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Maria Muldaur, Chris O’Connell, Barbara Dane to Play Benefit For Bluesmen Paul Geremia and Johnny Harper

Maria Muldaur

A benefit concert for Bay Area bluesman Johnny Harper and Paul Geremia will be help on January 28, 2015 at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California.

Among the artists playing the benefit are fold-blues legend Maria Muldaur, former Asleep At The Wheel singer Chris O’Connell, and singer Barbara Dane,

Johnny Harper is a superb guitarist, bandleader, singer and songwriter. Paul Geremia is a highly respected acoustic blues performer, finger-style guitarist, and songwriter, with ten solo albums to his credit. Both men have recently suffered serious health issues.

Here’s Johnny Harper on the concert:

Why a benefit? Many of you do not know that I’ve been dealing with a very tough health situation this past fall. I was hospitalized from early September to mid-November. The reason was a blood-clotting problem called a pulmonary embolism. This is very, very serious; the doctors were very doubtful that I would survive it. But survive it I did. Then there was a long period of recovery from the trauma; a lot of physical therapy was needed to help me get my strength back. I’m home now, and feel pretty good in most respects. I am getting around well, am doing physical therapy exercises daily and taking care of myself. I am playing guitar well again, and am starting to teach some of my guitar students. But there are other respects in which I’m still in the recovery phase. Also, of course, I lost months of work, months of income, and have unpaid medical bills which are not entirely covered by my health insurance.

So some friends in the musical community – spearheaded by the tireless organizer and great fiddler/ singer Suzy Thompson – have put together this wonderful Acoustic Blues Festival night at Freight and Salvage, as a benefit for me and also for Paul Geremia, a distinguished acoustic blues artist of many years’ standing, who has also suffered difficult and costly health setbacks recently.

The Freight is of course the West Coast’s premier folk music venue, and now holds 400 in its very comfortable downtown Berkeley location.

I’ll say more about the stellar lineup of performers in a moment. But the main message is, this will be a wonderful night of music with lots of terrific artists playing. And also – well, both Paul and I have played many benefit shows over the years, for friends in need and for causes we believe in. This time around, we will sure be grateful for whatever support you can give us.


Maria Muldaur, a true star of Americana music, has been knocking listeners out since her early days with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band back in the 1960s. She has recorded 30 albums under her own name, starting off with her self-titled first record which made her famous for the hit “Midnight at the Oasis.” Her albums and performances cover a vast range of American roots music styles – uptown urban blues, down home country blues, jazz and swing, gospel, New Orleans R&B, and more. She remains a sultry, vivacious singer and a powerful performer. In 2004 I played a brief tour as her lead guitarist, filling in for her regular guy. See much more on her albums and upcoming performances at www.mariamuldaur.com.

Barbara Dane is an American music legend, still a very powerful, moving, and creative singer at age 87! She’s a great performer of blues, folk music, and traditional jazz, and sings in various international idioms as well. She’s recorded in all these styles since the 1950s. She has worked with jazz giants Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, and Jack Teagarden; blues masters Muddy Waters, Lightning Hopkins, and Memphis Slim; folk music legends Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger; and countless other important artists. Her lifelong commitment to peace and social justice still informs her song choices and the causes for which she performs. I have been lucky enough to work many shows with her, as accompanist and occasional band director, for the last 15 years. Details on her many recordings at www.barbaradane.net.

Chris O’Connell, famous for her 15-year stint as the original lead singer in Asleep at the Wheel, recently relocated to the Bay Area and released a fine new album. Steve James, veteran blues singer and fine finger-picking guitarist, has worked with John Sebastian, Cindy Cashdollar, Alvin Youngblood Hart, James McMurtry, Bo Diddley, Maria Muldaur, and many more. Catfish Keith specializes in the traditional “bottleneck”slide style played on the metal-bodied resonator guitar.

