This past Friday, May 11, Showbox at the Market opened its doors to the 11th Annual Flight to Mars Benefit concert for the CCFA’s, Crohn’s and Colitis Federation of America, Northwest Chapter. Local band Poor Moon opened the night and warmed the crowd up with their Reggae/rock feel. The smooth voice of lead singer Christian Wargo was complimented well by the rest of the band. (Check these guys out at Capital Hill Block Party in July. You don’t want to miss this rising band.)
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, who has lived with IBD for 25 years is CCFA’s most vocal advocate. He then introduced Star Anna. Singing a couple moving songs, she mesmerized everyone with the sheer power of her voice. Keyboard genius Ty Ballie provided solid accompianment.
How can you keep Mike McCready off the stage from playing? You simply can’t. After a bunch of raffle tickets were sold and some prizes were handed out, McCready was joined onstage by Andrew McKeag of PUSA, Loaded’s Jeff Rouse, special guest star David Coalter, members of Lazy Susan including Kim Virant’s ever powerful voice (the band split 9 years ago,) Carrie Akre, Star Anna, and many more friends. McCready even dedicated one of his own songs to the memory of friend Jennifer Jaff, who advocated for patient’s rights and started a nonprofit called Advocacy for Patients.
After nearly 2 hours of rock, soul, and just plain amazing music, how do you wrap up the evening? With two more hours of even more chest pounding, ear piercing rock music with Flight to Mars, a tribute to 70s band UFO. Featuring Mike McCready (guitar,) Tim DiJulio (guitar,) Gary Westlake (bass,) Mike Musberger (drums,) Ty Bailie (keyboard,) and Paul Passereli (vocals.)
CCFA is fortunate to have such an amazing and passionate advocate in Mike McCready. And even more fortunate to be supported by all his friends and fans who attended the show.
Word to the wise. Follow our pal Andrew Joslyn and the Passenger String Quartet's Instagram page @andrewjoslynmusic.
He's giving sneak previews of his symphonic work on network TV commercials and pop songs. Every student of violin and cello should be following his page. But so should you. You have heard Andrew and his writing on Grammy winning hits by Macklemore and Kesha.
...and his work with folks like Ethan Anderson to save the music industry locally and globally with the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs is something to watch.
Or don't follow him and life will be a little less colorful and inspiring, but sometimes you don't notice how good life can be without good art and good friends.
In that respect Art is dangerous because you will need more. Andrew has plenty in the vault... ... See MoreSee Less
If you love music and want to make a difference, Please support our friend Andrew D.B. Joslyn and this important cause. #DistrictAdvocateI’m excited to be joining the @recordingacademy in an effort to push critical legislation to help music creators around the country get the support and financial assistance we so desperately need to stay afloat. I’m leading a couple of meetings with Senator Maria Cantwell and my state representative Pramila Jayapal - and looking forward to joining with my fellow musicians, industry professionals and educators on doing our part to preserve our industry during Covid-19. #districtadvocate ... See MoreSee Less