Saturday, December 29, 2012

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Dear Friends:

The holiday season is winding down and we're only days away until the new year. Have you started your New Year's Resolutions yet? Resolutions are a good way to start off the new year! Good luck!!

Are you looking for something to do on New Year's Eve? Ring in the new year with The Pocket Change Band at The Bayou Restaurant in Mt. Vernon at 9:00 pm.  Enjoy your favorite Motown, Disco and pop songs for a night of great fun, scrumptious food and good friends. Hope to see you there!!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"


Performance Details:

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Pocket Change Band
The Bayou Restaurant
580 Gramatan Avenue,
Mount Vernon, NY, 10552
Cost:  $60 Per Person (includes dinner 4-course dinner) /$10 cover for bar only

Make your reservations now for the 9pm seating for Pocket Change's New Year's Eve Bash! Let's ring in what's to be a great 2013 together!!

At the 9pm seating you will be served a 4 course dinner including only our finest menu selections plus some great specials. Champagne Toast included at Midnight. Hats, Beads & Noisemakers will all be provided.

$60 Per Person plus tax and gratuity. Just wanna hang at the bar? Only a $10 cover will get you in!! Join us for a night to remember!

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Pocket Change Band
Benita Charles, vocals
Ed Holley, vocals
Christi Gehrisch, vocals
Harris Punyon, vocals & piano
Paul Paldino, bass
Joe Paldino, guitar
Rob Goldmark, drums

Band website: 

Ring in the new year with The Pocket Change Band!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays from Benita Charles Music!

Dear Friends:

Happy Holidays! I wish you and yours a very safe and joyous season.

Thank you so much for your interest and support of my music and creative projects in 2012. Your encouragement, attendance of my performances and purchase of my music mean the world to me.

Take care and enjoy the season.

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

Spreading love through music for your inspiration & entertainment!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BC&F Holiday Show 2012 a huge success!

Dear Friends:

A special thank you to all who attended the Benita Charles & Friends Holiday Show/Toy Drive 2012 in person and online. Thank you for your generous donation of toys.  We had triple the amount of toys this year.  It was truly amazing! I'd like to especially thank the Marine Corps staff who attended and pick up the toys: Gunner Sgt. Anderson and Sgt. Casey.

If you missed the concert, it is available on my Ustream channel at the following URL:

Also, there was a really nice write up about our show on The Detroit Hub:

Thank you again for all of your support!

I hope you and your family have a very Happy Holidays!

Much Love,

Benita Charles

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

Happy Holidays!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Benita Charles & Friends Holiday Show/Toy Drive 2012

Dear Friends:

Happy Holidays!  The holiday season is upon us and I hope you have a delightful and joyous season!

In celebration of the holiday, I am presenting my fourth annual Toys for Tots benefit concert next Sunday, December 16th at Bar Thalia - Symphony Space at 8:00 pm.

I hope you can join me at my show, the Benita Charles & Friends Holiday Show/Toy Drive 2012 for a special holiday celebration. Please bring and unwrapped toy for a deserving boy and girl.

This year it was especially important for me to do this show because there were so many children affected by Hurricane Sandy that will not have a good Christmas.  The Marine Corps are dedicated to help those victims through their Toys for Tots charity. Let us help the children have a wonderful Christmas and make this the best toy drive ever!! Your gift will make a huge difference in a child that has lost everything. Thanks so much for your kindness!

The Toys for Tots program is dedicated to helping less fortunate children throughout the New York area experience the joy of the holiday season. Benita Charles & Friends are honored and proud to partner with the U.S. Marine Corps in this endeavor to serve and improve our local community. For more information, visit: 

At the concert, I will be singing some holiday favorites, some of my favorite cover songs and original music. Also on the show, Christi Gehrisch will sing some of her favorites songs to add to the festive occasion.

I hope you can join me and my friends for a night of great music, yummy food, good friends all for a great cause!

Take care and may you all have a wonderful holiday!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!


Performance Details:

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Benita Charles & Friends Holiday Show/Toy Drive 2012
Bar Thalia at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)
New York, NY 10025
Cost: No cover (unwrapped toy requested)
(212) 864-5400 

Benita Charles & Friends Band performs holiday favorites, R&B, jazz and original music to spread holiday cheer.

**Please bring an unwrapped toy to our 4th annual toy drive for the Toys For Tots program. A representative from the U.S. Marine Corps will be present to collect the toys. Let's make this the best toy drive ever!!!

To RSVP for the Benita Charles & Friends Holiday Show, send email to or call (212) 802-9249.

BC&F Band:

Benita Charles, lead vocals
Christi Gehrisch, vocals
Peter Archer, guitar
Manny Montanez, percussion