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.