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Two Shows For Ten Bucks

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 29, 2005 2:01PM

There are a lot of reasons to go to see live shows. Maybe you want to keep up with what’s happening in music. Or perhaps your favorite band is in town. Or you might be a crazy-ass groupie/stalker. Whatever your reason, tonight you can feed your jones and help out a sick little kid at the same time.

2005_09_28_savage.jpgTonight at Double Door, several hot-shit Chicago bands will take the stage for the first of three Savage Society Fall Marathon concerts to benefit Riley Savage. Riley Savage is a three year-old kid who suffers from multicystic dysplastic kidney malfunction. If you’re a big science nerd, you can read about MDK here, but suffice it to say, it’s bad. And not something you’d want a cute little kid to have to suffer through. The good news is Riley had a successful kidney transplant in June. The bad news is his parents are in the hole to the tune of $60,000.

Rock stars to the rescue! Local musicians Shawn Rios and Jon Picker have organized three benefit shows to try and raise $15-20,000 for Riley. Tonight’s lineup features The Changes, Walter Meego, Van Allen Belt, Cracklin Moth, Matt Hoffer, Alison Breitman, Paper Airplane Pilots, World Class Listener, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, The Society, The Life During Wartime DJs, and Palaxy Tracks. Whew.

Tickets are $10 and 100 percent of all funds raised will go to helping pay for little Riley’s new kidneys. The show starts at 8:00 PM with doors open at 7:30 for a 21+ show.

If you do end up attending tonight’s show Savage Society show, you should reward yourself with a free concert. Pete Yorn will be performing a free show tomorrow night at The Vic as part of the Fusion Flash concert series. There are no tickets needed for the event but make sure to show up early before it fills up. Click over to the Fusion Flash website and click Join to get info on future shows and get insider information on other upcoming shows and events as well as free downloads from Sony Connect. The show starts at 8:30 PM with doors opening at 7:00.

Bear in mind that if you go to the free concert without donating to the Riley Savage benefit, you will make the baby Jesus cry.