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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.

January 14, 2019:

Taking Back Sunday Takes Over Fender – TONIGHT!

#SweetSupporters Taking Back Sunday are taking over Fenders Instagram account TONIGHT! They’ll be showing fans exclusive behind the scenes shots of their current rig, and talking about their new raffle campaign to support our mission. To warm up for the show, TBS will also be sharing their soundcheck before the show!

Be sure to follow Fender on Instagram HERE to get notified and watch it live! 

January 14, 2019:

2019 GRUV LIVE

GruvGear , a friend and supporter of Sweet Relief, has announced the 2019 GRUV LIVE global artists concert event during the NAMM Show ~ Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 at 7pm! Get your tickets now, space is limited ~ Only $17 with a variety of food options. Door tickets will be $20. 

This surefire unforgettable experience will feature a new DBD (Drums + Bass + Dancers) Freestyle Jam, plus the debut of our “Gruv Kids” showcase featuring prodigy musicians from only 4 years old!

Their new state-of-the-art venue is only 4 miles from NAMM and features a giant video screen, an exclusive VIP Artist Loft, Side Stage seating, outdoor games, In-N-Out Burgers onsite, and even a Starbucks cafe! 

January 11, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – January 11th-13th, 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

 

Tommy Emmanuel | Music Box SD | Tickets


New Orleans, LA

 

The Amity Affliction & Senses Fail | The Joy Theater | Tickets


New York, NY

Big Freedia | Brooklyn Bowl | Tickets


Phoenix, AZ

STYX | Celebrity Theatre | Tickets


Columbus, GA

 

Kane Brown | Columbus Civic Center | Tickets

 

**Please note these are NOT benefit shows for Sweet Relief. Just a list of concerts by artists that support our mission!
January 11, 2019:

Be Taking Back Sunday’s VIP On Tour!

We’re partnering with long-time Sweet Relief Supporters Taking Back Sunday to bring you the ultimate VIP package

Every $10 donated to Sweet Relief (via the link below) enters you for a chance to win;

• 2 Tickets to the North American Spring Tour date of your choice

• Early Entry (VIP Experience to take place before doors.)

• Photo with Taking Back Sunday

• Collectible Laminate & Lanyard

• Exclusive Backpack, 3 Piece Patch Set, and Keychain

Everyone who enters will also be entered to win this Fender Guitar package!
ONE winner will receive:  

• AMERICAN PERFORMER TELECASTER® guitar signed
by the entire band AND played by John 

•  Deluxe Gig Bag ,Strap, Cable, Strings, Picks, Tuner, Guitar Stand, & Fender Play Gift Card 

ENTER NOW

January 4, 2019:

Sweet Concerts This Weekend – January 4th-6th, 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!

Santa Ana, CA

Calpurnia | Observatory | Tickets


Denver, CO

Randy Rogers Band | Grizzle Rose | Tickets


Fort Worth, TX

HANSON | Fort Worth Symphony @ Bass Performance Hall | Tickets


Nashville, TN

Ricky Skaggs | Franklin Theater | Tickets


Raleigh, NJ

Justin Timberlake | PNC Arena | Tickets

 

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

Happy New Year from Team Sweet Relief

As this year comes to an end, we at Sweet Relief want to take a moment and reflect on 2018. Everyone is looking forward to the 12 months ahead, but we also find it important to take a look back and learn from the events that have passed. Read below to see each Team Members moment of reflection-

BRITTANI

I feel incredibly thankful to have had so many great experiences, as well as difficult challenges throughout 2018. I plan on taking everything I have learned in the past year and apply it going forward in 2019. 

CHEY

2018 has been one of the most challenging years I have faced. I am so happy to have finally graduated from CSUF, but still find myself learning more and more each day. If I had to sum up what I learned this year in its entirety, I’d have to use a saying someone once told me “Things are not always what they seem…” I am looking forward to pushing myself at work and continuing to discover myself. Going to a ton of concerts and music festivals wouldn’t be too bad either…

TATIANA

I spent a lot of this year making sure I was truly living within the moments that were happening. With that, I was able to enjoy and experience more of my day to day life instead of letting my anxieties and worries win. In 2019, I want to continue this practice, and hopefully take it with me on adventures that go further outside my comfort zone (road trips, I’m looking at you!).

