It was another incredible night this past Thursday at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. As always, Holiday Express did an amazing job bringing Christmas cheer and happiness to those who need it the most.

If you don't know about Holiday Express, they are a 501C3 charity with more than 70 of the best musicians of the Jersey Shore. They play more than 50 shows between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and with several dozen support staff in tow, deliver not only music, but toys, clothing, food and fun to children with cancer, people living with AIDS, the mentally ill, disadvantaged families, the isolated elderly, and homeless.

Big Joe summoned his inner Santa once again to play the jolly ol' guy on stage. In fact he has a history of doing that. Check out this video from 2008 of Big Joe as Santa on stage with Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny at the HOPE Concert.

Unfortunately the HOPE 8 concerts for this year are already sold out, but if you would like to donate they will benefit the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (www.vnahg.org) and 180 Turning Lives Around (www.180nj.org).

Also, If you would like to help Holiday Express continue to do their great work, you can click here to find out more about their organization or to donate.

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