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April 23, 2019:

A Personal Message From Lester Chambers to His Supporters

Thank you so much for your donation to the Lester Chambers Fund! It is because of your support that we are able to help musicians, such as Lester, while they struggle with illness, disability, and age-related problems. Lester wanted to take a moment before his 79th birthday to thank his friends, supporters, and Sweet Relief for all the ongoing love and help that has been given. Watch the video above!

We’re currently working towards getting Lester a forever home that he can live in comfortably while he focuses on making music and dealing with ongoing health issues. For more about Lester, his story, and how you can continue supporting, please visit his Fund page.

All proceeds from the Lester Chambers’ Time Has Come T-Shirt & Racerback Tank Top will be used to assist Lester, to further his efforts of finding a new home.

April 16, 2019:

You’re Making A Difference

This past month has been incredibly busy in the Sweet Relief office. We are proud to report that with the help of your donations we have been able to assist many musicians in need. We have paid for vital living expenses, such as rent and medical bills, for a number of career musicians. It is an honor to have you as a part of our mission to help those who have given us the gift of music.

We have a number of artist funds that are still in need of assistance. Find a list of them below ⬇️

Brian O’Connor Fund
Lester Chambers Fund
Marty Grebb Fund 
Melissa Crabtree Fund 
Buzzy Linhart Fund

April 9, 2019:

NEW Shirt Supporting Lester Chambers Fund

NEW addition to our Artist Fund Collection

Get the exclusive “Lester Chambers’ Time Has Come” t-shirt and tank top now, available in our online Sweet Relief Merch Store. The funds collected from this t-shirt design will be used to support Lester Chambers in his mission to finding a new home!

Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers has such an incredible story, and we at Sweet Relief are proud to have a small part. As you may know, we have been working with Lester for some time now, helping support him with his medical and housing needs. And now, Lester is looking to make the move to a home of his own!  Read his full story, and learn other ways that you can support, by visiting his Fund page HERE.

April 1, 2019:

FUND UPDATE: Brian O’Connor (BOC)

Brian O’Connor (aka BOC) needs our help and support. BOC was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2010 and has been battling it ever since.

For the past nine years, the cancer has spread and now has made even the best of his days difficult to manage. Brian has been forced to give up touring, and even more recently has had to stop doing the odd jobs that have helped support him as he stayed close to home, his family, and his physicians.

Not being able to afford insurance, he no longer has access to the oncology team that he has been working with, or an affordable co-pay for the medications that he requires. He has resorted to a list of general practitioners available through MediCal. Brian is now in need of a defibrillator, and several other treatments.

We are looking to his friends, family, and fans for support.

Brian has accomplished much in his life: He grew up playing in his family band The Country Bugs; he worked felling trees in the Pacific Northwest; and he toured as a musician, playing for hundreds of thousands in Eagles Of Death Metal and Mojave Lords. He’s a father, a son, a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration. Odds are, BOC has touched your life in some way.

It is our privilege as a community to take care of our neighbor, so if he’s ever melted your face with his bass, or melted your heart with his genuine kindness, we’re asking you to lend a hand as best you can now. Any donations will help with the cost of insurance, past medical bills, upcoming treatment and procedures, and daily living expenses.

Please give anything you can. Any amount can make a difference.

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You can now get BOC T-Shirts from the Sweet Relief Merch store! Click on one of the shirts to SHOP NOW.

 

To donate online click the DONATE link.

To donate by check, write check to:
The Brian O’Connor Fund at Sweet Relief

Mail to:
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
2601 East Chapman Ave., Suite 204
Fullerton, CA 92831

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Federal ID# 95-4443269

If you wish to donate items, services or develop a fundraising event please contact us at info@sweetrelief.org or call 949-215-9620

March 28, 2019:

A Musician In Need: Marty Grebb

Marty Grebb is a composer, sax player, vocalist, and keyboard player who has played with some of the greats, such as Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Elton John, and many more. Over the years, he’s been hit with the burden of mounting medical bills after a cancer diagnosis.

