Jeff Bridges at the 7th Annual Bay Area Lyme Disease Foundation Dinner

At the 7th Annual Bay Area Lyme Disease Foundation dinner, actor and musician Jeff Bridges — along with scientists and Lyme disease patients — joined forces to raise awareness about the disease.

“A tough disease and it’s often misdiagnosed,” said actor and musician Jeff Bridges. “I have a dear friend, Kris Kristofferson, who 30 years ago was misdiagnosed and given all sort of medication and it turns out he had Lyme disease and didn’t know it.”

In the crowd was Kristen Stein, a Marin County resident who was diagnosed with the disease nine years ago. Stein takes 20 pills every morning to boost her immune system.

“It got in there and did a lot of damage. It had a lot of time to take its time to damage my neurological, and muscular and skeletal and it damaged all those areas,” said Stein.

Medical experts says 60 percent of Lyme disease cases are misdiagnosed and some are even told they have the flu.

“Ticks are feeding on many different animals and they pick up different bacteria, viruses and pathogens and we think of them as natures dirty needle,” said Dr. Sunjya Schweig from the California Center for Functional Medicine, “They’ll pick up these pathogens from animal to animal and pass it to the next one. If the next happens to be a human.”

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation is hoping to raise $1 million for testing in search for a cure.

“Tick test usually cost between $60- $200 to get a tick tested so we want to offer the public free tick testing,” said Linda Giampa executive director for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

Ticks can be found in moist areas the hot spots in the Bay Area are Mendocino and Marin Headlands. They are extremely small and can difficult to see, if you have been bit check with your primary doctor to get tested.

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Date: May 12, 2019


Bay Area Lyme Foundation
884 Portola Road, Suite A7
Portola Valley, CA 94028 United States
Phone:  650.530.2439

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Bryce Vine to play Breakaway Festival in Charlotte

Breakaway Music Festival, the two-day event organized by the Ohio-based entertainment company Prime Social Group returns to Charlotte on October 4 and 5 to the Music Factory. The multi-city festival known for booking big names in hip-hop and EDM will feature platinum-selling Atlanta rapper Future with fellow ATL rapper Lil Baby joining the festivities. Eminem protege Boogie and EDM artists Illenium, Kaskade, and Fisher add to the bill, as singer-songwriters Bryce Vine and Chelsea Cutler round out the 2019 installment.

“Our roots are of course only deeper now that we’re in our third year with Charlotte. Being born and raised in Charlotte, it’s extremely important to me that we stay well respected in the community and continue to give back to this amazing city,” said Breakaway Charlotte festival director, Preston Abernathy.

In addition to the music, the event will also include local food trucks, NC craft beer garden, on-site activations, and a VIP sky deck viewing area. 30 more local and regional acts will also be announced leading up to the festival! You can submit music and press info to

Breakaway Festival takes place October 4 and 5 at the North Carolina Music Factory. Two-day GA passes start at $75 plus fees (will go up) and are now on sale.

Each edition of Breakaway promises lineups filled with multi-genre talents that embody the sounds of today. Ticket holders are able to catch acts ranging from hip-hop artists, to international DJs, to chart smashing pop stars, and beyond. Past lineups have included Atlanta trap trio Migos, electronic live act duo Odesza, Chicago’s own EDM sensation Kaskade, cult favorite rapper Wiz Khalifa, award winning singer-songwriter Khalid, critically acclaimed Houston-born rapper Travis Scott, electro-house Grammy award winner Zedd, and many more.

North Carolina Music Factory is a unique and beautiful amphitheater sharing space with plenty of restaurants and bars. The amphitheater hosts ample of shows, live music performances and more. Outdoor concerts are a common event that takes place here. The music factory is safe a guarded by security officers. You show, live performances and music is your thing, this place is a recommended visit for you.


Start: October 4, 2019
End: October 5, 2019


Breakaway Music Festival


North Carolina Music Factory
19401 Jetton Rd
Cornelius, NC 28031 United States + Google Map
Phone:  704-987-0612


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