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Lazlo interviews Mike Grau, organizer of Dogs Of War cancer benefit concert

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The 23rd annual Christmas Dogs of War Cancer Benefit will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp (on Saturday December 18th, 2010). I’ve been doing this show for a very long time, but it never gets old…it’s always great fun. We are charging $10.00 at the door and all money raised will be going to Michael Okie and family. Michael and I graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School together in 1981. Michael has a family and he also has cancer … so we are very glad to help him out during the Christmas season. The Christmas Dogs of War started a long time ago as a collection of strange holiday music recordings that myself and my friends would play on Christmas Day on WRSU Rutgers radio. It was so much fun that I decided to make it a live show as well. It was very popular right from those humble beginnings and money was raised that needed to go someplace. I gave it for some years to the American Cancer Society…but after reading how that money is filtered around…I decided to give it to someone in the surrounding community who was dealing directly with cancer in their family. It makes more sense to me that way…whatever we raise…we hand it to that family…no middlemen…and unfortunately …every year we don’t have to look too far to find someone deserving of this money raised. But… I think the real reason the Christmas Dogs of War has been so successful all these years is this;… we don’t treat it like a telethon…or a “feed the children” commercial…(not that feeding hungry children is a bad thing)… what I mean is this… the night is out of control…and a whole lot of fun…FUN FUN FUN…people really enjoy themselves…and see ridiculous bands that they won’t see again for a whole year…and people get up there and they only get 15 minutes…and there’s tons of people…and some guy is dressed up in like a German and he’s rolling around on the floor… and people are drinking too much … and Al Muzer is telling someone to buy a t-shirt with Joe Canzano’s picture on it for $20.00….and there’s a video crew capturing all the nonsense…and the bands are always great…and everyone is doing the show for free…donating their time..and their talent…and everyone’s mood is super elevated…because…they know…that they are doing a good thing for someone that night…someone who needs a little help… and we get to have such a great time doing it…and we get to be with all our friends…. So it’s a great event to see…and to be a part of… and I love my friends…because along with them…The Christmas Dogs of War continues to raise money..year after year…for someone who needs it…and I love all those same friends for having such a great time doing it…and for being the great musical talents I know them to be…. And that my Good People of Metropolis….”that’s really living”
- Mike Grau



released December 17, 2010

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The Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) is a non-profit organization that was the first and remains the largest resource for people affected by spondylitis. Through their efforts, they help advance education, research and treatment for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and related diseases. ... more

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