ARIC

This past year has taught me patience and tolerance in all things. I look forward to watching my son grow and learning more from him in 2019. 

BILL

What I learned in 2018 is, that despite everything we read in the news on a daily basis, people are genuinely compassionate and generous when given the chance. In 2019, I’m looking forward to finding new and better ways to serve musicians in need.  The amount of suffering we see from musicians applying for assistance is beyond staggering. We have to come up with more innovative strategies that not only provide hope but permanent & comprehensive solutions to their problems.

 

From all of us, THANK YOU for being a part of our team and helping us with our mission to support musicians in need. We’re always working on bigger and better ways to help, and we hope you join us. Cheers to a wonderful 2019!

December 27, 2018:

Last Chance to Make Your 2018 Donation

 

Your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in 2018 is coming soon. End the year by showing your commitment to providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. We rely on donations to further our mission to provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music; it’s time to give a little back!

 

December 25, 2018:

Happy Holidays from Team Sweet Relief!

The team at Sweet Relief would like to wish you a Happy Holiday! We are eternally grateful for your year-round support. This next year brings on new and exciting ventures for the team, keep an eye out for our future emails to stay informed!

Thank you for being a part of the Sweet Relief family.

December 23, 2018:

Happy Birthday to Sweet Relief Founder Victoria Williams!

Happy 60th Birthday to our amazing Founder, Victoria Williams!

Without her, Sweet Relief would simply not exist. 

In 1993 Vic was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because she didn’t have health insurance at the time, a great group of musicians got together and made the album Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, to raise monies for her medical costs. With the funds remaining Victoria created the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for the benefit of other musicians.

The name of the fund derives from a song of Victoria’s, Opelousas (Sweet Relief) and the fact that we do provide sweet relief in the form of financial assistance to many musicians who would otherwise be in untenable predicaments.

Victoria has made 14 records herself, as well as on many other artists recordings. She has starred in motion pictures and documentaries, and has charmed and entertained music lovers wherever she has gone for almost four decades.  Her list of collaborators and associates is a treasure-trove of some of the world’s finest artists and filmmakers. Victoria has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music and her particular brand of storytelling with anyone who has ears to hear. She has played countless fund-raising events over the years for the benefit others.

 

Victoria Williams Fund

December 21, 2018:

Sweet Concerts to Attend This Weekend

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:

 

 

 

 

 

BRIAN SETZER | MICROSOFT | TICKETS

 

PORTLAND, OR

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMO NITE | HOLOCENE | TICKETS

 

KEYSTONE, CO

 

 

 

 

 

 

KELLER WILLIAMS | WARREN STATION AT KEYSTONE | TICKETS 

 

AUSTIN, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROBERT EARL KEEN | HOUSE OF BLUES HOUSTON | TICKETS

 

MILWAUKEE, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL TIME LOW | THE RAVE/EAGLES CLUB | TICKETS

 

NEW YORK, NY

 

 

 

 

 

CHRIS THILE | TOWN HALL THEATER | TICKETS 

So, how will you be supporting music this weekend? Check back every week for a fresh list of shows happening in your area!

December 20, 2018:

Sweet Relief Holiday Playlist

Christmas is right around the corner. Get into the holiday spirit with our new “What Christmas Means To Sweet Relief” playlist! You will get to hear a mix of Christmas music from Sweet Supporters like Pentatonix, Lady Antebellum, Weezer, and many more. Listen through the embedded player below, or CLICK HERE!

December 18, 2018:

Sweet Relief Merch Shop NOW OPEN!

The Sweet Relief Merch Shop is NOW OPEN! To celebrate we are giving you 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER from now until December 31st!

Check out our new merch and see all the ways you can rep your support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More items coming soon!

