Rock ‘n Blues musicians gather to support families affected by mental illness


Sue Janty and The Mud Room Band appeared on NBC-15 to promote the upcoming concert!


Three area bands will perform a benefit concert on Sunday August 14, 1 to 6 p.m. to benefit the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Dane County. Each of the bands performing in the Rock ‘n Blues concert has one member who works in the Meriter Hospital Adult Psychiatry unit. The concert will take place at the High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Avenue, Madison.

The band line up is:

1 p.m. Mud Room – A rock and improg band with Dr. Tyler Rickers, Meriter Psychiatric Hospitalist, as lead guitar and singer. http://www.themudroomband.com/

2:30 p.m. Queenie and the Blue Cats – Blues and some funk with Bill Cheadle, a Meriter Adult Psychiatry Clinical Specialist on drums. www.queenieandthebluecats.com

4 p.m. Bonobo Secret Handshake – A politically-charged and socially-motivated rock, funk and blues band with Teresa Nyholt, Meriter Adult Psychiatry Mental Health specialist, as singer. Drs. David Melnick, UW-Health surgeon and Scott Meskin, Meriter Emergency Services physician, also perform with the band.

5:30 p.m. Jam Session!

Tickets are available in advance at www.namidanecounty.org. Suggested donation is $7 in advance; $10 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased on the website by using PayPal or mailing a check to NAMI Dane County, 2059 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI  53704 or in person at NAMI between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the door. Call NAMI at 249-7188 if you have any questions.  

Regardless of how you pay, your name will be added to the “Will Call” list at High Noon Saloon for admission the day of the event! 

NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness, was founded in Madison.  NAMI Dane County provides free support meetings, educational meetings, a resource library and newsletter to support people with mental illnesses as well as family members, relatives, friends and mental health providers. They partner with United Way, the criminal justice system, veteran’s groups and schools to provide outreach to diverse groups throughout Dane County.

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