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June 12, 2019:

Erica Hoffman – UPDATE

As many are aware, Erica Hoffman has been a staple in the music community for many years. As a vocal coach, she has worked closely with musicians in a way not all vocal coaches do. Erica’s passion is helping artists discover their musical identity, both through the development of each artist’s individual voice, and in helping them find their unique creative thumbprint within their original compositions. 

Unfortunately in October 2015, after becoming violently ill, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. Although her partial-colectomy was a success, the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, lungs, and liver.  Just before Christmas of that year, Erica began chemotherapy treatments at Georgia Cancer Specialists. In recent months, her doctors informed her that the chemo was no longer working. 

In an effort to cope, Erica documents her experience as a cancer patient in her candid and humorous blog: To Infinity! (and around again). In May, she posted an update that not only gave a better view of how life is while living with this disease, but also broke down a few ways friends, family, and YOU can help. Read the full update below:

 

 

To donate online, please CLICK HERE.

To donate by check, write a check to:
Erica Hoffman 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

June 7, 2019:

Concerts This Month – JUNE EDITION

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!

 

June 14th- Third Eye Blind| Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, CA

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June 11th- Art Alexakis | Fargo Theatre | Fargo, ND

TICKETS*

June 12th- Mac DeMarco | The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory | Irvine, TX

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June 15th- The Offspring | Midtown Ballroom | Bend, OR

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June 16th-  Rosanne Cash | Ryman Auditorium | Boston, MA

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June 15th- Tom Morello | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | Tinley Park, IL

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June 18th- Death Cab For Cutie | The Masonic | Detroit, MI

TICKETS

 

May 29, 2019:

NEW MERCH: In Music We Trust Collection

Rep your love for Sweet Relief this 4th of July season with our In Music We Trust Collection! With designs featuring the “Guitar Flag,” and “Patriotic Pick” on t-shirts, racerback tank tops, drawstring bags, and beach towel!

 

Buy early to take advantage of these very special discounts!

May 28-31 30% OFF!
Jun 1-10 25% OFF!
Jun 11-20 20% OFF!
Jun 21-Jul 4th 10% OFF!
**Discount only applies to items in our “In Music We Trust” collection **

 

What we earn with every purchase will be used towards helping musicians in need 🙏. These designs were created & donated to us by Gussie Antell. Follow her work @gussssie via Instagram.

 

 

May 28, 2019:

Meet George Thorogood and win a LTD Signed Guitar

Just added to our Charitybuzz page! Bid to win the chance for you and a guest to meet George Thorogood with 2 Guest List tickets to the show of your choice! You’ll also win a LIMITED EDITION George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit guitar signed and personalized to the name of your choice by George himself! 

For tour dates, click HERE.

Introducing the BRAND NEW Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit Featuring ProBuckerTM P-90s, WilkinsonTM Deluxe Tuners, Hard Case, and more! Debuting May 28th, the Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit is the premier Epiphone signature model by blues legend George Thorogood and pays tribute to Thorogood’s prized original. Featuring a vintage-inspired ES-125 hollow body archtop in a Bone White finish with removable “Cobra” sticker, new ProBuckerTM P-90 single-coil pickups, a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity, Custom Hard Case with “Snake-Skin” handle, WilkinsonTM Deluxe Tuners, and more! Like all Epiphones, the new Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit comes with rock solid hardware including WilkinsonTM Deluxe “3-in-a-line” machine heads with Ivory buttons, an Epiphone Heavy Duty ¼” Output Jack, a nickel Traditional “Diamond” Trapeze Tailpiece that is secured to the top to reduce feedback (just like George’s), and an easily adjustable Pau Ferro Floating bridge. A hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity in a Presentation Binder is included along with a custom Hard Case with an imitation “Snake-Skin” handle.

