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October 20, 2018:

RoundUp Your Change for Sweet Relief

Support Sweet Relief Just By Donating Your Change!

We have partnered with a new mobile app and website that allows you to automatically donate the change from your card purchases to support our work. It’s a small change for you, but a game changer for us! Check out the RoundUp App and download it for iPhoneAndroid or use the Web Version.

Make a Difference Without Breaking the Bank. The Round Up App allows you to automatically donate the change from your credit or debit card transactions to support our work. Once you create an account, you do not need to use the app while making a purchase. Just swipe your card as usual. You are in complete control and can cap your maximum monthly donation if desired.

Watch the video below to learn more!

 

October 18, 2018:

Radio Free Hollywood Family Reunion

Bootleg Theater Presents:

Radio Free Hollywood Family Reunion
Proceeds from this event will benefit Sweet Relief 🙌🏽🎶🙌🏽

Doors Open at 6:30 PM
This event is all ages. Buy your tickets below👇👇

 

 

 

*Set Times will be posted on the Facebook Page and Instagram day of show before doors open.

 

October 11, 2018:

THE CHINATOWN GET DOWN

You’re invited to THE CHINATOWN GET DOWN, the best FUNKY MOTOWN DISCO DANCE PARTY on the planet! Yes, the entire earth.

THE CHINATOWN GET DOWN is located at the one and only GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB in the coolest part of LA…CHINATOWN!

The incredible DJ PHYZ ED will be spinning tunes, who’s also DJ’ed for 100.3 THE BEAT, and has even spun at Motown Records. DJ PHYZ grew up listening to Funk, Motown and Disco so you know it’s gonna be good.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will also be donated to the Sweet Relief, SO DRESS UP AND GET DOWN TO THE BEST DANCE PARTY ON EARTH!

** Also featuring gourmet food trucks, drink specials, live performances and more surprises to come! **

9pm- 2am // FREE B4 10pm // FREE VIP when you wear your TCGD VIP tee! // $8 pre-sale // $10 @ door

Purchase THE CHINATOWN GET DOWN VIP T-SHIRT for $30, wear your tee to the event and receive FREE VIP (front of the line entry + VIP table seating) to all TCGDs until January 2019!

September 19, 2018:

90’ Rock Show & Halloween Bash Benefit for Sweet Relief

Join us on October 26th!

JUST ANNOUNCED! Come rock out with us at the 90’s Halloween bash and PREMIER of 90’s ROCKSHOW benefit for Sweet Relief October 26th at the Garden Amp in Garden Grove. Come as you are or come in your favorite 90s outfit.

*Advance Tickets $10
*Benefit for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
*Doors open 5:30 
*7pm Los Rios Rock School 
*8pm 90s Rock Show
*Halloween 90s Themed Costume Contest
*G&L Guitar Grand Prize for Best 90’s Costume
*All Ages Welcome
*Gourmet Food Trucks and Beer for 21+

90s ROCKSHOW
A live concert recreation of 90s rock from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day, Blink 182, Radiohead, Collective Soul, Smashing Pumpkins, Third Eye Blind, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, The Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Oasis, and more.

90s Rock Show is Seth Romano, Jennifer Jo Oberle(Five For Fighting, Vertical Horizon), Jimmy Keegan(Santana,Asia), Erik Johnson, Steve Fazio and Steve Bonino

$10 advance tickets. BIG Halloween 90s themed costume party and contest with big prizes TBA, food, and beverages with lots of surprises in store.

September 15, 2018:

Summer 2018 Intern Alex D.

Thank you to our Summer intern, Alex D.!

We want to take a moment to recognize and thank our intern for the Summer, Alex D.!

Sweet Relief had the pleasure of working with Alex, a student at CSUF, over the last few months and we’re so grateful for his hard work and assistance in various projects! He spent a few days a week in our Fullerton office helping collect contacts for future projects, organize and document data for physical items donated, and learned a few of the platforms we use to fundraise. Showing his talents and capability, we have no doubts that Alex will have a bright and fulfilling future in the music industry!
 
