Band From TV was created to provide funding and resources for several incredibly worthy charities. Greg Grunberg formed the celebrity rock band on a mission to make a difference in advancing and supporting charities the players are passionate about including: Save the Children, The Conservation Fund, The Epilepsy Foundation, TalkAboutIt.org, The Art of Elysium, Children’s Hospital LA; Child Abuse Prevention Program and The Fender Music Foundation.
The Band From TV is made up of:
– Hugh Laurie (keyboards), star of the FOX hit HOUSE
– James Denton (guitar), star of the ABC hit DESPERATEHOUSEWIVES
– Greg Grunberg (drums), a veteran of shows such as ALIAS, FELICITY and HEROES and stars in the upcoming show BIGMIKE
– Bob Guiney (vocals) appeared on THEBACHELOR and currently hosts GSN Live on the Game Show Network
– Rounding out the band are accomplished musicians Rich Winer, Chris Kelley, Barry Sarna and child-star turned bass player Brad Savage.
The latest release from the Band From TV is their CD with Bonus DVD “Hoggin’ All The Covers Unleashed!” features high-energy, family-friendly covers of hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Partial proceeds from sales of digital and physical product are donated to each Actor’s charity of choice. Rock ‘n Retail’s Gale Rosenberg whose company brokered the deal on behalf of Generosity Records states: “By reaching the enormous amount of households that FamilyNet reaches, we are spreading the word about the newly available CD with Bonus DVD, in order to raise monies to be donated to the charities. We are continuing to reach out to other companies to air versions of the top quality HD, 5.1 surround sound recording.”
A Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring actor Greg Grunberg and several of his celebrity friends was released nationwide to elevate awareness about epilepsy and encourage people to take action to reduce the impact of seizures. In addition to Grunberg, Jorge Garcia of Lost, James Denton of Desperate Housewives, Kurt Fuller ofBetter with You, and Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker ofSoul Food appear and urge all Americans – whether or not they have epilepsy – to TALKABOUTIT. The PSA was developed through a partnership between TalkAboutIt.org, the Epilepsy Foundation and Lundbeck Inc.
When his oldest son Jake was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 7, Grunberg realized there was a negative stigma and a lot of myths associated with epilepsy and people with the condition. He quickly learned that most people know very little about epilepsy, because most people just do not talk about it. Compelled to make a difference, Grunberg collaborated with the Epilepsy Foundation to create the website TalkAboutIt.org so that people affected by epilepsy – from parents of children with the condition to adults with seizure disorders – would never feel isolated or afraid again.
“I believe open dialogue is the most important way to raise awareness and erase the stigma. My goal is to get everyone talking about it. There are three million Americans with epilepsy. You factor in their family and their friends and that’s a lot of people who can make a positive difference,” said Grunberg. “Even if you don’t have epilepsy, you can still lend your voice to help.”
Another focus of the PSA is to encourage those with epilepsy to see an epileptologist – a doctor who specializes in epilepsy – and work together to manage seizures. “When my son was diagnosed, I thought that getting him to a few seizures a week was good enough, but even those impacted Jake,” said Grunberg. “If you have epilepsy, please seek out an epileptologist, because even one seizure is too many.”
The PSA, which has been distributed in both video and audio formats, will begin airing nationwide in April and is also available for viewing on TalkAboutIt.org.
“It is an honor to partner with Greg and the Epilepsy Foundation to support the Talk About It mission,” said Beth Dean, Vice President of Epilepsy at Lundbeck Inc. “Over the years, so many of us at Lundbeck have had the opportunity to support and attend hundreds of epilepsy walks and educational events. We are truly humbled to meet so many incredible people with epilepsy – as well as their support networks of epileptologists, families and friends – all partnering together for a better future.”
TalkAboutIt.org, created by Greg Grunberg in collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation, is an independently created website designed to end misperceptions and misunderstandings about epilepsy. The site features celebrities of television, film and music talking about epilepsy awareness and proper seizure first aid. TalkAboutIt.org also hosts an online community where the public can post videos, photos, stories and make other creative contributions highlighting their participation in the ˜Talk About It’ Promise – to raise epilepsy awareness and end stigma in communities throughout America and around the globe.
About Greg Grunberg
Greg Grunberg, whose oldest son has seizures, is a vigorous advocate for epilepsy awareness on the national stage and in the Los Angeles area. Grunberg has served as spokesperson for the Epilepsy Foundation’s annual National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC. He is also an active supporter of the Pediatric Epilepsy Project at UCLA and of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Grunberg is best known for starring roles on television series Felicity,Alias, and Heroes.
