Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Hardstock '08: Shout-out to friends in need

A Creative Revolution's Frank Frink is spreading the news about how a local musician (now working in NYC) desperately needs some assistance -- being badly injured in a car accident through no fault of his own, with no health insurance, is one of the worms lurking in the Big Apple. From FF's email:
"Scott was returning home from a recording session one night this February when the cab in which he was a passenger was T-boned by a stolen car, estimated to be going 90-100 Mph (145-160 km/h) at time of impact. Scott remains paralyzed from the chest down in a hospital in New York with a crushed T5 vertebrae, broken collarbone, broken shoulder blade, no health insurance and whopping medical bills. Although he is slowly recovering and has started rehabilitation, he has been in the hospital since Feb 15, and will be there for quite some time.

A benefit was also organized in New York by his friends and colleagues there on March 19th, and included performances from John Medeski, Billy Martin, Bill Laswell, Sex Mob, John Scofield, DJ Logic, DJ Olive, Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Antibalas, John Ellis, Michael Blake, Vijay Iyer, Tommy Hamilton, Kevin Kendrick, and many more. They raised over $30,000 for the trust fund that has been set up for Scott by his friends.

Now the gauntlet has been thrown down for Scott’s Vancouver fans and friends, and will be answered with the Hardstock 08 Concert, April 25 at the Commodore. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday April 9, and will sell out fast. In the interest of keeping admin costs down and making the most amount of money possible available for Scott's rehab an recuperation we really have no advertising budget. We are going to strongly rely on word-of-mouth, plus any press we can wheedle out of local media, to make this show happen and work. I ask that you forward this on to as many people as you can. Thanks!

Personal donations can be made directly to the Scotty Hard Trust, payable to “The Scotty Hard Trust" and sent c/o
Heesok Chang,
970 Kent Ave #401,
Brooklyn NY
11205 USA"
Anyone from around these parts knows the Commodore and what a great time can be had there -- dance floor on tennis balls! Woot! -- and this sounds like it'll be one of the greatest. To reiterate the salient info: The event is called "Hardstock '08", it's at the Commodore in Vancouver on Friday April 25, and tickets go on sale tomorrow (April 9th). (And for those who can't attend, Scotty's friends are accepting donations at the address noted at the end of the post above.)

For more info, please read Frank Frink's post at A Creative Revolution.