“Interning at Sweet Relief over summer allowed me to gain insight into my desired career, which is the music industry. Working alongside Sweet Relief to aid artists in need and allowing them to create one of the things they love the most was a true honor. It was great seeing music artists donating valuables to a non-profit organization, valuables ranging from autographed posters, VIP packages to their shows, and even autographed guitars! I’m glad to know that there really are organizations out there who strive to heal musicians in need.” – Alex
 
 
 
To learn more or apply for an internship at Sweet Relief, click here.
 
 
September 14, 2018:

MeetHook Partners with Sweet Relief

MeetHook is a platform that connects professionals with their fans, students and followers through real time 1 on 1 video calls.

We’re so excited to announce our new partnership with MeetHook

We will have musicians such as Jason Hartless, drummer for Ted NugentRich Redmond, drummer for country star Jason Aldean, and Stephen Perkins, drummer for Jane’s Addiction, donating 100% of the proceeds of their next 4 sessions to Sweet Relief! 

Gain access to the professionals with MeetHook! There has never been an easier and faster way to connect with professionals 1 on 1. The MeetHook app brings you the ability to have a personal conversation with the professionals that can help you change the game! A genuine win-win for everyone – hosts can turn a free moment into money and MeetHook users can have a conversation that can change their career, if not their life. Booking a MeetHook session gets you a live video call and the host’s undivided attention.

Whether you’re looking to talk to your favorite drummer or get advice from a guitar player who has played with 1 or more of your favorite bands … The MeetHook app makes it possible.

In many industries, especially music, connections can sometimes make all the difference in the world. The MeetHook app brings that connection one step closer.

MeetHook hosts can be searched by name, affiliation, skill or keyword, making it easy to search for the host that you want to talk to now or in the future.

BOOK A LESSON, GET ADVICE, HEAR SOME WAR STORIES, GET YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED – Booking a MeetHook host is a super easy process and all transaction details are meticulously documented and archived in HISTORY to offer the ultimate transparency. Users pay by the minute and can book a host based on the segments of time they make themselves available for. No need for back and forth scheduling madness, The MeetHook app takes care of scheduling and time zones so there is no need to share personal information … just a quick and seamless transaction and a reminder notification minutes before your scheduled session will start.

 

MeetHook Bus Tour Schedule:

9/15 Los Angeles, CA
MeetHook Bus Tour Live on Social Media
 
9/16 Hollywood, CA
#MeetHookFamilyGathering – private event at The Rainbow Bar & Grill + VIP Grappa After Party – some portions streamed live on social media
 
9/17 Burbank, CA
Live Streams throughout the day involving John Tempesta, Robin DiMaggio, Zoro and other members of the #MeetHookFamily – random interviews, drive-bys, bus updates, up to the minute MeetHook news and announcements + Grappaman podcast filming
 
9/18 La Mesa, CA
Full Event plus Pre-game/Post-game streamed live on social media + VIP Grappa After Party
 
 
9/19 Pasadena, CA
Full Event plus Pre-game/Post-game streamed live on social media + VIP Grappa After Party
 
 
9/20 Phoenix, AZ
Full Event plus Pre-game/Post-game streamed live on social media + VIP Grappa After Party
 
 
9/21 Las Vegas, NV
Live on Social Media – interviews with 
Lez Warner formerly of The Cult and other members of the MEETHOOK FAMILY – live Social Media Event at undisclosed locations throughout the day.
 
9/23 Denver, CO
Live Streams throughout the day involving #MeetHookFamily – random podcast interviews, bus updates, up to the minute MeetHook news and announcements 
 
9/25 Kansas City, MO
EXPLORER PERCUSSION PIZZA PARTY
– Live Streams involving #MeetHookFamily – random interviews, bus updates, up to the minute MeetHook news and announcements followed by a VIP Grappa After Party – schedule TBD 
 
9/26 St. Louis, MO
Live Streams throughout the day involving Daru Jones and other members of the #MeetHookFamily – random interviews, bus updates, up to the minute MeetHook news and announcements – location and schedule TBD
 
9/27 Chicago, IL
VIC’S DRUM SHOP PIZZA PARTY – Live Streams involving #MeetHookFamily – random interviews, bus updates, up to the minute MeetHook news and announcements + VIP Grappa After Party – schedule TBD
 
