The Denver Rock Music Community came together yesterday IN FORCE!!
Ed Garza, drummer for SWERVE and his son were the inspiration for this heartwarming benefit graciously hosted by Mike Martinez, owner of McCarthys Sport’s Bar and Grill in Aurora, CO. From Ed:
This is my son Sammy, he’s four years old and he is autistic. Two years ago he was diagnosed with a rare brain abnormality, he was born without his left temporal lobe. Which causes him to have seizures, developmental delays, and autism. As well as being hospitalized twice when he suffered a seizure. Lucky the doctors pinpointed the source and he got the proper treatment. Since he was diagnosed, it was an ongoing battle to get him on Medicaid, but we finally succeeded and I had to leave my full time job and take a course to become his full time caregiver. We have taken a hit financially and have accumulated thousands in medical bills and need help. I’m organizing a benefit which will be held this Sunday February 16th for him and any help will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me. (303)875-9290″
Local bands donated their time and kept McCarthy’s rockin” ALL DAY!
The line up was:Grind 1:00-1:30
Jam Session (Ed Garza, Rick O’Shea, Mike Learn & Others) 1:45-2:15
Grace’s Period 2:30-3:00
The Switch (reunion)4:00-4:30
Money Shot 4:45-5:15
Cupid’s Dead (reunion) 6:15-6:45
Openstage 6:45-8:00 pm and beyond ??
All the while a charity auction was going on with items donated from all over the local community. The main event was the auction of a custom Learn Guitar donated by Mike Learn. He jammed on the WoodCut Flak Jacket Saturday night and throughout the day on Sunday.
This beauty caught the eye of local musician Scotty Brown of PSYCHO X and a bidding war ensued. Scotty says:
“WOW! What a day today! I couldn’t be happier for the amazing turnout that Ed Garza, his entire family and his amazing son Sammy got! The way this community comes together for times in need is truly inspiring and amazing, and always just totally blows me away. I could not of been happier to bid on the incredible guitar that a great friend and outstanding guitar builder Mike Learn built, I was completely overwhelmed when other friends and musicians starting bidding more on it in my behalf, I have never seen anything like that and i sit here tonight very humbled, There are so many people to thank for that, Scott Rogers, Dreamboat Annie, Swerve, Michael Martinez, Jim Chapman, Anthony Lucero, Wolfpack Productions, Lionel White, Jamie, Sonya Leigh Surrett and everyone else who helped donate on my behalf that i didn’t even know about, you are all true humanitarians, thanks to all the great bands that donated there time and to McCarthy’s Sports Bar & Grill for providing such a great place to put on the event. Thank you all so much!”
CONGRATULATIONS Scotty! And we are blessed to have helped boost those benefit funds for Sammy!
“I am proud to say that Scotty Brown is the newest member of the Learn Guitar family. I am so happy the Flak Jacket found it’s way to it’s new home. I look forward to seeing the shots of you jamming with it. If you need anything, let me know.” ~MIke Learn