Unfortunately, Marty is now dealing with additional stress; the need to find a new home on the other side of the country. A message from Marty-

“Within the next 6 to 7 weeks I will be forced to leave New York due to the sudden dissolution of my marriage, along with financial and health struggles. I’m reaching out to ask for help. I’m in desperate need of a house, somewhere in the woods of southern Oregon. Currently, I’m looking in the area between Ashland and the coast that is affordable. I want to stay close to Grants Pass where there is a small music scene that I can become a part of. Within a new home, I’m also hoping to revive my recording studio and get back to doing what I love.

God Bless and thank you all for your understanding!!!
Love, Marty”

Along with financial help, Marty is looking for any leads on a good place for him to call home in Oregon. If you believe you can help, please email us at info@sweetrelief.org, or donate below.

 

Donate Now
March 25, 2019:

Sweet Relief Merch Shop- Now Offering Baby Apparel!

JUST ADDED! The Sweet Relief Merch Store is now offering Baby Apparel! Browse our new collection of onesies and bibs to see which one you want your little one rockin’! 

The Sweet Relief Merch Store offers unique merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, mugs, and other items. All proceeds directly support our ability to provide help and support to musicians and music industry workers in need. Shop now and help us continue our mission!

 

Thanks for shopping and enjoy!

March 23, 2019:

Special Message From #SweetSupport Rob Thomas

BIG THANKS to #SweetSupporter Rob Thomas for his support of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund! 

With support from musicians like him, we can continue our mission to help musicians and music industry workers in desperate need.

 

You can now bid to win an acoustic guitar signed by Rob and personalized to the name of your choice! Bidding ends March 26th at 3PM EDT. Place your bid now before it’s too late! All proceeds to go to Sweet Relief.

March 22, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – March 22nd-24th, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the U.S. by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Los Angeles, CA

Iron & Wine | Walt Disney Concert Hall | Tickets


Nashville, TN

Aaron Neville | City Winery | Tickets


Detroit, MI

Joe Satriani | Fox Theatre | Tickets


Boston, MA

Pink Martini |Berklee Performance Center | Tickets


Brooklyn, NY

Sleigh Bells | Brooklyn Bowl | Tickets

 

*Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
March 15, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – March 15th-17th, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the U.S. by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Los Angeles, CA

Flogging Molly | Hollywood Palladium | Tickets


Phoenix, AZ

Earth, Wind & Fire | Comerica Theatre | Tickets


Chicago, IL

Gary Clark Jr. | Chicago Theatre | Tickets


Boston, MA

Dropkick Murphys | House of Blues Boston | Tickets


New York, NY

Whiskey Myers | Irving Plaza | Tickets

 

*Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
March 1, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – March 1st-3rd, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the US by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Las Vegas, NV

 

Marshall Tucker Band | Golden Nugget | Tickets


Dallas, TX

Jeff Tweedy | Majestic Theatre | Tickets


Chicago, IL

 

Demerti Martin | The Vic Theatre | Tickets


Allentown, PA

Bonnie Raitt | PPL Center | Tickets


San Diego, CA

 

Phantogram | Waterfront Park | Tickets

 

*Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
February 26, 2019:

Our Story: Peter Frampton

We at Sweet Relief were heartbroken at the news of #SweetSupporter Peter Frampton’s diagnosis of inclusion body myositis, also known as I.B.M. Not only has his willingness to support us been incredibly meaningful, each of us also has a fond memory or two attached to his music in one way or another. Aric Steinberg, Sweet Relief’s EVP of Artist Relations, has one particular memory that stands out any time he hears the wailing of Peters guitar. See below for the trip down memory lane, written by Aric-

 

