The world is a wonderful and amazing place, and what better way to see it than from the comfort of a large banana? Steve and Spade Braithwaite, AKA The Dirty Brothers are making a documentary film about building a huge banana car and then driving it from point A, around the world, and back to point A. The purpose of their quest is to raise funds for / awareness of D.V.T. (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and blood clot prevention. To find out more about the Big Banana Car and how you can get involved in the project please visit Big Banana Car Dot Com!
On Thursday July 28, 2011, The Joshua Liner Gallery will hold a silent art auction / fund raiser, the proceeds of which will benefit its Assistant Director, Tim Strazza, who was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. To help with Tim’s medical bills, many gallery artists and friends of the gallery have donated artworks, including Shawn Barber, Jeremy Fish, Tat Ito, Chris Mendoza, Ron English, Jim Houser, Swoon, Josh Keyes, Swoon, Sylvia Ji, Oliver Vernon, Sheppard Fairey and many others! The event will take place at the gallery from 7 to 10 PM and will include music, food and drinks. Available artworks can be previewed at This Link.This is a great opportunity for art fans to own pieces by some of the Liner Gallery’s amazing artists at what could well be bargain prices, and to also help out a nice guy in a tough situation. For more information on the event, including absentee bidding, please contact the gallery at 212-244-7415. You can also make a donation by following this link: http://strazzafamily.blogspot.com/. No amount is too small – all donations will help and are greatly appreciated.
The Joshua Liner Gallery is Located at 548 W. 28th Street – 3rd Floor, New York, NY.
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Pinkburst Guitars & Amps Collection (Photos by John Peden, Click Image to Enlarge)
The Worleygig is proud to announce a Pink Thing that is not only awesomely pink but also benefits a very worthwhile cause. The Pinkburst Project, sponsored by Guitarist Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister, is a collection of one-of-a-kind, custom made guitars from a variety of leading instrument manufacturers including Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Epiphone, Gretsch and Martin. There is also a matching collection of pink custom amps from Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa, Orange, Hartke and Diamond. All guitars and amplifiers will be offered for sale at an auction to be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 during the Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction in Boston, Massachusetts. View the full collection of individual guitars at This Link.
These stunningly beautiful guitars and amps have been built for sale at auction to create awareness of The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation. Proceeds from sales will raise much-needed funds for research, education and support for those affected by Uveitis and other inflammatory eye diseases. Uveitis is the third leading cause of preventable blindness in the USA, and the leading cause of blindness of American girls.
Jay Jay’s daughter, Samantha was diagnosed with Uveitis at age six during a routine eye exam at school. Samantha’s sight has been preserved through a cocktail of topical and systemic medications that her physician, Dr. Stephen Foster and his associated doctors at MERSI (Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution) in Cambridge, Massachusetts have carefully administered. Dr. Foster and his Foundation will benefit from the monetary proceeds of this auction.
Prior to the auction, a benefit concert, “The Pinkburst Project: An Evening with Twisted Sister and Friends benefiting the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation” will take place on Friday, April 29 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Tickets are $45 with, an American Express presale on Wednesday, January 26, and sale to the public starting on Friday, January 28 via Ticketmaster.com, Charge by Phone 800-745-3000, and (for no service charge) at the Best Buy Theater box office located at 1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street.
A full and finely detailed Press Release can be viewed at This Link.
Here’s wishing great success to Jay Jay with the Pinkburst Project!
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing drummer Eric Green from old school punk band, Riverboat Gamblers. Their current CD, Underneath the Owl, is an exciting throw back to awesome punk bands like Social Distortion and The Adolescents, and it’s definitely one of my favorite albums of 2009. Last night I got some sad news about his talented and fun band: their guitarist, Ian McDougall has been hit by a car and needs our help and support. Here is the email I received last night from the band’s representative:
“On the night of Saturday October 17th, while riding his bike home, a car hit Ian Mcdougall, guitarist of our band Riverboat Gamblers. He sustained some pretty heavy injuries including a broken hip, a broken wrist and hemmoraging under the skull along with many lacerations, torn ligaments, bruises and and scrapes. He was rushed by ambulance to Brackenridge hospital in Austin and stayed in the ICU for 2 days before being moved into his own room where he is undergoing physical therapy while awaiting the results on X-rays and MRIs as well as a deluge of other various tests.
That being said, the prognosis is better than we had first thought. We are happy that he is going to be ok and that he is alive and with us. Unfortunately, not only is he in for a long recovery and is in a lot of pain, but he will be celebrating his birthday in bed with hospital food.
On another unfortunate note, there are a pile of bills currently gaining a Mt. Everest-like summit from all his hospital expenses. We set up a PayPal account for our band mate and friend to try and help him get on top of the debt and focus on his recovery. Ian’s PayPal account email is ian.gambler @ gmail.com. Anything you can afford to give will be greatly appreciated by Ian and his family. Thank you all for your support and we wish Ian the speediest of recoveries.”
Look at this poor guy. Could you spare $5, or $10 or more to help Ian in his recovery? Please visit Paypal at This Link to donate, and just enter Ian’s email listed above. Thank you and please continue to rock!
Oh, and Get Well, Ian!