And yes folks, you can still
help out with the medical bills by making a donation.
of ceremonies T Bone Burnett invited comic Eric Idle, singer Katie Melua and
folk rock legend Richard Thompson, among other surprise guests, to the stage on
Sunday night at McCabe’s in Santa
occasion was the final night in a series of three sold-out shows benefiting
Peter Case, the singer-songwriter-producer whose emergency open-heart surgery
left him sidelined in January. Burnett’s Sunday night revue also featured Joe
Henry, Sam Phillips, Syd Straw, Bob Neuwirth, Carla Olson, Geoff Muldaur, and
Case’s former bandmates, the Plimsouls, as well as Case himself who performed
“A Million Miles Away” accompanied by the Section String Quartet and
“Oldest Story in the World” with the Plimsouls.
weekend highlights included Friday’s headline appearance by Loudon Wainwright
III; he coaxed Case onstage to perform his signature arrangement of Blind
Willie McTell’s “Broke Down Engine Blues.” Van Dyke Parks invited
singer Inara George to join him, while Phranc, the All American Jewish Lesbian
Folksinger, dedicated her song “I Like You” to Case, and turned her
sing-a-long anthem “Live Lover” into “I’m a Peter Case
Lover,” especially for the occasion.
night’s show was a gathering of old friends: Dave Alvin performed Case’s
“On My Way Downtown” while telling stories of the days before he and
Case graduated from their bands the Blasters and Plimsouls to become the
award-winning and esteemed songwriters they are today. Case pals Stan Ridgway, Ron
Franklin and performance artist the Dark Bob turned in startlingly different
and sublime sets of their own.
feeling great and am amazed and humbled by the extraordinary turnout,”
said Case on Monday morning.
1984, Case made his debut as a solo artist at McCabe’s; in February he was set
to celebrate 25 years of performing there.
But just as he was preparing to leave for a European tour in January, he
was hospitalized. It was following an
attempt at angioplasty that he received emergency bypass surgery. As one of the
nearly 47 million Americans who remain uninsured, Case’s incoming hospital
bills and aftercare costs remained unresolved.
However, all proceeds from the Hidden Love Benefit Concerts will contribute
tremendously toward reducing those costs.
In addition to the concert, Peter’s friends, fans and fellow artists
have established the Hidden Love Fund to help further alleviate the burden of
his medical expenses.
more information or to make a donation to the fund please visit http://www.hiddenlovemedicalrelief.com/
information on Case’s 25th Anniversary Show at McCabe’s will be announced soon.