Flight to Mars, a tribute to 1970s English heavy rockers UFO featuring Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready, will play The Showbox on Friday, May 16th for their 12th annual benefit concert. Proceeds from the show will benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Camp Oasis and The Jennifer Jaff Center — two non-profits that McCready continually supports.
Opening the show will be Seattle based indie-rockers The Young Evils who combine ‘60s doo-wop melodies with a bombastic rhythm section and noisy guitars, revealing the band’s propensity for the dreary and dark.
And in keeping with Flight to Mars tradition, the show will again feature a variety of special guests who will collaborate in a medley jam session. Past guests have included Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Star Anna, Kim Virant and members of Left Hand Smoke.
General admission tickets are available for $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Please visit the venue website for tickets and information at ShowboxPresents.com.
VIP PREPARTY FUNDRAISERS
Concert-goers are invited to join fellow fans before the show at an exclusive VIP fundraiser party, hosted by the Wishlist Foundation for the past eight years. Wishlist Foundation is a grassroots, Pearl Jam fan-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Pearl Jam’s charitable and philanthropic goals.
A variety of VIP auction packages are available through the Wishlist Foundation via eBay and CharityBuzz.com, including a Rock ‘n’ Royal package that lets one lucky fan live out their rock-n-roll fantasy of playing onstage with Mike McCready and Flight to Mars.
VIP package information can be found at http://wishlistfoundation.org/flight-to-mars/2014-vip-preparty
FLIGHT TO MARS
Flight to Mars is a tribute band honoring 1970s English heavy rockers UFO comprised of Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready, Tim DiJulio (guitar), Gary Westlake (bass), Mike Musburger (drums), Ty Bailie (keyboards) and Paul Passereli (vocals).
With their first show in the spring of 2003, Flight to Mars’ annual Seattle benefit concert has been a celebrated, sold-out, community event.
For more information: www.facebook.com/FlighttoMars
In 2002, Mike McCready made public his 20-year battle with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis and has since been committed to raising awareness and funding for the cause.
Proceeds from the tour will benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Camp Oasis and Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness.
CCFA’s Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential camp program that’s mission is to enrich the lives of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by providing a safe and supportive camp community. For more information: www.ccfa.org/kidsteens/camp
The Jennifer Jaff Center provides free information, advice and advocacy services to patients with chronic illnesses in areas including health and disability insurance, Social Security disability, employment and school-based discrimination, resource location, and more. For more information: www.thejenniferjaffcenter.org