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Friday, May 14, 2010

Come see the hippy get his hair cut!

My oldest brother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in November of 2008 and was given a year to live by his doctors. November of 2009 came and went and he continues to fight a valiant fight against his affliction. A friend and former band mate was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreas and liver cancer just before NYE. (He just passed away this week.) The 2010 MLB schedules were released and I saw that the Sox are returning to San Francisco for the first time in 6 years. A current band mate and friend recently lost his brother to cancer. Then I was reading about the 2010 Hot Stove Cool Music benefit when I felt the proverbial light bulb turn on over my head. I ran the idea of a West Coast benefit by Matt O'Donnell, owner of this distinguished blog (in the neighborhood of 10k hits/month these days), and he liked the idea. A lot. We ran with this and it has become official!

The Red Sox play the Giants in San Francisco on June 25, 26, and 27. Saturday night, the 1st Rock & Sox Benefit for The Jimmy Fund and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will take place. The game starts shortly after 4 and should be over by 8 PM or so, leaving plenty of time for fans, and hopefully players, to get to The Connecticut Yankee Red Sox and Boston sports bar, restaraunt, and music venue, which is less than 2 miles from the Giants' ATnT Park. (Odd name for a Red Sox bar, yes, I know. Click here if you would like to read how the bar got its name.)

Official recognition from The Dana-Farber Cancer Istitute has been received, the house band which consists of several of the Bay Area's best musicians will commence rehearsals soon. If you're going to any of these Giants games, please consider having dinner at The Connecticut Yankee and then stay for the music which will start no later than 10 PM. Don't wait to get your tickets, though! The house band, dubbed 'The Cancer Sucks Band' will take us on a musical journey starting in Boston and ending in San Francisco. The 1st set will be comprised of songs about the city of Boston, songs by bands from Boston, baseball songs, and songs that every good Sox fan should know by heart. The 2nd set will have a distinct San Francisco flavor to it.

Invitations to perform will be extended to Theo, Wake, and Peter Gammons, as well as Clay Buchholz, who is the 2010 Spokesman for Rally Against Cancer, and Jerry Remy. If any of them show up, I will have my hair cut on stage to be donated to Locks of Love! So come see the hippy get his hair cut! No one will ever believe a drummer put this thing to gether!

Little Johnny- Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a drummer.
Mother- Now, Johnny, you can't do both.

Q~ What do you call a drummer with no girlfriend?
A~ Homeless.

Visit the Rock & Sox site for advanced ticket sale information, which will be announced soon.
Click here for the Facebook group page.
Click here for the Facebook event page.
Only 100 tickets will be sold and we expect this event to sell out, so don't wait!

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