Friday, September 30, 2011
Mike Anton Relief and Benefit - 10/7 - Lager House
The bill: The Mike Anton Relief and Benefit Show (10/7 - PJ's Lager House): BLACK LODGE / OSCILLATING FAN CLUB / ILLY MACK / LEGENDARY CREATURES / PASSALACQUA / FUR / PATRICK DAVY & THE GHOSTS / PHREDDY WISCHUSEN / EMILY ROSE / CARL HENRY / AUDRA KUBAT / JOHN FINAN / TONE & NICHE / IAN PINCHBACK / SCOTT HARRISON / DAVE MARTIN
".......to see everyone come together," McBee continued, "the amount of help from Matt Luke and Anthony Retka, Mike Welby and PJ, for putting this together, it has just been an honor to Mike (Anton) but it's an affirmation to me, the community of artists that I work with and play with. I'm very proud of them, of everyone..."
Anthony Retka (a.k.a. Tone, of Tone & Niche) agreed: "It speaks volumes." Musicians are, often by nature, blue-collar/DIY types, when it comes to financial status - so when one of our own is hit with five-digit medical bills, it's heartening to see so many pledge their support and commitment. "And all because he had the bad luck," McBee says, audibly irked, "to open up his front door and get shot." (The story was covered by the Metro Times, here).
Others who can't make it, like Loco Gnosis, are offering up merch -to have proceeds go directly towards Anton's relief.
Retka has known Anton for almost ten years, hanging out together after a fateful gig, back in 02, and steadily solidifying a friendship. "His music? That's the candy. That's the sweetness of the deal; he's a great songwriter and can blow the harp with the best of them. I've always enjoyed Mike's point of view and style, when it came to the craft of writing. His tune, "Blackbirds in Detroit" will stop anyone in their tracks..."
Indeed. McBee was stopped in his tracks when he first heard Anton, opening a set with his song, "Blood," on the stage at the Blue Note (in Pontiac, where McBee day-jobbed, years back). "I had to go looking for him," McBee recalls, likening it to Dylan seeking Guthrie, scouring through othre M. Anton's in the Grosse Pointe phone-book.
"I found him at Trixies a year later and he's been a close, close friend ever since. I've seen him start his first rock band and it's just great to see this guy continuing on, now, even after all this...he's survived, and still translating this into new music. That...is the mark of an artist at his craft, to translate your reality into something that everyone can have..."
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