Bid on a Baby Taylor signed by … WOW!

November 4th, 2009, 4:07 pm by Sara

BabyTaylorMichael Eck just sent this along – I would have posted it earlier but I just spent the past 1/2 hour listening to different versions of A Million Miles Away, one of the greatest songs of all time, on Youtube.

On January 15 of this year, the great American songwriter Peter Case underwent emergency open-heart surgery. The operation was successful and Case is well on the mend, but the medical bills – as they are for so many uninsured musicians – are staggering.

In support, a group of Case’s friends joined together to create the Hidden Love Medical Relief Fund, and they have been employing various methods to raise funds for Case’s cause. Among these was a three-night May concert series at McCabe’s in Los Angeles featuring a truly mind-boggling array of talent including Loudon Wainwright III, T Bone Burnett, Van Dyke Parks, Dave Alvin, Stan Ridgway, Bob Neuwirth, Joe Henry, Katie Melua, Geoff Muldaur, Sam Phillips, Carla Olsen, Syd Straw, Leland Sklar, Grant Geissman, Eddie Munoz, Ron Franklin, The Dark Bob, Phranc, George Gerdes and Inara George.

That evening a Taylor Big Baby guitar was brought out of its case and signed by all of the performers. That instrument is now being auctioned on eBay as an additional fundraiser for Peter. It’s a chance to own a piece of history while also honoring the man behind such closet classics as “A Walk in The Woods,” “Old Part of Town,” “Cold Trail Blues” and The Plimsouls’ “A Million Miles Away.”

Case’s songs have also been covered by a litany of performers like Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, Chris Smither, John Prine, Joe Ely, Richard Buckner and Chuck Prophet, all – tellingly – know for being pretty serious songwriters themselves.

Click here to bid (or maybe just gaze in wonderment). Bidding ends Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. PST. Donations can also be made through


Real Good for Free: Emack & Bolio’s “Ice Cream That Rocks,” 10/24/09

October 21st, 2009, 12:19 pm by Greg

emackAndBolioLet’s see now…
It’s free.
There’s lots of great music.
It helps raise money for the American Cancer Society.
And there’s ice cream involved.

OK, count us in.

On Saturday (October 24) both Nippertown locations of Emack and Bolio’s (366 Delaware Ave., Albany and Town Center Plaza, 1704 Western Ave., Guilderland) are hosting “Ice Cream that Rocks,” an all-day benefit show for the American Cancer Society.

Nearly two dozen musical acts will be participating in the event, which begins at 12noon and continues straight through til at least 10pm.

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Be Here Now: Emily Quick Benefit @ Northern Lights, 9/27/09

September 25th, 2009, 10:04 am by Greg

Eight-year-old Emily Quick is in the midst of a six-month regimen of chemotherapy to help her valiant fight against Langerhans cell histiocytosis, an extremely rare cancer of the bone marrow.

You can help defray the family’s mounting medical costs and have a good time at the same time by attending a benefit concert for Emily and her family at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Sunday.

Here’s the schedule of performances:
2pm: Blackcat Elliot
3pm: The Blisterz
4pm: Erin Harkes
5pm: Fluid Motion
6pm: Hour of Need
7pm: The Mariaville Cattle Company Band
8pm: The Ameros

Tina Dame from the ABC-TV series “Ex-Wives Club” will be making a special appearance. And there will also be games and silent auctions with products and services donated by many local businesses.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation, you can contact Tony Leonardi of Fluid Motion at

More Merchant Music: 2nd Show by Natalie at Shaker Meeting House

August 25th, 2009, 10:54 am by Greg

natalie-merchantDespite ticket prices that ranged from $50 to $150, the benefit concert by former 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant at the intimate 1848 Shaker Meeting House in Colonie sold out in just a few hours when they went on sale last Saturday.

So, now a second concert has been added. The sold-out concert takes place at 1:30pm on Sunday, September 27, and Ms. Merchant will now also perform another show at 5pm the same day.

Tickets for the second concert are currently on sale, and prices remain the same. Shelving Rock will open, and proceeds will once again benefit the Shaker Heritage Society.

Be Here Now: “The Songs of Paul Strausman” @ Caffe Lena, 8/23/09

August 20th, 2009, 12:32 pm by Greg

Paul-StrausmanSinger-songwriter-teacher-entertainer Paul Strausman died late last year, just a few days before Christmas. He was just 54 years old, and he left behind a wife, Carol Coogan, and three children.

At 3pm on Sunday, August 23, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs will host a special children’s music tribute to Paul, featuring Terri Roben, Andy “The Music Man” Morse and a few special guests. All proceeds from the benefit concert will be placed in a fund for his children’s college education.

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Artists in need

August 19th, 2009, 3:29 pm by Greg

During the past couple of First Friday arts walks in Albany, we’ve ended up down at the Contompasis Gallery at 40 North Broadway. It’s off the beaten path, to say the least, but there’s a wonderful energy there. Artwork covers nearly every inch of wall space, spilling out into the hallway with canvases sometimes stacked up three or four deep.

So it was with a heavy heart that we learned of the fire there yesterday.

But it hasn’t taken long for fellow artists and musicians to come to their aid. Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany will be hosting a two-day marathon benefit bash on Friday and Saturday, September 4-5 in conjunction with next month’s First Friday. Lots of artwork on exhibit, lots of music on the stage, and lots of help for those in need.

Contact Tess’ Lark Tavern to make donations of artwork, time, talent or funds.

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Make a bid

June 10th, 2009, 4:59 pm by Greg

Do I hear $250? Going, going…

Wait, there’s still time to get your bid in for the Woodstock Film Festival’s annual Not So Silent Auction. The online auction/festival fundraiser continues til 5pm Friday, June 12. And as you might expect, there are some pretty interesting items on the auction block, including:

1.) a vintage B-52’s “Party Out of Bounds” poster autographed by Kate Pierson

David Johansen: After the spectacle, Taj would learn that the vagaries of fortune are a law of existence no one can escape

David Johansen: After the spectacle, Taj would learn that the vagaries of fortune are a law of existence no one can escape

2.) an acrylic painting on canvas by David Johansen, titled “After the spectacle, Taj would learn that the vagaries of fortune are a law of existence no one can escape”

3.) dinner with Academy Award nominated actress Melissa Leo at the Phoenix Restaurant in Mount Tremper

Bid early; bid often.

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