Boise Musicians Jason 'Bug' Burke and Bill Parsons Need Your Help


Local musician Jason Burke needs assistance for the medical bills from a broken back.
  • Local musician Jason Burke needs assistance with medical bills from a broken back.

A couple of locals who span the age spectrum are in need of help from the community they've spent years entertaining. So, if you're looking for some music to go see, you might as well have the money go to a good cause.

First up, Jason "Bug" Burke, former Boise Weekly Music Editor and local musician who has performed in approximately a bazillion bands, recently found himself in a bit of a pickle. While sledding with his daughter, Burke took a spill and broke his back. Unable to work or even walk, bills—both medical and garden variety—are piling up.

An online ChipIn account was started for contributions, and a variety of local bands are pulling together a series of benefit shows.

The first will be at The Shredder Friday, Jan. 25, featuring performances from Hotel Chelsea, First Borns, Radillac, Cat Massacre, Sword of a Bad Speller and more. It's $5 at the door and starts at 8 p.m.

There will also be a charity dunk tank. Shredder owner Justin Cantrell acknowledges the difficulty of getting people into a dunk tank in the middle of winter, but hopes getting a few drinks into folks will loosen them up. Heck, this curmudgeonly critic may even take a shift. You'll just have to show up to find out.

The second benefit show will be at Red Room Friday, Feb. 8, and features sets from Hummingbird of Death, Heibarger, The Hand, Art Fad and a special acoustic set from James Plane Wreck. All the door and a percentage of bar sales will be going to The Bug Fund. The show costs $3 and starts at 8 p.m.

Also in need of financial assistance for medical issues is local songwriter Bill Parsons, who had a heart attack onstage in August October.

Sunday, Jan. 20, a rogues' gallery of performers, including Old Death Whisper, Pinto Bennett, Bill Coffey, Jeremiah James, Matt Hopper and more, will be at Shorty's Saloon for Bill's Bills, an all-day benefit to help raise money for Parsons. The music will start at 10 a.m. and run until midnight.

There will also be a wide variety of things available for purchase in a silent auction. The complete musical lineup and list of stuff on sale can be seen here.