Just over a year ago, friends of musician Abigail Henderson rallied to help her defray the cost of the expensive cancer treatments she was undergoing. And in true Kansas City fashion, that first benefit show, called Apocalypse Meow, rocked. Now Henderson is cancer-free, and it's time for another round of musical fundraising.
Taking place Saturday at Crosstown Station with a pre-party tonight at Midwestern Musical Co. (1830 Locust), Apocalypse Meow 2 will raise money for the burgeoning Midwest Music Foundation, which grew out of the first Meow and is bent toward helping musicians with health-care costs.
Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Midwestern, Howard Iceberg and the Titanics, followed by Henderson's band, the Gaslights, kick up the dust. Live-music-oriented photographs will be on display and for sale.
Saturday, the party moves to Crosstown for a blowout headlined by the Pedaljets and featuring the Columns, the Grisly Hand, Alacartoona, Sara Swenson and Tiny Horse. Scores of sweet prizes will be auctioned and raffled, including two pairs of Leonard Cohen VIP tickets, an autographed Zach Greinke baseball and a one-year pass to the Riot Room. Get there early for the health fair if you haven't had your blood pressure checked in a while. But watch out -- later, when the bands go on, it's gonna rise.
Go here for more info, plus an hour-by-hour, audio-enhanced schedule.