“I met Peter in Los Angeles in August of 2012, 3 days after my 41st birthday.  I brought him a Sunburst Telecaster to sign for a Sweet Relief auction, which would be the first of many guitars Peter would sign for the charity.  During the drive up, Rob Max (Sweet Relief Executive Director and one of my closest friends) and I were determined to gain as much insight as possible into the man we were about to meet, so we listened to the “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” podcast with Peter as the guest.  We certainly learned plenty about Peter; his beginnings as a prodigy in Kent, his proclivity for tech, sound, engineering and the formation of the talk box, and how he dealt with massive fame at such a young age.  But what I remember most about that drive is the breaks we took during the podcast to listen to Peter’s music.  We bobbed our heads to the hits, Rob sang along with Baby I Love Your Way and we marveled at the guitar wizardry coming through the speakers.  I joined Rob for the choruses and my air guitar was vigorously played.  I was two years into my tenure at Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and I had met many famous musicians already, but I was excited in a peculiar way about the prospect of meeting Peter.  His personal story was so extensive, so rich with characters and twists and marvels of achievement, it had an excitement and a gravitas that piqued my curiosity and made me more than a little nervous.  We were on our way to meet the man who brought Frampton Comes Alive into the world, we were going to shake the hand that ripped the notes to Do You Feel Like We Do on that famous Les Paul.  Peter did not disappoint.

He was waiting for us in an office with a round conference table and little else, but the room felt charged with positive energy.  He stood up, walked around the table and greeted Rob and me warmly, with handshakes and a smile that crinkled his intelligent blue eyes.  When I meet an artist for a guitar signing, I typically take a few minutes to explain who we are and what we do as a charity, but Peter knew all about Sweet Relief and he commended us right away for our efforts on behalf of musicians.  He was impressed by our mission, he told us that he felt honored to be asked and was happy to help.  He invited us to sit down and we chit-chatted for a bit; we spoke about his vegetarian diet and his life in Nashville, and I remember feeling quite at home shooting the sh*t with Mr. Peter Frampton.  He had a remarkably grounded, humble (yep, I said it) way about him that was absolutely genuine and, well, normal.  He seemed like a guy we could have lunch with, never run out of things to talk about, and have a little argument over the check that he would end up paying.  After about 15 minutes of conversation, Peter hadn’t even glanced at the guitar yet. We finally brought it to his attention, he signed it with a black Sharpie, we took a few pics with him, and it was over.  I felt like saying, “Thanks again Peter, I’ll give you a call tomorrow and we’ll grab some coffee and a movie.” 

I’ve reached out to Peter’s manager many times since, and Peter has always said yes. Five guitars and thousands of dollars later, Peter is one of our most generous and consistent supporters.

The news of his recent diagnosis of inclusion-body myositis (IBM), which has slowly degenerated his muscles and may render him unable to play guitar, has been a blow to all of us here at Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.  Rob Max passed away almost exactly 4 years after that meeting, and I cherish the memory of that car ride with Peter blasting from the speakers and into our hearts. Peter is very much in my heart as I write this, and I look forward to following his progress as he begins a final tour this year.   Thank you for the generous support you give to Sweet Relief, thank you for over 50 years of extraordinary music, thank you for the enduring memories Peter, and keep them coming.”

-Aric 

February 22, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – February 22nd-24th, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the US by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

San Diego, CA

Albert Hammond Jr. | Belly Up | Tickets


Houston, TX

MUSE | Toyota Center | Tickets


Nashville, TN

Jon Pardi | Bridgestone Arena | Tickets


Denver, CO

Joe Jackson | Paramount Theatre | Tickets


Port Chester, NJ

Cheap Trick |The Capitol Theatre | Tickets

 

*Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
February 18, 2019:

More than just a song: An Interview with Harvey Gold

 
In late May of 2018, musician Harvey Gold created a song titled “Eidola (inadvertently for Ralph).” 
 
You can download the song HERE.
 
All proceeds that Harvey collected from this song on Bandcamp were donated to Sweet Relief in honor of his dear friend Ralph Carney, who unexpectedly passed away while the song was being made. We were so moved by his generosity, we wanted to know more about the meaning behind the song. We reached out to Harvey to ask a few questions about how Eidola came to life.
 

