FOR THE RECORD (January 25, 1997): Correction: The concert to benefit Robert Two Hawks is tonight at The Met. The Nightwatch column in Friday’s Weekend entertainment section said otherwise.
If you follow the goings on in any music scene, you know that benefit concerts are a regular occurrence.
You name it - benefit concerts are held for almost anything - non-profit groups, scholarships, legal defense funds and for victims of crimes. There was even a benefit held at a recent all-ages punk-rock concert for a group of anarchists in a Texas prison so they could purchase anarchist reading materials. Who could forget those annoying fireman’s fund fund-raisers?
After a while, it gets a little absurd.
Yet, sometimes benefit shows are held for a formidable cause, like helping someone fight for his or her life. Such is the case with Coeur d’Alene musician and flute maker Robert Two Hawks, who is fighting terminal cancer.
Two Hawks, stricken with a tumor between his heart and his left lung, has little money and no health insurance. He’s presently in Mexico undergoing therapy.
So Michael Moon Bear, who sells Two Hawks’ flutes at his downtown store, Moonshadow Music, is throwing a benefit concert for Two Hawks at The Met tonight. All proceeds go toward his soaring medical bills.
“I had talked to other people in Coeur d’Alene and there was just lots of ‘We should do something; somebody should plan a benefit.’ It was just going on and on and on. Nothing was happening,” says Moon Bear. “I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing a benefit. I’m not going to wait around for somebody to hopefully do something when we need to do something now.”’
Three local acts will offer their talents for free. They include Native American rocker Jim Boyd, Mama’s Dogma and dance and drum ensemble Mali Doma.
Boyd will play solo and Mama’s Dogma will unplug for the first time. Mali Doma will debut a new dance piece.
Moon Bear says ticket sales have been strong and he’s optimistic the show will raise some money.
“Just by itself, if it wasn’t a benefit, it’s going to be an incredibly good show,” says Moon Bear.
Tickets are $8 ($10 at the door) and are available at Moonshadow, New Dawn Books and Street Music. If you want to make donations by mail send to: Moonshadow, 2 N. Howard, Spokane, WA 99201.
It keeps going and going and …
Bunny spotters for the infamous marching pink Energizer Bunny might share a similar respect for Blue Oyster Cult.
After nearly 30 years the band is still going. On yet another foray across the continental U.S., B.O.C. will stop at the Northern Corner on Monday.
B.O.C., an early pioneer of heavy metal, is best known for its albums in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Though they haven’t recorded a new set in more than seven years, the troupe still draws on the strength of its songs like “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ For You” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper.”
Until its batteries go dead, looks like we’ll have to contend with the band for quite a while. Following the show, count on Blue Oyster Cult fans becoming reflective and sentimental like those dedicated bunny spotters: “After we go home, it’s still going to be out there.”
Local classic rockers The Panics will open. Showtime’s at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and they’re going fast.
Boycott bassist to leave
Boycott bassist-vocalist Barbara Jeske will leave the band following its show at Ichabod’s North tonight with the Distributors and Martin Vs. His Big Ass (who get my vote for band name of the century).
With Jeske in the lineup, the band has recorded a five-song EP and has contributed songs to three compilations. Jeske cites personal reasons for her departure.
The remaining members - vocalist-guitars Heidi Spring and drummer-vocalist Britni Weaver - will continue as Boycott. Original bassist Kim Campbell is rumored to be a replacement.
Showtime’s at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $3.
Mayfield 4 in bloom
The Mayfield 4 will make their stand at Outback Jack’s tonight.
The band handed a copy of its demo to Nightwatch earlier this week. Singer-guitarist Myles Kennedy calls the four-song tape “a little one dimensional.”
Could he be fishing for compliments? The Mayfield 4 demonstrate a fistful of facets on the four-song tape.
The four-piece power horse barrels for a finish line in “10 K,” unleashes a barrage of jabs in “Suckerpunch,” pounds out a monster groove in “Freakshow” and exhibits their sensitive side in the ballad “Don’t Walk Away.”
Kennedy yields quite an impressive vocal display, too. And his style isn’t exactly what you’d expect to hear from a rock singer. Yes, the Jeff Buckley influence is obvious, but his quirky upper-register falsetto’s also bear some resemblance to those of Shudder to Think singer Craig Wedren.
On the merit of this tape alone, the Spokane/Seattle band should draw some label interest.
Seattle’s Idol Minds open along with 100 Companions. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $5.
The tribal and apocalyptic noise ensemble Tchkung! will play an allages show at the Steelworkers Hall, 14015 E. Trent, tonight.
Tchkung! is boasting its first album in a couple of years with “Post-World Handbook,” available on Portland’s Tim Kerr Records.
The venerable Agent 86 and Spokane’s Fatty Lumpkin open. Showtime’s at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $5 at 4,000 Holes Records, 1502 N. Monroe, and Bliss Funky Garb, 510 W. Sprague, in Spokane and at The Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene. It’s $6 at the door.
No Humpty Hump
Digital Underground, the Oakland hip-hop combo that threw us a bone with the “Humpty Dance” a.k.a. “The Humpty Hump” has canceled its date at Outback Jack’s on Tuesday. Because of flood damage at venues in Nevada and Northern California, Digital Underground had to cancel most of its tour.
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