Pam Robinson Benefit at Walters, 9/6/2013
Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson
Photos by Jim Bricker The Tontons
Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean
September 6, 2013
When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a band needs a place to sleep, gear gets stolen, or bills need to be paid, sometimes it seems to be the only place with an "all for one, one for all" mentality.
In August, news broke that beloved Walters owner Pam Robinson had been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer after she went in to the doctor with complaints of back pains. But her positive resilience never wavered, and with the help of Walters' staff and Houston's music scene, the weekend-long "Keep Calm // Fight Cancer" kicked off on Friday.
Though the weekend lasted the entire weekend, sadly Rocks Off was only able to make it out for one night. Even so, Friday's lineup was so extensive that the $10 cover fee didn't feel like quite enough for the amount of acts I was able to see.
"We want to thank Pam for running such an amazing venue, and thank you all for being here," said Featherface guitarist/vocalist Kenny Hopkins before the band jumped into their single "I Saw You Dancing."
The band also offered to give a free copy of their album, Actual Magic, to anyone who bought $10 worth in raffle tickets.
Those tickets, which were being sold for $5 apiece, bought a chance to win a gift certificate from various restaurants and bars around town, including Laurenzo's, El Tiempo Cantina, Antidote/Poison Girl and Grand Prize. There were also numerous concert posters, records and merch for locals such as Roky Moon & Bolt and Knights of the Fire Kingdom, while local photographer Todd Spoth donated a stack of prints.
Of course, the raffle was just one way to give back to Robinson.
After Wild Moccasins performed an energetic set that got the crowd dancing (with a little help from singer/keyboardist Zahira Gutierrez, who had to do a little coaxing), Mark C. Austin jumped onstage to announce that any poster could be bought out right for the right price.
"We want to raise as much money as possible," said Austin. "We have a lot of good stuff for sale, including T-shirts, so let's dig deep and give to a great cause."
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