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Ken Janssen Medical Fund and Benefit Pre-Order. Still Open! IT DON'T QUIT!

Project Format: Pre-Order Campaigns, 12 inch Vinyl, Vinyl + Digital, CD, Apparel, Live Event or Festival, Open Campaigns Only
Genre: Garage Punk, 60s Garage, Live Performance, Punk, Rock

Benefit Pre-Order and Medical Expense Fundraiser

$21,065 Raised out of $5,000
278 Fans
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Please join our Facebook event page: Ken Janssen Benefit at The Beachland June 1st

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. This is the place to donate money for Ken’s medical expenses. If you are not interested in the rewards, you will have the opportunity to opt out at a later date. 

2. There is no limit to the funds we can raise. The $5,000 goal was an estimated production budget required for the campaign website. 

3. Every $25 donation equals one ticket to the benefit June 1st (so $100 = four tickets).

Ken Janssen has long been a fixture on the Cleveland music scene. He has interacted with local and touring musicians as a booker/bartender at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, and enthralled audiences as a founding member of The Hot Rails and The It*Men. Before moving to Cleveland, Ken cut his teeth in Kent, Ohio, providing a crucial link between the various social and musical factions in the area. He was always willing to help the bands - whether that meant securing out-of-town gigs, or just making sure there was a well-stocked party after the show.

Now Ken needs our help. In November 2012 he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Expensive treatment and surgery will be required to slow the progression of the disease.

Many have graciously offered to help in any way they can. Rather than start a foundation to simply collect donations, Ken wanted to do something fun that would provide entertainment value as well. A benefit concert is scheduled for June 1st at the Beachland. In the meantime, Janssen and friends have decided to reissue the 2004 debut by Ken's band The It*Men - Greatest Its.

With this campaign, we will raise money for Ken, while distributing some kick-ass rock 'n' roll to the masses. All funds raised (including It*Men record and ticket sales) will go directly to Ken and Kathy Janssen.

The benefit concert will take place June 1st, 2013 at the Beachland Ballroom.


The It*Men

Cobra Verde

The Hot Rails

New Lou Reeds

Charles Hill Jr. special guests!

Please join our Facebook event page!

Other information about the people behind this campaign:

The recently reunited It*Men are a garage rock band comprised of current and former members of The Dreadful Yawns, The New Lou Reeds, Volcano Fortress, and New Planet Trampoline (among others). Greatest Its will be reissued as a double-vinyl set and digital download.

The original album can be heard online at

Ken can also be heard on the first two albums by The Hot Rails:

Everything else:

All contributions are appreciated, whether large or small. For special rewards based on pricing level, please see perk descriptions to the right.

Matt Cassidy
Ken Janssen

About Matt Cassidy

Present or former member of The It*Men, 9-Volt Haunted House, New Planet Trampoline, The Phoebe Cates, and countless others.

About Ken Janssen

Occasional singer for The It*Men. Former vocalist for The Hot Rails. Beachland associate and real estate agent.

May 5, 2013 - Perks Updated

Hello Friends, Family, and Supporters!

We have made some changes to the perk awards. There is now a $15 tier that includes one copy of the album. The other tiers have been updated as well, and are as follows: 2 Tickets and 2 LPs for $50, and 4 Tickets, 4 LPs, one T-Shirt for $100.

These awards are retroactive, so if you previously donated $100 you can still get 4 LPs instead of one.

We apologize for any confusion and thank you for bearing with us as we navigate the ever-changing course of the campaign trail.

Single tickets will soon be available for $15 each on the Beachland website.

Yours in Rock,

Team Janssen


March 5, 2013 - Benefit Tickets and Other News

Hello Friends!

We are truly humbled by the support so far in this campaign. Thanks to you, we have raised over $14,000, and that number continues to grow.

Tickets are currently available to the benefit concert June 1st at the Beachland. These can be purchased with a $25 donation to the campaign. For $25, you get one ticket to the show and a copy of The It*Men: Greatest Its on vinyl.

NOTE: Every increment of $25 equals one ticket to the benefit. This ticket pricing applies to all previous and future donations as well. So if you donated $100, you will get four tickets. We will be editing the perk descriptions to reflect this.

As mentioned before, if you are unable to attend or do not require as many tickets, you will have the chance to select a different gift option later.

Finally, some exciting news for those about to rock: Ken has been in the studio recording with The It*Men, and word has it that three new songs are already finished! These will appear on the deluxe double-vinyl reissue of Greatest Its.

That's all for now. Thanks again, and remember: IT DON'T QUIT!


Team Janssen

March 21, 2013 - Benefit Lineup Announced!

Hello Friends and Supporters!


We are excited to announce the lineup for The Last Waltz of The It*Men, June 1st at the Beachland:


The It*Men

Cobra Verde

The Hot Rails

New Lou Reeds

Charles Hill Jr. special guests!


Tickets available here with a $25 donation.


See you there,

Team Janssen


February 25, 2013 - $25 Perk Added

Greetings supporters!

We surpassed our initial production goal early on, but still need to pack the Beachland for the benefit show and raise as much money as we can to help Ken and Kathy. Please continue to help spread the word.

A new perk has been added to the campaign. For $25, you get a ticket to the show and a copy of the vinyl LP (and digital download). 

Thanks again, and remember: IT DON'T QUIT!

Team Janssen

February 21, 2013 - FAQ and Update

Thank you all for your support! We have surpassed our initial goal, and the campaign is still going strong.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

1. This is the place to donate money for Ken’s medical expenses. If you are not interested in the rewards, you will have the opportunity to opt out at a later date.

2. There is no limit to the funds we can raise. The $5,000 goal was an estimated production budget required for the campaign website.

Thanks again, and stay tuned for more updates!

Team Janssen

April 21, 2013 - The It*Men LP Goes to Press!

Greetings Friends, Family, and Supporters:

Thanks to your generous contributions, the It*Men double vinyl LP is going to press this week!

Some of you may have already been contacted about your reward perks. Please bear with us as we attempt to get everyone's order sorted out. Those of you wishing to opt out of the rewards may do so by replying to the email you will receive from our hard-working office manager Alison.

Anyone who contributed $50 or more will have their name printed on the album cover insert. Since the album is being printed now, we cannot add any more names. The Stow House Patron reward tier is also closed at this time.

Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the benefit show June 1st.

Team Janssen