I didn't know Dave Rask personally, unfortunately, but even before his untimely death I'd heard some amazing things about the Seabrook-dweller's music, both solo and with bands Death By Texas & Barstool Forest. The bits & pieces I'd heard made him sound like an impressively good songwriter, somebody with the potential to do some really incredible things, and the news from the Houston Press that he'd been badly burned and passed away in the hospital down in Galveston came as a shock.
Rask's friend and folky singer/songwriter Sara Van Buskirk (herself no slouch in the songwriting dept.) has organized a Memorial/Benefit Show for Rask's family, to be held tonight, Wed., July 8th over at the Avant Garden, reportedly Rask's favorite hangout. A star-studded cast of talented friends and compatriots will be there to celebrate the musician's life, including Van Buskirk, finnegan, Austin's Jim & The Toms, Jacob Houck (of Hungry Villagers), The Gold Sounds, & Death By Texas.
Here's the description of what tonight'll hopefully be like, courtesy of the show's organizers:
When our friend Dave Rask passed away he left some steep hospital bills to his family. We are throwing a show with all of his friends to help raise money for that and awareness of his exceptional art.
There will be a gallery of his paintings for viewing, his music for sale (if we are lucky), baked goods, raffle items & music performed by his fellow songwriters.
Please come out and celebrate a wonderful man's life.
If you'd like to come out & celebrate Rask's life with these folks, the memorial/benefit starts at 8PM, and there's a suggested donation of $5 to help his family out with the expenses.
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