Musicians Lifeline, Inc. is proud to announce a major event!
2 Left Feet Blues Festival: Blues For A Cause
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11 AM to 10 PM The gates open at 10 AM
Simsbury Performing Arts Center 22 Iron Horse Blvd
Advance Tickets: $40
Tickets will be $50 at the gate
Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots
The Electrix (Scott Holt, Eli Cook and Kirk Yano)
Tas Cru and the Tortured Souls
The Mighty Soul Drivers
Jake Kulak and the Lowdown
The 2 Left Feet Blues Festival was started several years ago by two true advocates of the blues as a way to engage with other like-minded individuals who shared their passions.
As they got to know the musicians on a personal level they realized how little support—financially and physically—there was for them after a lifetime of performing. They vowed to turn 2 Left Feet into a nonprofit organization in an effort to raise funds to help aging musicians with the ever-increasing costs of health care and support. We also support and educate surrounding communities in the proliferation of Blues music and history.
Musicians Lifeline, Inc. is proud to announce a Benefit for Musicians on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 4-8 pm at Black Eyed Sally’s, Hartford, CT, featuring Jeff Pevar.
Joining Jeff will be Tim McDonald & friends, Rob Gottfried, Dave Livolsi & Matt Zeiner.
Tickets are $20 advance & $25 at the door.
We are delighted to be bringing CT native Jeff Pevar here from the West Coast to play at this important fundraising event.
Join new friends and old at this epic guitar summit show to benefit Musicians Lifeline, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to raising money to help musicians in need. The need for financial assistance due to health issues is great right now for many musicians throughout New England.
Help Musicians Lifeline, Inc. keep the music playing by attending this benefit.
Sponsorships are available by contacting Gail Reiner at 860-989-9676.
After a high school rock and roll band entry into musical performance, I finished college only to stumble into the trades in carpentry. Having put my musical involvements aside for about 30 years I was given the opportunity by Burt Teague and Rob Fried to Jam weekly and blow the dust off any playing abilities I possessed.
With Rob’s increasing health problems, someone thought to throw him a Benefit Gig shortly before his demise to POEMS Syndrome. Many people haven’t heard of the syndrome, which the Mayo Clinic describes as:
POEMS syndrome is a rare blood disorder that damages your nerves and affects many other parts of the body.
POEMS syndrome can be misdiagnosed because the signs and symptoms mimic those of other disorders. POEMS syndrome progresses rapidly and may become life-threatening, so early diagnosis is important.
Treatment for POEMS syndrome may improve your symptoms but does not cure the condition. Treatment options include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and peripheral blood stem cell transplant.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to help someone in need get medical attention, early on, before it was too late to count? A “rainy day fund” to pay for an early consultation, or test, or cover the rent while someone makes that recovery.
Raising the money in advance of need is how this all started in 2010 when The Southern New England Musicians Fund, Inc. was founded. The name defined our primary area of focus. With the adoption of bylaws and the name change to Musicians Lifeline, Inc. in October of 2014, the Organization was granted IRS 501 (C) (3) status.
We believe that great things are possible for those we help given our new IRS status.
It seems as if the places to listen to music are dwindling and what’s left is focused on national touring acts. The competition is fierce for the ticket buying dollars, which can impact one’s budget for going out and enjoying some music with food and drinks. It can become a cycle: Music fans buy tickets for the corporate venues which in turn impacts the clubs and independent venues. Everything slows down and if the ticket price is very low or even free, it can impact the clubs to the point that places start going out of business.
This is America and we’re free to be capitalists, buy tickets or patronize our favorite place for music. It’s important to support live music as much as possible, in the smallest and the biggest of venues. But I see that the biggest of places are making money on everything which “goes” with the show – like merchandise splits, drinks, food and other concessions. The public has less money to spend on music in general because the biggest shows have the biggest ticket fees.
What worries me is that too many “big” places can have an effect on the contract fees for the touring acts. The fee may go up at the beginning, if a brand new place is trying to compete with more established venues. After things settle down, the fees normalize and then the radius clauses kick in.
The number of days before and after a gig – starts to matter and even the mileage between the venues increases from 50 miles to 100 miles. What happens is that there is less diversity in the type of music that’s offered and the ability to see an act more than once a year.
Meanwhile, at the local club and indie venue level, the band fees start to decrease because the place wants to stay open and the bands want to continue playing.
I don’t know what the answer is for any of this. But I do know that it’s a cycle that has to be waited out. Good old capitalism will cause venues to either stay in or go out of business, whether it’s a small or a large venue. But in the meantime, local musicians can be impacted while we wait for things to sort out.