Eighteen bands, representing area law firms and other legal organizations will compete in a hotly contested tenth annual battle of the law firm bands to benefit Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization supported by the city’s legal community to help the homeless. The Black Cat, a premier hot-spot in DC’s historic U Street district (1811 14th Street, NW), has partnered once again with GFTH to host “Banding Together 2013” on Thursday, June 20, from 7:00 pm to midnight.

This year, the following bands will compete on two different stages for the title of “Banding Together Champion”:

Esquire Stage

Playing Times Band Law Firm/Sponsors
7:15 – 7:40 Jazz Ipsa Loquitur Foley & Lardner LLP; Lerman Senter PLLC
7:40 – 8:05 Redacted Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
8:05 – 8:30 Bill Early & The Collections Seyfarth Shaw LLP
8:30 – 8:55 Larry & the LandLawyers Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich, & Walsh, P.C.
8:55 – 9:20 Beats Workin’ Hogan Lovells; Alston & Bird LLP
9:20 – 9:45 The Precedents McDermott Will & Emery; Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP; ExxonMobil Corporation; US Trade and Development Agency; Futures Industry Association
9:45 – 10:10 Sutherland Comfort Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
10:10 – 10:35 The Unnamed Party Paul Hastings LLP; Hunton & Williams LLP
10:35 – 11:00 Attractive Nuisance Steptoe & Johnson LLP
11:00 – 11:25 Princess Cooley LLP; Department of Justice
11:25 – 11:50 Kung Fu Gift Shop O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Discovery Stage

Playing Times Band Law Firm/Sponsors
7:30 – 7:55 Nunc Pro Funk Constantine Cannon
7:55 – 8:20 The Perks Perkins Coie LLP
8:20 – 8:45 The Soul Practitioners Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Dawson & Associates; Sullivan & Worcester
8:45 – 9:10 Estoppelgängers Latham & Watkins LLP
9:10 – 9:35 Law & Disorder Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
9:35 – 10:00 Craving Oyer Ropes & Gray LLP
10:00 – 10:25 The Objections Law Office of Richard P. Goldberg, PLLC

One band will be crowned Banding Together Champion for having raised the most money from the crowd through “Chicago-style” voting (each dollar contributed equals one vote – vote early and often!). This year, the battle will take place on two stages at the Black Cat, so we expect to rock the whole house! GFTH is also featuring several guest emcees to help with the evening’s festivities, including Amy Morris, morning news anchor for WNEW-FM. GFTH will use 100% of the money donated through ticket sales, votes and sponsorships to purchase thermal underwear, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, gloves, socks, blankets and other essential new clothing items for homeless men, women, and children; the clothing is then distributed to approximately shelters throughout the Washington metropolitan area. GFTH’s goal for Banding Together 2013 is to exceed last year’s amazing total of over $275,000 raised and cross the Million Dollar threshold for total proceeds since the event’s inception in 2004.

The Black Cat is a live music venue committed to providing the best in local, national, and international independent and alternative music. The Black Cat is also known for its delicious vegan, vegetarian and non- vegetarian food served from 8:00 pm until 1:00 am on weeknights at the Food for Thought Cafe. According to Walt Lohmann, GFTH board member and Vice President of Special Events, “We are so glad that the Black Cat has once again generously partnered with us to host an event that is as much fun as it is worthwhile.” To date, nearly 55 law firms, associations, companies and individuals have sponsored Banding Together 2013.

All are invited to attend the event; the entire $10 cover charge benefits GFTH’s new clothing purchases. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!