Lyman Smith, guitarist and vocalist for local alternative rock trio ROOK, approached Lim through her relationship with ROOK’s bassist Eric Fiori’s wife Rachel. Smith lost his own father to cancer in 2010 and realized his father’s greatest lesson was to always give back to the community who supports you.
Smith is not new to benefit music, having been in several bands who raised thousands of dollars for the Mayo Clinic. While a smaller show at Long Wong’s Tempe will not necessarily rake in the big buck, this concert will, as Smith puts it, “at the very least raise awareness.” show to help with medical expenses – every lab, chemotherapy and radiation appointment is another expense.“If you experience tragedy, you come together tighter as a community. It’s my duty [to use my music] to help prevent families from the heartache I felt when my father died,” Smith adds.
ROOK often played at Long Wong’s Wednesday nights with Darkness Dear Boy, so it was a natural idea to turn this Wednesday night show into a benefit. Smith brought on AT7, whose drummer he’s known since high school, and Flamingo are friends of theirs. To build the audience Smith knew it was important to bring in different kinds of music and asked The Semester Review from Chandler, AZ to open the show. Including a band with younger musicians showcases the next wave of Arizona music.
The Semester Review bass player, Cole Stevens, says, “We’re playing this benefit show because playing music is what we love to do, and if we can improve someone’s life or help another person through that, we’ll jump at the opportunity.” Long Wong’s is All Ages until 9pm; The Semester Review plays promptly at 8pm. 100% of donations will go directly to helping Lim battle Cancer; there will also be a merch table set up, so consider digging deep to donate while enjoying this free benefit show. If you cannot make the show, you can still donate at www.teamtini.com.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Long Wong’s Tempe
MC: Harry Skigis
The Semester Review (8pm),
Darkness Dear Boy(10pm)
All ages until 9; 21+ from 9 to close