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Anna St. Lee Benefit Show at Chop Suey, 7 November 2017

 Anna St. Lee, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (Photo by Tony Hammons for Rain City Collective)

Anna St. Lee, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (Photo by Tony Hammons for Rain City Collective)

Well if I needed you
Would you come to me
Would you come to me and ease my pain
If you needed me
I would come to you
I’d swim the seas for to ease your pain
— If I Needed You ~ Townes Van Zandt

Seattle's music scene got a scare a few weeks ago. Anna St. Lee, a talented musician and equestrian, got seriously injured while riding a horse. Seriously injured doesn't do it justice. You can visit her site for the specifics, but we don't think she'd mind us saying that it was a scary, painful situation that involved a hospital stay and many sleepless nights for Anna, her family, and her friends.

The good news is that there must be something powerful in the Oklahoma water. Anna is out of the hospital, and after a short stay with friends, she's back home. When she described the injuries, my first reaction was I'd still be in that hospital, no question.

The bad news is that in America, if you even set foot in a hospital, that rainy day fund you've been working on is gone before you've even talked to a nurse. Those costs and living expenses loom even larger when you have to cut back on work hours during the recovery process.

Back to the good news. The Seattle music community (musicians, friends, family, fans) is tight. Anna had people at her side throughout. Those friends also organized a Go Fund Me site and a benefit show at Capitol Hill's Chop Suey on 7 November. That show was something else - 3+ hours of incredible music, support, and friendship. I loved what PhillipJ wrote about it:

"In a time where the climate is a lot of me vs. you, us against them, it was wonderful to be a part of a tribe who is unequivocally us for us." 

 A little help from friends.

A little help from friends.

I've posted the photos that Tony and I got (below), but keep your eyes open for Phillip's posts. No ego here - he and Tony get the jaw-dropping photos. I couldn't get there for the start, so I missed some of the performances. We'd love to add photos for anyone we missed (Tobias, Devin...?). You can just send us a copy, even if it's a blurry flip-phone shot, and we'll add it and credit you. Also, I was looking over Elijah's shoulder at the list of bands. I've added the lineup below, but if there are any errors or people who should be added, please let us know.

NOTE: It was a packed house in a small venue, which means 1) It was standing room only in most of the bar space and 2) the 100+ people there were setting beers and cups everywhere which leads to 3) in the pictures at the end of the evening, when it started clearing out and people could grab a seat, there might be a bunch of leftover drinks on tables. Those drinks are from the 100+ people flowing in and out throughout the evening.

Music:

Tobias the Owl
Devin Sinha
Brent James Driscoll
Aleida Gehrels and Tyler Edwards
Gabriel Much
Rory Van James
Sandi Fernandez
La Magistral
Ian Ketterer
Young-Chhaylee
Gabriel Wolfchild
Arthur James and Eli
Anna St. Lee

 Brent James Driscoll, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Brent James Driscoll, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Arthur James, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Arthur James, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (I'm not sure about one of the names so will update this later when I can name them all.)

Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (I'm not sure about one of the names so will update this later when I can name them all.)

 Gabriel Much, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Gabriel Much, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Rory Van James and Aleida Gehrels, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Rory Van James and Aleida Gehrels, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Rory Van James and Aleida Gehrels, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Rory Van James and Aleida Gehrels, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Oklahoma comes to Chop Suey. Sandi Fernandez and Anna St. Lee, 7 November 2017.

Oklahoma comes to Chop Suey. Sandi Fernandez and Anna St. Lee, 7 November 2017.

 La Magistral (joined by Anna St. Lee), Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

La Magistral (joined by Anna St. Lee), Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Count the Musicians. Chop Suey, Anna St. Lee Benefit, 7 November 2017.

Count the Musicians. Chop Suey, Anna St. Lee Benefit, 7 November 2017.

 Ian Ketterer, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (But you said it was a packed house...scroll down)

Ian Ketterer, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (But you said it was a packed house...scroll down)

 This is a roomful of talented musicians and artists, and they are taking in all of Ian's music. Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

This is a roomful of talented musicians and artists, and they are taking in all of Ian's music. Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Ian Ketterer, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (Photo by Tony Hammons. This clearly shows who's doing the heavy lifting photography-wise at RCC. I like that light on the keyboard.)

Ian Ketterer, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (Photo by Tony Hammons. This clearly shows who's doing the heavy lifting photography-wise at RCC. I like that light on the keyboard.)

 "So when the proton speeds up and reaches its escape velocity, the kinetic energy of the quasi-molecular state..."

"So when the proton speeds up and reaches its escape velocity, the kinetic energy of the quasi-molecular state..."

 Tobias, just named your Tour Bus for you. You're welcome. Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Tobias, just named your Tour Bus for you. You're welcome. Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Young-Chhaylee, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (Photo by Tony Hammons.)

Young-Chhaylee, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017. (Photo by Tony Hammons.)

 Musician Joseph Dane listening to Young-Chhaylee, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Musician Joseph Dane listening to Young-Chhaylee, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Arthur James, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Arthur James, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Arthur and Eli, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

Arthur and Eli, Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 Paparazzi shot. Two glamorous musicians and an awesome photographer.

Paparazzi shot. Two glamorous musicians and an awesome photographer.

 An Owl and a Sweetheart. (Band references people, nothing scandalous)

An Owl and a Sweetheart. (Band references people, nothing scandalous)

 The Edge and a Nobody. Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

The Edge and a Nobody. Chop Suey, 7 November 2017.

 A little preview of the next DateNite show. (I think it's 13 November at Barboza, but don't quote us, check their site!)

A little preview of the next DateNite show. (I think it's 13 November at Barboza, but don't quote us, check their site!)

 Welcome back Anna.

Welcome back Anna.