Any discussion of Charity Case and its origins should being with the television show Making the Band.  Ace, one of the hosts on the Ace & TJ morning show, had always wanted to play drums and be in a rock band but having no musical ability, he never followed up on this dream.  After watching a few episodes of Making the Band, Ace was challenged by the other show members to form a rock band comprised of members of the Ace & TJ radio family.  He was amazed at the number of responses, especially considering that there was no money in it for anyone in the band. Right from the beginning the band made a commitment that any money the band made would go to benefit Grin Kids. Grin Kids is a registered 501(c) 3 charity that each year sends a plane load of terminally ill and chronically handicapped children and their families for an all expenses long weekend to Disney World.

Ace had been given Eddie Z’s name as someone to call for rehearsal space. Little did we know that The Playroom would turn out to play a huge role in the formation of what would become Charity Case. It was during that original meeting at the The Playroom when Eddie Z showed an interest in being a part of the band and helping Grin Kids. As a result, Eddie agreed to become Music Director of this band that didn’t even really exist yet.


The band finally started coming together and all the remained was a name. After a long search, an Ace & TJ Show listener came up with Charity Case. Nothing could have been more perfect since the name is very self descriptive of the band’s entire purpose.


Since making their debut on June 16, 2001 in front of 1,200 peopke at a sold-old Second Chance Prom in Charlotte, they’ve come a long way. The band has grown into a well-known group of musicians. They have taken over Charlotte and surrounding areas by storm.  Demand for the Charity Case shows have grown rapidly.


How would you describe a Charity Case show?  Its “an arena show in a club”. From the curtian drop opening of Thunderstruck, to the mix of current and classic hits, to the huge stage risers and incredible light show, its one non stop party.  From the momentthe show starts until it ends two hours later it the most energetic, high energy show you’ll find anywhere, crafted with top quailty musicianship and non-stop surprises that keep people dancing and singing along through the entire show. Mixing rock form the 80’s, 90’s, and today, old school hip-hop that’s rocked out and even a dash of country, Charity Case keeps people coming and their shows sell out everywhere.


They all do it for the same reasons, to be the best band they can be, have a great time and most importantly raise lots of money for a good cause. To date Charity Case has played over 200 shows and raised over $860,000 for Grin Kids.

Charity Case has been the #1 source of funding for the Grin Kids over the past 7 years.