Big Ric Rocks the Blossom Ball!


It was an evening to celebrate hope, rebirth and recovery as Big Ric Rising helped honor NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Pennsylvania’s chapter at their annual Cherry Blossom Ball held on April 2nd at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia.  The event featured a rocking performance from Big Ric Rising as well as an appearance by one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive chef’s, Michael Schulson. Chef Schulson is the charismatic chef and owner of Izakaya in Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel, as well as the renowned Sampan in Philadelphia.  Chef Schulson even created a special cocktail in honor of this year’s event, the Cherry Blossom Martini, for guests to enjoy.  (Chef Schulson will spotlight the Cherry Blossom Martini at his restaurant, Sampan, during the week of April 4th in a continued effort to raise awareness of mental illness.)  BVT was honored to provide the entertainment for last year’s ball, which featured Jellyroll, and looks forward to containing the relationship with NAMI PA by supporting future events and showcasing more of BVT’s signature dance party bands!

Kurt Titchenell is the founder and President of BVTLive! He is also the bandleader, and co-creator of the award-winning dance band, Jellyroll and has been performing with the band since 1980. With thousands of private performances under his belt, his experience has lead Jellyroll to become the most in-demand party band in the tri-state area and BVTLive to become one of the areas foremost leaders in wedding and private event entertainment. Kurt's dedication to his profession is evident in every aspect of his professional life. As President of BVTLive, Kurt is committed to making your event a success.