AUBURN -- Music filled the air Sunday as five local bands donated their time and talent to benefit the ultimate live music fan at Jimmypalooza III.
To this year’s beneficiary, Rick Ganey, the local live music scene is a shred of its former self compared to 40 years ago. But for six hours inside the walls of Tidal Wave Lounge at Falcon Lanes in Auburn, friends and family joined Ganey to relive the music of their youth and help out a man who was always in the front row.
“He (Ganey) is a dedicated fan of all local bands,” said Mike Gallaro, a three-year volunteer of Jimmypalooza. “He was always in the front row.”
Ganey hasn’t been able to work since November due to the debilitating effects of lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease with symptoms ranging from joint inflammation and fatigue to short-term memory loss and depression. The husband and father of five hopes the funds raised will ease the financial burden of everyday living expenses such as utility bills and the mortgage on his home.
“We’re behind on everything,” Ganey said. “We’ve gone broke on co-pays.”
Not only has the disease directly affected his income; it has affected his outgoing personality. Ganey struggles everyday with symptoms of short-term memory loss, depression and anxiety, which limits his social activities. However, after spending the day surrounded by excellent live music, good food and loved ones, Ganey said on Sunday he was feeling like himself again.
“It’s great seeing everybody here,” Ganey said. “It’s like a reunion, we’ve all known each other for 40 years.”
Monetary donations can be sent to Rick Ganey Benefit Fund, c/o First Niagara, 268 Grant Ave., Auburn, NY 13021.