Several long-time Bay Area musical friends of mine are also featured. I’ve played informally with all these artists for many years. Eric and Suzy Thompson are well-known for playing old-time music, bluegrass, Cajun music, Greek music, and lots of traditional blues. Suzy’s powerful vocals and fine fiddling, and Eric’s fleet-fingered guitar and mandolin work, add life to every style they turn their hands to. Suzy has also written some fine songs. I produced an early CD of theirs, Adam and Eve Had the Blues on Arhoolie. Marc Silber’s long life story in music includes a stint in the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene. He is well known as a guitar dealer, but should be better known as the superb musician he is. His finger-style guitar playing and his deep, authentic feel for traditional blues are wonderful; his singing is captivating and soulful. Will Scarlett is a true virtuoso of the harmonica, seemingly able to jump in any song, in any style, in any key, at the drop of a chord change! He’s performed and recorded with many fine artists – Brownie McGhee, Jerry Garcia, Hot Tuna, Old and In the Way, David Bromberg, and Clifton Chenier, to name a few.

Paul Geremia, not expected to perform on this occasion, is the other beneficiary of this special concert; he’s been struggling with difficult health problems for the last year.

Those of us who really love the blues know that it’s music to celebrate life joyfully by – and also, music that can really help us, can be there for us to lean on, when we’re having hard times.

Come celebrate with us, come hear the blues in many styles and variations, on January 28th! Tell your friends! I hope to see you there.

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Audio: Bjork, Patti Smith, Lykke Li Perform at ‘Let’s Protect the Park’ Benefit Concert in Iceland

Patti Smith and Darren Aronofsky at screening of “Noah.”

On March 18, 2014 at at Harpa in Reykjavík, Iceland, a benefit concert, Let’s Protect the Park, was held featuring Bjork, Patti Smith, Lykke Li and others.

Over $300,000 was raised for Icelandic environmental organizations.

Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which was filmed in Iceland, was screened that night.

Listen to over an hour of the concert, including a beautiful set by Patti Smith.

Plus a fan-shot video of all the artists performing the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.”

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Video: Watch U2 at Haiti Benefit Do ‘Hallelujah’

On Saturday night U2 made a surprise appearance at a benefit for Haiti in Beverly Hills.

The band played their own songs plus Bono and The Edge joined Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre for a version Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

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Watch: Patti Smith Reads From Book-in-Progress at Poetry Project Benefit

Patti Smith was one of many who read at the 40th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading Benefit at St. Mark’s Church.
Jim Fouratt shot great video which he posted to YouTube.

Below Patti Smith reads a piece called “The List” from a book she’s currently writing — three minute excerpt:

And here are a bunch of other performances from the benefit. The last clip — Tracy Morris and Elliot Sharp — is really terrific:

Phillip Glass:

Justin Sayre:

Joseph Keckler:

Jonas Mekas:

Jennifer Bartlett:

Edwin Torres:

John Giorno:

Lenny Kaye:

Tracy Morris and Elliot Sharp:

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Watch: Eddie Vedder and Jeanne Tripplehorn Sing Rolling Stones’ ‘Shattered’

“Criminal Minds” star Jeanne Tripplehorn takes the lead while Eddie Vedder accompanies her on guitar for a crazy but appealing cover of the Rolling Stones “Shattered.”

They performed at a fundraiser in L.A. for Heal EB. Heal EB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding a cure while raising awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa.

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Watch & Listen: Kim Gordon’s Body/Head, J. Mascis Live at ISSUE Project Room Benefit 2013

On November 13 2013 a benefit for ISSUE Project Room (IPR) staring Kim Gordon’s duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head, was held at the ISSUE Project Room in New York.

At ISSUE’s website is this info about ISSUE: “ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering performance center, presenting time-based work by emerging and established experimental artists that expand the boundaries of creative practice and stimulate critical dialogue about art and culture in the broader community.”

There’s more info about the benefit, which in addition to Body/Head, featured Ikue Mori, I.U.D. and J. Mascis, here.

Body/Head @ Benefit for ISSUE


Body/Head w/Ikue Mori @ Benefit for ISSUE I

Body/Head w/Ikue Mori @ Benefit for ISSUE Pt II

Kim Gordon & I.U.D. @ Benefit for ISSUE Pt I

J Mascis – Ammaring

J Mascis – Little Furry Things

Watch: U2 Cover Daft Punk, Lou Reed & Bowie at RED AIDS Benefit

Check out these videos of U2 at the RED Auction in NYC last night, where they were raising money to fight against AIDS.

