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LEE GOT HIS LUNGS; STILL NEEDS THE FUNDS

I’ve never met Lee Wallace. Well, at least I don’t think I have. He’s one of those fellows who seems to have graced the presence of every soul who’s ever stepped foot in every live music venue in town, and the chance that our paths have crossed over the last four years is simply too great. He’s also one of those guys that, the more you hear about him, the more you want to meet him. Just about anyone who knows him will vouch for not only his musical talents and dedication, but his selflessness. He’s just your classic archetype of a good dude. He’s been dedicated countless hours of his time in support of the ASPCA through co-coordination of Joe G’s Cover Band Explosion, so as his close friend Maura Payne recently put it, it’s ironic to see him now in need of charity. Lee, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis not long ago. Needing two lungs is typically a death sentence, but luck was on Lee’s side and he got them recently in Pittsburgh. Now comes what might be an even bigger challenge: meeting the financial burden that a double-lung transplant and the needed post-op meds will undoubtedly bring for he and his wife, who was recently laid off from her job of more than 15 years when American Express split from town. This Friday at the Blind Tiger, the next Lungs for Lee benefit hopes to help do just that. It’s not the first, it definitely won’t be the last, but it may be the best. Blue-eyed soul maven Ronnie Levels & his Genius Band, alt-rock acolytes the Piedmontsmen, and post-rock daredevils Gray Young join a temporarily reunited Decoration Ghost (featuring former YES! Weekly art director Devender Sellars) for a night that will rock on so many levels, especially with the possibility that Lee himself could be well enough to play a song. The music starts at 10 p.m. and cover is $10 at the door.

DR. FUNKE’S 100 PERCENT NATURAL GOOD-TIME AMENDMENT ONE SOLUTION

There’s been no shortage of rock and rollers joining the ranks of those profoundly offended by the efforts of Pete Brunstetter and co. to deny rights to people, gay and straight, for no good reason. Despite potentially having an adverse effect on so many, opinion polls show it passing with the required simple majority, so much of the state’s music community is taking to the mic to help educate voters on the harm it can do to so many in North Carolina: Laurelyn Dossett’s ensemble video and its numerous covers blew up last week, Amy Ray is rocking against it at the Pinhook in Durham next week, and one of the most kick-ass events to come of the anti-A1 movement is courtesy of the Haw River Ballroom, Merge Records and the Cat’s Cradle. This Sunday, the Haw River Ballroom presents a benefit for the Coalition to Protect ALL North Carolina Families with the succinctly titled a Concert to Defeat Amendment One. Arguably, the highlight of the evening will be stand-up by the awesomely foul-mouthed and opinionated David Cross, but mostly acoustic sets by Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould, the Love Language’s Stu McLamb, and Mac McCaughan and Jim Wilber of Superchunk will touch the socially progressive indie rocker in most of us. Comic Tig Notaro and poet Amber Tamblyn will perform as well. Limited tickets are available for a donation of $80, which includes a limited edition silk-screened poster. All proceeds go to the Coalition to Protect ALL North Carolina Families.

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