Monday, January 08, 2007

Full range of emotion

There was plenty of magic in Seattle to go around this past Saturday night.

Shortly after someone sprinkled pixie dust on Quest Field (for one of the craziest NFL playoff finishes I've ever seen,) Neumo's was host to some plenty of great music and loads of generosity making for one special event. It might seem like a comedown to go from football screams to the laid back acoustic stylings of James Mercer (The Shins,) Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers, Archers of Loaf) and Joel RL Phelps, but the excitement never let really let up. Mercer summed up the evening with his final song, a cover of the Violent Femmes' track "Good Feelings." Longtime friend Mitch Leffler hosted, introducing each act with some personal recollections and witty asides, and the musicians took it from there.

Song: "Good Feelings" - Violent Femmes

Well... not just the musicians. The event raised around $13K for Charley's Fund, an organization gathering funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. So a big thank you goes out to all that attended, and especially to those that contributed even more at the show. The Leffler/Schneider clan were visibly in awe by all the goodwill shown.

But it's not over folks.

Thankfully, there's another benefit show coming in late April/early May featuring Britt Daniel of Spoon, and a couple more exciting (and unconfirmed) special guests. So be on the lookout here (and here.)

Right-On has some fantastic shots from the show (like the Eric Bachmann one above)
Saturday, the Seattle P-I did a great story on the show, Aidan and the whole family.

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