Someone else needs a hand
Friends of Boise musician Zac Gilstrap are doing what so many Boiseans are doing: They are holding a benefit to help their friend defray mounting medical costs.
Gilstrap, who played with The PirkQlaters and The Ackbars to name a couple, was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Friend and fellow musician Brian Johnson (Manville, Hummingbird of Death) explained that for the last month, Gilstrap has required intensive hospitalization and expensive medications and is undergoing chemotherapy because his condition is so severe.
The tight-knit local punk music community, in conjunction with Gilstrap's friends and family, are holding a benefit on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Grizzly Rose (time and cost TBA). While the music lineup is still being finalized, the confirmed acts include Hummingbird of Death, Ohadi, Strings & Chemicals, The Old One Two, Radillac, Demoni, Fury of the Cyclops, A New Agenda, Marshall Zeis, Travis Gibson, a few burlesque performances and Manville, in what will probably be their last show.
Organizers are looking for donations for a raffle and silent auction: gift certificates to bars, restaurants, spas, hotels, tattoo shops, salons, retail, etc. are welcome as are cash donations. They are also asking for artists to donate their work for an art auction.
For more information or to have a donation picked up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brian Johnson at 208-850-8661. Cash donations and gift certificates may also be sent to Kim Coonis, P.O. Box 555, Hailey, ID 83333.
Speaking of Manville ...
Local punk/hardcore/short-song-purveyors Manville have called it quits. According to guitarist Brian Johnson, Manville bassist Nick Schug "decided the time was right for him to bow out ... and [guitarist Jason Burke] decided we should lay the band to rest. No drama, no b.s."
The Zac Gilstrap benefit will likely be the last time the five-member band, who gifted us with the likes of "Studded Diapers" and "Reefer Sutherland" will play together.
You can read more about it on their myspace blog at blogs.myspace.com/manville.