I was just made aware of a fundraiser to help singer/songwriter Drew Nelson with
a pile of medical bills. He had some serious surgery, and had to cancel a number
of shows due to the recovery time. Becca and I donated a performance for this fundraiser,
to be held this Sunday in Lansing, and we'd hope that some of you could come
and lend some support. Drew has touched the lives of many with his music.
here's the official word on this...
Drew Nelson Benefit Concert
Sunday, October 27
at the Lansing VFW Hall, Post
6132 3104 W. St. Joseph Ave., Lansing, MI 48917
1pm to 7pm
Drew Nelson recently
fought thru the challenges of Achalasia, a medical malady of the esophagus requiring
surgery and other medical care. Although he has insurance, Drew still has
unpaid medical bills, and lost a lot of income while he was off the road.
After three years of symptoms, Drew Nelson was diagnosed with esophageal achalasia
in April. Achalasia is an uncommon swallowing disorder that affects about 10 in
a million people. While the cause of achalasia is unclear, it can be described as
a degeneration of nerves on the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
The LES fails to relax and peristalsis (the muscle movement of the esophagus that
moves food toward the stomach) fails. This leads to symptoms such as an inability
to swallow food, severe chest pain, chronic coughing, sleeplessness due to choking
when prone, heartburn, frequent vomiting, and weight loss.
Although Drew will always have achalasia, he was able to treat it with a major surgery
in May. The surgery was very successful and Drew is able to eat normally but will
need to maintain his condition with yearly endoscopies and checkups. Although Drew
fortunately had insurance to cover the bulk of the surgical bills, he was left with
a very large copay. Additionally, Drew lost a substantial amount of income due to
his having to cancel multiple shows in order to have the surgery completed and to
accommodate a recovery period. As we all know, musicians don't get sick days
so Drew is challenged with decreased income and new debt.
In order to help support our friend Drew, a benefit will be held on Sunday, October
27 at the Lansing VFW Hall, Post 6132, at 3104 W. St. Joseph Ave., Lansing, MI 48917
from 1pm to 10pm. The event will feature music by many of Drew's friends, as
well as Drew Nelson and Highway 2. Food and beverages will be available. Performers
include Dave Boutette, Jen Sygit, Drew Howard, J Oscar Bittinger, Bob Hauser, Robin
Montoresso, Hillbilly and The City Boys, Jamie Sue Seal, John Latini, Drew Nelson
and Highway 2, and many many more.
HOST IS DAVE BOUTETTE
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM ROBIN MONTEROSSO
1:30 PM - 1:55 PM STEPHEN COWLES
2:00 PM - 2:20 PM HILLBILLY CAPONE
2:25 PM - 2:55 PM BOB HAUSLER
3:00 PM - 3:25 PM J. OSCAR BITTENGER
3:30 PM - 3:55 PM HAWKS AND OWLS
4:00 PM - 4:25 PM JILL JACK
4:30 PM - 4:55 PM JAMIE SUE SEAL/JOHN LATINI
5:00 PM - 5:25 PM JEN SYGIT
5:30 PM TO END DREW NELSON & HIGHWAY TWO
bring your gal and shake a leg...
the Grand River Folk Art Society
The 4th Friday of the month Contra Dance
*hosted at the historic*
St. Adalbertus Casino and Aid Society
otherwise known as the 5th St. Hall
West Side, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
on the corner of 5th and Davis St.
$9 General, $7 Folk/Dance Societies Members
$1 First Time Friend
Lapsitters hugged, fussed over, and welcomed free
No smoking, no drinking please Up the stairs *******
I'll have some members, and alumni, of Hawks and Owls string band there as a
core band, and anyone of any level of expertise with a string band related instrument
that wants to sit in is welcome. There will be tune chord handouts available
for the fiddle tunes we'll play, and any questions answered. For those melody
players wanting to learn some new tunes, bring that small recorder and take 'em
home. ***To get there:*** 131 north to the Leonard St. exit, turn left/West
onto Leonard St. to Alpine Ave. Left/South on Alpine to 5th St. Left/East on 5th
St. to Davis and the Hall is on the corner. or: Bridge St. West to Stocking,
right on Stocking to 5th St., right on 5th to Davis and the 5th St. Hall. or look
at the map: http://www.grfolkarts.org/stadalbertsmap.htm
the change in the seasons, it's happening quick!
Hawks and Owls string band
acoustic evolution of rural American music
show schedule: http://www.hawksandowls.com/Performances.htm
RiverView Electric Co.
fully licensed and insured
"I have been receiving tons of compliments concerning the entertainment. As
musicians and volunteers, you added so much for the participants of the race.
I am thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such
talented performers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Jaime Sheppard,
event coordinator, 10th Annual Komen Race for the Cure
"Bruce hails from
the Grand Rapids area and is an all around
musical genius. He plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and sings
as a great bass vocalist. Join him in his Flat Picking Guitar
workshop. He is one of the best around.
" Glynn Russell, Wheatland Music Festival
"We really enjoyed the
performance and hope to continue working with you in the future!
" Teresa Cramer, Mixed Greens, Program Coordinator
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