 

May 17, 2019:

Ann Arbor Blues Festival & Sweet Relief

 

We’re so excited to announce our partnership with the Ann Arbor Blues Festival! $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to Sweet Relief 🙏

Ann Arbor Blues Festival is proud to announce its lineup for the 2019 edition of the iconic music festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The festival will take place from Friday, August 16th – Sunday, August 18th at the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds. Complete info and tickets at www.A2BluesFestival.com.

Get your pre-sale tickets now with promo code FIRST1

May 13, 2019:

Thank you OC Music Showcase

We had a great time at last weekend’s OC MUSIC SHOWCASE! Thank you to all that donated, purchased something, or just wanted to learn more about us. Special THANK YOU to all the wonderful folks that made it possible, including; Hampton Productions, Robert Jon & The Wreck,  Jeramiah Red,  Moonsville Collective, Mega Low, Ted Z and The Wranglers, SEGA Genecide & Wahoos Fish Tacos, and all the amazing vendors!

Be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #OCSX2019 in any photos you post!

May 3, 2019:

Concerts of the Month – MAY EDITION

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!

 

May 10th- Ariana Grande | The Forum | Los Angeles, CA

TICKETS

May 11th- Art Alexakis | The Coach House | San Juan Capistrano, CA

TICKETS*

May 4th- Taking Back Sunday | House Of Blues Vegas | Las Vegas, NV

TICKETS**

May 9th- Maddie & Tae | Talking Stick Resort | Phoenix, AZ

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May 20th- Wallows | Crescent Ballroom | Phoenix, AZ

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May 8th-  The Marcus King Band | Granada Theater | Dallas, TX

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May 23rd- Passion Pit | House Of Blues Boston | Boston, MA

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May 25th- Eric Church | Nissan Stadium | Nashville, TN

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May 13th- The Who | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY

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May 5th- Vampire Weekend | Webster Hall | New York, NY

TICKETS

* $1 of ticket sales go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

** $1 of VIP upgrades go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

April 30, 2019:

Fund Update: Buzzy Linhart

It is with mixed emotions that we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of William “Buzzy” Linhart’s debut album “buzzy” (re-issued as “Buzzy’s buzzy” by BuzzArt on Spotify & CD Baby). Produced by legendary producer Lou Reizner, fresh from his sessions producing Rod Stewart’s debut, “buzzy” provided a glimpse into both what Buzzy had been doing before 1968 as well as into what he would be doing over the following decade. Buzzy explores folk, blues, jazz, raga & psychedelia over 6 songs & 45 minutes as artists were wont to do at the time. This is an album by an artist who wasn’t afraid to challenge the listener, to take you on a journey that would provide great reward if you had the mettle to get to the finish line. Buzzy took chances, playing without a net, and that’s how great art is made.

The emotions are mixed because within the past year, Buzzy has been hospitalized three times with neurological symptoms and severe pain syndrome. He is currently in nursing respite care in Berkeley, CA and we know he would be thrilled if some new people were turned onto his music. If you give it a listen and want us to pass on a message to him, just reply to this email and we’ll take care of the rest. 

His journey has not been easy but with your help, we can keep him comfortable and in good hands.  If you wish to read more, or support, please follow the link below to the Buzzy Linhart Fund page.

 

 

 

April 28, 2019:

London Rock: The Unseen Archive

Ron Robinson + RPM Archives Present London Rock: The Unseen Archive, an exhibition opening reception and artist book signing. Photographs by #SweetSupporter Alec Byrne!

Thursday, May 9 from 5-8pm at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica.

Preorder signed book copies @ ronrobinson.com

RSVP events@ronrobinson.com

April 26, 2019:

The First Annual OC Music Showcase Festival

Five bands. One day of live music uniting a community. A record release party never sounded so good!