9/28 Detroit, MI
HUBER & BREESE MUSIC
Ted Nugent’s Jason Hartless Drum Clinic – full event plus Pre-game/Post-game streamed live on social media + VIP Grappa After Party
 
9/29 Cleveland, OH
MeetHook School of Rock and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame pop-up events with live streams covering the action + VIP Grappa After Party
 
9/30 Baltimore, MD
Live Streams throughout the day involving Drum Legend Dennis Chambers and other members of the #MeetHookFamily – random podcast interviews, bus updates, up to the minute MeetHook news and announcements
September 13, 2018:

Sweet News: Remembering Rob Max; MeetHook; New Supporters Playlist

In Loving Memory

This week we remember our dear friend and Executive Director, Rob Max, who left us suddenly and much too early 1 year ago. Rob was a force for good in the music community, he worked tirelessly with ill & disabled musicians to find solutions that would improve, and in some cases save their lives. When he joined Sweet Relief in 2009, Rob knew he had found his calling in life. His love for music, combined with his powerful ability to empathize with musicians in need, gave Sweet Relief an effective Executive Director for nearly a decade. Since his passing, we have honored his legacy with a Fund curated specifically for a cause most dear to him, the plight of the elder musician. We created the Rob Max Memorial Fund for Elder Musicians in light of Rob’s particular concern for older musicians; Rob believed that they deserved the utmost care and attention, and we are working diligently to support his vision. Thank you Rob; we love you, we miss you, and we are grateful for all the hours, all the energy, all the kindness you gave to musicians in need and to your family at Sweet Relief.

To donate to the Rob Max Memorial Fund for Elder Musicians, please click HERE.

A playlist was created of Rob’s favorite songs, listen HERE


MeetHook is a platform that connects professionals with their fans, students and followers through real time 1 on 1 video calls.

We’re excited about our new partnership with Meethook! We will have musicians such as Jason Hartless, drummer for Ted NugentRich Redmond, drummer for country star Jason Aldean, and Stephen Perkins, drummer for Jane’s Addiction, donating 100% of their proceeds of their next 4 sessions to Sweet Relief! 

Gain access to the professionals with MeetHook! There has never been an easier and faster way to connect with professionals 1 on 1. The MeetHook app brings you the ability to have a personal conversation with the professionals that can help you change the game! A genuine win-win for everyone – hosts can turn a free moment into money and MeetHook users can have a conversation that can change their career, if not their life. Booking a MeetHook session gets you a live video call and the host’s undivided attention. 

Whether you’re looking to talk to your favorite drummer or get advice from a guitar player who has played with 1 or more of your favorite bands … The MeetHook app makes it possible.

In many industries, especially music, connections can sometimes make all the difference in the world. The MeetHook app brings that connection one step closer.

MeetHook hosts can be searched by name, affiliation, skill or keyword, making it easy to search for the host that you want to talk to now or in the future. 

BOOK A LESSON, GET ADVICE, HEAR SOME WAR STORIES, GET YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED – Booking a MeetHook host is a super easy process and all transaction details are meticulously documented and archived in HISTORY to offer the ultimate transparency. Users pay by the minute and can book a host based on the segments of time they make themselves available for. No need for back and forth scheduling madness, The MeetHook app takes care of scheduling and time zones so there is no need to share personal information … just a quick and seamless transaction and a reminder notification minutes before your scheduled session will start.


Stop by and check out our latest playlist;  NEW Music from SR Supporters! This playlist was created to highlight new releases from those who have generously supported our mission to help musicians in need. Much like our #MostEclecticPlaylistEver, you will hear an array of artists from Ariana Grande,Madeleine Peyroux, to Florida Georgia Line! Check it out below!


Now live on the Sweet Relief Charitybuzz page– Meet Anjelah Johnson with 2 VIP Tickets to the More of Me Tour Show of Your Choice, Plus Merch! 

Auction ends September 18th, click below to learn more and place your bid!


Hey musicians! Be sure to check out our friends and supporters at Gruv Gear! 

To date, over 250 world-class performers, producers, photographers and million-mile travelers endorse and trust Gruv Gear with their everyday carry and tech essentials. From guitar gig bags and straps, to bags and cases, they have everything a working musician needs.

