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August 14, 2019:

NEW FUND: Danny Amis

 

Danny Amis, a.k.a. Daddy O Grande of Los Straitjackets, needs our help…

Danny Amis is best known as “Daddy O Grande,” the masked guitarist, international playboy, and founder of Los Straitjackets. Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of the Ventures, The Shadows, and with Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world. Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the ‘Jackets’ have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of films and TV shows.

In 2010, Danny discovered a blood clot after his trip from Spain and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, to which he fought a very difficult battle. He recovered and moved to Mexico, and while he was unable to continue a full touring schedule, he still contributed his songs and guitar to Los Straitjackets’ recordings. In that time he produced several solo albums, as well as albums by Mexico’s Lost Acapulco and Dan Stuart (ex-Green on Red).

Currently, Danny has been struggling to recover after suffering a bout of meningitis. He is now in rehabilitation where he is relearning how to walk and speak, and attempting to overcome his short-term memory loss. All donations to the Danny Amis fund will assist in funding continued speech, memory and occupational therapy in the hopes of returning Danny’s independence in the coming weeks and months.

Learn all about Danny and how you can help by visiting https://sweetrelief.org/danny-amis-fund/ 

Or Donate by clicking below-

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August 11, 2019:

#SweetSupporter Tony Davia of Younger Hunger

https://www.facebook.com/pg/hungertobeyounger/about/?ref=page_internal
 
Younger Hunger. Haunt pop’s up & coming band, distinguished Tik Tok-ers and self-declared forces of pure… evil? When the band isn’t plotting to destroy the world, they are writing and releasing hits like Straight Face, an ode to those who can make you smile from ear to ear, even when everything around you is bound to leave you feeling apathetic. We caught up with Younger Hunger’s frontman, Tony Davia, to pick his brain on their latest single, how he got involved with Sweet Relief, & an exciting development in the band’s near future. 
 

What was the inspiration behind your song Straight Face? 

 
Sometimes I find myself going through days or even weeks without smiling. This song is a tribute to people in life that change that. 
 

Where do you envision Younger Hunger going in the near future? 

 
We’re putting out our first EP by the end of the year — 6 new songs.
 

How did you get involved with Sweet Relief? Why do you think it’s important to support musicians in need?

 
I got involved with Sweet Relief years ago, before Younger Hunger. I met Bill [Sweet Relief’s president] through a mutual friend and immediately fell in love with what he was doing for the music community. I’ve seen firsthand how expensive getting sick can be, and the fact that Sweet Relief takes it upon itself to help alleviate some of that stress is truly amazing. 
 

Who makes you smile when you have a straight face? 

 
100% my three-legged cat, Moosh. He’s the light of my life. 
 
 
 
Big thanks to Tony for spending some time with us to catch up! Check out Younger Hungers latest single, Straight Face, out now. 
 
Follow them on SPOTIFY 
 
You can also catch the band live during their FREE SHOW in LA this Saturday! Details HERE
August 9, 2019:

New Summer Merch

We just added two new designs to our Sweet Relief Merch Store! The Desert Record& Piano Summer Sun have quickly become some of our favorite pieces. Summer is slowly coming to a close, don’t miss out & rep Sweet Relief this season ☀️

Artist: Rachel Davis

Website – rachellauradavis.com 

IG: @rachel_laura_davis

August 7, 2019:

In Memoriam- Erica Hoffman

We are devastated to learn of the passing of an artist we helped over the past several years, Erica Hoffman. As anyone that knew her would tell you, she was truly a light in her community and was a fighter to the very end. She will be greatly missed. Her family is asking for donations to the Erica Hoffman Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers to help cover funeral costs and her remaining medical bills.

Erica Hoffman was an effervescent young vocal coach and a singer-songwriter, as well as an experienced performer and worship leader. As a coach at Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, GA, Erica’s passion was 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.

Erica’s love of music infused all that she did.  Beginning with piano lessons at the age of eight, she took up singing and vocal training after being inspired by the engaging performances of Lauryn Hill.  Erica trained with a voice coach as a teenager, and with later classical training found her sweet, clear soprano voice. As a high school senior, she won the Pinellas County Opera League scholarship and went on to pursue her musical education at Florida State University as a vocal performance major. Moved by the heart and passion she found singing in the soulful FSU Gospel Choir, Erica began writing her own music as well.

