Women Musician Benefit for HepC, July 31, ’04 Universal Bar &Grill, Universal City, CA
with Madalyn Sklar | Kelly’s Lot | Kanary | Sean Wiggins | Susan Laurenzi
written and photographed by: Female Guitarist The Shredmistress
This is a series of events, hosted by Kelly Z. of Kelly’s Lot. She is the spokesperson for the Hepatitis C Awareness Program and has put on shows around the country for this very worthy and largely overlooked cause.
(excerpt taken from previous sources) "In 2004, a national coalition of musicians started to work together to raise awareness about hepatitis C. In 2000, after losing a close friend to the disease, Kelly Zirbes and her band Kelly’s Lot started raising awareness of the disease through events and concerts. Wanting to reach more people Kelly started HepCCoalition.com and put out a call to musicians across the country to help raise awareness on a national level. Each member of the coalition are distributing postcards with facts about hep c at their shows and events all over the USA. This was one of the shows to raise awareness and funds for the campaign with other concerts being planned for the future across the country. The proceeds for all events are going to The Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors Program to help fund the postcard campaign."
Madalyn Sklar of GogirlsMusic was there and digging the event. It’s always nice to see her. She came all the way from Texas to hang out and support.
Sean Wiggins played a dynamite set after Kelly’s Lot and again.. having seen her a few times, I’m always ready for some great vocals, songs and cool attitude Sean puts into her performances.
Kanary finished off the night. Leslie Knauer, with gutsy vocals and inspiring rhythm playing plus Mary being the "bass animal" she is… sexy.. in your face.. with a slightly distorted bass sound which has become her trademark… the audience was drooling.
Didn’t get to see Zero Hour or Susan Lorenzi but according to audience reports, they did a fine job entertaining. I had a great night… badly needed after stress at the home front… drank a few vinos… made a fool out of myself by talking too much LOL… always lecturing about the "importance of connecting with people and WHY we do what we do" ….dancing around to the toons and basically having a blast. Now.. there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?