Black Francis, Flea, Weird Al, Michael Penn and more all on the same stage

photo by Mc-Q, used under a Creative Commons license
photo by Mc-Q, used under a Creative Commons license

December 8th at the Echoplex. Only $20. Can you beat that friggin’ lineup?

I’d say its impossible, but on December 9th at the adjacent Echo, you’ll have Black Francis with Bob Oedenkirk, Tim & Eric, Dave Lovering, Brian Posehn, and more. Again, for only $20… or $35 for both nights.

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you what its all about: a benefit for the now 8 1/2 month old baby Winston Bertrand.

Winston Bertrand was born on February 20, 2009 with a double whammy of two extremely rare and life-threatening conditions. Winston was born with two rare complex malformations called Lymphatic and Venous Malformations. Lymphatic malformations are varying sized cystic abnormalities of the lymphatic system occurring in perhaps 1 in 10,000 births. His parents, Jennifer and Chris Bertrand have had to practically abandon their business to assist in around-the-clock in-home medical care for baby.

The Pixies’ Black Francis and his badass wife Violet Clark have taken up the cause of spreading the word about Winston and encouraging people to help the Bertrands cover their astronomical medical costs.

And thus the two nights of sheer awesomeness that rival the original Band Aid lineup (although a group performance of “Feed the World/Do They Know Its Christmastime?” would be epic).

Night 1, Tuesday, December 8th, 7pm at the Echoplex: Rockin’ performances by Black Francis w/ Flea, members of the Pixies, Love & Rockets, She Wants Revenge, Weird Al Yankovic, Michael Penn, David J (Love and Rockets/Bauhaus), Grand Duchy (feat: Black Francis & Violet Clark), The 88s. Tickets and more info.

Night 2, Wednesday, December 9th, 7pm at the Echo: An evening of the ‘ol comedy hosted by Black Francis… on stage: Tim and Eric (music set), Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, and Dave Lovering (drummer of the Pixies performing his mad science teacher magic act). Tickets and more info.

9 Replies to “Black Francis, Flea, Weird Al, Michael Penn and more all on the same stage”

  1. Wow! With line-ups like that in small venues like the EchoPlex and Echo, these shows are going to be epic. I can’t believe there are still tickets available now, but I bet there won’t be for long.

  2. Natural selection my ass. If that were the case, I’d probably have died of asthma as a child, but modern medicine saved me. I could list hundreds of cases of where people who should have died of medical complications they could not afford were saved by the help of strangers.

    The fact that these incredibly talented musicians and comedians are coming together to help a single helpless individual is a powerful statement on how we should all help each other out.

    More importantly, who else is with me on encouraging Black Francis and company in performing a rendition of Feed the World? Damn song gets stuck in my head every December… this might help break the curse.

  3. Blessings on all the compassionate ones who want to show love and concern for a fellow human being.

    To all others, as my old grandma used to say “If you don’t have anything nice to say, get outta my face!!!”

    …and off the internet!

  4. Hey, dude, go back to biology class. Factors that allow offspring to survive, such as medical technology, are just as much a part of natural selection as your (probably misguided) idea of “survival of the fittest.”

  5. “ME” seems like someone who watched one George Carlin routine and thinks he understands everything in the world now, any statement that isn’t black or white is lost on him.

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