WASHINGTON (WNEW) — Lawyers from the Washington metropolitan area traded their suits and briefcases for guitars and drum sets Thursday night for a good cause.

The 11th annual “Banding Together” event pitted 16 bands, made up of lawyers from some of D.C.’s top law firms, against one another in a “Battle of the Bands” format to raise money for the city’s homeless.

The musical groups — featuring law-inspired names such as “The Precedent,” “Larry & the Land Lawyers,” “The Unnamed Party,” and “Law & Disorder” — rocked out at The Black Cat on U Street for cheers, fun and, most importantly, dollars.

The contest used a “Chicago-style” voting system, which counted each dollar donated during a band’s performance as a “vote” for that band. In addition to its votes-for-money system, the event also raised money through ticket sales and sponsorships.

All money raised goes directly to Gifts For The Homeless, a non-profit organization that helps the District’s homeless population.

So far, the event has raised more than $300,000 this year, and donations are still being accepted.

In total, “Banding Together” has raised more than $1 million for Gifts For The Homeless in just 10 years.

In addition to raising money to buy the homeless blankets and clothing, the event gives “frustrated rock stars, who happen to be lawyers, the opportunity to get a gig,” said Walt Lohmann, vice president of special events.


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