Local blues band Bad JuJu will be singing for supper at J.W.’s Sports Lounge and Restaurant this Saturday night. However, they’re not singing for their own supper. These guys, all pet owners and animal lovers, are hoping their tunes will inspire others to help feed all the displaced furry and four-legged animals currently being housed at the Kent County SPCA.
Bassist Kenny Belmont, owner of a rescued pit bull, said this last year has been tough for the local SPCA, which is seeing more and more animal lovers unable to take care of feline and canine family members.
“The cost of taking care of animals gets pretty daunting,” Belmont said. “And, they’re the only organization in the community that does that. So, it’s important to us to support them when and where we can.”
Kent County SPCA Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Harding agreed that the price of taking care of abandoned or neglected animals is high.
“We’re getting more and more calls from people who are sharing their food budgets or assistance money with their pets,” Harding said. “So, benefits put together by supporters like Bad JuJu can go further than people realize.”
To maximize donations at Saturday night’s cover-free show, every person that brings a bag of dry dog or cat good will be given raffle tickets for a chance at winning a bevy of prizes. Gift certificates, t-shirts, vaccination certificates, and CDs have been donated and Belmont said that more prizes are likely to be available by Saturday night.
“We’re talking to some artists,” Belmont said. “Stephanie Seaman donated a wine stopper and we’re hoping to have an amazing metal sculpture available, too.”
Harding added that while the show has morphed into a benefit for the SPCA, people can expect to hear some really good blues music as well as a couple of funny animal-related anecdotes from the band.
“These guys are so great, so gracious,” Harding said. “Of course, they want people to come hear their music but they also talk about the importance of the SPCA and what we do. They tell some funny stories about their animals. It’s a lot of fun.”
Belmont also said that the night, while dedicated to a good cause, is still a lot of fun. He added that people can expect to hear all the good, old-fashioned, shoot-from-the-hip rhythm and blues that is expected at a Bad JuJu show.
“Come out and hear some great music while donating to a great cause,” Belmont said. “Because, we’re going to play all night and have some serious fun while we’re at it.”