The first of the two benefits, the proceeds of which will aid Candice in paying off her medical bills, is De Novo Dahl's record release show for their latest, Tigerlion, tonight at Mercy Lounge. Tallest Trees, Fly Golden Eagle & How Cozy! will open. The second benefit for Burnside is an all-killer-no-filler bash tomorrow night at Exit/In featuring The Features, Cortney Tidwell and a (partially) reunited Hotpipes.
Even if you've seen these bands countless times, this show promises to be unique for a couple reasons: First off, Tidwell drummer Scott Martin — who's a bona fide badass behind the kit — is out of town and unable to make the show. The Features' Rollum Haas — who too is a bona fide badass behind the kit — will pull double duty and fill in for Martin.
The other onstage happening of note is, of course, the Hotpipes reunion, which is more of a revamping, as it will include original members Dan Sommers — assuming guitar duties instead of drum duties — and rafter-reaching vocalist Jon Rogers, as joined by drummer Jerry Pentacost (De Novo Dahl) and The Privates' Dave Paulson and Keith Lowen. Meaning all four members of The Privates will be performing throughout the night, but not together. Or will they? One can only hope. Sommers told the Scene that, while this is the only show on the books and the band is not likely to return to being an active local fixture, he does have hopes that it won't be their last performance. He and Rogers have been working on a posthumous 'Pipes LP for a little while now, and he hopes they'll be able to put together a show to celebrate its release when the time comes. My fingers are crossed as well. This version of the band will play a mix of material new and old at tomorrow night's show. Here's what I had to say about the shindig in Critics' Picks section of this week's trashy glossy:
If you live in Nashville and listen to music, then you’ve certainly made many a trip to local record store par excellance Grimey’s New and Pre-loved Music. If not, then you’re doing it wrong. If so, then you’ve more than likely come across the friendly face of former staffer Candice Burnside, who, at 32, has victoriously battled breast cancer this year. While a bilateral mastectomy has put her on the path to better and healthier days, such treatment doesn’t come cheap. In an effort to both ease the financial burden of mounting medical bills and spread awareness regarding the disease, this benefit show will see performances courtesy of bands boasting some of Candice’s former co-workers, such as Middle Tennessee’s all-time favorite rock ensemble The Features, internationally acclaimed enigmatic chanteuse Cortney Tidwell and her face-melting backing band, and a fleetingly reunited special guest. While the privilege of seeing the unparalleled Tidwell and Features on the same bill should be more than enough to have local rock fans lining up on the Rock Block already, what makes this show especially special is the one-time-and-one-time-only return of frenetic power-indie foursome Hotpipes, who quietly called it quits in 2009 amid marriages and out-of-state moves. While the band indeed has a posthumous LP in the works, this appearance is all but assured to be their last as an onstage entity.