On 2/7/20 we played A Hard Day's Night and Help! albums
and raised $28,650 for JDRF!
We are grateful for all the fans and local businesses who support our efforts!
Beatles For Sale & Abbey Road in their glorious entirety!
Photos from our 3rd Annual Concert!
In the fall of 2016, guitarist Mark Loudermilk and some friends birthed an idea to piece together a band and learn an entire Beatles album in the hopes of pulling off a concert in their local town of Wilmington, North Carolina. The sole purpose of this event would be to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Both Mark and his youngest daughter Amelia were diagnosed at age 10 with type 1 diabetes. The concert idea also created a need for a new non-profit organization, which was aptly named fab4JDRF.
From the word "Go!" pieces and commitments started falling into place and on September 22, 2017 the band, now named The Moondogs, played the Rubber Soul album to a decent (for first-timer standards) crowd at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington, raising $14,350 for the Coastal Carolina chapter of JDRF.
In year two, the Moondogs tackled the daunting, double White Album to coincide with the 50th anniversary remix release. Originally set for September 27, 2018, the concert had to be postponed when Hurricane Florence smashed into the city on September 14th. After being rescheduled for February 1, 2019 they played to a capacity crowd and raised $19,000 for research.
Not wanting to dilute their efforts by launching a fund drive twice in one year, fab4JDRF decided it would be better to skip doing another show in September and officially pushed the event to the first Friday in February of each year. The third annual concert, DOUBLE FEATURE, held on February 7, 2020 was sold out and the band played both A Hard Day's Night and HELP! albums and raised $28,650 for JDRF.
The 4th annual show is set for Friday February 5, 2021 where the band will perform both 1964's Beatles For Sale and 1969's rock classic Abbey Road.
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for all of the corporate sponsors, volunteers and vendors who have contributed to make our events successful, memorable and impactful to those who "carry that weight" of T1D.