SHOP NOW

 

 

 

December 17, 2018:

Open Enrollment closed, options still available

Deadlines are stressful enough. Throw in the frustration of insurance companies, doctors, and payments only raises tension in the neck. The Open Enrollment deadline has come and gone, but that does not mean you’re out of luck. You could very well still be eligible to sign up for Health Insurance for 2019. According to HealthCare.gov, there are still two ways you can sign up-

Enroll in or change 2019 plans with a Special Enrollment Period

  • If you experience certain life changes, like losing health coverage, getting married, or having a baby, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you may be able to sign up for health insurance at other times during the year.
  • See the full list of life events that may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period.
  • Not sure whether your life event qualifies? Answer a few questions to find out.

Apply for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year

  • Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some people with limited income, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
  • If you qualify, your coverage can start right away, any time of year.
  • Learn how to apply for Medicaid and CHIP.

 

 

 

View the original article HERE.

November 15, 2018:

Gregory Alan Isakov to benefit Sweet Relief

Gregory Alan Isakov just added more tour dates to his Evening Machines Tour, and a $1 from each ticket sold (at one of the dates below) will be going to Sweet Relief!

February 8—Colorado Springs, CO
February 9—Santa Fe, NM
February 10—Santa Fe, NM
February 11—Tucson, AZ
February 12—Phoenix, AZ
February 14—San Francisco, CA

We’re so thankful to have Gregory as a supporter of our mission!

Tickets go on sale this Friday. For more information: https://gregoryalanisakov.com/tour

 

 

November 14, 2018:

Who Sweet Relief Helps

In 2013, a survey showed almost half of career musicians did not have health insurance. Roughly 88% of musicians stated they didn’t because they simply couldn’t afford it. With costs rising each year, it’s hard to imagine that percentage going down. 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.

Sweet Relief brings professional experience in reducing medical and insurance costs so that funds can be used to keep artists in their homes during treatment and rehabilitation. 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 artists.

We have aided people suffering from a wide range of conditions including; Spinal Cord InjuryCancerMultiple SclerosisDiabetesKidney and Liver DiseasesStrokes and Head injuriesMental illness, Psychological disorders, and Cardiopulmonary Illnesses. Assisting some of our Great American artists has brought national awareness to the musicians’ plight.Major artists including Richie Hayward of Little FeatLester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers, Skylark of the Doobie BrothersGarry Shider of Parliament FunkadelicExene Cervanka of XMike Porcaro of Toto, and our founder Victoria Williams, have all looked to Sweet Relief for leadership, compassion, professionalism, and solution.

One unique thing about Sweet Relief is our Directed Artist Funds. These directed artist programs work with fans, friends and industry associates in helping specific musicians facing overwhelming challenges. For a full list of Directed Artist Funds, click HERE.

November 13, 2018:

Rock Beats Scissor – A Sweet Relief Benefit show

 

Sunday, November 18th, get ready for a night of Rock & Roll classics at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York to raise money for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund!

Featuring:
Shay Leonia 
AshtnMrtn 
Marcel Nadal Michelman 
Daniel Libretti 
Mishti 
Alex Nolan 
Benjamin Davis
Drew Bordeaux
…and more!

Admission is completely free, but a suggested donation of $10! 100% of the proceeds will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

RSVP HERE

November 7, 2018:

Chris Corso – The Amateur

Chris Corso is generously donating half of all proceeds from downloads of his jazz documentary “the amateur” to Sweet Relief! 

The Amateur explores the quirky and often humorous journey of Chris Corso, who at 55 years old, decides to take jazz piano lessons, not in search of fame and fortune, but to “mine” the instrument for the truthful “vibrations” it has to offer. This journey includes mixing meditation and marijuana with his jazz experience. Synchronicity soon takes over to shepherd him on a magical musical journey.

View the trailer HERE!

“I’m extremely grateful for my experiences learning and playing jazz, though it came late in life, Starting jazz piano lessons at 55years old, has definitely helped in my ongoing focus to turn back the biological clock and to slow down the aging process. In December ill turn 74 and all is well, happy to report. Stay tuned for upcoming events and more videos” – Chris Corso

 

Mel & Rose celebrating 25th Anniversary and 22nd Champagne tasting event with Chris Corso, Andy Allen, Cengis Yaltkaya and Ken Warfield

 

November 1, 2018:

What is #GivingTuesday?

What if we all gave on ONE day?

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27th.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world.

#GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website: www.givingtuesday.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday

Twitter: @GivingTues

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!

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