Cancer, in the simplest terms, is a bitch! I don’t know anyone not somehow touched by this awful disease, either through personal experience or those of a loved one, a friend, or a collegue. With a cancer diagnosis comes various treatments, surgeries and hospital stays, leading to very expensive bills arriving in the mail. Compound this daunting thought with the prospect of being uninsured and the diagnosis is frightening not only because of the destruction to your health and well being but to the decimation to your bank account.
Recently, in the South Carolina music community, there have been a couple of efforts to assist musicians and their families in the fight against cancer. Back in the spring Columbia musician Aaron Graves, from Those lavender Whales, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and the local music community has responded and rallied around him. Also, back in the winter of this year, the boys from A Fragile Tomorrow (incidentally, they will be playing as well) held a benefit show at the Windjammer to support the fight against Leiomyosarcoma, a type of rare cancer their mom Vicki Stein Kelly is currently fighting.
The Windjammer will play host this weekend to another benefit show, and this time the focus will be on Charleston musician Dan Rainey. If you are unfamiliar with Dan he plays with the likes of Loner’s Society, Wrenwood, and Tyler Boone, to name a few. He is a talented guitarist with a very humble and likeable demeanor. In fact, over the course of the last three years battling cancer, he did not let even his closest friends in on the fact that he was ill until close to a year. Through Tyler Boone, his bandmates, and girlfriend Dallas Corbett, Dan finally relented and agreed to have this upcoming benefit to assist with defraying some of the many costs associated with his fight.
Dan is not completely out of the woods, but he seems to be responding well to his treatments. In fact for Dan, the sheer notion and action of playing music has helped him stay upbeat and remain strong. Just like the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends”, so too can Dan Rainey, by leaning on his close knit group of band mates and friends as they bring forth a supportive and connective spirit, lifting him up through these tough times. However, the term friends may be bit too light to use…instead, how about family.
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Schedule for the evening: (tentatively)
Friday Nov. 14th
Doors 8 pm
Show 8:15 pm
Danielle Howle & Jason Galloway will be performing in-between sets throughout the night.
Singer/Songwriter in the Round
Chris Wilcox – Shannon Vogt – Tom Mackell — 8:15pm
The Gojos – 8:45 pm
Wrenwood – 9:00 pm
Donnie Dies – 9:15 pm
A Fragile Tomorrow – 9:45 pm
Tyler Boone – 10:15 pm
South Street – 10:45 pm
The Dunder Chiefs – 11:15 pm
New Galaxy – 11:45 pm (headliners so they will be closing out the night)