What do you do to promote an album called Valleyheart? You play a free show in the Juniors department of Macy’s at Northridge Mall, that’s what. According to Racked (to whom my metaphorical cliched hat is tipped), She Wants Revenge is playing the Northridge Macy’s this Saturday at 2:00 and Skylar Gray will be opening. To the parents brave enough to take their tweens, I salute you. You are good people. The first 300 people to buy at least $35 of select merchandise will get a free autographed picture. The rest will just get the memories.
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.