Which musicians and bands care about ALS?
July 31, 2007 6:02 PM   Subscribe

I'm producing a benefit concert, to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Do you know any bands or labels that might be interested in the cause? Maybe with a loved one with ALS? We're assembling a 1600-people show in Omaha, Nebraska.
posted by Sfving to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You may or may not be aware of this, but Saddle Creek Records is based in Omaha. They represent several reasonably well-known (and super hip) performers, including Bright Eyes and Cursive. Might be worth giving them a call.
posted by saladin at 6:36 PM on July 31, 2007

Check out Sonic Joyride.

Their singer died of ALS, but they apparently are still together.
posted by 4ster at 6:36 PM on July 31, 2007

A little more here:
posted by 4ster at 6:37 PM on July 31, 2007

The Apples in Stereo are cool people (I don't know any current members personally, but I know people who do at my college radio station). They're based in Denver (about a day's drive, right?). I bet if you asked them, they'd consider it. What's the venue?

I heartily second the Saddle Creek suggestion.
posted by phrontist at 7:13 PM on July 31, 2007

Certain Saddle Creek acts are definitely on the shortlist. In fact, Tilly and the Wall (actually on sister label Team Love) headlined our last show. The Sonic Joyride suggestion is fantastic! Keep 'em coming ...
posted by Sfving at 8:11 PM on July 31, 2007

Look into Lowen and Navarro. Eric Lowen was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago and still performs on stage. The two have written a number of hits over the years as a song writing duo (notably, "We Belong" Pat Benatar). They currently tour as a singer/songwriter-folk act and have a good size crow of loyal fans. Their combination of well known songs with their current work is a great show and would be well received by just about any crowd.

Good luck with your fund raiser.
posted by wg at 8:36 PM on July 31, 2007

grr... crowd of loyal fans, that is.
posted by wg at 8:38 PM on July 31, 2007

I know that this family has put on an ALS benefit concert.
posted by blueshammer at 9:57 AM on August 1, 2007

Not exactly an answer, but the local Congressman, Rep. Lee Terry, is the lead Republican co-sponsor of the ALS Registry Act.
posted by kenneth at 1:50 PM on August 1, 2007

A little more here:

(Not musicians, but other performers who have done ALS benefits).


Jason Becker is a musician with ALS.

Good luck.
posted by 4ster at 8:25 PM on August 1, 2007

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