Gruv Gear’s growing line of products is now distributed in over 50 countries, shipped from warehouses in California, Shanghai, Germany and Canada, and continues to revolutionize the musician and jetsetter’s lifestyle with innovative bags, carts and accessories. 

 

 

 

July 12, 2018:

Trivia Month: Greta Van Fleet 

For this week’s installment of Trivia Month, we want to feature a band that has shown us great support and is currently taking the world by storm. Their classic sound with a modern twist makes GRETA VAN FLEET, who has already traveled across the world, a band to watch this summer!

BIO

Firing twin barrels of arena-rock muscle and moving melodies, Greta Van Fleet is a modern rock & roll band rooted in the genre’s strongest traditions: super-sized hooks, raw riffage and the sweeping vocals of a front man who was born to wail. 

The four-piece formed in Frakenmuth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, where 20 year-old twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka began playing shows with their 17 year-old younger brother, Sam, and 17 year-old family friend Danny Wagner. Holding their practices in the Kiszka family garage and road-testing their songs onstage throughout Michigan, the four became a band of brothers whose songs mix classic chops with the thrill of teenage angst.

TRIVIA QUESTION

The band covered “Change is Gonna Come” on their latest EP “From The Fires.” Who was the original artist?

Follow Greta Van Fleet on their social media! 
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Tickets


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!

Justin TimberlakeSoulMate

Florida Georgia LineSimple 

Jason MrazMight As Well Dance

Prophets of RageHeart Afire

Kasey MusgravesHigh Horse Remix


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! 

July 5, 2018:

Blues for Sweet Relief; Trivia Month

Blues for Sweet Relief 

Catch Lazer Lloyd as he returns to Orange County for a special musical appearance to benefit our cause! Lazer will bring his blend of Americana roots, blues rock, folk, and outlaw country with psychedelic spice.

Come to Main Street Restaurant on Sunday, July 26th from 2 pm – 6 pm for Lazer’s performance, plus Crosscut Delux and a surprise guest! Purchase your TICKETS and RSVP before it’s too late!


We’re shaking things up for this month. Instead of our usual Artist of the Month, we want to recognize a few supporters by introducing Trivia Month! All throughout July we will be choosing artists who have supported our cause and sharing some interesting facts and trivia. The first artist we’d like to introduce for Trivia Month is the Grammy Award Winning recording artist, Miguel!

BIO: 

Miguel first hit the mainstream in 2010 with the infectious first single ‘All I Want Is You,’ from his major label debut album of the same name, a song which blended a stark hip-hop beat with Miguel’s creamy vocals to form a sound that was absent from the radio and established Miguel as one of the most unique and soulful voices in modern R&B. The album also features ‘Sure Thing,’ which hit #1 on Billboard’s Hip-Hop/R&B chart and second US #1 ‘Quickie.’ Miguel’s follow up was his critically-acclaimed, four-time Grammy Award nominated, sophomore album ‘Kaleidoscope Dream,’ which features his third US #1 hit single ‘Adorn,’ the intoxicating ‘How Many Drinks?’, ‘Do You…’ and ‘The Thrill.’ In 2013 Miguel was nominated for a total of 5 Grammy Awards. Lead single ‘Adorn,’ written and produced by Miguel, garnered Miguel his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and resided at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hip Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks becoming the longest running #1 in the history of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hip Airplay chart.

TRIVIA QUESTION: 

“Splish” is a term used throughout Miguel’s lead single, “Sky Walker,” off his new album ‘War & Leisure’, what does it mean?


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!

All Time Low –  Birthday

Kenny ChesneyPirate Song 

Axwell Λ IngrossoDancing Alone

Jim JamesUniform Distortion


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! 

June 28, 2018:

Thank you Social D!; Aaron Watson Ticket Giveaway

Thank you Social D!

We want to thank the guys from Social Distortion one final time as this month comes to a close. The band has had an amazing career and they consistently give back to those who are in need. Their generosity is much appreciated and we look forward to continuing our good works together.

You can still catch the band on tour this summer with Aaron Lee TasjanLow Cut Connie, and Jade Jackson! Grab your tickets HERE so you don’t miss your chance to see them live! 

Get ready for July’s Artist of the Month! Don’t worry, you’ll find out who this artist is in the “Nick of Time.”