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The Hold Steady Will Play Your Party For $15,000 — Cool, Right?

The Hold Steady are putting out a fans-only covers EP, and they’re raising money for the family of the late Mike Van Jura, aka “Jersey Mike,” who died unexpectedly late last year. “Jersey Mike” was the organizer of the group’s fan club, The Unified Scene.

The Hold Steady have set up a Pledge Music page and they are offering a range of packages depending on the amount of your pledge.

$15 gets you membership in the fan club (you get access to cool stuff) and a download of the EP.

$15,000 brings the band to your house to play a party for you and your 100 closest friends. You can get a tour of Minneapolis locations mentioned in The Hold Steady’s songs, a haircut from Kubler, a private two-song acoustic performance and much more.

Check the scene out, including a video featuring Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler here.

Watch: Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters Headline Stand Up For Heroes Benefit Concert Tonight

Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters, along with comedians Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby and others, will appear at tonight’s Stand Up For Heroes concert in NYC.

You can watch it right here beginning at 5:30 PST; 8:30 EST.

Songs For Slim Benefit LP Due Nov. 11 Features Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams

A two-CD benefit album for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap will be released on Nov. 11.

The album is titled Rockin’ Here Tonight: A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap.

Disc one includes all of the songs from the Songs For Slim benefit EPs and singles that were released and auctioned over the past year. Artists include Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Frank Black, Craig Finn and John Doe.

A second CD features heretofore unreleased tracks by The Jayhawks’ pseudonymous LP.ORG, Soul Asylum, The Young Fresh Fellows, Peter Holsapple (The dB’s) and more.

The recordings that were auctioned off have raised about $200,000 according to Pitchfork. The money goes to help Slim, who suffered a debilitating stroke.

Here’s an update from Slim’s wife Chrissie Dunlap that appeared on Pitchfork:

“His comfort has been interrupted by many trips to the hospital, but his will to live is strong. His mantra is ‘Fight, fight, fight.’ All of us who love him are fighting with, and for, him. His strength, along with the love and support of so many wonderful friends and fans, has kept him going. Slim is so grateful for the Songs For Slim project and takes great joy in listening to his songs performed by some of his favorite musicians and friends. The revenue from the project has saved us from financial ruin, enabled us to hire nursing help and therapists, and helped to make him as comfortable as possible. Slim and the family send our love and gratitude to New West and everyone involved in the project, and everyone who bought a song for Slim. Special thanks to our long time friend, Peter Jesperson, who worked tirelessly to produce Songs for Slim, and to whom we are eternally grateful.”


Disc 1 (The 45s)
1. Busted Up (The Replacements)
2. Radio Hook Word Hit (Chris Mars)
3. Times Like This (Steve Earle)
4. Isn’t It? (Craig Finn & Friends)
5. Partners In Crime (Lucinda Williams)
6. Nowheres Near (Tommy Keene )
7. Rockin Here Tonight (The Minus 5 feat. Curtiss A)
8. Cozy (Tim O’Reagan & Jim Boquist)
9. Ain’t No Fair (In A Rock ‘N’ Roll Love Affair) (Jakob Dylan)
10. Taken On The Chin (Joe Henry)
11. Just For The Hell Of It (John Doe)
12. From The Git Go (Deer Tick + Scott Lucas + Vanessa Carlton)
13. The King & Queen (Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos)
14. Ain’t Exactly Good (You Am I)
15. Hate This Town (Patterson Hood)
16. Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars (The Young Fresh Fellows)
17. The Ballad Of The Opening Band (Jeff Tweedy)
18. From The Git Go (Lucero)

Disc 2 (unreleased bonus tracks)
1. Laugh It Up (it’s all a big joke anyway) (Peter Holsapple)
2. Girlfiend (John Eller)
3. Little Shiva’s Song (Soul Asylum)
4. Slim’s Place (The Young Fresh Fellows)
5. Two By Two (Bee, Louie & Brien)
6. When I Fall Down (Chris Mars)
7. Chrome Lipstick (Chan Poling)
8. Times Like This (Frankie Lee)
9. The Ballad Of The Opening Band (LP.ORG)
10. Love Lost (The West Saugerties Ale & Quail Club feat. John Sebastian)

Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum talks about Slim: