In addition to inspiring performers to rally in support of New York and Washington, D.C.-based victims, recent events might have intensified the focus on area individuals in need. There's never been a shortage of local benefit shows or good reasons to hold them, but historically, attendance at such concerts has been slight. However, with concertgoers as well as musicians more concerned than ever about what they can do to assist those in need, some upcoming events may fare better than expected. On Friday, October 26, an eclectic lineup at Davey's Uptown plays a "Victory Benefit" for Shane Kampe, a rock fan and professional painter who suffered massive head trauma as a result of a motorcycle accident on September 5. Kampe has shown remarkable progress so far, battling back to the point where he can speak and carry his own weight, but he still faces a lengthy, costly fight.
The bill to help Kampe pay the bills includes Switchitters, The Last of the V8s and Robico and the Death Ray Angels, who get the show started at around 6 p.m. After an auction, The Victorstands, Sandoval (playing what's rumored to be its last-ever reunion) and Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys, in that order, work the late shift.