I forgot to mention in the weekly concert roundup that on March 1 the Wild Honey Foundation will throw a big benefit concert to raise funds for Autism Think Tank and the Children’s Music Fund. Taking place at the Wilshire Ebell, the show features a fantastic lineup of cool musicians: the Bangles, Big Star’s Jody Stephens, Denny Laine (Moody Blues/Wings), Chris Stamey, Matthew Sweet, Christine Collister, John Wicks (The Records), Al Stewart, Tommy Keene, Mike Viola, Ric Menck (Velvet Crush) and many more. These power-poppy Anglo-philes and English ex-pats are all joining forces to perform the Beatles’ albums Revolver and Abbey Road. Learn more at http://wildhoney.bpt.me
In other benefit news, Rock The Cause Records has organized a tribute honoring the late Jason Molina, who passed away last year. The double-disc Farewell Transmission will include acts like My Morning Jacket, Sarah Jaffe, Jim and Jennie & The Pinetops, Catherine Irwin and Cory Branan covering by Molina, who led both Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Co.
One of my favorite songwriters Matthew Ryan has released a tune “Anthem For The Broken” to help raise awareness and funds for his good friends John and Amanda Anderson who are dealing with the disease ALS. The song also will appear on his upcoming Kevin Salem-produced CD, Boxers. For more details go to: https://johnandersonbenefit.bandcamp.com/album/an-anthem-for-the-broken-a-single-to-benefit-john-anderson.