OC Music Showcase and Hampton Productions present a day of music, craft beer, and spirits at the Wahoo’s Fish Taco on Saturday, May 11th to celebrate new music from Jeramiah Red, Robert Jon & The Wreck, Moonsville Collective, Mega Low, and Ted Z and The Wranglers. The fun doesn’t end with the fest, catch a second wind and stay for the after party featuring Sega Genecide. Festival benefits Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

With the reemergence of Jeramiah Red, the showcase will feature a staple act of the OC music scene that’s ready to mark their return and make some serious noise with their new self-titled album and give their first live performance in nearly a year. The launch of their new single and video “Killing Time” that you can view at their website jredofficial.com kicks off the new album with grit and style. 

Gearing up for more national and international tour dates in 2019, Robert Jon & the Wreck will kick off their run in OC with fiery, soulful rock and material from their new album, Take Me Higher. Moonsville Collective with their Americana String Band that stands firm in the traditions of Old Time, Folk, Country and Rhythm and blues. Up and comers Mega Low bring more local talent to the fest and will feature new music. Ted Z and the Wranglers will be showcasing new music and new album as well. 

OC Music Showcase starts at 4 p.m. and wraps around 9:00 p.m., but there’s more to be heard after the festival. The official after-party features 90’s tribute act, Sega Genecide, who’ll have the crowd singing along to the best anthems of the decade.

Nothing pairs with live music like craft beer and spirits, and the showcase will offer tastings from Left Coast Brewery, Towne Park Brewery, Laguna Beach Company, Chihuahua Cerveza and more! Distillers include Three Chord Bourbon and Des Madre Tequila. The main bar will feature one of the top breweries operating in the United States, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Join a longtime community of OC musicians for an incredible night of live music celebrating multiple new records!

OC Music Showcase & Hampton Productions Inc Presents: OC Music Showcase Festival “The Release Party & Craft Beer Tasting”

MAY 11, 2019 • Doors Open at 4pm • After Party 10pm • 21+ • 7891 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Festival Lineup – Jeramiah Red, Robert Jon & The WreckMoonsville Collective , Mega Low and Ted Z & The Wranglers

After Party – Sega Genecide 

Presale Ticket Special

$20 presale ticket includes entry and 4 tasting tickets

$30 presale ticket includes entry and 4 tasting tickets plus after party entry

Day of Event Tickets

$20 festival ticket at door

$15 after party ticket with purchase of festival ticket

Beer and Spirit tasting tickets 4 for $10

$8 beer & wine  

Sponsors for the OC Music Showcase Festival include QSC AudioSierra NevadaTowne Park BreweryLeft Coast BreweryHybrid StudiosChihuahua CervezaLaguna Beach BreweryOC Weekly, Three Chord BourbonDeMaDre 

Food provided by: Wahoo’s Fish Taco & Woody’s

Benefitting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund 

SET TIMES:

4:00pm – Doors Open 

4:30pm – Ted Z and The Wranglers

5:15pm – Mega Low

6:00pm – Moonsville Collective

7:00pm – Robert Jon & The Wreck

8:00pm – Jeramiah Red 

10:00pm – After Party – Sega Genecide

Parking: Parking Structure across street from Wahoo’s Fish Taco – Recommended Uber or Lyft – Ride share area available for pick up and drop off

 

April 24, 2019:

Jake Miller Ticket GIVEAWAY

As a thank you to our supporters, we want to show some love by giving away a pair of tickets to see Jake Miller on May 17th in LA to TWO lucky winners!⠀
Here’s how to enter:⠀
🎵Head to our Instagram page and follow us @sweetreliefmusiciansfund
🎵Tag your concert buddy in the comments on the post about this Giveaway⠀
🎵EXTRA ENTRY: Sign up for our newsletter ➡️ bit.ly/SeeJakeMiller⠀

Winners will be selected on May 13th at 10am PST. Good luck!!⠀

Winner will be selected at random and notified via DM on Instagram no later than May 14th.⠀

To purchase tickets to the show, head to ➡️ https://buff.ly/2Vp0swv⠀

April 19, 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.

DONATE

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.

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