[Photo credit to Jason Tang & Sophia Barkalakis [respectively]]
Got anything going on the weekend of May 11-13? (No, no, no… I mean besides that huge Seattle music festival, Upstream, making its debut that same weekend.) Well I’ve got you covered because for two nights only, Flight to Mars will be hosting its 15th annual benefit show supporting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Northwest Chapter at the Showbox. The shows will be raising money specifically for Camp Oasis, a camp for children with (stable) Crohn’s Disease, or ulcerative colitis, taking place at the YMCA’s Camp Colman, and the Jennifer Jaff Care Line for people with IBD (irritable bowel disease).
Flight to Mars is a tribute band playing the ’70s rock/heavy metal tracks of British band UFO, featuring newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mike McCready (guitar), Tim DiJulio (guitar), Gary Westlake (bass), Mike Musburger (drums), Paul Passarelli (vocals), and Ryan Burns (keyboard). Since 2003, this benefit show has sold out every year, so if you want to experience a fun, crazy night with some of Seattle’s best rock and rollers, don’t wait!
One of my favorite Seattle bands, Thunderpussy, will be opening both nights, supporting their premier single, “Velvet Noose,” on a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl. The single will be released on Mike McCready’s label, HockeyTalker Records, and will feature McCready on guitar. Despite having never released music until now, Thunderpussy, comprised of Molly Sides, Witney Petty, Leah Julius, and Ruby Dunphy, has built a fierce following, selling out show after show at many local venues, including their recent New Years Eve Extravaganza at Neumos this past December.
These two shows are 21+. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. You can find more information and purchase tickets for the first show here, as the second night is now sold out.
(Fun Fact: My great-grandparents were the Colman’s who started Camp Colman!)
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