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May 17, 2018:

TBS Trivia; Staff Spotlight: Chey Gomez

Since breaking onto the scene with their third album “Louder Now,” Taking Back Sunday has appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and their music has been featured in: Transformers: Dark of the MoonFriday Night Lights, and So You Think You Can Dance. The band is constantly evolving, they challenge themselves with each new record and draw inspiration from many different genres of music.  

Do you know what 1977 punk song inspired the title track to their latest album Tidal Wave?

Follow Taking Back Sunday on their social media!
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Staff Spotlight: Chey Gomez

Congratulations to Chey Gomez on her upcoming graduation from Cal State University, Fullerton! Chey started with us as an intern back in Jan. 2017 and officially joined as a Sweet Relief staff member in July 2017. Since then she has taken over our weekly newsletter and works closely with the Development department at Sweet Relief. 

We recently sat down with Chey to chat and get to know her a little better.

You’re so close to graduating with your Bachelor’s! What was your motivation to start this long journey in school and has that reason changed over the years?

To be honest, I didn’t know which other path to take and school seemed to be an obvious choice. I knew ever since I was a kid I wanted to do something with music. That “something” I was never too sure of. I played in the marching band in high school but was never the best musician. I knew I loved music and my life would feel weird working anywhere that didn’t involve that. So, I went to school and changed my major around a handful of times from English, to Creative Writing, Advertising, to Journalism. At some point in my college career, I felt like leaving because I just didn’t know what was going to help me get to where I wanted to be. The expense and the commuting were mentally draining. I finally decided on graduating with my BA in Communications with a concentration in Entertainment and Tourism and I’m really glad I stuck it through to the end. I don’t have an exact job title in mind, but all I know is if I’m working somewhere that music is part of the focus, I will be happy. 
Click HERE to read the rest of our Q&A with Chey on our website.

Stop by and check out some new releases from our supporters! Each week we will show love to those who have generously supported our mission to help musicians in need. This week we are highlighting these new releases, check them out below!

Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” by Dave Matthews Band

Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” by Arctic Monkeys

New Light” by John Mayer 

Good Girl” by Dustin Lynch

Self Promotion” by Wale


Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 

May 15, 2018:

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Chey Gomez

Congratulations to Chey Gomez on her upcoming graduation from Cal State University, Fullerton! Chey Gomez started with us as an intern back in Jan. 2017 and officially joined as a Sweet Relief staff member in July 2017. Since then she has taken over our weekly newsletter and works closely with the Development department at Sweet Relief. 

We recently sat down with Chey to chat and get to know her a little better.

Favorite concert/show you’ve been to in the last 3 years?

I finally got to see Avenged Sevenfold play last summer with Metallica at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena! I’ve listened to A7X since I was in elementary school, and Metallica is a classic band to go see live. Seeing them both was really fun! I was the annoying girl standing the whole time and singing all the songs while everyone likely thought “dang this girl really knows all the songs.” 

You’re so close to graduating with your Bachelor’s! What was your motivation to start this long journey in school and has that reason changed over the years?

To be honest, I didn’t know which other path to take and school seemed to be an obvious choice. I knew ever since I was a kid I wanted to do something with music. That “something” I was never too sure of. I played in the marching band in high school but was never the best musician. I knew I loved music and my life would feel weird working anywhere that didn’t involve that. So, I went to school and changed my major around a handful of times from English, to Creative Writing, Advertising, to Journalism. At some point in my college career, I felt like leaving because I just didn’t know what was going to help me get to where I wanted to be. The expense and the commuting were mentally draining. I finally decided on graduating with my BA in Communications with a concentration in Entertainment and Tourism and I’m really glad I stuck it through to the end. I don’t have an exact job title in mind, but all I know is if I’m working somewhere that music is part of the focus, I will be happy. 

Anything music related that you collect?

I definitely collect band t-shirts! When my brother outgrows his I tend to steal them and cut them up to fit me. I also wanted to start collecting vintage band/concert posters or photography prints. It’s my goal to start a mini gallery wall in my apartment!

Top Sweet Relief memory?

Working the merch booth at Strange 80’s was definitely a memorable experience! To be part of a huge event like that made me even more excited to actually work for SR. I really felt like I was involved in something bigger than what I’ve ever known. I truly hope in the future I can have a bigger role in being involved in an event like that

May 10, 2018:

Taking Back Sunday Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY!

If you’re seeing this email, then you’re in the running to receive a SIGNED copy of Taking Back Sunday’s LIMITED EDITION Gold “Louder Now” vinyl! Only 800 copies were made, don’t miss your chance to win. 

Track List: 

A1. What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?

A2. Liar (It Takes One To Know One)

A3. MakeDamnSure

A4. Up Against (Blackout)

A5. My Blue Heaven

B1. Twenty-Twenty Surgery

B2. Spin

B3. Divine Intervention

B4. Miami

B5. Error: Operator

B6. I’ll Let You Live

We will be picking a winner from our email subscriber list at the end of this month, so be sure to add our info@sweetrelief.org to your contacts list so you won’t miss it!

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Stop by and check out some new releases from our supporters! Each week we will show love to those who have generously supported our mission to help musicians in need. This week we are highlighting these new releases, check them out below!

 
 
 
Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 
 

 


Bid now on one of our amazing auction packages! You’ll find anything from signed guitars to Meet & Greets. There’s a little something for everyone! All proceeds help raise funds for ill and disabled musicians in need. Click below to find out more!

May 3, 2018:

May Artist of the Month; Ticket Giveaway

We are thrilled to announce our May Artist of The Month, Taking Back Sunday! The guys have been amazing supporters since 2012, even performing a cover of John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” (video by LiLPiCKi) at our Strange 80’s charity benefit show last year!  This summer, the band has gone the extra mile and will be generously donating $1 per VIP upgrade sold during their forthcoming tour; we are stoked to have them as supporters and we look forward to sharing about them all month long via our newsletters and social media.

BIO:

How have Taking Back Sunday managed to not only survive but thrive through their prolific career? The answer is simple: By constantly innovating. That fact is especially evident on the group’s seventh full-length Tidal Wave, which sees these Long Island legends continuing to take chances and plunge headfirst in the sonic unknown with dazzling—and remarkably catchy—results. 

You better “Make Damn Sure” to see them live this summer during their US tour with Coheed and Cambria! Get your tickets HERE and don’t forget to support Sweet Relief by upgrading to VIP! Keep an eye out for a Q&A with the band, a special giveaway, and auction packages in this month’s emails!

Follow Taking Back Sunday on their social media!
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TICKET GIVEAWAY

Win 2 tickets to see Night Riots LIVE at their June 30th show at the El Rey!
Like the posts below and tag your concert buddy to enter! We’ll be picking a winner on May 14th!

Tickets / RSVP HERE


Stop by and check out some new releases from our supporters! Each week we will show love to those who have generously supported our mission to help musicians in need. This week we are highlighting these new releases, check them out below!

Graffitti U by Keith Urban

He Gives His Love To Me & it’s gender-flipped counterpart She Gives Her Love To Me by She & Him

 Apart by Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

Have it all  by Jason Mraz


Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 

Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!

 

April 26, 2018:

Thank You to The B-52’s, Bid to Win a Nine Inch Nails Stage Used Guitar!

One Final Thank You to The B-52’s!

As the month of April comes to a close, we would like to give one final thank you to The B-52’s! The band has never hesitated to help our organization by donating exclusive merch packages and meet and greets. We couldn’t thank The B’s enough. 

You still have a chance to meet the band yourself! Bid now to win 2 guest list tickets to the 2018 show of your choice. You’ll also receive Fred Schneider’s ULTIMATE FAN PACKAGE which includes exclusive memorabilia and signed items.

“You Can’t Look Back” now! We’ve got another great band lined up for May’s Artist of the Month. Stay tuned!


NOW LIVE ON CHARITYBUZZ! 

Place your bid now for your chance to own this stage used and smashed guitar signed by Nine Inch Nails! This Epiphone Les Paul was used by Trent Reznor during their Performance 2007 Tour on February 21st at the Olympia in Paris. 

You’ll also receive a Deluxe Vinyl package, which includes: 
Add Violence
Not The Actual Events
Deviations
The Fragile
The Downward Spiral
Broken

Click below to learn more and place your bid today!


THIS SATURDAY!

Our friends Robert Jon & the Wreck are having a record release show for their upcoming self-titled album on April 28th at The Wayfarer! RSVP and grab your tickets through the event page below!


Stop by and check out some new releases from our supporters! Each week we will show love to those who have generously supported our mission to help musicians in need. This week we are highlighting these new releases, check them out below!

Last Man Standing by Willie Nelson 
Volunteer by Old Crown Medicine Show
Eat The Elephant by A Perfect Circle


Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 
 Don’t be afraid to try something different, listen below!

 

April 19, 2018:

Chance to Meet The B-52’s, SR Supporters New Releases, Share Your Story! 

Want a Chance to Meet the Band?!

We just went live with an amazing auction that you won’t want to miss! Bid now for your chance to meet The B-52’s with 2 guest list tickets to the 2018 show of your choice. You’ll also receive the Fred Schneider’s ULTIMATE FAN PACKAGE which includes: 

 
-Flinstones jacket made for Fred Schneider
-Funplex CD signed by Fred Schneider
-Summer 2013 Tour Schedule Booklet
-Nude on the Moon Anthology poster signed by Fred Schneider 
-Set list signed by Fred Schneider
-Whammy! 1st press vinyl 
-They Came From Planet Claire T-Shirt
-Drum Sticks, signed and drawn on by Fred Schneider 
-B-52’s Draw String Bag
-Plaid pants previously owned by Fred Schneider 
-Orange sweater previously owned by Fred Schneider
 

Don’t miss your chance to own these pieces of history, PLACE YOUR BID TODAY! Auction ends May 1st.


We Want To Hear From You!

Are you one of our past auction winners, a volunteer or intern? Maybe you know someone we’ve helped or received help yourself. We’re looking to share your stories. Email us pictures or stories and you could be featured on our Facebook and Instagram page!

Email us HERE with your stories!


Stop by and check out some new releases from our supporters! Each week we will show love to those who have generously supported our mission to help musicians in need. This week we are highlighting these new releases, check them out below!

Youngblood by 5SOS 
Heaven (Acoustic) by Kane Brown 
Jake Owen by Jake Owen


Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 

Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!

 


Bid now on one of our amazing auction packages! You’ll find anything from signed guitars to Meet & Greet’s . There’s a little something for everyone! All proceeds help raise funds for ill and disabled musicians in need. Click below to find out more!

April 12, 2018:

B-52’s Trivia, Sheldon Gomberg, Rostam Ticket Giveaway

How well do you know The B-52’s?

The B-52’s music has been a part of numerous movies and television shows. Their hit songs “Love Shack,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Planet Claire,” and “Roam” have been featured on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Big Little Lies,” “Ugly Betty,” and “True Blood.” 

See if you know this B-52’s fact:

Where was the band’s first gig? Click the button below to reveal the answer!


“His hope is that his experiences might resonate and inspire other music makers with disabilities to find new ways to keep going. And he reminds musicians that there’s help out there from organizations such as Sweet Relief or MusiCares, both of which were there when he needed them.” – Barbara Schultz, Senior Editor at Mix Magazine

Sheldon Gomberg, Sweet Relief Board Member, recently spoke with Mix Magazine about his personal struggle with MS and his ability to play an instrument, to his transition to the technical side of creating music.


🚨 TICKET GIVEAWAY! 🚨

See Rostam with Bedouin LIVE! They will be performing at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Sept 14th. Enter to win by commenting and tagging your concert buddy on one of the posts below: 

Facebook | Instagram

Rostam ( previously of Vampire Weekend and Discovery and collaborator with HAIM and Hamilton Leithauser) released his solo debut album Half-Light last September. His sold-out El Rey show made us want to bring him back soon, and now he’s bringing Bedouine with him. Don’t miss your chance to see them in person!


Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 
Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!

 

 

April 5, 2018:

April Artist of the Month, FretWraps, LA Music Critic Awards

We are thrilled to announce the B-52’s as our April Artist of the Month! Since 2015 the band has generously and consistently donated Meet and Greet packages, concert tickets, and unique memorabilia and we are so grateful for their continued support. We will be sharing more about the band throughout the month of April, including some little-known factoids, trivia and a Q&A with the band!! 

BIO: 
It is well known that the B-52s are The World’s Greatest Party Band. And nearly forty years and over twenty million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands. Any mystery concerning the band’s longevity and ongoing appeal is immediately solved when exposed to a B-52s concert experience. From groundbreaking songs like “Rock Lobster,” “Dance This Mess Around” and “Private Idaho“ to chart-topping hits like “Love Shack” and “Roam” and “Deadbeat Club” to their thrilling reemergence on the pop scene with their 2008 CD Funplex the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins. 

Want a chance to meet the band in person? Keep an eye out for updates, we will be auctioning off a pair of tickets and a meet & greet to the show of your choice, plus exclusive memorabilia!

Follow the band on their social media!
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We still have FretWraps in stock, take advantage of our $15 Gruv Gear FretWraps in our eBay store! These normally retail for $30, get yours now at a 50% discount with all proceeds going to charity! 

Gruv Gear FretWraps is a professional string dampener / muting accessory that every studio, session player, and tapping aficionado should have! Slide on a FretWrap to effectively cut overtones and sympathetic resonance during recording, live performance, two-hand tapping, or any creative situation where you need that extra muting hand for cleaner takes without the unwanted string noise or ringing. The adjustable strap lets you fine-tune the pressure and dampening of the strings. Quickly slides over the headstock when not in use. No special guitar modification, installation, or tools required – Yet amazingly effective!

PURCHASE NOW


We have been made the beneficiaries of the LA Music Critic Awards! Come join the winners at The Mint LA on Tuesday, June 19 at 6 pm as they showcase their talents to help raise money for our cause!

Be prepared for a killer line-up for the whole night, with local rockers ROCKET closing out the night. They will also have musical legends Rusty Young and Cindy Alexander performing, as well as The KhourysGreat WillowAlexis KeeganLexie RosePi JacobsTed Russell Kamp and a very special appearance by Shira Leigh from the Vans Warped Tour.

Tickets will be just $10 and available for purchase on May 1.

RSVP


Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 
 

Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!


Bid now on one of our amazing auction packages! You’ll find anything from signed guitars to Meet & Greet’s . There’s a little something for everyone! All proceeds help raise funds for ill and disabled musicians in need. Click below to find out more!

March 29, 2018:

Final Frampton TY, Robert Jon & The Wrech, Taking Back Sunday VIP

As we close out this month, we’d like to give one final THANK YOU to Peter Frampton for the generosity he has shown Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. He’s such an amazing supporter of our cause and we look forward to partnering with him more in the future. 

Be sure to catch him this spring and summer during his round of solo dates and tour with Steve Miller Band! To find the show closest to you, click below-

Tour Dates

Tune in next week for our April Artist of the Month, and don’t forget to “bring your jukebox money!”

Follow Peter on his social media!

 
Our friends Robert Jon & the Wreck are having a record release show for their upcoming self-titled album on April 28th at The Wayfarer! RSVP and grab your tickets through the event page below!

RSVP / TICKETS

You also have the chance to snag a copy of a physical vinyl and CD,  pre-order the album NOW! If you’d like a digital copy, or a chance to download their new single “I Know It’s Wrong” you can get yours through iTunes or Google Play.

 
Couldn’t be more grateful to Taking Back Sunday for always being great supporters! They are donating $1 from each VIP upgrade sold on their upcoming Summer Tour 2018 to Sweet Relief!
 
For details and to purchase your VIP upgrade, go to http://ticketspin.com/tbs-2018

 
Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver!
 
Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!

 

March 22, 2018:

Peter Frampton Solo Dates & Riff Rundown, Donate to Win With Vans Warped Tour

Through March & April, Peter Frampton will be playing a number of headlining shows before hitting the road with Steve Miller Band!  Tickets and VIP Packages are available at frampton.com/live

3/28 –  Peoria, IL

3/30 – Battle Creek, MI

3/31 – Clear Lake, IA

4/02 – Cheyenne, WY

4/03 – Steamboat Springs, CO

4/05 – Salt Lake City, UT

4/06 – Missoula, MT

4/08- Shelton, WA

4/10 – Redding, CA

4/12 – Kennewick, WA

While you wait for Peter to come to your neck of the woods, you can watch his recent ‘Riff Rundown’ at Premier Guitar of “I Saved a Bird Today.”

Follow Peter on his social media!

Thank you to our friends at Vans Warped Tour for including us as beneficiaries once again during this year’s final cross-country run. So grateful to them for their continued support!

Enter to win exclusive prizes! 

Click HERE and donate for the chance to win tickets to a Warped Tour show, a Warped Tour Prize Pack, or Backstage passes!


Here is a look at what we have playing in our office today! Have you heard of any of these artists? If not, here is your chance! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver!

Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!

 


Bid now on one of our amazing auction packages! You’ll find anything from signed guitars to Meet & Greet’s . There’s a little something for everyone! All proceeds help raise funds for ill and disabled musicians in need. Click below to find out more!

March 15, 2018:

Peter Frampton Q&A, Giveaway Winner Announced, Thank You to Oneida!

We’re pretty excited about this week’s installment for Artist of the Month: Peter Frampton! We sent Peter a few questions we’ve been dying to ask, and the answers are in!

What was Peter’s first concert ever attended?
First concert Peter attended was one in which he played with The TruBeats (his first band) when he was 11 years old!

Peter’s favorite venue/show played?
Favorite venue/show he’s played was in Detroit at DTE Energy Music Theatre (originally Pinewood Music Theatre) the night he filmed his Live In Detroit DVD.

Which artists is he listening to you right now?
Currently, he is listening to Peter Gabriel, Otis Redding, and Wes Montgomery. 

If Peter wasn’t playing music, what would he be doing right now?
If he wasn’t a musician, he’d be the director of cinematography for Steven Spielberg.

Why does Peter choose to support Sweet Relief?
He chooses to support Sweet Relief because he believes in helping others and that we should take care of one another.

And finally, Pineapple on pizza? 
No pineapple in a million years!

Any questions you didn’t know the answer to? 
 

GIVEAWAY WINNER!

 
Last week we announced a very special giveaway to one of our lucky email subscribers. Today we picked a winner! Congratulations to Shawn, D!

Thank you to those who subscribed. We look forward to bringing you the latest Sweet Relief news! 

Follow Peter on his social media!
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Thank you Oneida! 

Last Saturday (3.10) Oneida played a show for the release of their new album Romance at Secret Project Robot. Their drummer, Kid Millions, was recently in a very serious car accident and was unable to attend but luckily he is recovering and doing ok! His accident got the band thinking about how they could help their fellow musicians/community. 

NYCTaper recorded the show on Saturday and Oneida has decided to offer the audio as a pay-what-you-want download via the NYCTaper Bandcamp page. You can find the download HERE, profits go to Sweet Relief! 


What’s on your playlist this week? If you are looking for something new to add, this playlist is a good start! Check out this week’s Sweet Relief’s Staff Picks on our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! 

Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!


Buzzy Linhart is a pioneer of the modern folk, blues, jazz, country, rock fusion that emerged in the 1960s and maybe the last great artist from that era you still haven’t heard of.

Now, Buzzy needs our help! Plagued by a number of health issues, including a serious visual defect since birth, he needs quality food and supplements and a lot of dental work.

Please take the time to learn more by clicking HERE, and donate to the Buzzy Linhart Fund to help this life-long performer who still has so much to give.

Donate Now

Bid now on one of our amazing auction packages! You’ll find anything from signed guitars to Meet & Greet’s . There’s a little something for everyone! All proceeds help raise funds for ill and disabled musicians in need. Click below to find out more!

March 8, 2018:

Frampton Throwback & Giveaway, Brighter Sun Benefit, #InternationalWomensDay Playlist

Continuing our month of Peter Frampton, we’d like to throw it back to the time he played behind a Tiny Desk at NPR Music. Performing his classics All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side), Lines On My Face, and Baby, I Love Your Way,  you can almost feel yourself traveling back in time to 1976. Watch HERE

A bit about Peter:

Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists in rock history. At age 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr and John Entwistle, among many others. Frampton has appeared as himself in television shows “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” He also served as technical advisor on Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous as well as appearing in it and writing songs for the soundtrack. In 2014, Frampton was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, which remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.

GIVEAWAY!

Seeing this email? Then you’re in the running to receive a SIGNED copy of Peter’s breakthrough album Frampton Comes Alive!  We will be picking a winner from our email subscriber list next week, so be sure to add our info@sweetrelief.org to your contacts list so you won’t miss it!

Follow him on his social media!
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Don’t miss The Brighter Sun Benefit Concert for The Michael Bonanomi Foundation & Music4Sight@SweetRelief THIS Saturday, March 10th at the El Rey Theatre!

Just announced, the show will be headlined by The Dustbowl Revival, a band with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds brings an energizing vein of soul and funk and roots-infused rock that evokes the work of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and classic Stax recordings, and fits the band alongside such contemporaries as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.

And for the third year in a row, fan favorite Simon Petty will be opening!

Simon Petty is an English singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles whose husky vocals and confessional lyrics rise from a stylistic foundation of American blues, country and soul and a lifelong love of literature. He was Michael’s dear friend and longtime collaborator.

You can RSVP HERE, and get your tickets HERE, VIP is available! 


In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, we acknowledge some of the tenacious female artists who give us the gift of music on a daily basis. Today, our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver features artists like Stevie Nicks, Nina Simone, Becky G, and Kelsea Ballerini.​

Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!


Bid now on one of our amazing auction packages! You’ll find anything from signed guitars to Meet & Greet’s . There’s a little something for everyone! All proceeds help raise funds for ill and disabled musicians in need. Click below to find out more!

March 4, 2018:

BRIGHTER SUN 2018

The Michael Bonanomi Foundation has announced that this year’s Brighter Sun Benefit Concert will be headlined by The Dustbowl Revival on March 10th 2018 at the El Rey Theatre

The band’s vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds brings an energizing vein of soul and funk and roots-infused rock that evokes the work of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and classic Stax recordings, and fits the band alongside such contemporaries as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.

And for the third year in a row, fan favorite Simon Petty will be opening! 

Simon is an English singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles whose husky vocals and confessional lyrics rise from a stylistic foundation of American blues, country and soul and a lifelong love of literature. He was Michael’s dear friend and longtime collaborator.

For Tickets: http://bit.ly/2Fw4LOG

March 1, 2018:

March Artist of the Month, Buzzy Linhart Fund, and the Most Eclectic Playlist Ever

We couldn’t be more excited to announce Grammy winning guitarist Peter Framptonas our March ARTIST OF THE MONTH! A supporter since 2012, Peter never hesitates to donate to our cause and we admire his humanitarian spirit.  Peter truly cares about musicians and we are excited to share more about him throughout the month of March.  

Stay tuned to learn more about Peter and all the exciting things happening at Sweet Relief, PLUS the chance to win a vinyl copy of the incredible Frampton Comes Alive! album signed by Peter!

You can see Peter LIVE on tour this spring and summer with the Steve Miller Band as well as his own headlining shows! To find the show closest to you, click HERE

Follow him on his social media!
Facebook | Twitter | Myspace


Buzzy Linhart is a pioneer of the modern folk, blues, jazz, country, rock fusion that emerged in the 1960s and maybe the last great artist from that era you still haven’t heard of.

Now, Buzzy needs our help! Plagued by a number of health issues, including a serious visual defect since birth, he needs quality food and supplements and a lot of dental work.

Please take the time to learn more by clicking HERE, and donate to the Buzzy Linhart Fund to help this life-long performer who still has so much to give.

Donate Now

Looking to add something new to your playlist? Check out our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver! This is what we are currently listening to in the office. We assist musicians from many genres. It would only make sense that we would be listening to a wide variety of music, from The Grateful Dead to Cardi B. 

Don’t be afraid to try something different, click HERE to give it a listen!

February 22, 2018:

Thanks to The Killers, Gruv Live recap, Electric Standard

Thank you to The Killers for Your Support!

As this month comes to a close, we want to thank The Killers one final time for their continuous support. Their donations have enabled us to help many ill, disabled and elderly musicians with prescriptions, medical bills, and vital living expenses. We are honored to have had them as our February Artist Of The Month. 

Be sure to see the guys during their current tour, schedule and tickets HERE, and take a listen to their most recent album Wonderful Wonderful.  

Also, follow The Killers on their social media!
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Be sure to keep an eye out for our next month’s Artist of the Month! ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’ about them? 😉

 
Such an incredible turn out at this years GRUV LIVE, a global artists concert event that took place during the NAMM Show on Jan 27th. Thank you again to Gruv Gear for involving us in this night and donating a portion of the proceeds to our cause ❤

You can check out the photos from that night HERE

 
Catch our friends Electric Standard at this year’s Coachella and Stagecoach Festival! Pre-order your portable charger for on-site pickup. 

Electric Standard specializes in servicing the need for power for your phones. From individual sales of portable, customizable, pre-charged batteries, to more creative solutions that solve long-term needs, all of their products are designed so you can take back your power!

 
Healing Through Music

Request a Musician” is a free service provided by Arts & Health at Duke. This service allows patients and families to request a professional musician to visit a patient at their bedside at Duke University Hospital and Duke Medicine Pavilion. In addition to requested appointments, performers visit floors for impromptu performances. Some musicians have become regulars for patients in the hospital for extended stays.

Read more HERE about this special program and the story of David Strucker, a lung transplant patient that got a surprise visit by a musician with a Ukulele! 

 
 
 
Meet Joe Diffie with 2 Guest List Tickets to the Show of Your Choice
 
 
February 16, 2018:

The Killers Trivia and Throwback Thrusday

 

How well do you know The Killers?

Did you know The Killers are the most successful band to come out of Las Vegas, Nevada? You can hear references to their hometown in their second studio album Sam’s Town, which is named after a local casino in Vegas. Battle Born, their fourth studio album, is named after the flag of Nevada, and several videos have been shot in Sin City, including The ManShot At The Night, and All The Things I’ve Done

See if you know this Killers fact:
What inspired the guys to name the band The Killers? Click HERE to find out!

Follow The Killers on their social media!
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How’s this for a #ThrowbackThurday? Take us back to April of 2009 in Lawrence, KS, to our first Sweet Relief benefit concert after Rob Max and Bill Bennett took over. SR board member, Dr. Mark Matthews, along with his friend & fellow musician, Billy Brimblecom Jr., put this amazing show together with our founder Victoria Williams headlining! Waterdeep & The Midday Ramblers opened the night and it was a rousing success. We remain grateful to everyone who participated that night, but especially Victoria & Dr. Mark, who gave us the emotional and financial boost needed to keep our mission alive.

Photos by Gary M. Rittermeyer


Meet The Zombies with 2 Guest List Tickets to their March 3rd, 4th, or 13th Show, Plus Signed Merchandise
Meet Chicago with Two Guest List Tickets to the 2018 Concert of Your Choice
Bid for a chance to win 2 VIP Tickets to the Shakey GravesHeadlining Show of Your Choice
Meet Lee Ritenour with 2 Artist Guest List Tickets to a Concert of Your Choice
Meet Little Big Townwith 2 Guest List Tickets to the Show of Your Choice
Meet Jon Secada (2 Guests) Including His Concert Tickets to His Feb 23rd, 24th or April 20th Show
February 8, 2018:

AOTM: The Killers, #AllEars, Heart Beat the movie, and more!

This week we continue with our month of The Killers to thank them for their incredible support over the years. Their ticket/meet & greet donations are always a favorite among our bidders, a band you have to see at least once!

You can catch the guys on tour now! Be sure to snag tickets for a show in your area HERE!

Follow The Killers on their social media!
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

 

Attending concerts, local shows, and clubs can be a fun time with friends and a good way to relieve the stress of everyday life. But we put ourselves at high risk of permanent hearing damage or tinnitus. 

Tinnitus is a condition that Watch The Hype feel passionately about helping to prevent. They’ve teamed up with Alpine Hearing Protection in a campaign dedicated to protecting the ears of music lovers.

Alpine Hearing Protection and Watch The Hype have also partnered with some of the UK’s most prestigious electronic music venues to make Alpine’s music-specialized earplugs available to you on select nights. 

To learn more about #AllEars and the events they will be at, CLICK HERE

 
We at Sweet Relief always share about different ways music heals. Michael Boidy has set out to prove “music is medicine” through a documentary called Heart Beat, a true story about self-discovery, the science of sound, vibration, geometric patterns, rhythms of life, and the healing benefits of music.

Heart Beat develops its story through emotionally driven interviews with cancer survivors, a helicopter crash survivor, a man struck by lightning and more. All who have coincidentally been healed by vibrational frequencies and rhythm.

Learn more about Heart Beat HERE. You can also tune in to Michael’s upcoming TedX Vail talk live Saturday, February 10th at 6:44 pm mountain time. Tickets and info HERE

 
Buzzy Linhart is a pioneer of the modern folk, blues, jazz, country, rock fusion that emerged in the 1960s and may be the last great artist from that era you still haven’t heard of.

Now, Buzzy needs our help! Plagued by a number of health issues, including a serious visual defect since birth, he needs quality food and supplements and a lot of dental work.

Please take the time to learn more by clicking HERE, and donate to the Buzzy Linhart Fund to help this life-long performer who still has so much to give.

February 1, 2018:

FEB. ARTIST OF THE MONTH: The Killers

In recognition of their consistent support over the years, our February Artist Of The Month is The Killers! Since 2012 the guys have donated every year and we could not be more grateful. Their ticket/ meet & greet donations are always a favorite among our bidders, a band you have to see at least once!

You can catch The Killers live at a number of shows or festivals, including their recently announced headlining spot at Panorama Music and Arts Festival on July 27-29! 

03/25 Lollapalooza Brasil

05/25 Boston Calling Music Festival

05/26 Bottlerock Festival

06/7-10 Bonnaroo Music Festival 

06/15-17 Firefly Music Festival 

06/20 Rock in Roma 

06/21 I Days Festival 

06/24 Isle of Wight Festival

06/29 Rock In Rio 

07/08 Trnsmt Festival 

07/19-22 Benicassim International Festival

07/21-22 Lollapalooza (Paris)

 

Follow the band on their social media!
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

January 16, 2018:

Moody Blues and Sweet Relief continue partnership into 2018

2017 was a wonderful year for the Moody Blues and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.  The Moody’s participated in the Sweet Relief “Add a Buck” charity initiative, and the 20 shows on the 2017 50th Anniversary “Days of Future Passed” tour raised over $70,000 for ill, disabled and elderly musicians in need. 

Some of the beneficiaries included a musician in Philadelphia suffering from prostate cancer, and Sweet Relief was able to pay for medical bills and vital living expenses while he underwent chemotherapy treatment.  An elderly musician in Cupertino received assistance with rent payments, and a NY area musician received assistance with vital living expenses and medical bills while recovering from a wrist injury that left him unable to perform.

“The Moody Blues are not only amazing musicians, they are truly kind and generous human beings.  They helped us change the lives of so many musicians in 2017 and we are grateful for their support.  These men deserve every accolade they receive, we are so glad to see their Hall of Fame induction finally happening!” –Aric Steinberg, EVP Artist Relations, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

The Moody’s have extended their generosity into 2018, and are adding $1 per ticket to several shows in 2018.  The funds raised will allow Sweet Relief to continue to help musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, injury, disability and age-related problems.

-Total raised for Sweet Relief: $72,583.30

-Number of musicians helped: 20

-How many regions positively affected: 12

January 14, 2018:

NEW FUND: Buzzy Linhart

Buzzy Linhart is a pioneer of the modern folk, blues, jazz, country, rock fusion that emerged in the 1960s and may be the last great artist from that era you still haven’t heard of.

Now, Buzzy needs our help! Plagued by a number of health issues, including a serious visual defect since birth, he needs quality food and supplements and a lot of dental work.

Learn more about Buzzy and his needsby clicking HERE, and donate below to the Buzzy Linhart Fund to help this life-long performer who still has so much to give.

 

 

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January 13, 2018:

GRUV LIVE to benefit Sweet Relief

Gruv Gear presents the 2018 GRUV LIVE global artists concert event during the NAMM Show ~ Saturday, Jan 27th at 7pm! They are showcasing a KILLER line-up of artist performances, generous gear giveaways from top brands, and fresh grilled In-N-Out Burgers! The new state-of-the-art venue is less than 4 miles from NAMM and features a giant video screen, 2 stages, artist meet-and-greet area, VIP mezzanine, outdoor games, and even a Starbucks cafe!

Lock down your tickets early, space is limited ~ Only $15 with a variety of food options: http://www.gruv.live/ 
A portion of proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief!

Confirmed performers include:
Oskar Cartaya
Al Joseph
Andrew Gouche
Yohei Nakamura
Federico Malaman
Eric Moore Professional Drummer
Cody Wright
Li-sa-X
Edward Brown
Gorden Campbell
Donald Hayes
Israel Houghton
All-4-One
Bennii Obaña
Quaye Dj-unieq Kennerly
Manuel Gutierrez

January 2, 2018:

London Rock: The Unseen Archive of photographer Alec Byrne

Big THANK YOU to Alec Byrne and his team for choosing Sweet Relief as the beneficiary at the opening night of ‘London Rock: The Unseen Archive’!

Over 400 people attended the Los Angeles book launch of London Rock: The Unseen Archive of photographer Alec Byrne. The fete took place at The Perfect Exposure Gallery and showcased Byrne’s body of work that he shot as a teenage photographer in London starting in the mid 1960’s.
 
Byrne had access to all the biggest names in rock and roll including the Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, The Who, Bowie, Doors, Kinks, and the list goes on and on. After 10 years of mayhem, Byrne walked away from the business and moved to Los Angeles. What made this event so remarkable, is that Byrne’s archive should have never been seen at all due to a series of disasters it had to survive including a fire, flood and earthquake over the nearly half decade it was boxed up in storage. Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund was the charity partner for the event with a donation of a book and print up for auction that garnered $400 for musicians in need!
December 3, 2017:

Sweet Relief Holiday Auction is now live!

With the holidays approaching ever so quickly, we want to make sure your holiday shopping is effortless. Keep an eye out for updates showcasing our amazing holiday auction items from the artists you love;

Brian Setzer, The National, Eagles of Death Metal, Jackson Browne, Chris Stapleton, Steve Earle, Third Man Records, Helmet, Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young, Above & Beyond, Peter Frampton, 3 Doors Down, Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Cray, Widespread Panic, Brian Wilson, Ronnie Milsap, Billy Joel, Dan Wilson, Fred Schneider & B-52’s, Richie Kotzen, Blue Man Group, Misfits, The Maine, Greta Van Fleet,Trent Reznor, Joe Satriani, Easton Corbin, Tom Morello, Branford Marsalis, and so many more!

Your last chance to bid will be December 20th.

To browse our auctions, CLICK HERE

December 1, 2017:

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers signed one of a kind Rickenbacker Guitar

Live now on our Charitybuzz auction page

Take home this one of a kind Rickenbacker guitar signed by the late Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers.

We’ll be sad to see this one go. Tom Petty was a staunch supporter of Sweet Relief, he took the time to sign many guitars for us over the years, but this one is extra special.

Rickenbacker Guitars (Official) created this guitar especially for Tom to sign in support of Sweet Relief, and it is truly a one-of-a-kind instrument. The exquisite details and custom finish have never appeared together on a Rickenbacker, and the vintage TV knobs, F soundhole and checkered binding were just of few of the incredible details that blew us away. On September 17th, we took the guitar to KAABOO in Del Mar, CA for Tom and the Heartbreakers to sign, and Tom was so impressed with the guitar that he wanted to keep it for himself! Of course he happily signed the guitar and went on to perform an awesome set, closing the night, as always, with “American Girl.”

We are now auctioning the guitar, as Tom intended, to raise funds for our Rob Max Elder Musicians Fund, which is named for our own recently passed Executive Director. Rob was passionate about the plight of Elder musicians in today’s landscape. Congratulations in advance to the lucky winner of this incredible guitar, we hope you love it and care for it as much as we have in our brief time together.

Funds from this auction item will go to Sweet Reliefs’ Rob Max Memorial Fund for Elder Musicians.

Donated by: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Rickenbacker International
November 1, 2017:

Open Enrollment for Healthcare Begins Today

It’s time to enroll in or renew your health insurance plan and The Actors Fund can help!

 

The open enrollment period to renew your health care plan begins today, Nov 1, 2017, through Jan 31st, 2018 for New York and California residents. If within the past year you have signed up for “Obamacare,” Medicaid/Medical, or the Essential Plan on the Marketplace, your coverage may be coming up for renewal.  This is the time to re-evaluate your needs if you are looking to expand your level of coverage, change your insurance company, or make changes to your estimated income. End dates vary by each state, Marketplace and enrollment end dates can be found below-

MARKETPLACE:                                 OPEN ENROLLMENT END DATE:

Healthcare.gov states                             December 15
Covered California                                  January 31
Connect for Health Colorado                  January 12
Access Health CT                                   December 22
DC Health Link                                       January 31
Your Health Idaho                                   December 15
Maryland Health Connection                  December 15
Massachusetts Health Connector          January 23
MN Sure                                                 January 14
New York State of Health                       January 31
Health Source RI                                    December 31
Vermont Health Connect                         December 15
Washington Health Plan Finder              January 15

For more detailed information, you can click HERE, provided by The Actor’s Fund.

To find more information about ACA Open Enrollment, we recommend FORBESABCNYT, and THE HILL.

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