Some of Reno’s best musicians, singers, and all-out rock stars came together at Midtown’s The Saint March 12, 2017 in support of local musician Andy Kimberly.
Kimberly, guitarist for local rock band Audioboxx, was injured in a car accident Jan. 12 leaving him with a major concussion and possible nerve damage, along with a totaled car. As if things couldn’t get worse, they did when only guitar was stolen within a week of the crash.
Lead vocalist for local band Hollywood Trashed, Trish Good, also a close friend of Kimberly’s, put the show together hoping to raise money to help with the mountain of bills Kimberly faces.
Max Volume (aka Glenn Bailey), local DJ at 105.7 KOZZ and anchor of the Max Volume Band, opened the show with a solo acoustic set. Up second, local rockers Blackwater blew the roof off with a four-song set that turned into a six-song set by audience demand.
Then Brendan Smith hit the stage for a couple of acoustic songs. He was joined for a song by Jamie Ryan. Another Reno favorite Hollywood Trashed played next, minus lead guitarist David Ecker. Needless to say, they killed it. Kimberly filled in for Ecker, he too killed it.
Kimberly continued on guitar joined vocalist Tammy (I didn’t get her last name) for an awesome rendition of No Doubt’s hit “Don’t Speak.” Tammy really nailed the vocals on that one.
Audioboxx closed out the show with a free-for-all, bringing together everyone that was there to play together.
The biggest fundraiser of the night, not counting the $5 admission, was the big raffle after the show. Raffle tickets were $5 each or five for $20. The most sought after prizes of the night included one acoustic and one electric guitar, both donated by Greg Golden and Bizarre Guitar, and a complete and mastered two-song package donated by Scott Curtis of Stonehaven Studio.
Other raffle items included two nicely loaded gift baskets, beautiful handmade jewelry, a bottle of 20-year-old scotch, haircuts, several CD’s, a microwave oven, and a baby’s arm holding an apple. (Just kidding on the apple.)
The evening raised an impressive $1,150 to benefit Kimberly. Add to that $600 from a GoFundMe campaign, which is still open, and you’re looking at a nice chunk of change. Great job Reno music scene….
I can’t forget to mention the best tasting money maker there. Rita Luallen from REL Cakes made and donated around 200 mouth-watering, delicious cupcakes. At $2 each, she sold out long before the night was over. REL Cakes is based in California and Luallen uses profits from REL Cakes to fund her Hooves & Angels horse rescue. You can find both on Facebook.
The evening showed that Reno has an awesome bunch of talented and caring artists that can come together to get something done.
As always, support your local bands and venues … Go To A Show!
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John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, “that’s what I want to do.” After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.