Song-in-action Blog


Lalah & Law Firms raise money & awareness for local DMV causes

Posted by Katina on June 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

One of my favorite things is to use this blog to call attention to causes supported by musicians. Two great causes – the Lupus Foundation of America, DMV chapter and Gifts for the Homeless were supported by examples of Song-in-Action last Thursday.

Lalah for Lupus

In Prince George’s county, I was excited to be invited to listen to the sounds of Lala Hathaway at a Lupus concert/fundraiser sponsored by the Ashleigh Group. Before Lala’s set, Edie Aultmon and another lupus survivor gave testimonies about how their lives have been changed by the auto-immune disorder that affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States. Watch Edie below in Chasing Butterflies.

Kassandra Kearse, Development Manager for the Lupus Foundation – DMV was in the house as well. If you would like to host a concert for lupus, contact Kassandra.

Lawyers Band Together

Across the border, DMV’s law firms put down their subpoenas and picked up their instruments at the Black Cat for the 7th Annual Banding Together Battle of the Law Firm Bands to raise funds for Gifts for the Homeless.  GFTH is a local non-profit supported by the DC metro legal community that provides clothing donations to the area’s homeless.

This year Sutherland Comfort (representing Sutherland Asbill & Brennan) was the winning band, a title brought home by raising the most funds for GFTH – $29,000.

Who is Sutherland Comfort?

  • Financial Services Associate Naseem Nixon (lead singer)
  • Litigation Associate Wilson G. Barmeyer (bass guitar)
  • Tax Associate Daniel M. Buchner (guitar)
  • Financial Services Partner W. Thomas Conner (guitar)
  • Océ staff member Chris Lewis (drums).
  • Recruiting Assistant Rachael K. Saltzman (back-up vocals)
  • Paralegal Amanda Hubert (back-up vocals)

Overall Banding Together raised more than $130,000 for the organization, according to the Washington Post. Donate to Gifts for the Homeless online.

Love Lots,


P.S.  If you know of any DMV musicians raising funds or awareness for local causes email me so that I can feature them in the Song-in-Action blog.

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Trop-A-Rocka! Bret Michaels Wins Celebrity Apprentice

Posted by Katina on May 24, 2010 at 3:17 am

Congrats! Bret Michaels rocks out and brings home the title of Celebrity Apprentice.

His cause: the American Diabetes Association. He is a true champion and a great example of Song-in-Action. In his own words: “I’m here to win” and he did, while raising awareness and funds for Diabetes, a disease that affects 23.6 million people in the United States (7.8% of the population).

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Butterflies, Lennon, and Lupus

Posted by Katina on May 22, 2010 at 3:03 am

Last week, one of my friends called to say she had an extra ticket to a lupus event featuring Julian Lennon. Did I want to go? Yes!!! Could I? Sadly no. I missed Julian Lennon performing Lucy, a lupus-tribute and I was kind of crushed. But I decided that it was a great hook for a Song-in-Action blog entry.

Check out James Scott Cook and Julian Lennon on the Lupus Foundation of America website as they explain how the song Lucy came to be and their goal to raise funds and awareness for Lupus research. Watch James and Julian perform Lucy (after interview on the origins of Lucy, app. 3:30).


Lucy's Legacy: Julian Lennon and James Scott Cook Join Musical Forces for Lupus Research

On a more personal note, I want to thank everyone who supported Team Metamorphosis‘ fundraising efforts during the 2010 DC Walk for Lupus Now.

With the help of my mom and sorors Keisha and Monica, Team Metamorphosis raised almost $1400 (with more coming in before May 30th). I am very excited and humbled by the support of friends, family, and the virtual community formed on Twitter and Facebook. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Much Love,


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Take Sound Bites for D.C. Central Kitchen: Music Food Social Change

Posted by Katina on at 2:20 am

What could be better than an springtime indoor-outdoor music benefit for social change? An indoor-outdoor music benefit for social change that features great food! This Sunday, May 23rd, the 9:30 club presents the Sound Bites benefit.