Read more HERE.

August 2, 2019:

Concerts This Month – AUGUST 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!

 

August 3rd- Third Eye Blind (w/Jimmy Eats World| FivePoint Amp | Irvine, CA

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August 11th- Gregory Alan Isakov | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO

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August 10th- Jon Pardi | Dos Equis Pavilion | Dallas, TX

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August 6th- Ben Folds and Violent Femmes| STAGE AE | Pittsburgh, PA

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August 25th- Ringo Starr | Santa Fe Opera House | Santa Fe, NM

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August 10th- Brian Setzer| Westhampton Beach PAC | Westhampton, NY

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July 30, 2019:

What The Night Brings: Jeff Austin Tribute Show

Mission Ballroom · Denver

 4242 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80216

Monday, November 4, 2019 – 7:00pm

Jeff Austin’s tremendous impact on our community will never be forgotten. So many family, friends, and music fans’ lives were connected and inspired by Jeff, creating endless memories, both on the stage and off.

On November 4, AEG Presents & Sweet Relief Musicians Fund invite music fans far and wide to What the Night Brings: An evening of music, remembrance and community with all proceeds going to The Jeff Austin Family Fund. What the Night Brings will feature performances by Billy Nershi, Billy Strings, Brendan Bayliss, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keith Moseley, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon (Acoustic), Members of the Jeff Austin Band: Kyle Tuttle, Jean-Luc Davis, Julian Davis, Mimi Naja, Noam Pikelny, Railroad Earth, The Travelin’ McCourys, Yonder Mountain String Band and more.

Jeff Austin, mandolinist, singer, songwriter and founder of The Jeff Austin Band, and Yonder Mountain String Band, passed away on June 24, 2019. He was the son of Eileen Austin, husband to Devlyn, and father to Lily Rose (12), Penelope (5), and Jude Patrick (2). He was a dear friend whose music touched the lives of so many.

A note from Devlyn: “The outpouring of support and love has been tremendous. I want to thank everyone who has supported the fund.  It’s truly amazing, and it’s allowed our family to begin processing the unimaginable.  We hope that this show will be a chance for everyone to come together, remember Jeff, and enjoy the music and the musicians that were so close to him.”

Our thoughts remain with the Austin family and we encourage music fans far and wide to contribute to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund HERE, with all funds benefiting the Jeff Austin Family Fund.

AEG Presents is honored to announce WHAT THE NIGHT BRINGS live at the Mission Ballroom Monday, November 4, 2019. Doors – 6:00pm | Show – 7:00pm.

July 5, 2019:

Concerts this Month – JULY 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!

 

July 14th- Justin Moore| The Pacific Amp | Costa Mesa, CA

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July 27th- Dwight Yoakam | Star Of The Desert Arena | Primm, NV

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July 13th- The Head and the Heart | White Oak Music Hall | Houston, TX

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July 27th- Maxwell| The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre | Bend, OR

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July 19th-  Lady Antebellum | Cheyenne Frontier Days | Cheyenne, WY

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July 11th- CHVRCHES| Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY

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July 20th- Earth, Wind & Fire| Starlight Theatre | Kansas City, MO

TICKETS

 

July 2, 2019:

Music Community Pays Tribute to Jeff Austin

We’re amazed at the outpouring of love and support we have been seeing from the music community and fans after the sudden passing of Jeff Austin. Jeff was an incredible presence, and he will forever be missed. We couldn’t help but share the loving words and tributes from some of Austin’s dearest friends and colleagues. 

“Rest peacefully old friend” – Keller Williams, you can watch his cover of Austin’s song “New Horizons” HERE

“Hard to believe that my old neighbor Jeff Austin is gone… I had some great times pickin’ with him, whether with String Cheese, Yonder, the Travelin’ McCourys or the JABand. Peace be on you Jeff. Sending your family love from everyone in the SCI camp.” –Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident

Watch Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon sing an original song in honor of Jeff Austin HERE

Funds raised for the Jeff Austin Family Fund will be used to pay outstanding medical debt as well as vital living expenses for his family.

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

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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

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

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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

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* $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.

 

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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!

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