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Former Edison Members' Bands Help a Youngster in Need

April 4, 2007 - Jim Price

Unfortunately, some children come into this world with the odds stacked against them.  Callum Robbins is such a child.  Nearly eight months after he was born on January 27 of last year, young Callum was diagnosed with a genetic motor neuron disease called Type 1 SMA, or Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which affects the brain's ability to communicate with the voluntary muscles that are used for crawling, walking, head and neck control, breathing, and swallowing.  Type 1 SMA is often fatal; most babies born with it don’t make it to their second birthday.  Those who do make it to childhood endure a long road of occupational therapy, wheelchairs and assistive devices.  At present, there is no cure for the condition.


Callum is the son of J. Robbins and Janet Morgan.  J. Robbins is a Baltimore-based musician and producer, who founded and played bass with Dischord/Atlantic recording artists Jawbox from 1989 to 1997.  He also produced the 1997 Picture Postcard album by Altoona’s Edison, during that group’s brief tenure with national recording label Kinetic/Reprise Records.


Three former members of Edison and their respective current band projects will be donating their talents to help with Callum Robbins’ medical expenses during a special benefit show this Friday evening, April 6, at Aldo’s Place in Juniata.  The Callum Robbins Benefit Concert will start at 10 PM, and feature four bands.  Former Edison singer and guitarist Ryan Tyler is bringing his current indie-rock band, lowercase Thieves, from South Carolina to perform.  Former Edison bassist Chris McConnell now plays drums in the Johnstown-based modern rock band Shades Of June, who are also on the bill.  Also performing is the Altoona-based improvisational rock band The Flame Sky, featuring former Edison guitarist Shawn Shultz, now playing bass.   The fourth band on the bill is Divine Everlasting, an Altoona-based trio that combines elements of metalcore and progressive rock.


The donation at the door is $5.

  Aldo’s Place is located at 623 4th Avenue in Juniata.  For more information, call 943-9907.

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