Why was Ralph Carney so important to you?

Ralph was a little brother to me. We drafted him straight out of high school into our band, Tin Huey. He was a singular force and my baby boy for many, many years, and thus will always hold a truly unique spot in my heart and my life history.
 

What relevance does this song have to you in your life as of now? 

This song began as an experimental project on an instrumental level, the major component of the front half, analogue synths, the second part a loop built on a Boss loop station. The lyrics, done in reverse Haiku, reflect the build up of ghosts in my life, something that started far too early and a process that, naturally, begins to snowball as I go through the years, resulting in something of a philosophy, “Assume life.”
 

You said that this song took on a different life for you. How so?

We have to assume we’ll wake up when we go to sleep, and we assume we’ll make it all the way deep into Adult Swim at the end of our day. Death and illness will indeed come, and it will be on its own timetable. Spending too much time agonizing over it begs the question “Will it help?” A little contrary to spending the time writing these lyrics, I’ll grant you, but I think this is part of the process. Dealing with it, in certain respects, demystifies it, and allows me to get my arms around it, and make it part of my life rather than a paralyzing roadblock. Or at least, that’s the plan here.
 

 Towards the end of the song, you say “But I won’t let silence stand / I’ll just get louder /Remembering to move now.” What does that mean to you? 

Hence, the “call” to not let that terrible silence, now a roar from the one we lost, own the day, to push ourselves to not remain silent any longer than we are compelled by the event, but get louder, reminding ourselves to move forward. I think of it as a blessing to be born NOT a piece of gravel and to be part of a continuum, knowing a couple hours after I am directly mourned, my dears are going to be talking about dinner and work, and movies and the wind will still be blowing through those very same trees I’m looking at out my window even as I write this. Good to have been a part of all that.
 
 

Why did you choose Sweet Relief as the charity beneficiary for the song?

I recorded a version and shared it with Ralph because that’s what we did with each other. He had, perhaps a couple weeks prior, written to say “Let’s do an album!!”. Upon hearing this, he wrote back “I LOVE IT!” and then… he was gone a few days later, leading to the “(inadvertently for Ralph).” I then ghosted in a very brief couple of synth tenors, and Ralph’s presence was in the video for the song by way of “Ralph masks” we had made when producing a “Happy Berfday Ralph” video on his 50th birthday.
The Carney family decided that any tributes to Ralph’s memory should go to Sweet Relief, which I personally feel, is a wonderful effort, and wanted to be able to do something that went farther than what my personal finances could afford, something that would reflect my heart’s commitment to Ralph. So I spent what I had spent on the recording and then, after he passed, making the video, feeling that in addition to the proceeds being my contribution, by making it a part of the Bandcamp post and any other release it would, hopefully, direct people towards Sweet Relief. The song will be part of an album release, planned for 2019, and anything earned by the track (1/10th of the album, most likely) in that or any form will continue to go to Sweet Relief.
 
 

Harvey is still taking donations for the song and the proceeds will still be donated to Sweet Relief in Ralph’s name. You can download the song HERE.

February 16, 2019:

NEW FUND: Mike McHugh

Mike McHugh was born in Newport Beach, CA in September of 1967. His grandfather gave him his first drum set at the early age of just 5 and it was soon after that he developed his passion for music. Mike was just 10 years old when he began dabbling in electronics, a passion equal or greater than music.

When he was just 18 years old he started the first version of his now famous Distillery Recording Studio. The first version was a former rehearsal/recording space that Mike acquired after it had closed. He started on a 4-track, recording mostly punk rock bands and renting out the practice space to artists when they needed it. Business was good and it was not long before he had upgraded to a one inch 8-track machine. After a five year run at this address, Mike took over Jeff Harrington’s studio, called Saturation, and re-named it The Distillery.

