Rock music icon Dave Grohl (front man of Foo Fighters and former Nirvana drummer) will headline the third annual Autism Speaks Blue Jean Ball this Thursday, October 24, 2013. The event will be held at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood, and is hosted by television personality Maria Menounos and actor Michael Chiklis.
Also performing will be Pop Rock artist Rick Springfield, who won a Grammy Award for his No. 1 hit "Jessie's Girl" in 1981. Singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham and The White Bufflao are slated to perform. Also taking the stage will be season 10 American Idol finalist James Durbin, for whom the Autism Speaks cause is near and dear to his heart—as he has openly shared his challenges of living with Asperger's and Tourette's.
The Autism Speaks Blue Jean Ball is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for innovative autism research and resources for individuals and families affected by the disorder. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available at events.autismspeaks.org/bluejeanball.
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.
Past participants and honorees of the Autism Speaks Blue Jean Ball have included Sarah McLachlan, Toni Braxton, Paul Marciano, photographer Rob Shanahan, Sinbad, Brooke White, Raphael Saadiq, Sarah Shahi, Beth Reisgraph, Nikki Reed, Paul MacDonald, and many others others.