Seattle, WA., October 1, 2019, Seattle Area non-profit SMASH – Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare – announced their second annual benefit concert, a tribute to the music of Neil Young. SMASH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Northwest’s music community healthy by providing health education, advocacy, and access to preventative healthcare. SMASH’s 2018 benefit was a great success and featured the first reunion by Seattle legends Mother Love Bone in over 8 years. The event received kudos from publications like Rolling Stone and Stereogum.
“Being a musician doesn’t come with health insurance and a 401k, it is a labor of love” said SMASH co-founder Ian Moore. “It’s hard to balance the cost of living with paying for routine doctor visits. Musicians often prioritize sparking emotion through making art over self-care. SMASH is our way of supporting the health of those local musicians who give us so much”.
The benefit concert will cover a selection of Neil Young’s greatest hits catalog and will feature musicians like Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants, Presidents of the USA), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Ron Nine & Kevin Whitworth (Love Battery), Carrie Akre (Hammerbox, Goodness), John Roderick (The Long Winters), Shelby Earl, The Naked Giants, Ian Moore, LeRoy Bell & Terry Morgan (LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends), Christy McWilson and Shaina Shepherd (Bearaxe), Bruce Fairweather (Mother Love Bone, Low Bar Ramblers) plus Surprise Guests.
House band includes drummer Michael Musburger (The Posies), bassist Rebecca Young (North Twin), guitarist Tim DiJulio (Stereo Embers, Flight To Mars), keyboardist Paul Hiraga (Downpilot), plus others to be announced.
“SMASH is an organization started by musicians to benefit musicians,” said Seattle musician Ben London. “Time and time again we see our favorite local musicians strapped with healthcare issues and healthcare bills. It is heartbreaking. WE can all agree that music brings joy and richness to our community and we want to make sure to help out those making that music who give us so much through their art!”
Expect a cross section of Neil Young’s music from his most intimate acoustic songs to his over the top explorations into electric guitar feedback and fury interpreted by Seattle musicians who revere Young’s work as the gospel.
Look for some surprises…you never know who might show up to play…
Tickets go on sale Friday October 4th at 10am PST.
SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping our music community healthy and thriving by providing health education, advocacy, and access to preventative healthcare to Seattle area working musicians. Visit the website: www.smashseattle.org and find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/smashseattle