About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research, so not another moment is lost to seizures. For additional information, please visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
About Lundbeck Inc.
Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Lundbeck Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of H. Lundbeck A/S in Denmark, is dedicated to providing innovative specialty therapies that fulfill unmet medical needs of people with central nervous system (CNS) disorders. With a special commitment to addressing the needs of the epilepsy community, the company focuses on therapies for some of the most complex seizure disorders while also actively supporting many community-based initiatives. For more information, please visit www.lundbeckinc.com.
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Los Angeles — Actor James Denton from “Desperate Housewives” is the Honorary Chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On Tuesday James talked to us about their upcoming fundraiser, “Block Party on Wisteria Lane,” which takes place April 16th on the Desperate Housewives back lot.
James and his band “Band From TV” will be performing at the event and you’ll be able to go behind the scenes of the show, bid on some great auction items, and help cure cystic fibrosis!
Musical acts often perform at charity gigs to raise money for a cause, and it’s not uncommon for actors to lend their name and fame to a cause. Band From TV does both. This seven-piece band is made up of some of Hollywood’s hottest actors from the small screen. The all-star ensemble is the brainchild of actor Greg Grunberg (of Alias and Heroesfame), who plays drums. On guitar are James Denton (Desperate Housewives)and Adrian Pasdar (Heroes and Profit), on violin, Jesse Spencer (House), and Hugh Laurie (House) and Scott Grimes (ER) on keyboards. And ever-so-fitting as the heartthrob lead singer is Bachelor Bob Guiney.
I first heard about the band in January and to be honest, didn’t have high hopes for their performance. I couldn’t have been more wrong. They not only rocked the house, but they brought it down with their jam-packed covers and contagious energy. Catching the performance at a convention after party, I watched as the tired crowd around me was brought back to life in front of my eyes, and I had to know more. Why were these actors on stage and were they really playing the instruments or was this just part of some new TV show? Why and how did they ever form this band? The questions were swirling around in my head as my body danced to their rendition of “Walking in Memphis.”
I discovered that this band formed to raise money for various charities and yes, the actors are all genuine musicians as well. These seven actors, and now friends, met through various jobs and events and bonded through their passion for music and compassion for charity. Bob Guiney discussed how the band got started.
“The band was Greg’s baby. He and I met at a charity event in Dallas — probably 5 yrs ago now — and my band was playing the event. He was my favorite actor on Alias (which I loved) and we got along really well. He asked me to sing with him when I got back to LA. And I did. [At] that next rehearsal, in walked Hugh Laurie [and] James Denton, and we had our first rehearsal. I realized he had met them doing guest stints, etc. Our first gig was a couple weeks later, opening for Mick Fleetwood and Macy Gray. It was crazy! “
I wondered which charity was lucky enough to benefit from the band’s performances, and Bob went on to explain that multiple charities actually benefit from the band’s formation.
“We each have our own charities and all give equally. I always marvel at the fact that I’m in a band with Hugh Laurie — and we all give the same amount of monies to each of our charities. I’m really proud to be able to donate my portions to Children’s Hospital and Art of Elysium.”
The band made their Hollywood debut in 2007 when they played the TV Guide after party for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. They have played several high-paying charity concerts since. In addition to raising money through concerts, the band has also put out an album of cover songs called Hoggin’ All the Covers. Every penny the band earns goes directly to their respective charities, and to date they have raised close to $3,000,000. They have made appearances on the The Tonight Show and even Idol Gives Back in 2008.
These actors may be best known for their various roles on the small screen, but in person and on stage they are larger than life. Their heart and soul comes out through their music and you can see just how much they enjoy performing together. Once again, it’s nice to see entertainers who use their talent and music to make the world a better place.
If you are interested in booking the band, you can contact:
Seth Shomes — Day After Day Productions
8265 W. Sunset Blvd. Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Band From TV, the celebrity charity band that consists of stars such as Teri Hatcher, James Denton, Hugh Laurie, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Scott Grimes, Bob Guiney and others – will perform at a special Neighborhood Block Party on Wisteria Lane, the actual set where Desperate Housewives is filmed.
The charity party will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and will allow you to explore the neighborhood where the show is filmed, enjoy an old-fashioned barbecue from a stonefire grill, take part in a silent auction and rub shoulders with celebrities.
The event takes place at the Universal Backlot on April 16, with tickets costing $150. Band members’ appearance subject to availability.