Seattle Office of Film + Music

August 22, 2011, 3:14 pm
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Three men who were convicted as teenagers for the murder of three 8-year-old boys in 1994 were recently set free thanks to new DNA evidence showing they were not at the crime scene. The West Memphis Three, as the formerly-imprisoned men were known, were the subject of countless articles and two documentary films. Those documentaries caught the attention of musicians like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who became one of the most fervent supporters of freeing the West Memphis Three. Along with Seattle band the Supersuckers, Vedder recorded a song titled “Poor Girl” for a 2000 West Memphis Three benefit CD. He was in the courtroom last week during the proceedings; he sat with defendant Damien Echols’ wife, Lorri, and hugged Damien upon his release. Danny Bland, a local record label owner also inspired by the West Memphis Three documentaries, utilized his close ties to acts like the Supersuckers, L7, Steve Earle, and Vedder to produce a benefit CD in 2000 called Free The West Memphis Three: A Benefit for Truth & Justice. The disc also includes tracks from Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, and a reunited Killing Joke.

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May 12, 2011, 10:42 am
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Club Motor
Susan Osborn
The White Rabbit
The People Now
If you’re at a loss for what to do the next couple of weekends, consider supporting some events geared toward raising relief money for Japan. Head over to Club Motor on Friday, May 13 for a slew of local talent including Pretty Enemy, The Crying Spell, Unhailoed, Windowdogs, Elbow Coulee, Sicarii, Sending Signals and members of Dreams Jaded. Attendees can also bid on a lunch/dinner date with a local artist. On Saturday, May 14, singer/songwriter Susan Osborn will perform at Seattle Unity Church with jazz pianist Overton Berry, bassist Jeff Davies, guitarist Andre Feriante, and Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Nancy Rumbel. The concert will include translated versions of popular Japanese music (done by Osborn herself) and original music from each performer. Admission to the show is by donation, with all proceeds going directly to the residents of Sendai. For a hip-hop flair, Blue Shoes Media and Sportin’ Life Records are hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, May 15 at The White Rabbit in Fremont with performances by Steelo, Black Stax, Ayo, and SK. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Next Saturday, May 21, Seattle-based alternative rock band The People Now will perform at the University District Street Fair (a free two-day affair) and sponsor a Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Relief booth at the event, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Click the above links for more information about each fund-raising effort.

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April 11, 2011, 3:18 pm
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Ebay – Alice in Chains Japan Benefit
Artists and songwriters from across the EMI music company family are raising funds for the Red Cross to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Over the next three weeks, EMI will auction off items from more than 60 of the world’s most famous musicians online, raising money to help out this important cause. This week features an auction in collaboration with Seattle band Alice in Chains, with signed memorabilia up for the bidding. The lucky winner will receive a 19-piece poster set with original artwork by Jermaine Rogers and an autographed set list from the band’s 2010 Black Diamond Skye tour. The set list is signed by all current members of Alice in Chains; Jerry Cantrell (Vocals, Guitar), William DuVall (Vocals, Guitar), Sean Kinney (Drums), Mike Inez (Bass). Click on the link above to check out the auction and EMI’s efforts to help Japan.

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