If you're in a band, have seen a band live or listened to a band in L.A., go to Pablove.org and Jennifer Tefft's benefit shows this week
This is a really important week for L.A. fans to do some tangible good for beloved folks on the local music scene with their show-going.
Eulogies and Bad Veins are playing the Echo tonight in support of the Pablove Foundation, the charity founded by Dangerbird Records owner Jeff Castelaz, whose son Pablo recently passed away from a rare childhood cancer. His story is heartbreaking, but the blog kept by Castelaz and his wife, Jo Ann Thrailkill, will reaffirm your faith in human love. The Pablove Foundation benefits the cancer unit of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in East Hollywood.
Simultaneously, Spaceland Productions talent buyer Jennifer Tefft is faced with the All-American problem of some brutal medical bills. Seventeen years ago she was diagnosed with lupus anticoagulant, a blood-clotting disorder, and while it hasn't slowed down her work cultivating America's best ratio of good-bands-per-capita at Spaceland and the Echo/Echoplex, it has made her care a severe financial burden. A show to help blunt those bills, featuring She Wants Revenge, Living Things, Dead Meadow, Great Northern and a bunch of other local acts and DJ's, happens this Thursday at the Echo as well.
Until Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) gets his way, these types of benefit shows are the closest thing the L.A. music world is going to get to an affordable insurance plan, so dig around in your bag of laundry quarters and be there. Anyone who's gotten anything out of L.A. music owes it to them, and to the city's cultural scene, to help out.