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On September 30th 2006, San Francisco band Rogue Wave hosted a benefit concert to raise money for their drummer Pat Spurgeon, who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. The benefit concert featured performances by Rogue Wave, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie,) Nada Surf, Ryan Miller (Guster,) John Vanderslice, and other special guests. Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett) MC ‘d the event.
Pat was born with one kidney and it failed. He had his first transplant in 1993, which served him well until now. After 13 years, it has started to deteriorate. He has been on dialysis since April and is hoping desperately to find a donor. Some of their friends have gotten tested to see if they are a match, but Pat has yet to hear good news. Provided he finds a donor, there will be an enormous amount of costs that both Pat and his donor will incur.
In a logical world, medical insurance would cover his donor’s and his expenses after the procedure, but it does not; so he and his family must carry the financial burden. The expenses can be huge. We are trying to raise money for costs like: donor’s travel, care, bills, lost work wages, etc., as well as Pat’s expenses, care, bills, etc. while he is in recovery. — adapted from roguewavemusic.com
Please donate to the cause by going to The Rogue Wave Website.
Pictures and Videos from this amazing event after the jump.
The final song:
There was a raffle, and the top prize was a hug from John Vanderslice. Here’s a clip:
Ben Gibbard & The guys from Nada Surf singing the Monkee’s “Cuddly Toy” (Click here for the mp3)
Ben Gibbard & Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett) singing Graham Nash’s “Military Madness” (Click here for the mp3)
Rogue Wave doing the Beatle’s I’m Only Sleeping featuring Ben Gibbard & Nada Surf (Click here for the mp3)
Rogue Wave covering Nirvana’s On a Plain with Ben Gibbard (Click here for the mp3)
Rogue Wave – California featuring Ryan Miller (Guster) (Click here for the mp3)
The whole gang (Rogue Wave, Nada Surf Ryan Miller, The Wine Chuggers, The Moore Brothers, Ben Gibbard, John Vanderslice Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett)) performing Elvis Costello’s (What’s So Funny About)Peace, Love, and Understanding (Click here for the mp3)
The whole gang (Rogue Wave, Nada Surf Ryan Miller, The Wine Chuggers, The Moore Brothers, Ben Gibbard, John Vanderslice Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett)) Part 2 performing The Who’s “The Kids are Alright” (Click here for the mp3)