The details: May 23, 2010 at the 9:30 club, doors open at 5 pm – tickets are $30

Music: WILL EASTMAN • U.S. ROYALTY • FATBACK DJs • BLUEBRAIN • MIDNIGHT KIDS • BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS With free samples from area restaurants including:
BGR the Burger Joint • Busboys and Poets • ChurchKey • CommonWealth Gastropub • Cork • EatBar • Fresh Start Catering • Harry’s Tap Room • Indique • Jaleo • Maddy’s Bar & Grill • Marvin • Masa 14 • Mie N Yu • Radius Pizza • Sâuçá • Taylor Gourmet • Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar

The Cause: DC Central Kitchen

The DC Central Kitchen is a cornerstone of anti-poverty efforts in the District of Columbia. Founded in 1989, the Kitchen believes that “when fighting poverty, one must fight to win by using every resource available.” By day the organization is a community kitchen, recycling food that would otherwise go to waste in the DC metropolitan area. They also a valuable source of job training opportunities. To learn more about the DC Central Kitchen, visit their website or watch this video.

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Join me for the 2010 Walk for Lupus Now

Posted by Katina on April 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

The other day my mother asked me: “when was the last time you wrote a blog?” On the one hand I was excited because my mother actually reads my blog. But on the other hand, I was embarrassed to tell her how long it had been. I have a great excuse, several actually, but still need to carve out the time to write about music and activism – a subject very close to my heart.

So what has been taking up all of my time? I am very proud to be a committee member of the DC 2010 Walk for Lupus Now, hosted by the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Washington Chapter.  It’s going to be on April 17, 2010 in Washington D.C. – Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 13th and 12th St. N.W. – Next to Freedom Plaza. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

This year I have dual roles – as co-chair of the 2010 Greeks Walk for Lupus Challenge and as leader of Team Metamorphosis. How did I get involved? The short story is that I have had lupus since I was a teen (see profile in the Bowie Blade) and jumped on the opportunity to help the Lupus Foundation, Greater Washington raise money for lupus awareness and for lupus research. The longer, more interesting story involves the lovely ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Having lupus at any age sucks. But having it as a teenager and then in college is really challenging. Over the years, many of my sorors (esp. Monica Payne, Christy Rather, Keasha Cooper, LaShaun Franklin, Alycia Marshall, Tijuana Patty Klaus, Sheryl Jones, Crystal Kelley-Robinson, and Sonia Harris) went above and beyond the call of sisterhood to support me when I was sick or encourage me when I was down (EEE-Yip ladies).

So when about a year ago, the ladies of the Eta Beta chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho (University of Maryland at College Park) had a lupus fundraiser, I was there to support the cause. That night, I said to myself:  “I will volunteer with the Lupus Foundation, I will volunteer, I will volunteer!”  Not too long after, the Greater Washington lupus chapter invited me to an event and much to my surprise, there was soror Kassandra Kearse, my very own little sister, running the dinner. Why? Because she is the development manager for the Lupus Foundation, Greater Washington!

Now anybody who is part of a sorority knows that there is no way to overlook this kind of full-circle coincidence. I hadn’t seen Kassandra in at least ten years. Kassandra hopped on signing me up to volunteer right away, like no time had passed at all. It’s as if she heard the promise I made to volunteer and was just waiting for me to show up to fulfill it. Kassandra suggested that I help with the 1st annual Greeks Walk for Lupus challenge, a mini-event within the DC Walk for Lupus Now in which local sororities and fraternities compete for the title of Greek Organization of the Year based on their fundraising efforts.

Kassandra also encouraged me to start my first walk team: Metamorphosis.

My goal for Team Metamorphosis was to raise $300, but we have far exceeded that amount. As of April 11th, Team Metamorphosis has raised over $1000. Thanks to my team members (Mom and Sorors Monica and Keisha) we are on a roll. Help us go the distance by continuing to donate to the cause.  Donations can be made online on our team page or through the mail. There is no donation too large or too small.

Thanks everyone for all your support. See you at the walk.


P.S.  After the walk is over, the blogs about music and activism will come back! To learn more about Lupus, click here.

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