Day long flood relief benefit for Salvation Army on July 13

Posted on : Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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There are also a couple big shows being held in conjunction with the Street Wheelers Weekend.
 The 1010 Pub always turns their parking lot into a beer gardens  for Street Wheelers. This week, classic rock band Who’s Yer Daddy will be playing, July 12 while local country duo Tom and Curt will be playing on Saturday, July 13.
Backstreet South  brings in local classic rock band Fast Times, July 12. Backstreet features a Metallica tribute band Damage Inc., July 13. There is a $10 cover for that show.
 Classic rock band Driving While Blind will be hosting the open mic at Honker’s Pub, July 12.
 Driving While Blind will also be performing one of two big fundraisers this week.
One June 13, 13 bands will rock all day and all night long for for the Salvation Army to benefit victims of the floods a few weeks ago at  the Smokehouse Bar and Grill (1104 Mayor Magrath Drive).
Things kick off at noon with 13 bands beginning with Driving With Blind, followed by classic rock band Undefined, metal/ punk band Fox Eyes, pianist/ poet Jessie Tollstrup, metal band Death Pledge, Young Medicine, Swanson Hawk, Rawk Fist, ’90s cover band Temple City, pop punk band 24/7,  Flying Squirrels Delivery, Bruce Roome and company plus Suite 33 winding things up.
“ I’m not from Alberta, I wanted to show I’m an Albertan. I wanted to give back,” said  organizer Maggie Hall, whose husband plays in   Undefined.
“ It’s for the Salvation Army, because the Salvation Army is underwater in High River,” she continued adding the Red Cross has received  the benefits of most fundraisers being held.
 She said response to the event has been overwhelming.
“We have a waiting list of people who wanted to play. We had to put a cap on it,” she said adding she wanted to set it up earlier, but the date that worked best for everybody’s schedule was July 13.
“We contacted George Canyon, but he’s busy with his own fundraiser,” she said adding he donated a signed CD and  photo for the silent auction which includes variety of items from a  box of pork tenderloins and coffee machines to oil changes
 Admission is a five dollar donation, though you can donate more if you’d like.
“ I’m definitely looking forward to it. Our goal is to raise as much money for the Salvation Army as we can. My heart goes out to everybody,” she said.
“It’s amazing to see Albertan coming out to help each other,” she continued.
 The other fundraiser is for Chris Lipinski and Courtney Rode, who lost their house in a fire while the floods were hitting High River and Calgary. So far Lustre Creame and Planet Telex have been confirmed to play.
 The informal fundraiser for the young couple takes place at the Slice, July 10.
Other highlights this week include Bridgette Yarwood at Ric’s Grill, July 10, Cosmic Charley at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,July 12, Rancho Deluxe at the Slice, July 12 and  Riviera Paradise at the Mocha Cabana on Friday and Saturday, they are also bringing ins B.C. based pop/ folk singer  Pauline Kyllonen for a special show, July 11. She released her debut EP in 2008.
— By Richard Amery,L.A. Beat Editor