Bluegrass to Help Baby Logan At Benefit Sunday!

LOVE FOR LOGAN POSTERA stellar cast of musicians including Grammy nominee and multi IBMA award-winner Tony Trischka, are coming together to help raise funds for the medical needs of Baby Logan.

The Love For Logan Benefit Concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Rutherford Congregational Church, 251 Union Ave., Rutherford, NJ with the concert beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Logan, was born 10 weeks early with Esophageal Atresia, which has caused a series of complications ranging from life threatening to severe chronic lung disease.

Other performers on the bill will include finger style guitar virtuoso Toby Walker, and Jersey Acoustic Music award winner for “Top Female Songwriter of the Year” Loretta Hagen


Logan, who is Hagen’s nephew, has two rare congenital disorders, the most critical of which is called an esophageal atresia or EA. Basically, he was born with his esophagus separated in two parts.

A series of surgeries and a need to constantly maintain and protect Logan's ability to breathe has kept Logan and his parents, Dave and Lisa, stranded in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) at CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) for the past 11 months and counting.

After five months, when Logan was large enough, surgeons pulled together the esophagus and attached the two ends. The connection was tight, and never really healed like it should, causing a stricturing (closing) of the repair site. This causes several complications, which include a pooling of secretions that spill into his airway and lungs. He literally is drowning on his own saliva.

Since the surgery they have been performing weekly dilation procedures that stretch open the site with hopes that it will eventually remain open enough to allow swallowing and as normal a function as possible. This plan has, unfortunately, not been working out and the surgeons are now planning a change of course. One primary option is to redo the entire operation once he is bigger with more healthy esophageal tissue to work with.

Most children with this condition are home within weeks. That's what Dave and Lisa expected when this started, but life had other plans. Now, livelihoods on hold, they are with Logan constantly in the NICU, as his daily struggle continues. And as much as he struggles, he still has no shortage of smiles!"

"Joltin" Joe Pszonek host of Radio Nowhere WMSC Radio and Michelle Fortier will serve as the evening’s Emcees.


Word on Hagen’s Facebook page is that Tickets for the show are going out the door Quick!  She says, “your best bet is getting tickets online so you don't miss out!” http://lorettahagen.com/benefit.htm “We cannot guarantee them at the door.”

This special event will feature performances by the some of New Jersey’s best musicians who graciously stepped forward to help Logan.

Tony Trischka is perhaps one of the most TONY TRISHKAinfluential banjo players in the roots music world, and for more than 35 years has inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. The New York Times calls him “the Godfather of new acoustic music.”

Internationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music finger style guitar TOBY WALKERvirtuoso who has toured the US, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Walker has been featured in the New York Times,London Sunday Times, BBC and XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.

Loretta Hagen delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; LORETTA HAGENthe hallmark of her musical career. A 2013 JAM Awards "Top Female Songwriter of the Year", NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition Winner, and  CT Folk Festival Finalist, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and Stone which debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts.

Dogs Like Us presents an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including DOGS LIKE USblues, swing, bluegrass, Appalachian folk and their own unique take on classic rock. A combination jug band and old-timey string band, they perform great renditions of both old and new songs, often covering some hits from the 60s. They are always a delight to watch as they switch instruments, featuring wash-board, dulcimer, mandolin, concertina, guitar and more.

John Dull

John Dull has been a contributing member to the folk music community for 30+ years.He has worked with and performed with many of the prime mentors of that genre - most notably, Pete Seeger.


Kyle Hancharick

Kyle Hancharick is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Warwick, NY., who’s songwriting and performance style has been compared to that ofDavid Wilcox, Bruce Springsteen, and James Taylor.

If you can not attend but still wish to contribute, the benefit web page accepts donations through credit cards or Pay-Pal accounts.

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