On the day after Christmas, 2006, veteran alternative musician Richie
Hass was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He had no insurance and no "medical home." His colleagues organized "Friends Of Richie," a benefit concert
intended to raise money to pay Richie's medical bills. Because Richie qualified for MediCal and was admitted to treatment at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Friends Of Richie I became a fundraiser for the International Myeloma Foundation and the City of Hope.
Richie went into a remission that lasted from June 2007 to early 2008. On March 20th, 2008, Richie lay down for a nap and never woke up. He went out peacefully and without suffering. In April 2008 Friends Of Richie II: A Celebration Of A Life, took place, benefitting the International Myeloma Foundation once again. $1,000 was raised for the IMF, providing comfort to
Richie's family and contributing to the progress of science in finding
effective treatments and an eventual cure.
Even though Richie is no longer with us, the fight against multiple myeloma continues, so we are now pleased to announce Friends Of Richie III: A Bloody Good Time, Sunday, September 20th, 2009. It will be an evening not only of music but of comic arts and pop culture. The event will take place at Hollywood's fabulous Knitting Factory, at the intimate Front Bar area. The event will also include an artist's alley featuring work by local horror comic and manga artists, and video featurettes.
The musical lineup is illustrious, and includes musicians Richie worked with in his long career. Minutemen/Secondmen/Iggy And The Stooges bassist Mike Watt is the headliner, with sets by Jazz Punk pioneers Saccharine Trust, former SWA guitarist Sylvia Juncosa, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Amadans leader Jon Wahl, and alt-rockers Carnage Asada, punk veterans Legal Weapon, and rock improvisers Bag:Theory.
Doors open at 6:00 pm, action starts at 6:30.
Admission is $12 and can be bought in advance online at the Knitting Factory website: http://la.knittingfactory.com/.
Click here to download a PDF of the event flyer.