Sat • December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
James Ballentine “Uptown” VFW Post 246
- Doors 1:00pm
- Music 4:30pm
- All Ages
- Free with Registration
*Does not include fees
The Resilient is an American rock band primarily composed of severely wounded U.S. combat veterans whose focus is writing and performing music that reflects the inspirations and hardships they’ve experienced in their civilian lives and military careers.
In 2012, after suffering devastating injuries in Afghanistan, lead vocalist Tim Donley and guitarist Nate Kalwicki were rehabilitating at Walter Reed Military Hospital when they befriended musician Greg Loman. With fresh wounds and a vast new space to fill in their lives, the veterans plunged into the spiritually, physically and emotionally healing pursuit of music, practicing relentlessly and forming a lasting brotherhood in the process.
Before long, they caught the ear of rock legend and activist Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), whose visit to the hospital immediately inspired an invitation to perform alongside him at Madison Square Garden during “Stand Up For Heroes,” a benefit concert for injured veterans. It was during these rehearsals that they first jammed with recently discharged drummer Juan “Dom” Dominguez- a decorated Marine and triple amputee whom Roger had also brought on board – and in sharing the experience they realized that forming their own group was inevitable. Completing the lineup is Nate’s brother Erik on bass, and with several of its members literally given a second chance at life the band forged a clear and compelling mission – to present fearlessness through songwriting and honest musicianship.
Since then The Resilient have independently released original tracks and performed in concerts all over the U.S., gaining traction as a unique, unforgettable act by stunning audiences at conventions, galas, dive bars, universities, and music festivals. They were featured by D’Angelico Guitars at the 2020 NAMM convention and headlined the 2021 Sag Harbor Music Fest, where they had the honor of being proudly introduced by their mentor Roger himself. During the COVID lockdowns, they adapted to the new normal by finding fresh opportunities working on veteran-supporting campaigns. Members of the band have performed with musical greats Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville, G.E. Smith, Ricky Scaggs, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and appeared on television shows “N.C.I.S.”, “The Colbert Report”, and “Lucky Dog”. Currently they are in pre-production for their first full length album and are the subjects of a feature length documentary currently in the works with award-winning filmmakers North Productions.
The Resilient’s rare combination of artistic freedom and military discipline amplifies their message of hope and perseverance. True to their name, they exist in utter defiance of limitations associated with their unique physical circumstances and have overcome the unthinkable. Now they’re living like there’s no tomorrow.