Anna St. Lee Benefit Show at Chop Suey, 7 November 2017
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."
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.
Tobias the Owl
Brent James Driscoll
Aleida Gehrels and Tyler Edwards
Rory Van James
Arthur James and Eli
Anna St. Lee