Follow Social Distortion on their social media! 
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Tickets


AARON WATSON TICKET GIVEAWAY!

Country music rebel Aaron Watson isn’t interested in signing with a label or listening to what someone else thinks he should do. After 13 albums over 18 years as a musician (most recently Vaquero), his first major radio airplay came last year with “Outta Style“. His anti-rockstar attitude has gained him followers from the underground outlaw country world as well as the mainstream radio fans. 

Go to our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM page and enter to win 2 tickets to his October 20th show at the El Rey. We’ll be picking a winner on July 5th!

TICKETS | RSVP


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!​

Paul McCartney – Come on to Me 

Ariana Grande – The Light is Coming​

Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch 

Demi Lovato – Sober

Meghan Trainor – All the Ways


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!

 

June 25, 2018:

6 String Showdown!

 
The Long Beach Blues Society and the Orange County Blues Society have come together to bring SoCal’s Biggest Summer Event!
New Blues Festival Presents 6 String Showdown – A head to head Blues Guitar competition. 

This is a Blues Guitar Celebration! A Series of regional guitar competitions will culminate in crowning Southern California’s all-around best Blues Guitar player on the Main Stage of the New Blues Festival in Long Beach, CA, Sunday, September 2nd.

Over $5000 in prizes will be provided by sponsors New Blues Festival, MusicUCanSee, Eastman Guitars, The Guitar Doctor, Rebecca Bogdanoff Photography, Jewelry by Designer Darren Simonian, G7th Capos, BluezzeeTees, Orange County Blues Society, 3 Sunz Consulting & Management and more!

Blues in the Schools, Blues for Vets and Blues for Seniors presented by both Blues Societies as well as Sweet Relief Musicians Cancer Fund will benefit from the proceeds of this event! 

You can find the LBBS at longbeachbluessociety.org, The OCBS can be found at orangecountybluessociety.com & Sweet Relief is at sweetrelief.org/music-cancer-fund/

Check out 6stringshowdown.com
 
June 21, 2018:

#ThrowBackThursday Social D; Electric Standard @ Vans Warped Tour!

#ThrowBackThursday 

Let’s throw it back to when the OC Weekly covered the history of Social Distortion! “Why Social Distortion is Still Standing After Four Decades,” written by journalist Jimmy Alvarez, explains just how this band is still relevant and a staple in the punk world. He covers the bands early days in Fullerton, playing local shows with fellow bands AdolescentsChina White, and Shattered Faith. The article also reveals how the band’s music received significant radio play from Los Angeles radio station KROQ, where their song “Bad Luck” off their album Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell was played. 

“… that album and song catapulted their message to the masses. It’s hard to quantify, but ‘92 seems to be the year planet Earth fell in love with these Real Punkers of Orange County.” 

Read the rest of the article HERE

Follow Social Distortion on their social media! 
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tickets


Electric Standard @ Vans Warped Tour

Our friends at Electric Standard will be hitting the road and touring with Vans Warped Tour starting today in Pomona! Take advantage of their unlimited exchange at any VWT show. All pre-ordered batteries are yours to keep + can be charged in the wall at home ⚡iPhone / Android / USB Type-C compatibleGet your online discount 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!

Troye Sivan ft. Ariana Grande – “Dance to This” 

Mike Shinoda – “Post Traumatic” 

Dan + Shay ft. Kelly Clarkson – “Keeping Score” 

Death Cab For Cutie – Gold Rush”


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!  

June 14, 2018:

Social Distortion Trivia; LA Music Critic Awards

1978 marked the beginning of Social Distortion and their entrance into the punk scene. Seven studio albums, one extended play (EP), two compilation albums, two DVDs and twenty-four singles later the band shows no signs of slowing down, still going strong and playing live shows all over the world. Each album speaks to life’s hardships, heartbreak, and self reflection. In a 2016 interview with Riot Fest, frontman Mike Ness talks about the reliability of his lyrics:

“What people related to, I think, was just the vulnerability. That puts people’s guards down. I don’t know this for sure, but I may have been one of the first rock ‘n’ rollers to just say, ‘at certain times in my life I was an asshole.’”

TRIVIA QUESTION:

What influenced the band’s single “Another State of Mind”?

