The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is presenting its annual Jam for Justice fundraiser on Sept. 8 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland. The musical extravaganza will feature legal professionals from across Northeast Ohio showingcasing their talents through song. Several bands made up of justice system professionals will perform to raise money for the society, which provides legal services to those who can not afford them.
Justice Michael Donnelly of the Supreme Court of Ohio and Stephen Zashin, co-managing partner of Zashin & Rich in Cleveland, are members of Faith and Whiskey, one of the bands scheduled to perform.
Both Donnelly and Zashin play guitar and sing, and the band has played most venues in the Cleveland area, Zashin said. In addition to Donnelly and Zashin are members Joe Barone, Richard Kline, Dan Krueger, Keith Merritt, Jim Reesing, Vincente Velez and Rich Wesorick.
“We primarily cover classic rock songs from the ’70s and one-hit-wonders from the ’80s,” Donnelly said. “We have a few ’90s and some other modern stuff; generally upbeat, danceable music that everybody recognizes.”
Zashin and Donnelly said the group performs songs by artists such as Bryan Adams, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Loverboy, Modern English, Rick Springfield, Simple Minds, The Cars, The Cure, The Rolling Stones and The Steve Miller Band.
Faith and Whiskey has been participating in Jam for Justice since its inception, which was over 10 years ago, Donnelly said.
“It’s something that every single member of our band looks forward to each year because we love working, No. 1, for Legal Aid, which I think is one of Northeast Ohio’s most important institutions,” Donnelly said.
He said that there is a justice gap that exists throughout the state and country, and there are people who do not have access to necessary legal