It was 1992 and the Distillery had just began what would become a 17 year run. No one is sure the number of bands that were actually recorded there, but the number could exceed a thousand. He was extremely passionate about the energy and sound that came out of his studio which was filled with the most amazing vintage recording equipment and instruments. His love for electronics grew into a full scale knowledge of how to repair old gear and modify it into a one of a kind noise maker. Mike even began his own microphone company in the early 2000s called Military Microphones, where he sampled designs similar to classic tube microphones and used US army ammunition boxes to house the power supplies for his own creations. He went on to make records with a variety of artists including The Black Lips, Train, Nick Waterhouse, Power Lunch, The Growlers, Allah Las, The Shrills, and Death Hymn number 9. Through the years Mike continued his drumming and played with several bands. He was able to break up his studio time with occasional tours with his longest running band F.H. Hill Company.

As the studio kept growing and staying busy, Mike began a custody battle for his daughter that put a lot of stress on his already busy schedule. He began to suffer from anxiety and depression during this time, and began to self-medicate in an attempt to cope with the mental illnesses. Soon after, the landlord of his studio decided it was time for Mike to leave and gave him just 24 hours to vacate the space. His equipment went into temporary storage, and at the same time he lost custody of his daughter. After a desperate and misguided attempt to regain custody, Mike was arrested and put in jail for 6 months, and then into rehab for 6 more with 5 years of parole. After his release, he finally went for vital back surgery, but the operation left him in constant discomfort and pain. This operation was repeated, but again unsuccessful. Mike was unable to work due to his constant pain, and lived with his mother, while trying to manage his day-to-day pain. His mother passed away in 2017 and this left him homeless.

Today, Mike lives in his van and is trying to just keep afloat and out of pain. He barely makes ends meet and has been selling off his studio equipment over the last several years to buy food and pain management drugs. There is hope that a successful back surgery and some time in rehab can help Mike get his life back on track again. He has a great desire for this, but just cannot seem to put the pieces back together on his own.

Please help Sweet Relief in our efforts to assist Mike by donating directly to the Mike McHugh Fund.

DONATE

To donate online click the DONATE button above.

To donate by check, write check to:
The Mike McHugh Fund at Sweet Relief

Mail to:
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
2601 East Chapman Ave., Suite 204
Fullerton, CA 92831

February 15, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – February 15th-17th, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the US by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Costa Mesa, CA

Kenny G | Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Tickets


Waco, TX

Travis Tritt | Waco Hippodrome Theatre | Tickets


Boston, MA

Sara Watkins | House of Blues Boston | Tickets


New York, NY

Boyz II Men | Radio City Music Hall | Tickets


Sayreville, NJ

Sevendust |The Starland Ballroom | Tickets

 

*Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
February 13, 2019:

Deacon Jones Merch to Benefit Sweet Relief

BIG thanks to Deacon Jones & The Dirty Rotten Sinners for their continued support of our mission! When you shop at their merch store, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Sweet Relief! Check out their various items and order yours today.

 

Click HERE to shop now!

 

February 12, 2019:

Art Alexakis of Everclear Announces Songs & Stories Tour to Benefit Sweet Relief

Art Alexakis, the charismatic frontman of the multi-platinum rock band Everclear, has announced an intimate, collaborative acoustic tour for May-June 2019. Art has invited three of his friends to join him on stage each night – fellow platinum artists Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne), Max Collins (Eve 6) and John Wozniak (Marcy Playground). The Songs and Stories tour will deliver a one-of-a kind opportunity for each frontman to perform stripped down versions of their band’s hits, deep tracks, and new songs – and the stories behind all of them. The four men, collectively performing together for the very first time, will share the stage on multiple occasions during the show. The 2+ hour performance, delivered in an intimate, seated setting, will be capped off by an interactive encore, allowing fans a unique opportunity for Q&A, special requests, and ‘come what may’ banter. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15th.

On the lineup and upcoming tour, Alexakis shares: “I have been a huge fan of each of these artists for so long. Getting to showcase their singing and songwriting abilities in this way is going to be so special for all of us. These shows will still deliver a rock and roll energy, but in a way that our fans have never experienced. We can’t wait to have the opportunity to interact with our fans even more on this tour.”

