NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (July 31, 2023) — The second annual Cali-RAD Fest (Reggae Against Duchenne) will return to The Beach House in Mission Beach on September 2, 2023, to benefit CureDuchenne, a leading global nonprofit focused on funding and finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The event will feature an unforgettable lineup with reggae artists Through the Roots, Sammy Dread, Common Sense, SM Familia, Skyler Lutes Band, Indica Roots, Beech City, and DJ: Real Alofa Sound & Fady Hermez. Bands will perform at the iconic Beach House, a beachfront venue with stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean in San Diego’s Mission Beach. Cali-RAD Fest will be held from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $50 for ages 16 and up and $30 for youth. VIP tickets with access to the second story Sky Lounge with private bar and outdoor patio are $100.
Christian Hogan and his 22-year-old son Micah, who has Duchenne, envisioned this event after attending a reggae show in Long Beach several years ago. They wanted to create something similar in their hometown of San Diego, combining their shared love of reggae with their desire to raise funds to accelerate research toward a cure for Duchenne.
“It had long been a dream of ours to mix our love of reggae with our personal mission to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” Christian Hogan said. “We are so excited to once again partner with local reggae bands and the community to make Cali-RAD Fest a can’t-miss event for a very important cause. By supporting CureDuchenne, we know that we are advancing research for every boy and young man affected by this devastating disease.”
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a fatal genetic disease that affects roughly 1 in 5,000 male births. Individuals with Duchenne are typically diagnosed as toddlers, lose the ability to walk in their early-teens and often succumb to the disease in their mid-20s. Since CureDuchenne was founded in 2003, the organization has raised more than $50 million for research and funded 17 research projects that have advanced to human clinical trials. In addition, CureDuchenne develops impactful programs that help families living with Duchenne around the world. CureDuchenne also supports families who want to take fundraising into their own hands and create events like Cali-RAD to advance the mission of finding a cure for Duchenne.
“We are so grateful for the time and effort Christian and Micah put into making this event a reality,” said Debra Miller, Founder and CEO of CureDuchenne. “As a parent of a son with Duchenne, I know what it’s like to face a diagnosis like this and want to do everything you can to advance research toward a cure. I applaud Christian, Micah, and all our families who have committed themselves to our shared goal of curing Duchenne.”
Tickets and sponsorships are available at Caliradfest.com.
Twenty years ago, CureDuchenne was created with one goal: to find and fund a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the leading genetic killer of young boys. Today, CureDuchenne is recognized as a global leader in research, patient care, and innovation for improving and extending the lives of those with Duchenne. CureDuchenne’s innovative venture philanthropy model has advanced transformative treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, including 17 projects that advanced to human clinical trials and multiple projects to overcome the limitations of exon-skipping and gene therapy. In addition, CureDuchenne contributed early funding to the first FDA-approved Duchenne drug, pioneered the first and only Duchenne physical and occupational therapist certification program and created an innovative biobank and data registry, accelerating research toward a cure. For more information on how to help raise awareness and funds needed for research, please visit cureduchenne.org.