Laura Ann Masura, Motorhome, and Billy Corgan

UPDATE: Laura Ann makes and sells jam. She was on a fruit gathering trip when she had the motorcycle accident. Also, Syd Straw’s now on the bill.

The Backwards Clock Society (featuring Billy Corgan, former Electric Prune Mark Tulin, and Kerry Brown) will headline a benefit for Laura Ann Masura who was unfortunately involved in a motorcycle accident last month resulting in multiple injuries. The November 8th show takes place at the Echoplex in LA. Sharing the bill with the BCS will be Happy Stars, The Pulsars, Tim Rutili (of Red Red Meat and Califone), Pity Party, and Light FM. Masura used to play in the band Motorhome, along with Josiah Mazzaschi (now fronting Light FM) and Kristen Thiele; I shot the band back in 1995 for the Reader—see below (Masura’s in the dress). You can purchase tickets for the benefit here.

Proof sheet scan of Motorhome portraits
Motorhome in 1995. (Proof sheet scan)

Lawrence Peters benefit/Fall tribute this Saturday

New look for The Fall
New look for The Fall

UPDATE: Derek Erdman will be spinning from his vast collection of Fall records.

Last night I shot these pictures of Lawrence Peters, a contender for the Hardest Working Man in Show Business title (since the G.O.S. has left the planet), who has broken his heel and badly needs some dough to get it fixed and cover other related expenses. There’s a benefit this Saturday at The Hideout . Here’s the lowdown:

Saturday, September 19th, 9 to 11:30pm
The Hideout- 1354 W. Wabansia
A Tribute to the Fall
+ Benefit for Lawrence Peters (Lawrence Peters Outfit, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Velcro Lewis Group, Golden Horse Ranch Band, Mar Caribe, Hardscrabble…)
An evening filled with the brilliant music of The Fall as interpreted by local luminaries The Thin Man, Grimble Grumble, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Blasted Diplomats, Dorian Taj, Bleary, Punk Band, and Pritchard. Proceeds will go to Lawrence Peters to cover the many, and surprising expenses of a broken heel (medical bills, living expenses, rehabilitation, medicine, and lots of lost income). Come on out and support this local musical stalwart/ Hideout bartender/ music booker….
A raffle will be held for a print by Jim Newberry, posters by Bob Hartzell, and possible other goods. $8 admission. Don’t miss out!

Big Brain Benefit for Diane Izzo: Sat Nov 9

Diane Izzo. Photo: Jim Newberry

My friends Diane and Marco have had some really bad breaks, and they could use a little help. Please come to the SAIC ballroom this Sunday; for $20 you’ll be contributing to a worthy cause and getting the chance to hear some fantastic music (check out the stellar lineup below). Here’s more info from the benefit organizers:

Diane Izzo is a singer/songwriter with roots and many, many friends in Chicago.  Her debut CD, the Brad Wood-produced ONE, was released here to much acclaim at the tail end of the 90s “Chicago scene.”  She continued to write and perform her contemplative, evocative music here until she and her partner Marco decided to leave the big city behind and settle in sunswept Taos, NM, where they caretake a ranch sttlement that once housed Aldous Huxley and shipped paintings for Georgia O’Keefe.

Last year, a congenital condition caused Marco’s kidneys to fail and he had a transplant.  Two months ago, en route to his dialysis appointment, Diane suffered a grand mal seizure while driving their van.  An MRI revealed a mass on her left frontal lobe.

Diane had that tumor removed yesterday.  She is recovering well and they await biopsy results. In the meantime, Diane and Marco, like so many Americans, have no health insurance and would face sure financial catastrophe if not for help from their friends.

On Sunday, November 9 please join Robbie Fulks, Califone, the Waco Brothers w Sally Timms, Vernon Tonges and Beau O’Reilly and the Crooked Mouth String Band at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom for a benefit for Diane Izzo.

$20 buys you an evening of excellent muscianship and celebration.
Show at 7. SAIC ballroom is located at 112 S Michigan in Chicago.

Go to for more info and to buy tickets online through The Hideout/Ticketweb, and use the PAYPAL link to donate funds directly to Diane and Marco.

Produced by the Curious Theater Branch.

Also, be sure to check out Diane’s music here. I don’t know why she isn’t better known; she’s a brilliant songwriter with a gorgeously haunting voice.