The announcement of this tour coincides with the news that Art Alexakis will be releasing his first solo album. Due Spring 2019, the yet-to-be-named album will be distributed via The End Records.

In an effort to address a critical charitable need, Art Alexakis will be donating $1 per ticket sold at each show to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to career musicians, venue workers, production staff, crew members, and their families suffering from injury, illness or disability.  Funds raised from the tour will pay for medical procedures, doctor visits, prescriptions, and vital living expenses.

Everclear’s sound has consistently reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of frontman Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records, Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum in sales.

Songs & Stories Tour:

5/1 – Walla Walla, WA @ The Dacres

5/2 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

5/3 Everett, WA @ Historic Everett Theatre

5/7 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

5/8 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

5/9 Pasadena, CA @ The Rose

5/10 Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon

5/11 San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House

5/12 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

5/14 Albuquerque, NM @ The Stage at Santa Ana Star

5/16 Santa Ana Pueblo, TX @ Aztec Theater

5/17 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

5/18 Houston, TX @ House of Blues

5/19 Austin, TX @ 3TEN Austin City Limits

5/21 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

5/22 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater 

5/23 Nashville, TN @ City Winery

5/25 Leesburg, VA @ Tally Ho Theater

5/26 Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre

5/28 Boston, MA @ City Winery

5/29 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

5/30 New York City, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

6/1 Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s Concerts & Events

6/2 London, ON @ London Music Hall

6/4 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

6/5 Chicago, IL @ City Winery

6/6 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

6/7 Mt Clemens, MI @ The Emerald Theatre

6/11 Fargo, ND @ Fargo Theatre

6/12 Sioux Falls, SD @ The District

 

*More Dates To Be Announced

 

For Updates, Please Visit:

Tour  Website: https://songsandstoriestour.com

Website:  https://www.everclearmusic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/everclear

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EverclearBand

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtAlexakis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/everclear

February 11, 2019:

Congratulations to SR Supporting Grammy Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners at last nights 61st Annual Grammy Awards! Very special congrats to these Sweet Relief supporters-

Childish Gambino

Record Of The Year

Best Music Video 

Song Of The Year

Best Rap/Sung Performance 

Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Solo Performance 

Album Of The Year

Best Country Song 

Best Country Album

Lady Gaga

Best Pop Solo Performance

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Best Song Written For Visual Media 

Willie Nelson

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Ariana Grande

Best Pop Vocal Album

Chris Cornell

Best Rock Performance 

St. Vincent

Best Rock Song 

Best Recording Package

Greta Van Fleet

Best Rock Album 

Beck 

Best Alternative Music Album 

Dan + Shay

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Buddy Guy

Best Traditional Blues Album 

Punch Brothers

Best Folk Album

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

February 8, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – February 8th-10th, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the US by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Long Beach, CA

Gregory Porter | Long Beach Terrace Theater | Tickets


Boulder, CO

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt | Boulder Theater | Tickets


Dallas, TX

Neko Case |Granada Theater | Tickets


Brooklyn, NY

Beirut | Brooklyn Steel | Tickets


Nashville, TN

90’s Soundtrack | The Basement | Tickets

 

*Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!

**90’s Soundtrack IS a benefit show for Sweet Relief! Please come out and support!

February 6, 2019:

Sweet Relief Supporting Legendary Musician Lester Chambers on Purchase of Home

At the age of 78, musician Lester Chambers of the pioneering and legendary Chambers Brothers is looking to make the move to a home of his own. The three-time cancer survivor who also suffered a physical assault during a live performance is looking for assistance from the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to spread the word and raise $30,000 to bolster his down payment.
 
