|Proceeds from the 35-band Aloha Winter Music Fest benefit cancer patient Claudia on the right. |
Dave Neri is no stranger to helping out people out by raising cash for their good causes through music. A Fort Lauderdale resident for almost 40 years, he's hosted and performed benefits since he was 17, first with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He's done the toy run for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation for about six years, and played with bands at the South Florida Tattoo Expo to support the same cause for over a decade.
This season of giving, he dedicating many hours and offering over 35 (35!) bands a stage at the Aloha Winter Festival to raise funds for Claudia, the mother of one of our writers, Natayla Jones, who is suffering from cancer.
"I know that music is a very powerful tool." Neri says, "And it helps. I have an autistic child myself, so I don't mind doing anything to help children or anyone get through life. Whatever we can do."
Aloha is taking over two venues -- Da Big Kahuna and Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar -- at Fort Lauderdale Beach Place this Sunday with four stages and 13 hours of music. The invite claims: "Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy." It also means hello and goodbye. "We made it like 'Hello, Winter,'" Neri says, "because we're tired of sweating our asses off, and we're welcoming winter. It's like a change in Florida, everyone starts being nice to each other. We decided to extend that to Claudia. When someone's in pain or suffering, and we can help, we're all for that." More »