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Sept. 7, 2013 6:59 p.m.



Club Phred, the seven piece 'rock and roll event', has entertained tens of thousands of people in the last decade and helped to raise more than $3 million for a wide array of charities. But an upcoming gig for 'Stop the Clot' at the Newark Country Club is closer to home for the band than many of the worthy charities they have helped, especially veterans Fred Dawson, Brian Daring and Mark Sisk, who grew up in the Newark area and made their bones musically in garages, school gyms and fire halls in the 60s and 70s.

'Stop the Clot' is the trademark of The National Blood Clot Alliance, an advocacy group dedicated to reducing illnesses and deaths from blood clots. A Stop the Clot event is scheduled for September 26, 2013 at the Newark Country Club. 12:30 Shotgun start.

In March 2013, a blood clot took the life of Alan Teel, 62, a legendary Newark musician from the classic rock era. Teel was the lead guitarist for Thee Escaped, the band singer/guitarist Sisk says was much admired by other musicians, especially in areas of folk rock and early psychedelia. "I stood there with my mouth hanging open the first time I heard them", says Sisk, "and said oh...that's how it's done." Thee Escaped included Tommy Eppes, later a professional musician in Las Vegas and elsewhere for several decades.

Teel never stopped playing music, contributing to recordings in recent years by, among others, Newark singer-songwriter Randy Becker.   At the reception following Teel's service, Steve Nardo, another longtime Newark musician and his partner Jeff Gray were the centerpiece of a musical tribute that included Eppes, in town for the event, Becker, Sisk, and Sisk's band mate and Club Phred bass player Brian Daring.

 Teel's wife Carol Robinson Teel and daughter Jen Teel Sheldon began planning an event to honor Teel and raise funds for the cause. All of the musicians volunteered to provide entertainment for the dinner. The other members of Club Phred, Kathy Layfield, Vince Vinciguerra, Dave Dziubczynski and Tom Noone stepped forward to fill out the 'house band' for the event. It is hoped other guests will attend, including Newark native and musician from the same era Frank Larry, now a major record producer in Nashville. Local business man Bill Stritzinger is sponsoring sound for the event. Wear your dancing shoes, for one cannot sit during a CP show!

 The event is a combination golf tournament and dinner. Non golfers and music lovers are welcome to come to dinner only.  Tickets can be obtained by email to alanteelmemorial@yahoo.comNo tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets must be reserved by September 23, 2013  

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