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MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Mojo's Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care

Six World Renowned Acts

with Face Off Unlimited, Clinard Dance, Addi & Jacq, Baritoned  and Face Vocal Band

WHAT:  MOJO’s Benefit Concert for Pediatric Oncology Care & Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

WHEN:  Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:00PM to 11:30PM

WHERE:  Connolly’s Klub 45 (Times Square)
121 West 45th St • New York, NY 10036
(Cash Bar & Food for Purchase)


TICKETS*: $25 (GA) – $100 (VIP)
See below for full Donation Levels for Tickets 

*100% of Donation/Ticket Price Benefits MSKCC




*Donation Levels for Tickets:
$25 Donation   = SRO
$50 Donation   = GA Seating
$100 Donation = VIP with Table Seating

$225 Online Donation = 10 SRO Admissions
$450 Online Donation = 10 Seated Admissions
$900 Online Donation = 10 VIP Admissions with Table Seating


9:00PM & 10:15PM
“When MOJO moves in… the place ROCKS!” Chicago Tribune

FACE OFF Unlimited @ 7:30PM
Laugh your face off! “Really funny!” The New York Times

“A contemporary dance company rooted in flamenco” MacArthur Award Grantees

Addi & Jacq @ 8:30PM
Recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC”!

Baritoned @ 9:45PM
“A farcical concert trio that will dazzle your senses!”

FACE Vocal Band @ 10:45PM
“Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies,
brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing!”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the largest privately operated non-profit cancer center in the world. MSKCC is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer, advanced research, and training healthcare professionals in the specialties and sub specialties of cancer care.

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Giftbiz Unwrapped Features Abbe Sparks This Week





Giftbiz Unwrapped features Abbe Sparks this week on its podcast episode. Giftbiz gal host Sue Monhait interviews Abbe on all things ‘Sparks’ for business owners to know in the podcast episode 090. Beginning Monday, December 26, 2016, Abbe’s interview is available on soundcloud, itunes and google play.

Abbe Sparks, founder & chief igniter, Abbe Sparks Media Group

Listen to Abbe give the 411 plus invaluable tips on public relations, social media marketing, cause marketing and more.  She talks about her career, the evolution of Abbe Sparks Media Group and her newest venture — digital news site Socially Sparked News.


About the Show ‘Gift Biz Unwrapped’

Whether you own a brick and mortar store, sell online or are just getting started, you’ll discover new insight and advice to develop and grow your business. Hosted by Sue Monhait — a/k/a the Gift Biz Gal — Sue has been working in the retail and online spaces for over 25 years. After 15 years in corporate sales/marketing to both boutique shops and larger brands, she went on to open two profitable businesses of her own. As host of the Gift Biz Unwrapped Podcast, she provides free content weekly to assist those searching for answers on how to start and grow their business.



#socialmedia #PR #socialgood #Entrepreneur dI also chat about Abbe Sparks Media Group & my newest venture

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Down to the Roots Deep in Muddy Waters

Blues Guitarist Bob Margolin, – a former bandmate of the legendary Muddy Waters, © Joseph A. Rosen

We’re getting down to the roots  deep in Muddy Waters with award-winning guitarist/vocalist Bob Margolin for a crystal clear picture of the man, his music and his vision. Coming off the heels of his new album “My Road,” and receiving two Blues Blast Magazine Awards in 2016 — Best Male Blues Artist and Best Traditional Blues Album for “My Road” – it’s all bright and sunny on this legend’s Blues Highway.

Born in Boston in 1949, Bob Margolin began playing guitar at the age of 15. Influenced by Chuck Berry, he straight away started playing in local rock and blues bands. The legendary Muddy Waters hired him to join his band in 1973, where he stayed put until 1980. Margolin’s incredible journey playing with the legendary bluesman introduced him to the Chicago Blues sound and led him around the world and back — all the while honing his craft and forging a path to his own musical footprint. To learn more you can visit

Recently, I sat down with the man himself during a break from the Muddy Waters Tribute — performed by The Nighthawks featuring Bob Margolin — at New York City’s Iridium Jazz Club. Here’s what he had to say:

All About Bob: an interview by Abbe Sparks

Bob Margolin playing his Telecaster

On his favorite guitar: It’s an old Telecaster. It owns me and demands fidelity. Muddy had one; a 1957 guitar that he painted red. Always wanted one and in 1992, I found one in North Carolina that became mine in 1993.


On Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters influenced a lot of musicians, including me. We do tributes to him, but nobody can really duplicate exactly that magic or – to use, the best word, really for it – that ‘mojo’ that Muddy Waters had.


