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JD & the Straight Shot: Los Angeles National Kidney Foundation Benefit on June 14

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JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT'S JUNE 24 ALBUM RIGHT ON TIME RELEASE EVENT TO BENEFIT THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION

Performance at L.A.'s Roxy Theatre to Feature an Appearance by Joe Walsh

JD & The Straight Shot are bringing their signature blues-rock swagger to the legendary Roxy Theatre on Hollywood's Sunset Strip for a star-studded showcase of their brand new sophomore release, Right on Time. The June 24 event will also serve as a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. Joining JD & The Straight Shot for the great cause will be Grammy-winning Eagles member Joe Walsh, who appears on Right on Time.

During the performance, the band will be accepting donations for the National Kidney Foundation's Harold Owens Fund, which appropriately benefits the beloved MusiCares Foundation Director. Tragically, Mr. Owens is currently on dialysis as his name sits on a waiting list for a much-needed kidney transplant. JD & The Straight Shot frontman Jim Dolan has stepped forward to make the first donation of $25,000.

“We look forward to debuting our new album at such a famed venue on the Sunset Strip," said JD & The Straight Shot frontman Jim Dolan. “We're honored that Joe (Walsh) is joining us for the momentous occasion, and that we can use this opportunity to benefit Harold (Owens), a man who's done so much for others."

Linda Small, Executive Director, National Kidney Foundation of Southern California, said, “We are delighted that JD & The Straight Shot are putting together this all-star event to help Harold Owens, who has helped so many himself. We hope this release party and auction will put the spotlight on the lifesaving power of organ donation, and encourage others to get involved - all while rocking out to some great music."

All guests will enjoy an open bar and appetizers. The event will also feature an auction of specially donated items and celebrity guests, who will be on hand to help raise awareness for the Foundation. Tickets for the event are $50, with VIP booth seating available for $125. All proceeds will go to the National Kidney Foundation's Harold Owens Fund.

JD & The Straight Shot includes lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Dolan, as well as guitarist and chief songwriter Bruce Koplow. With Right on Time, the band has perfected its formula of clever lyrical storytelling, searing guitar and heavy grooves, while adding a taste of country with a welcome foray into Nashville territory. The aforementioned Walsh and pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph lend their fiery licks to the tunes “Slow Motion in Reverse" and “A Train's A Coming," respectively. Right on Time, JD & The Straight Shot's first newly recorded music in three years, follows the band's 2005 debut, Nothing to Hide, as well as two subsequent tours with Walsh, who handpicked the rollicking, barrelhouse-bred band to perform as special guests on his North American tours.

As Director of the MusiCares Foundation, which is the Health and Human Services arm of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), Harold Owens has helped countless artists in need in his position as an Addiction Recovery Specialist. Prior to MusiCares, Mr. Owens was the Program Director at the Exodus Recovery Center in Marina Del Rey, CA.

JD & The Straight Shot's Right on Time release party is the latest component of The National Kidney Foundation of Southern California's public outreach efforts, dedicated to illuminating a critically important issue. The major voluntary health organization seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. The organization is dedicated to supporting research, training, education and fund-raising, while expanding patient services and community resources, and shaping health policy. Concerned citizens are encouraged to learn about designating themselves as organ donors on their driver's license. Donations can be made to the NKF “Harold Owens Event" (please include this information in the memo line) at kidneysocal.org. More information on kidney donations can be found at kidney.org or livingdonors.org.

Date: June 24, 2008
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Roxy Theatre, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

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