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Bionics For Vets concert series returns this Sunday

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TREASURE ISLAND - The “Bionics for Vets” concert series will make it’s return this Sunday, March 16th in Treasure Island. Originally conceived of by Buddy King of Buddy King's Shotgun Junkies, Bionics for Vets is a concert series that helps raise money to purchase prosthetic limbs for Veterans. The first Bionics for Vets concert took place in St. Petersburg on September 21st, 2013.

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“This event has a very specific goal. We are raising money that is being handled by "50 Legs" to buy our veterans arms and legs that are much better quality than anything the US government will supply for them. We are not just throwing a benefit to generically write a check to an already government funded veterans program. We have taken the incentive to make sure that the money we raise goes directly to purchase better prosthetics for US soldiers who have lost their limbs defending our rights. We took it upon ourselves to work with this wonderful non profit called "50 Legs" because as we all know, government run agencies are not always the best at balancing their checkbook.” - Buddy King

Presented by KAM-BABS Promotions, Sundays concert will take place at CJ’s On The Island and feature performances by Buddy King’s Shotgun Junkies, Zig Zag America, Disciples Of Mayhem and Autumn Kinney.

Formed in February of 2013 by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Buddy King, Buddy King’s Shotgun Junkies consists of Buddy King (lead vocals/guitar), “Skindoctor” Joe (bass), John Spinelli (drums), Sunnie Ray (backup vocals), and Cherie Okie (backup vocals/percussion).

ZigZag America is made up of Jimmy Starr on lead vocals, Miki Tabakovic on guitar, Jake Schaffer on bass, and Chad Henderson on drums. Originally formed over 16 years ago by Starr and Tabakovic, ZigZag America has been making waves in the Tampa Bay area with their highly energetic live shows. The band released their debut CD, “.COM,” last year.

Disciples of Mayhem is a hard rock/metal band that fuses power-groove metal and blues. The band consistes of Craig Blackwell (lead vocals/guitar/keys), Mark Lair (guitar/backing vocals/keys), Jon Baptist (drums/backing vocals) and Rob Findley (bass/backing vocals).

Aside from the live music, Sundays event will also feature 50/50 Raffles as well as games including “Toss The Skunk,” “Card Roulette,” “All American Sling,” and “Irish Candy.”

Raffle tickets will also be sold at the event for a chance to win a guitar signed by the members of Queensrÿche. Drawing for the guitar will be held at the next Bionics For Vets concert scheduled for July of this year.

All proceeds made from the event will be donated to the 50 Legs organization.

If You Go:

CJ’s on the Island is located in Treasure Island at 115 107th Ave. The event starts at 2:00pm, admission is free.

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