Rock and roll, as it goes, is a realm where getting caught with your pants down usually occurs in a literal fashion. Sadly, in this situation, it is a painful figurative analogy. Chris Castino of The Big Wu had a problem with a valve in his heart, and the need for immediate, not to mention extremely expensive, surgery became a necessity. Due to the fact that he was without proper health insurance, his medical expenses have become quite staggering.

Enter the angels among us.

As a measure of what's best in people, many a kind soul has stepped up, especially in the immediate Big Wu community, to form a trust called "Our Heart's in the Right Place," which will serve to offset the cost of Chris' time under the knife.

Recently, in Minneapolis, God Johnson, Kubla Kahn, Levitt8, Rare Medium, Sweet Potato Project, and White Iron Band performed at the Cabooze, where "every penny" was earmarked for the trust. Along with the money from the door, a silent auction was held, featuring one-of-a-kind items from The Big Wu, and Colorado's own Yonder Mountain String Band. Other fund-raising events are planned or rumored to happen all across the US as the summer continues. If there remains an excess of resources when Chris has settled his life's tab, the trust will give monies as a gift to other musicians who find themselves in his unfortunate position.

The bottom line is, if you haven't done enough good lately, then it's time to turn that boat around. If there was ever a time to grasp the smack realization that marks our scene as special - and that is the beauty of knowing all is most certainly one - it's now. So look into your own heart, and do what you can to help a fellow brother out with his. Whether you choose to donate a little or a lot, you can make your check or money order payable to the following:

"Our Heart's in the Right Place"
917 Columbus St.
Wilmette, IL 60091

What goes around most definitely comes around. But I'm just preaching to the choir, right?

Other rumored fund raisers in the works...

TBA | Chicago, IL
TBA | Colorado
TBA | San Francisco, CA
TBA | Arizona

Please stay tuned for more information about these events, and more on Our Hearts in the Right Place." Please check www.thebigwu.com for more information and updates on fund raisers.

Craig Judkins
JamBase | World Wide
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[Published on: 7/8/03]

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