Follow Social Distortion on their social media! 
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Tickets


Have you bought your tickets yet!? LA Music Critic Awards has made us beneficiaries for their event taking place on Tuesday, June 19th at The Mint LA! Be sure to come say hi to us and watch the winners as they showcase their talents! 

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. 

Get your tickets from any of the performing artists you support!


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! 

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

 

 

June 7, 2018:

June Artist of the Month; Arroyo Seco Giveaway WINNER!

Get ready, this month is going to be one interesting ride! We are excited to announce our June Artist of the Month, punk godfathers Social Distortion! The band has been supporting us since 2013, and we are beyond grateful for their continued contributions. 

Social Distortion has stayed strong for three decades. Each of their albums is stronger than the last, and they give 110% during each live performance. All month long we’ll be sharing with you everything you need to know about the band and their successful career.

The guys will be on the road all of summer through fall! You can bid below for a chance to MEET the band at the show of your choice and take home a signed guitar! Auction closes June 19th, bid now before it’s too late!

Follow Social Distortion on their social media! 
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tickets


Ticket Giveaway Announcement!
Today is the day! We have picked a winner for the 2 GA Weekend Passes to this year’s Arroyo Seco Weekend festival. Congratulations, William E! Thank you to those who participated, we will continuously announce more giveaways in the near future. 

There is still a chance to buy your tickets! PASSES ON SALE NOW: https://www.arroyosecoweekend.com/passes/


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!

The 1975Give Yourself a Try

Florida Georgia LineSimple 

Dee SniderTomorrow’s No Concern

Maroon 5Girls Like You


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! 

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

May 31, 2018:

Thank You Taking Back Sunday; Arroyo Seco Giveaway

Second Giveaway Announcement + Thank you Taking Back Sunday

We are back with the winner for the second SURPRISE giveaway of the band’s self-titled LIMITED EDITION green vinyl. Congratulations Malte Thomsen! Thank you all for participating in our giveaways this month! Don’t fret, we have many more on the horizon. 

We’d also like to thank the guys from Taking Back Sunday one final time for their consistent support. Since 2012 the guys have donated so much, including their time and musical talent to perform at our charity event, Strange 80’s.

Stay tuned for June’s Artist of the Month, we promise the ol’ “Ball and Chain” will love them as much as you will.


ARROYO SECO TICKET GIVEAWAY!

TELL YOUR FRIENDS! We are giving away 2 GA Weekend Passes to this year’s Arroyo Seco Weekend festival to one lucky email subscriber. Enjoy three stages of live music along with curated menus from LA’s celebrated restaurants and chefs.

When: June 23-24th 2018

Where: Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

Keep an eye out for our future emails, we will be picking a winner on June 7th!

PASSES ON SALE NOW:  https://www.arroyosecoweekend.com/passes/


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!

Panic! at the DiscoHigh Hopes

Dave Matthews BandThat Girl is You

Dwight Yoakam“Pretty Horses”

Shawn MendesShawn Mendes” self titled album 

J BalvinVibras


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 24, 2018:

Taking Back Sunday Throwback; SURPRISE Giveaway!

Photographs by Sandra Sorensen

#ThrowbackThursday Taking Back Sunday at Strange 80’s 

This week we’re throwing it back to last years’ Strange 80’s show at the Fonda theatre in Los Angeles, produced by and benefiting Sweet Relief. Adam Lazzara and John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday joined us for an awesome night of 80’s covers, including their take on the classic “Jack and Diane” (video by LiLPiCKi) by John “Cougar” Mellencamp

GIVEAWAY WINNER AND SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago, we announced a very exclusive giveaway of a Taking Back Sunday LIMITED EDITION Gold “Louder Now” vinyl to one of our email subscribers, today we picked a winner! Congratulations, Nicole Wojewoda !

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who participated, we received such a great response from you all that we are happy to announce a SECOND GIVEAWAY! This time around you could win the band’s self-titled vinyl “Taking Back Sunday.” The same rules apply, you must be subscribed to our email list to be entered to win. We will announce a new winner on May 31st.

 

 

Follow Taking Back Sunday on their social media!
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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! 

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!
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


 

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!

Follow Taking Back Sunday on their social media!
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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!
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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!
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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!

 

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