Musicians band together to aid Christensen
The gigs, the electricity between musicians on stage, the creativity. It sounds great to be a musician. And it is great to be able to make one's living making music. Until crisis hits. In the face of being uninsured, medical bills can be scary, and rightfully so.
Luckily, when a musician faces tough times in Milwaukee, often his or her peers will step up to the mic to ask for help. A group of musicians here is doing just that on Sunday, March 24 with a benefit concert for bassist Gary Christensen.
Christensen, currently the bandleader of the WAMI Award-winning All Star SuperBand, is a local veteran, with a career dating back decades. He recently had a medical crisis that led to a four-week stay in a Madison hospital, including a long stint in the ICU. The bills for that and for his post-hospital treatment have been huge, says his manager Barbara Wagner.
Now, says Wagner, it's time for the community to step up and help a guy that's been focused on the community for years.
"All proceeds from every week's SuperBand show go to local charities; this has been status quo since Christensen started the SuperBand," says Wagner. "The recipient for the last several years has been Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin."
So, she's organized the benefit, from 2 until 5 p.m. at the 449th American Legion Post, 3245 N. 124th St., in Brookfield. On the bill are Ray Tabs, Lem Banks, Warren Wiegratz and VIVO, Deirdre Fellner, Adekola Adedapo, Annie Denison, Pete Sorce, Jackson Dordel and Sherwood Alper. The 16-piece SuperBand, directed by Guy Kammerer, will also perform.
Christensen will be on hand for the event.
"Gary has been an integral part of Milwaukee's music community since the '70s, when he played in local rock bands with the likes of a young Daryl Stuermer and others," notes Wagner.
More performers are expected to be announced soon for the show and high-end raffle items will be on display at the event. Attendees may purchase food and desserts and the post's bar will be open.
Admission is $10 and parking is free.
All funds raised at the benefit will go directly to Christensen who, says Wagner, is "extremely grateful for any and all assistance."
The SUPERband plays at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub in Elm Grove, Not at Libiamo's!! Thanks, Barbara Ulrich BarbU262@allstarsuerband.com
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