Last year, Chicagoan and filmmaker Dave Thomas was diagnosed with cancer. While he was able to treat it quickly and is recovering--a big pile of medical bills stacked up after his insurance company decided to drop him following his diagnosis. Tonight, friends, musicians and local businesses are coming together to support Thomas, otherwise known as the "nicest man in Chicago."
"For anyone who does not know David, he's the most charming, quirky, hilarious man," friends wrote on a website for Wednesday's benefit. "He spends his time skateboarding, filming and running around Chicago. He strikes up conversation with anyone and everyone. He does everything with ease. Through all of this, his spirits have been high."
Wednesday night's benefit, also dubbed the "Kick Cancer In The Balls Benefit," features music from Amelea Tshilds (an Appalachian string band featuring members of Califone, The Paulina Hollers, Marvin Tate); Follows (members of Electrelane, Sterling, Milemarker, Atombombpocketknife) and The Record Low.
Dozens of items will also be up for auction thanks to donations from Lula Café, Nightwood, Uprise Skateshop, The Violet Hour, Dave Snyder, Kyle Beachy, Anders Nilsen, Fleur, Featherproof Books, Wolfbait and B-Girls, Green Lantern Press, Tum Yeto Skateboards, Reckless Records, Joe Meno, Big Star, Mairead Case, Permanent Records, Tim Ekeren, Eye Spy Optical, Lollapalooza and more.
"David is facing a huge deductible and mountainous bills from treatment, so we are joining forces to help him out - even though he'd never ask us to do it in a million years, which is exactly why we want to," Thomas' friend Eden Laurin wrote to HuffPost Chicago.
The show starts at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Empty Bottle (1035 N Western) and goes until 2 a.m. Tickets are $12 at the door, with all proceeds going directly towards David's bills. For more information, visit the event's website.