fun to our lineup on the new date. Harmony supergroup The Campfire Flies (made up of members of The Cucumbers, The Thousand Pities, Speed the Plough) will headline. My own Jungle Gym Jam will bring high energy Jersey style rock-n-roll for kids & families, and Yosi will get big laughs from little people with his great stage presence and musicality. 

The Light of Day Winterfest spreads out over Asbury Park, north Jersey, Philadelphia, Rockland County and more during the month of January; our makeup date now extends the benefit concert series into a new month – at what is a new venue for the series of events.

Tickets are $15 per person; children under age 1 admitted free.

Show is at Crossroads at 78 North Avenue in Garwood, NJ on Sat. Feb. 4 at 3PM. Doors at 2:30. 

Light of Day Family Concert 2017 - new date February 4, 2017

Just around the Corner til the Light of Day Yeah!

Benefit concert to help research & treat Parkinson’s, ALS, PSP

Kids’ entertainers to rock Crossroads Jan. 7 for Light of Day Foundation

I only had a short time with Mr. Lou DeMartino but learned how passionate he was about supporting the Light of Day Foundation, traveling the U.S., Canada and Europe to give benefit performances with Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan to help combat nervous system disorders that have affected so many people, often claiming their lives. Lou joined the Jungle Gym Jam in the spring of 2015, just 4 short months before another disease, asthma, shockingly took his life.

But Lou has stayed on my mind to this day, and I’m in awe of how much of himself he gave when he had few resources of his own and had to work multiple gigs to make ends meet. So it’s only fitting that I took up the mantle to put on a Light of Day Foundation benefit concert to continue his work.

Years ago there was an annual Light of Day benefit concert for kids & families in Asbury Park, which was later replaced in the seaside city’s venues with a wider variety of rock and pop acts aimed at adult audiences, who generally spend more at the bar than their family counterparts, yielding bigger donations to Light of Day.

I figured the best bet was to put on a family-oriented concert at another NJ music venue during January, the organization’s busy month for benefit concerts – perhaps a venue not in Asbury Park but one known for great NJ concerts. I reached out to Lee at Crossroads in Garwood, where I had participated in a benefit show before.

Jay Lustig, a longtime NJ music critic and now the founder of, led me to an intriguing headline act for this concert – Deena Shoshkes from the new wave duo The Cucumbers, now with her new harmony-rich band The Campfire Flies. I built the supporting lineup from New Jersey’s family music scene – singers and players who have delighted kids and their grown-ups in front of me before, like Miss Nina and Yosi. Yosi has performed in those earlier versions of the Light of Day family concert before – a tradition that was winding down just as I was getting into the kids’ music game.

The show is on Saturday, January 7 at 4PM (doors open at 3:30); admission is $15 person (children under age 1 admitted free) with all proceeds going to the Light of Day Foundation.

Remember “We Are the World?” Here are All the Singers on that Collaboration

We Are the World cover artworkOur daughter recently became a major fan of Michael Jackson, thanks to a Montclair Film Festival screening of The Wiz over the summer. So, Amy and I played her the video of “We Are the World.” The whole story of the charitable collaboration really resonated with Amy and me on multiple levels, partly because we’ve gotten involved in many charitable projects with the kindie music community and have a more profound understanding of how “We Are the World” changed the scale of what musicians could do for charity when they work together. In total, USA for Africa raised over $63 million, sending 90% of it to Africa to aid with the deadly famine they were suffering through, thanks to the single they recorded in 1985.

I decided it would be fun to put together a playlist of every singer who appeared on that famous track – in the order of their solos, and then followed by the artists who were in the chorus but didn’t have a solo (Smokey Robinson or Pointer Sisters, anyone??)

In retrospect, I had forgotten just how big Bruce Springsteen’s presence was on that track, appearing prominently at 2 different points in the production.

Please comment below on what the “We Are the World” project means to you.

Meet our Cause of the Month–Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia!

Jungle Gym Jam #SummerOfSharing Recipient July 2016 - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Harborview/Cape May

Harborview/Cape May location to benefit from Lollipop Motel Album Sales

The #SummerOfSharing has entered a new month and with it has come a new cause our existing and potential fans can join us in supporting – the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Harborview/Cape May location.

This time, we reached out to our fans to vote on three possible causes to support in July and CHOP came out on top.

So, when you download a copy of our critically acclaimed new family rock album Lollipop Motel for $9.95we’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to Children’s Hospital!

If you’d rather order an autographed CD, I’ll personalize the disc to your family and donate 10% of CD sales proceeds. This also goes for souvenirs we sell at our live concerts and in our online souvenir shop. And it comes with a convenient album download!

Amy and I will be in Wildwood, along with our daughter Holly, at the very same Lollipop Motel that inspired this new album, the 3rd week in July. In fact, we’ll give a private concert for fellow motel guests on Friday evening 7/22, where I’ll be autographing copies of the beachy new album.

Thank you for helping the first two causes in this #SummerOfSharing – st. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in May and then Xavier Ross, a 5-year-old heart patient from Phialdelpha in June! You helped me make a difference I couldn’t have made just on my own!

Musically yours,