Two noteworthy SF benefits this weekend

After reading about these benefits for two important San Francisco figures – and with pretty awesome line-ups to boot – you may have a difficult time deciding how to satisfy your altruistic urges this Sun/3.

Benefit for SF Firefighter Steve Miller

Steve Miller, who by the way is not the Space Cowboy, is a 24-year veteran of the San Francisco fire department and an avid surfer and kite surfer at Ocean Beach. On January 4, 2013 while driving on the Great Highway, he suffered an aneurysm which, in turn, caused him to crash his truck. He was rushed to UCSF where the aneurysm was diagnosed. He is now recovering but still hospitalized. It’s going to be a long road back, but because of his healthy lifestyle and the support of his family and friends, his prognosis is good. We hope this benefit can help out, maybe just a little, financially and more importantly, give Steve positive energy in the coming months.

With Final Last Words, Push, and Dance Party Boys. For more information and to purchase tickets, follow this link.

Sunday, March 3 at 8pm @ Slim’s, 333 11th St., SF | $15


TomFest: a tribute to Tom Mallon


In the 1980s, few musicians could record music in their living rooms, and inexpensive recording devices were primitive and inadequate. iPads hadn’t been invented. It was difficult to get affordable studio time; recording was expensive, and bands saved for months – or years – just to be able to scrape together enough money to record a demo or an album.

Tom Mallon, a native New Yorker who opened his own studio in San Francisco in 1976, changed that for dozens of Bay Area bands and hundreds of musicians. At his Tom Mallon Studios, until 1998, he provided the highest quality equipment, a welcoming environment, professional production, and his own sage, valuable advice and feedback for musicians at the lowest cost he could possibly afford. Tom’s ethos and generous approach enabled hundreds of Bay Area musicians to pursue their music, their passion, and their dreams, and to develop as musicians.

On Sunday, dozens of these musicians, who formed the core of San Francisco’s seminal punk and pop music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, are gathering from all over the country to perform and pay tribute to Tom Mallon, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. TomFest is a benefit for Tom and his family and the SF Brain Tumor Support Group at UCSF.

Featuring: Flying Color, Toiling Midgets, members of American Music Club, The Muskrats, Frightwig, Blue Movie, Ugly Stick, Penelope Houston and the Honey Badgers, Peter Case, Chuck Prophet, and special guest. For more information and to purchase tickets, follow this link.

Sunday, March 3 at 7:30pm @ Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell, SF | $25