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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday To-Do: Luke Hunsicker benefit

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM

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Luke's on the far right.

Fundraiser for Luke!
8:30 p.m., Revolution. $10.

Like most professional musicians, Luke Hunsicker doesn't have health insurance. For almost a year, the 29-year-old bassist for the American Princes has been battling what doctors first identified as a benign brain tumor, but later determined was brain cancer.

The good news is that Hunsicker's finished with radiation and just beginning physical therapy, which he says is already paying dividends. He starts chemotherapy in January, but as chemotherapy goes, he says, it'll be “pretty chill.”

The bad news is that his medical bills have left him and his wife, Sydney, saddled with debt.

Enter the local music community. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 14 local bands — a who's who of the Little Rock indie scene — will join at Revolution to raise money for Hunsicker. It's not unprecedented — Lucero played earlier this year in one of several benefit shows — but in terms of scope, the concert surpasses just about anything in recent memory.

Thick Syrup Records' Travis McElroy organized the show and recruited Adam Faucett, American Princes, Big Boots, Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, Bryan Frazier, Chris Denny, Frown Pow'r, Jonathan Wilkins, Kevin Kerby + Battery, Magic Hassle, the Moving Front, San Antokyo, the See and Sweet Eagle to perform.

Each act will play three to five songs, according to McElroy, who enlisted local promoter TJ Deeter to help make sure that the bands cycle on and off the stage quickly.

Kevin Kerby + Battery kick off the night, promptly at 8:30 p.m., and the Princes — sans Hunsicker, who had at least hoped to come to the concert until his wife convinced him that a crowded club in flu season might not be such a smart idea — close out the night likely with a stripped-down acoustic set, according to guitarist/vocalist Collins Kilgore. Sweet Eagle, a new, much buzzed-about band featuring Alan Disaster, Matt Floyd (both formerly of Smoke Up Johnny), Andy Warr (Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth) and Matt Quin (American Princes), will likely hit the stage just before the Princes, according to McElroy.

Revolution holds more than 600. Already, more than 300 have RSVPed to a Facebook invitation. McElroy is hoping for a sell-out. He's also hoping to have T-shirts for sale, and he will have a limited number of posters by Magician Michael Casey. All proceeds go to the Hunsickers.

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