Orange County Musicians Announce Fundraising Concert To Provide Financial Relief to Ill and Disabled Artists

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Helping to preserve music's most precious resource, the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund receives help from local bands to relieve ailing and disabled musicians from financial hardship.

Orange County indie rock bands will join together in a four-hour concert on Thursday, June 25, to raise funds and awareness for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to ailing and disabled career musicians. In support of this charity, La Chupacabra Records and eVocal are presenting the all ages show with local bands The Living Suns, My Pet Saddle, Gestapo Khazi, Sons at Sea and Audacity. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at eVocal, located at 814 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 with an admission fee of $5.

The young founders of independently run, La Chupacabra Records, came up with the idea to produce their first benefit show for the organization. "It won't be the last," said La Chupacabra Records founder, Kyle Schuster. "I want to see people giving more and taking less in the future."

Bill Bennett, Managing Director of Sweet Relief, believes the influence of Generation-Y is very strong within the music community. "What I love about this event was that Kyle, who is only 19 years old, took the time to come and find me with his idea to do this show," said Bennett. "I really believe that today's generation of young people are far more altruistic than my own."

As the event's focus is to support this musicians charity, Lucas Drake of The Living Suns believes in promoting an overall theme for the night--empowerment. "People have the power to do what they want to do," said Drake, keyboardist. He hopes the event will encourage others to use their power to give.

Since its inception in 1994, hundreds of musicians have received aid from the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and even more have helped to support it. Most recently, Los Angeles punk band X announced their plans for a tour to raise money for the non-profit one month before learning of co-lead vocalist Exene Cervenka's diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In other Sweet Relief support, the New York based band TV On The Radio, will donate proceeds of their August 11th concert in Brooklyn.

The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has become one of music's most generous charities. This year will prove to be an exciting one for the non-profit, as they plan to further expand through various social and industry marketing initiatives.

"We have recently experienced terrific response from younger music fans that have discovered our musician's charity through recent newsworthy events and social networking web sites," said Rob Max, Communications Director. "Our hope is to become a charity of choice for youth as well as our long standing charitable base - the music industry."

About Sweet Relief:
The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Huntington Beach, CA. It was founded by Victoria Williams in 1994 to assist career musicians experiencing illness, disability or age-related problems. The organization helps artists within all musical genres and provides financial relief for medical costs, food, shelter, and vital personal expenses. Donations are accepted year round by mail or online at http://www.sweetrelief.org. The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund helps to preserve music's most precious resource: The Artist.

About La Chupacabra Records:
La Chupacabra Records distributes the albums of select indie bands based in Orange County, CA. The label specializes in unique sounds of garage, punk, psychedelic and more. Learn more about La Chupacabra Records at http://www.myspace.com/lachupacabrarecords.

About eVocal:
eVocal is a creative arts philosophy and collective formed from Diverse Productions, a multi-media studio located in Costa Mesa, CA. eVocal aims to encourage freedom of expression in young artists and provide a nurturing space to create products, build unique brand identity and more. Learn more about eVocal at http://www.evocal.com.

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