Life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes the plan is thrown off by a minor inconvenience. Sometimes it's a lot more serious. On Saturday I planned to call local Rock photographer Jeff Crespi to discuss an upcoming Jersey Rock Feature on a show being thrown at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park in his honor on Thursday April 6.
The phone call never happened. I learned yesterday that Jeff had to be airlifted to Capital Health Neuroscience Hospital where he had an emergency procedure to remove lesions from his brain.
Thankfully, Jeff is doing better now. However, he will be unable to work or drive for at least 6 months. During that time he will have zero income. At the same time he faces mounting medical bills from the large portion of expenses his insurance will not cover.
An official Go Fund Me page has been set up to aid Jeff and his family. You can access it HERE.
Please donate whatever you can and spread the word!
Jeff Crespi has been a fixture of the local music scene for the last several years, providing local bands with beautifully shot images of their performances. Those images go a long way towards helping groups with limited funds get exposure. Needless to say, Jeff is one of the most important parts of the NJ music scene. A professional who started out taking rock pictures as a hobby, he provides bands with a huge marketing tool, free of charge.
Learn more at jeffcrespirocks.com.
On March 29, 30, and 31 Jersey Rock will feature the upcoming Jeff Crespi Birthday Bash at the Wonder Bar on Thursday April 6. I understand the event is quickly being reorganized into a fundraising effort.
On the bill are:
It's a 21+ show. Admission is $5. Stay tuned for more information. In the mean time check out the facebook event page.
I know I speak for everyone at 95.9 The Rat in wishing Jeff Crespi a speedy recovery. Not only is he an excellent photographer and friend to Jersey Rock and local music, but he's also a good man with a caring family. And right now he needs our help. To a man who has given so much to local music, let's make sure we take this opportunity to give back to him.