About Breaking the Silence
Breaking The Silence is an annual concert founded by drummer, Ron Thomas of one of Chicago’s most popular Original bands, VEILSIDE. After years of struggle with his own son’s diagnosis of Autism, Ron and his wife Jean, composed the idea of having a fund raising event to benefit one of the various supportive non-for-profit organizations within the state of Illinois. BTS was originally started to raise awareness for Autism but what started out as a simple event has grown into one of the Midwest’s most popular non-corporate fund raising events.
With Veilside’s unwritten creed of “Unity within the Music Scene,” BTS is brought to life by the overwhelming generosity of bands and volunteers that request to donate their merchandise, their time and their unremarkable talents. And just so you know, unlike most “charity” events, BTS prides itself on its ability to have ABSOLUTELY 100% of ALL funds donated to its honored charity. There are no “off the top” or “this person gets paid first…” excuses!
From the clubs that donate the room, the sound, the lights and security to the bands and volunteers who donate their art, their music, their time and most of all, their love, simply showing up, promoting, donating or volunteering…you have already done your part!
In 2008, Ron and Jean Thomas composed an idea of having a fundraising event to benefit one or more of the various supportive non-for-profit organizations within their home state of Illinois. This annual event will honor their son, along with many Illinois families, for their daily struggles and victories with Autism. What was originally started as an event to promote awareness has grown into one of the Midwest’s most popular non-corporate indoor festivals for all ages to enjoy.