Breaking: Eleventh Dream Day Is "Special Guest" at Robbins Family Benefit

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 12, 2007 11:02PM

After speculation over who will be the "special guest" at the Robbins Family benefit we posted about last week, organizer Jessica Hopper announced today that local legends Eleventh Dream Day will headline the event at Empty Bottle on January 27 at 8:00 p.m. Also appearing that evening are Chin Up Chin Up, Bobby Conn, Life & Times, and Red-Eyed Legends.

Plus, they'll be raffling off lots of goodies. Here's the list so far:

* VIP passes for two to Pitchfork Festival 2007, dinner and a show for two at Schuba's
* A platonic dinner date to Lula with Morgan Thoryk & Jessica Hopper
* Four passes to Intonation Festival 2007
* Passes to Metro and Smart Bar
* Box sets and DVDs courtesy of Pitchfork
* Mix CDs from Reader critics
* Music, posters and books from Sub Pop, Minty Fresh, Biz 3, Touch n' Go, and Atavistic, including an autographed Sleater Kinney LP
* Magazine subscriptions for Stop Smiling and Time Out
* A handmade mix CD from Fred Armisen

2007_01_callumrobbins.jpgThe benefit is to raise money for the treatment of Callum Robbins, the infant son of J. Robbins and Janet Morgan, members of the band Channels. Cal has a genetic motor neuron disease called Type 1 SMA, or Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which generally results in death for most infants by the time they reach their 2nd birthday. Those that do live require extensive medical care, and are wheelchair-bound for the rest of their lives. There is currently no cure.

Though J. has some insurance, the costs for such care are astronomical and won't be fully covered nor will any alternative therapies that may allow Cal to live a better life. You can read more about their situation here.

Seriously, look at this kid, people! How could you not want to help him and his indie musician parents? And all you have to do is enjoy a night of music by some of Chicago's best. Or buy a couple raffle tickets. Tickets to the show can be purchased here for the low, low price of 15 bucks. Or if you're the agoraphobic type, click here to make a donation.