It doesn't take much to entice a musician to play, let alone put their skills toward a worthy cause. Yet the immense outpouring of people wanting to contribute, in any way, to help those suffering from the recent tragic events, has been awe-inspiring as the local music industry bands together to help out.
This unity and "positive vibe" allowed Dave Schulz of C.O. Jones and Chris Rivers to pull together a benefit show, "Care Package From Buffalo," taking place Sunday in the Tralf, in only 24 hours. Those he called, Schulz said, didn't hesitate to help. "Everyone we talked to wanted to be involved. It turned into something much bigger than we planned. I can't thank the bands enough for being so cooperative, so quickly," Schulz said.
"I needed to do something to make it feel like I'm contributing. It had to be something personal from me, instead of giving money. Music is something I can do," Schulz said. "The fact that bands have responded so quickly and positive has been awesome. This has made me feel better; it's made the musicians feel better. That's all we can do."
Performances are by C.O. Jones, Lance Diamond, Scott Carpenter and the Real McCoys, Oui*73, Alison Pipitone, Girlpope, Jackdaw and Outer Circle Orchestra. Acoustic sets will be performed by Tom Sartori, with John Lombardo and Joe Rozler teaming up as a duo. Jeff Garbaz will present a light show.
The musicians are performing for free, with the generosity extending to even the use of the Tralf, which is being donated. Jim's Steakout will cook up some treats to serve, without charge, to those in attendance. Merchandise is also being donated for a silent auction.
Doors open at 4 p.m. Sunday with the first band going on at about 4:30 p.m. and music lasting toward midnight. A minimum $10 donation will be collected at the door by Red Cross personnel. The show is 18-and-over.
An all-ages event
The Showplace Theatre also hosts an all-ages concert Monday to help the American Red Cross.
"This night is not about showcasing bands, but helping out a good cause. This is a group effort from the Western New York music community, pulling together to help out such a great organization and cause," said Chris Ring of ESI, who is coordinating the show.
Ring said the initial response to the show was so large, the event had to be moved from the Backstage Pub into the larger Showplace. "The response was absolutely overwhelming. It's really great everyone is getting together," he said.
There are 13 bands scheduled to perform short 15- to 20-minute sets - just enough time to play a few songs and talk about the issues at hand, if they'd like. Set to perform are Three Below, Every Time I Die, Mexican Cession, Stemm, Bluer Skies, Thinline, Ten Cent Tip, Fallen Rain, the Imports, Best of Nothing, Swingset Hands, Clearmotive and One Sick Lie.
Again, everything is being donated, with admission and bar proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Radio station 103.3 the Edge is helping out; the Guitar Center is providing band equipment. Even the club's employees and crew are working the show for free. "We're donating as much money as possible," Ring said.
Doors are at 5 p.m. Monday; the music is 6 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5 at the door.
Some of the musical acts aren't stopping at helping out once, either. Mexican Cession's involvement in multiple charity events, including both the Tralf and Showplace shows, is because the band wants to "put as much money into helping out as we can," drummer Fen Ikner said.
And Clearmotive is not only performing in Monday's concert, the group is also working on a benefit show in October.
"If you think of how devastated we were, imagine actually losing someone. Whatever we can do to restore unity and keep people strong, we'll do. We all have to find a way to help and music is a common bond. It's a good unifying point," said singer Nick Mendola.
Plans are still being finalized for that concert, but Mendola said all proceeds will benefit the September 11 Fund, to help the families. Anyone interested in donating services or talents, can e-mail him at: email@example.com.
And even more
Mike Maffei and friends donated proceeds from last Saturday's show at the Coffee Bean Cafe, 3260 Main St., to the Red Cross. The Cash Cows, Mari Anderson, Tim Baldwin, Cathy Carfagna & Dave Meinzer raised more than $200.
The Announcers will take donations and give part of their fee to the Red Cross at the group's show 10 p.m. today in Bevan's, 3298 Genesee, Cheektowaga.
SuperPimp and American Icon will donate funds collected at Saturday's concert in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St.