Tomorrow Night: Help Out Lucas Gorham of Grandfather Child
I’ve gotten info about a bunch of different benefit-type shows lately, and while I fully intend to post about all of ’em at some point, this one really grabbed hold of me, in large part because it’s a benefit for awesome, insanely talented cool dude Lucas Gorham, a mainstay of the Houston scene and the slide guitar-shredding frontman of blues-soul-rockers Grandfather Child.
Apparently Lucas got in a fairly serious bicycle accident a few weeks ago, and while he’s thankfully on the mend, well, those medical bills just pile up higher & higher, and Lucas’s day job teaching kids music over at Nameless Sound doesn’t have health insurance. So he’s stuck, well and truly.
Or maybe not. See, a bunch of Lucas’s friends — led by The Convoy Group main man Mark C. Austin, I think — are throwing a benefit show for him tomorrow night, on Sunday, February 10th, up at Fitzgerald’s.
They’re calling it “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and they’ve gathered up a holy-crap-that-rules slate of musicians and bands who are willing to help out, including psych-pop gang Featherface, Sergio Trevino of roots-folk-rock outfit Buxton, Taylor Lee & Sara Van Buskirk of Finnegan (and this may be Van Buskirk’s first show in something like a year, FYI, but don’t quote me on that one), Mike & Austin of garage-punk ragers Mikey & The Drags, melancholy rootsy people Second Lovers, ska/reggae supergroup The Suffers, Justin Nava from the last place you look, soulful psych-rock heroes The Tontons, and Pleasure Shapes (who I still need to hear but who I’m told are great), for a few.
Here’s the full schedule, as of right now:
- 500 DJ Meshak
530 Taylor Lee and Sara Van Buskirk (Finnegan)
600 Sergio Trevino (Buxton)
630 The Tontons
700 Second Lovers
800 Justin Nava (the last place you look)
830 Pleasure Shapes
900 Mike & Austin (Mikey & The Drags)
930 Will Van Horn (Robert Ellis)
1000 Kelly Doyle Trio
1030 The Suffers
1100 Grandfather Child
1130 Black Congress (electronics set)
Of course, there’ll be plenty of cheap drinks on hand, plus some cool-sounding raffle prizes from IKEA and Rockin’ Robin, among others. The minimum donation to see the show is $10, but hell, you can donate however much beyond that you want. You don’t actually have to get out to the show to help Lucas, mind you — if you want to donate, just go to https://www.stubwire.com/event/withalittlehelpfrommyfriendsacharityconcertbenefitinglucasgorham/fitzgeralds/houston/4755/ and buy a ticket online, regardless of whether or not you can make it up to Fitz…
Anyway, that’s the deal. Like I said above, Lucas is a good dude, a genuinely nice, down-to-earth, ridiculously talented guy who spends his days either making great music or teaching kids how to play experimental music; help him out however you can.