The incredible story of Lester Chambers begins in the 1960’s. The
Chambers Brothers released seventeen full-length studio albums, had numerous chart-topping hits and toured the world only to have their finances ruined by both bad management and dubious contracts. Creating music for over fifty years, Lester‘s first royalty check came in 1994 and to this day he still has not been paid for several of The Chambers Brothers studio albums, none of the over 100 compilation albums the band is on, or for numerous commercials/movies. These setbacks could have been overwhelming on their own, but Lester has also courageously battled and beaten cancer three times in his 78 years. He is grateful to still be able to do what he loves which is producing new music, singing, playing harmonica and sharing his amazing stories with family, friends and audiences.
 
Five years ago Lester was working on a major comeback. He had released a new studio album in 2012 with the help of Alexis Ohanian (the co-founder of Reddit) and The Fuse Network began filming Lester for his career resurgence. Things changed drastically for Lester during a performance at the Hayward Blues Festival on the evening of the Trayvon Martin shooting verdict (February 24, 2015). While 
onstage Lester asked the audience to pray for peace and positivity during the song “People Get Ready.” He was then viciously attacked by an audience member who jumped on stage. The assault caused broken ribs, a dislocated hip, numerous contusions and PTSD. This senseless attack would forever change him mentally and physically.

 

In an attempt to recoup medical expenses and costs of lost performances, Lester pursued litigation. An out-of-court settlement was accepted after five long, stressful years, which held the security company responsible and not the city of Hayward.
 
Now, after all he’s been through, Lester‘s dream is to own a home. Please help Lester fulfill his dream of owning a forever home, visit https://sweetrelief.org/lester-chambers-fund/ and donate today.
  
More about Lester and his music: 
 
About Sweet Relief in general:
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides assistance to career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Grant recipients include recording artists, club and session musicians, and composers and songwriters from every musical genre. Since its inception in 1994, Sweet Relief has helped musicians with medical and living expenses, including insurance premiums, prescriptions, medical treatment and procedures, housing and food costs, utilities, and other vital living expenses.
 
About Sweet Relief’s Directed Artist Program:
Over the past several years Sweet Relief has developed a much needed and previously unavailable program to assist a substantially under-served constituency. Some artists face such overwhelming financial and personal distress when major illness or injury is coupled with a complete lack of, or grossly under-insured, health plan. In many of these cases, treatment for cancer, brain injury, stroke and MS can accrue expenses reaching several hundred thousands of dollars or more. Our organization takes on the role of organizer, administrator, advocate, event planner, and media partner to bring together family, friends, industry partners and fans when an overwhelming financial obstacle is encountered by the most unfortunate artist. We call this our Directed Artist Program.
 
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For more information on SWEET RELIEF, contact:
Aric Steinberg
EVP-Artist Relations
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
949-215-9620
 
February 1, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – February 1st-3rd, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the US by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Los Angeles, CA

 

Nickel Creek | The Wiltern | Tickets


Portland, OR

Interpol | Keller Auditorium | Tickets


Grand Prairie, TX

America |The Theatre at Grand Prairie | Tickets


Boston, MA

Eric Church | TD Garden | Tickets


New York, NY

Matisyahu | City Winery | Tickets

 

**Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
January 29, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – January 25th-27th, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the US by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Los Angeles, CA

Kelsea Ballerini | Staples Center | Tickets


Phoenix, AZ

 

Marty Friedman| The Rebel Lounge | Tickets


Boston, MA

 

G. Love & Special Sauce |Paradise Rock Club | Tickets


Joliet, IL

Wynonna |Rialto Square Theatre | Tickets


Austin, TX

 

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness |Stubb’s Waller Creek Amp | Tickets

 

**Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
January 29, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – January 18th-20th, 2019

With so many amazing tours happening all at once, sometimes it’s difficult to choose which show to go to. Hopefully one day there will be a way to clone ourselves and attend them all. Until then, we at Sweet Relief want to highlight shows happening around the US by artists that support our mission. For many musicians, supporting them starts by attending their shows. Find our list of recommendations below!