On the Muddy Waters Tribute at Iridium: I knew him well enough from being in his band and from being around him that I know he would appreciate it that people were carrying on his music and that people love to listen to it more than ever!


On his newest album: ‘My Road’ is my ride through modern challenges, the ironies and lessons of aging, achieving true love, mourning, my band’s distinctive signature sound, a childhood epiphany, my seven years in Muddy Waters’ band, and exploring the darkest sides of life with friends who have been there.” – Bob Margolin from his website’s about page.

On the song Heaven Mississippi and Terry Abrahamson from ‘My Road’originally, my good friend Terry Abrahamson wrote this song and asked me to make a demo for B.B. King to record. We realized that B.B. wouldn’t be recording anymore. I loved Terry’s song  so I re-wrote it with Terry to make sense for me and it’s on my new album.   Sadly, we realized that B.B. might not record again.  I loved Terry’s song, so I changed his lyrics to reflect my life and experiences instead of B.B.’s…


“Bob Margolin is a major part of Blues history…and the generosity with which he shares that history has energized the spirit and legacy of Muddy Waters in ways that I know would make the old man proud and humbled. I’m lucky to have a friend like Bob to share my memories of so many magical times…and even luckier to have the chance to work with him on a few more.”  — Terry Abrahamson, lyricist, photographer, director and author of In The Belly of the Blues


Bob Margolin deserves the Sunday Spotlight as a musician and lyricist that has Socially Sparked our lives as well as a musician keeping the Blues alive.  Cannot wait to see what Mr. Margolin has in store for us next. – Abbe Sparks is Socially Sparked  @sosparkednews

**This story originally ran in Socially Sparked News on 12/25/16.

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It’s No-Shave November to Support Cancer Awareness


It’s No-Shave November to support cancer awareness and raise funds for cancer prevention, research and education.

nsn_full_wideEvery November, this web-based nonprofit organization hosts a month-long campaign, where particpants skip shaving and grooming for the entire month in order to stimulate conversation and raise cancer awreness.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing your hair — which many cancer patients lose — and letting it grow wild and free. The money usually spent on grooming can then be donated to the cause.

If you don’t want to be hairy for the month, you can still show your love for this worthy cause by supporting a friend who is partaking.

To learn more, visit their website at www dot No-Shave November dot com. — Abbe is Socially Sparked!



Abbe Sparks is the author of Socially Sparked Blog,which reports on the people, brands, places and things that socially spark our lives in the worlds of entertainment, digital, tech & activism. A social media and digital content diva and activist, Abbe has been writing about entertainment, technology and activism for over 20 years. Her newest hat: enrepreneur. Newest venture: founder/editor of Socially Sparked News(launching soon).  @asparks01,



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Celebrate The International Day of the Girl

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Today we celebrate The International Day of The Girl. Did you know that there are 1.1 billion girls today that could be our future leaders and activists of tomorrow? For some, their dreams and potential are often stifled by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child  “– Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement” — a call for action to raise the bar in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. This data is vital to truly understand and address the needs and challenges that girls face today.

One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child marriage.

One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child marriage. According to UN Women, one year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.  To learn more about Internationanl Day of the Girl Child and the issues girls face today visit:






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Abbe Sparks is the Founder and Chief Igniter of Abbe Sparks Media Group, a boutique marketing communications firm that specializes in social media, content, brand strategy and advocacy for entertainment, nonprofit, cultural arts and start-up tech organizations. @asparks01

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Welcome to the inaugural of Socially Sparked, a monthly blog about our society and the people, places and things that Spark our lives by making a huge impact for the good of others.  My focus today is on the 113th United States Congress’ passing of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.  I’ve got to hand it to democrats and republicans alike for while, not truly a bi-partisan work – I’ll take it — as it’s the closest our government has come during President Obama’s presidency to working together for the greater good.  As you probably know, it’s not an easy feat ever, but the track record of late proves what an accomplishment the passing of this reauthorization of the Act truly is.  Which, isn’t saying much.

To be clear, protecting our nation’s women against violence is not something you should need to discuss or argue over.  It should be an immediate ‘automatic’.  Furthermore, domestic, verbal, physical and sexual violence unfortunately knows no boundaries.  It crosses all lines of race, color, breed, religion and sex. There should be no need to discuss or argue who or which of the aforementioned categories this Act should protect, nor to what extent these certain categories should be protected.  Again, it’s an automatic!

Hopefully, the victims of this violence will gain courage to actually seek assistance knowing that their government united together in support of assisting them through their horrific ordeals.

Bravo to the House for passing reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.  In my viewpoint, their act is Socially Sparked.  Next time, don’t waste time or lives — it should be automatic!