Tonight, January 9th, there will be a concert at Showbox at the Market to honor Seattle musician John Spalding, who passed away last November after a long-fought battle with cancer. Spalding was well loved in the Seattle music community and had performed with Ninety Pound Wuss and Raft of Dead Monkeys. With his project, LoveLand, he collaborated with some of the city’s most acclaimed acts, such as Minus The Bear and These Arms Are Snakes, who will be performing at the benefit show. He also worked with members of The Blood Brothers, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Helms Alee and Botch to create his album The Beautiful Truth, which was about eight years in the making.
Although The Beautiful Truth was not released before he passed away, due to the hard work and dedication of his friends, a digital version is now available on Amazon.
There are additional shows to honor John Spalding coming up around the Seattle area, including a performance at Chop Suey on January 21 with Damien Jurado, David Bazan and See Me River (21+), and at El Corazon on January 31 with MXPX, Amber Pacific and Nazca Lines at El Corazon (All Ages). Find more information at the LoveLand MySpace page.
Proceeds from these shows will go to the John D. Spalding Medical fund, which will help John’s wife, Jody, pay the medical bills from more than 80 sessions of chemo and various surgeries and medications from his four-year battle with cancer. Personal donations can be made at all Bank of America locations.