Los Angeles, CA

 

Kris Kristofferson | Ace Hotel | Tickets


Seattle, WA

Chris Botti | Jazz Alley | Tickets


Nashville, TN

Sara Evans | Grand Ole Opry | Tickets


Boston, MA

 

Guster | House of Blues Boston | Tickets


New York, NY

 

Anthony Hamilton | Kings Theatre | Tickets

 

**Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
January 29, 2019:

Forever Home for Lester Chambers

Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers has such an incredible story, and we at Sweet Relief are proud to have a small part. As you may know, we have been working with Lester for some time now, helping support him with his medical and housing needs. And now, Lester is looking to make the move to a home of his own!  

The Chambers Brothers released seventeen full-length studio albums, had numerous chart-topping hits and toured the world only to have their finances ruined by both bad management and dubious contracts. Creating music for over fifty years, Lester’s first royalty check came in 1994 and to this day he still has not been paid for several of The Chambers Brothers studio albums, none of the over 100 compilation albums the band is on, nor for numerous commercials/movies. These setbacks could have been overwhelming on their own, but Lester has also courageously battled and beaten cancer three times in his 78 years. He is grateful to still be able to do what he loves which is producing new music, singing, playing harmonica and sharing his amazing stories with family, friends and audiences!  

Five years ago Lester was working on a major comeback. He had released a new studio album with the help of Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, and The Fuse Network began filming Lester for his career resurgence. (see video below) During a performance at the Hayward Blues Festival on the evening of the Trayvon Martin shooting verdict, Lester asked the audience to pray for peace and positivity during the song “People Get Ready.” He was then viciously attacked by an audience member who jumped on stage. The assault caused broken ribs, a dislocated hip, numerous contusions and PTSD. This senseless attack would forever change him mentally and physically.

In an attempt to recoup medical expenses and costs of lost performances, Lester pursued litigation. An out-of-court settlement was accepted after five long, stressful years, which held the security company responsible and not the city of Hayward. At the age of 78, Lester wants to use the very small settlement for home ownership. His son Dylan and Dylan’s partner Hayley will continue to assist Lester with tasks like driving, cooking, and cleaning, and with your help we can raise money for a down payment on a forever home for Lester!

 

How To Help

 

 

 

 

 

To donate online, click the DONATE NOW button above.

To donate by check:
write check to:
Lester Chambers Fund at Sweet Relief

Mail to:
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
2601 East Chapman Ave., Suite 204
Fullerton, CA 92831

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Federal ID# 95-4443269
If you wish donate items, services or develop a fundraising event please contact us at info@sweetrelief.org or call 949-715-4606

 

January 15, 2019:

Buzzy Linhart Needs Our Help

 

William “Buzzy” Linhart, one of the musicians we are helping, suffered a stroke last week. Buzzy is best known for playing on albums by Jimi HendrixCarly SimonLaBelle & many others in addition to his own solo career, LISTEN HERE. He is slowly recovering, but will need our help to get him back on his feet! All donations directed to Buzzy Linhart’s fund will be used to pay for any medical treatment and vital living expenses. 

Buzzy has been on SSI disability since about 1990 based on mobility issues and PTSD. He has been plagued by a number of health issues including a serious visual defect since birth. In 1977, he was rear-ended on the 405 in a borrowed truck while moving in the LA area — he was temporarily without a union job and had no health insurance. In that accident, he injured his knee, hip and tore the cartilage between his ribs. Things got bad, and Buzzy experienced homelessness and unprovoked police brutality that seriously injured his shoulder. Thanks to some old “Friends”, and some welfare programs he has had stable housing in Berkeley since about 1990, and reunited with his oldest son, Professor Xeno (Linhart) Rasmusson in 1992. Older adult-related health issues have included osteoporosis, a series of mild strokes and moderate heart attacks, but he has recovered well and has excellent health in many ways thanks to many years of studying natural health and yoga. Although mobility challenged and living with chronic pain, Buzzy still has a lot to give — he wants to get back in the studio and back on stage to do what he does best.

You can read Buzzy’s full story HERE.  Please click the button below to donate.

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