On Friday, November 24th, three bands will perform at the Hotel Utah at a benefit performance for H.E.A.R.. H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels which can lead to permanent, and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus. The featured bands at this benefit are the Animal Liberation Orchestra, Ten Ton Chicken, and Grampa's Chili.

Animal Liberation Orchestra played a great set at the 10th Annual High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy this year and won over a lot of fans at their every-other-Friday gigs at Pier 23 in San Francisco over the last several months. This wonderful quartet has been described as "...a bohemian jazz, funk & soul band dedicated to the liberation of the human spirit."

Ten Ton Chicken recently played at the Stanford Fall Concert Series (other acts were the Jazz Mandolin Project and Will Bernard & Motherbug) and they played at the Tamarack Mountain Music Festival and got rave reviews there. They play at venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond and have recently added a new bass player.

Grampa's Chili, based in Santa Cruz, stir up the pot with their unique fusion of jazz, bluegrass, funk and psychedelic rock with lots of multi-part vocal harmonies and featuring electric violin and mandolin. This "mountain funk" band has opened shows recently for The Big Wu, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others.

Come on out this Friday at 9pm to the Hotel Utah. Seven bucks, three great bands and all for a good cause. After all, it's not cool when you can't hear!

Tom Montgomery
JamBase Bay Area Correspondent
Go H.E.A.R. Live Music!


[Published on: 11/21/00]

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